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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone.

This collection brings together series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes.

Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.

Directed by Nadia Molinari, Stefan Escreet, Charlotte Riches and Pauline Harris.

Episode guide:

'Mary Shane' by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone is investigating the high-profile case of a missing teenage girl when 80-year-old Mary Shane confesses to murdering three people 60 years earlier.

'The Ties That Bind' by Damian Wayling: A body dredged up from a lake implicates an ex-police officer and a respected headteacher.

'Dead Fishes' by Chloe Moss: A young man with Down syndrome admits to killing his mother.

'God’s Witness' by Danny Brocklehurst: A woman witnesses the murder of a young boy by a notorious gang.

'The Deserved Dead' by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone and his team investigate the brutal murder of a known sex offender.

'Collateral Damage' by Martin Jameson: Stone investigates the death of Gary Taylor, a veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

'The Bridge' by Cath Staincliffe: When university student Matt falls to his death from a railway bridge, Stone and his team embark on a murder investigation.

'The Night' by James Rye: Stone investigates the sexual assault of the wife of one of his team and uncovers a dark secret.

'Sleep Tight' by Cath Staincliffe: Two-year-old Brianna disappears one night from her family home.

'Demons' by Martin Jameson: A young man, Emir, is fatally stabbed in a Manchester street in front of his twin brother, Jamal.

'Taken' by Richard Monks: A man of Polish descent is attacked in the lead-up to local elections.

'One of Our Own' by Danny Brocklehurst: A fellow police officer is found critically injured on the notorious Marinduque Estate.

'Something to Do' by Martin Jameson: A young boy is discovered badly injured and left for dead.

'Blood' by Vivienne Harvey: DCI Stone gets in the ring to investigate the murder of a promising young thai kick boxer.

'Heart of Darkness' by Gurpreet Bhatti: A schoolgirl's body is found in a park in the poor part of town.

'Mother Love' by Richard Monks: Jean fights to defend her son, Matthew, after he is arrested for downloading child pornography.

©2018 Danny Brocklehurst (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

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Gritty and hard-hitting

A brilliantly written and dramatised no nonsense, police procedural series with great characters throughout. Also it doesnt shy from any sensitive issues plaguing UK and tackles them headon.

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Gritty. Grisly. Gruesome. Real. Heart-wrenching.

Stellar performances from an all star cast. Glad it was audio. Not sure I would have been able to handle video of some of the subject matter dealt with in this series. DCI Stone is wonderful character. I enjoyed making the journey with him, even when I wanted to tap him on the head for being an ass at times. I highly recommend this series to any fan of police procedurals with powerful story lines and lots of heart!

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rivitting

this is a wonderful series,believable, full of atmosphere.I cared about each and every case.I couldn't put it down.I loved DI Stone .what a super cop and realistic human being.I loved it!

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  • pibinca
  • Baltimore, MD United States
  • 08-02-18

Fantastic on all counts!

Wonderful performances, well-written stories, good characterization. The stories are well paced, not predictable, covering a broad range of social issues and problems. It's great fun and you don't even have to rack your brain to follow the plot, as is the case with John Le Carré. But it's complex enough to keep your attention. It's not even too pc. Just the right amount. I have a gripe with the last story, but I can't be too picky, the collection is 99% perfect. Made my daily run on the threadmill a lot more pleasant.

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  • Heath
  • Atlanta Sprawl, Georgia, United States
  • 06-13-18

This is damn well worth a credit... fantastic

If you like police dramas, or audio dramas in general, this collection is a must have.

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  • Mark Renny
  • 06-14-18

Will definitely listen to again.

The production values that have gone into this series must have been high. Why Hugo Speer isn't a bigger star is beyond me as his performance here encapsulates so many facets of a person who is moral yet amoral; flawed yet deeply caring; an upholder of the law who wishes to see a truer sense of justice where he feels the system fails, yet is unable to do so.

This audio title represents real value for money - and really should transfer to TV. All of the actors, major and minor, involved give a fantastic audio rendition. This is one of those rare audios where you can really believe everything that you are hearing. The sound mix is good too for headphone wearers.

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  • r Baker
  • 07-12-18

brilliant

loved it really good stories to listen too, stories are real to life must listen too

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  • J. B. Connor
  • 07-02-18

Very Good

Great performances and good stories. Really enjoyed it. Only negative thing ... no introduction or way of knowing what each story was called . Felt rushed inbetween the chapters and like something was missing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-26-18

Not great

Predictable plots, stories that don’t have any particular twist. They sound very dated and the same type of character role occurs in every episode. Bears no resemblance to any sort of modern policing and seems out of touch.

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  • janice
  • 07-09-18

Great crime series

Great individual stories with same key characters. Loved it. Cast were superb especially Hugo Speer.

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  • MA
  • 07-02-18

Excellent listen

Excellent listen. Great detective stories. Well read and easy to listen and follow. Totally gripping. Had to keep listening.

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  • Jamtart
  • 06-25-18

Great series

A really excellent police drama depicting the rough side of Manchester. One big complaint- there is no cast listing and that is down to Audible to correct.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-18

well performed

I think the best thing about this other than the vocal talent is the originality of the stories and the variety. it is good value because lots of episodes although some easier to get through than others. well written great cast worth listening to

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  • Jules
  • 06-21-18

Great listening

Enjoyable series ... Sounded very much like Sean Bean. ................ .......... ........ .......... ........ ....

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  • P F Gordon
  • 09-21-18

gripping

Stone is a brilliant listen
had me gripped throughout
can be challenging at times but the the characters are engaging and in spite of Stone's abrasive character you grow to love him
recommended