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Publisher's Summary

Time's up. You're Next.

"All he had to do was name the woman he wanted. It was that easy. They would do all the hard work."

Detective Sergeant Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is investigating the disappearance of 38 different women. Each one was happy and successful until they vanished without a trace.

Desperate to find her missing sister, Lauren Wraxford seeks out Heck's help. Together they enter a seedy underworld of gangsters and organised crime. But when they hear rumours about the so-called 'Nice Guys Club' they hit a brick wall. They're the gang that no one will talk about. Because the Nice Guys can arrange anything you want. Provided you pay the price....

Dark, terrifying and unforgettable. Stalkers will keep fans of Stuart MacBride and Katia Lief looking over their shoulder.

©2013 Paul Finch (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Really terrific, compulsive stuff…definitely a talent to watch." ( The Bookseller: One to Watch)

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farfetched and dull

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

perhaps male teenagers

What could Paul Finch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have a plausible plot with more realistic characters. The two lead characters performed like super heroes.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Thornley’s performances?

Don't think so

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

inconclusive ending ... made a long listen, even less unworthy.

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  • CM
  • 03-28-16

Great !

I asked Audible if they could get more of the Paul Finch Sgt Heckenberg series and they did ! So thank you Audible. I really enjoyed the only other one of the series they had on Audible "Hunted" which is book 5 in the series so I was so pleased to start at book 1 "Stalkers". Paul Finch was a script writer for TV and a former policeman in England and it shows in his writing these detective novels featuring DS "Heck" Heckenburg are paced really well, tension builds and the story is gripping . I could not stop listening. Some of the crime scenes are a bit graphic but the plots are so inventive lots of twists and turns. The narrator Paul Thornley does an excellent job . the Can't wait to read book 2 "Sacrafice".

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  • wixey
  • 08-24-13

A Cliffhanger to the end...

If you could sum up Stalkers in three words, what would they be?

gripping and twisting storyline

What other book might you compare Stalkers to, and why?

Some of Stephen Leathers Dan Shepherd series

Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favourite?

All of them... Paul is superb to listen to...

Any additional comments?

I had never heard of Paul Finch (sorry) and only picked this book for the reader (Paul Thornley). But wow! was I hooked right from the beginning. It has some surprising twists and turns, and I loved Heck, who was ruthless, but caring.... funny but serious.... altogether a very complex character, which all adds to the suspense. Well worth downloading, but dont start listening if you have only limited time.... you wont be able to switch it off!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Adele Gatenby
  • 10-13-14

Robotic narration

Would you try another book written by Paul Finch or narrated by Paul Thornley?

The story was really good but it was massively spoiled by the narrator who's speech was stilted and robotic and times. When he was voicing the characters he came to life but telling the story was just awful, he put pauses where there shouldn't have been any. I started getting really distracted by how many times he paused in one sentence. One example
They abandoned, Hecks fiat, in a multi-storey car park, in Cockfosters. It was, on one of the, upper floors...
At times I wanted to scream at him "Just get on with it!!!"
That said I loved the story and when it did flow it was great.
I would listen to another Paul Finch book but I would hesitate if it was narrated by Paul Thornley,

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Hecks gruff exterior hiding a genuine nice guy

What didn’t you like about Paul Thornley’s performance?

It was like he was reading a book he had never seen before and hesitated after every few words

Was Stalkers worth the listening time?

Definitely. The story was great

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • 01-03-15

Fascinating, unexpected,must keep on listening to

This was my introduction to Paul Finch's books and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The main character, Heck, was flawed and although his exploits were extreme, he remained down to earth and believable. I'd hate to live in his world but enjoyed reading about it. It ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, so I assume it's the first of a series and although I normally don't like series I will buy more of this one.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • G. Myers
  • 01-20-15

Top Notch Crime Thriller

The first Paul Finch book I have listened to it will certainly not be the last. Great characters great plot listened in record time because I could not put it down

Paul Thornley shows yet again that in this genre he is the benchmark by which all other narrator's are judged.

I am tempted to start my next Paul Finch right away but stuff this good should be kept and brought out for a special occasion.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-18-15

unbelievable

Supercop dodges bullets and survives against all the odds repeatedly. yawn. spoilt it for me.

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  • Mr
  • 02-08-15

Predictable story and dreary narration.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The basic problem with this book was that its plot needed you to suspend logical thinking to make the story work. The characters were all stereo-types. I think if you were new to crime fiction this book could put you off for good.

Has Stalkers put you off other books in this genre?

There are some great books available on audible in this genre but unfortunately this isn't one of them.

How could the performance have been better?

Yes much better. If you compare it to a Sean Barrett narration you will quickly see why it didn't measure up.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

not that I can think of

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 01-29-15

Silly gang name

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I did but they didn't like the lead characters childish ways

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Whose ever heard of a gang called The NiceGuys .....well maybe in the play ground

Did Paul Thornley do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

They all appeared stupid with a smarty pants cry baby in the lead

Was Stalkers worth the listening time?

At times

Any additional comments?

None

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss Kastner
  • 01-19-15

Great book

Really enjoyed it, great story and plot. Was read and presented well,
five stars ***** I would recommend this book to anyone who like detective novels

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • 10-07-14

slow at first but gripping at end

What did you like most about Stalkers?

Very atmospheric in end

What did you like best about this story?

as above gripping at end stick with it

Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favourite?

All strong

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at first but more so towards the end

Any additional comments?

better than others I I have since listened to

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • christopher
  • 04-25-18

enjoyable, scary, dark

This is the second book I have listened to by narrator Paul thornley and I have to say he is fantastic, very listenable voice. he is very got with character voices. The story by Paul Finch is gripping in some place predictable in others. but over all he portraits dark and disturbing world that in this day and age is probably not far from the truth. very entertaining strong plot. 1 bad point to the book the character lauren is a little off not sure if it is the way it's read or that she is from Yorkshire and so am I she little just felt off.