• The Dentist

  • DS Cross, Book 1
  • By: Tim Sullivan
  • Narrated by: John Heffernan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (261 ratings)

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The Dentist

By: Tim Sullivan
Narrated by: John Heffernan
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Introducing your new crime thriller fix: Bristol detective DS George Cross, champion of the outsider, the voiceless and the dispossessed.

DS George Cross can be rude, difficult and awkward with people. But his unfailing logic and dogged pursuit of the truth means his conviction rate is the best on the force. So when his police colleagues dismiss the death of a man as a squabble among Bristol's homeless community, Detective Sergeant George Cross is not convinced.

Who was the unknown man whose weather-beaten body is discovered on Clifton Downs? Did the tragedy that led to a life on the streets also lead to his death?

As he delves into the dead man's past, Cross becomes convinced that to catch this killer, he needs to solve a cold case murder from years before. A murder that someone has got away with for 15 years....

©2021 Tim Sullivan (P)2021 W F Howes

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Unique Detective Story

Intriguing first outing for a detective with Asperger's. He frustrates his colleague with his fixation on detail and consistency in evidence, but gets results. Bristol-based (as a change from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds or Edinburgh) it had quite a few twists and unexpected turns along the way. It will be good to follow the series and to find out more about Cross, his colleague Ottey who struggles to cope with his eccentricities and his boss Dawson, who wants results even at the expense of the facts not quite being to hand. Not forgetting his patient father. Recommended and led me straight to his second book, The Cyclist.
John Heffernan was excellent with the delivery of the story

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A most interesting and different police mystery

My wife and I both really enjoyed this first book in the DC Cross series. Perfect balance of story, characters, mystery and police procedural. Just got the 2nd and hope there will be many more in the series.

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BEST truly The Best

I have read all three D S Cross novels. Each book is grander than the last. The hour by hour reading is such that I don’t want the mystery solved nor for the book to end. I patiently await another.

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IT'S BEEN DONE

A main character having Asperger syndrome, such as the cop in this novel (or the physician in the TV show "Dr. House" and Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory" and Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and Forrest Gump, etc.) has been greatly overdone in recent years, so it was surprising that this author went with Asperger's for his character in "The Dentist". I quit listening to the audiobook after the first hour or so because the cop was so unlikeable, which the author blamed on Asperger's but was really just an excuse for a poorly written character. I do not recommend this audiobook at all.

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Long winded and irritating main character

Didn’t really enjoy the story! Too many words and names to remember! Main character didn’t get my vote of confidence or sympathy- in fact he annoyed me!

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Different kind of detective

Good listen, interesting characters, definitely left me wanting more. Well done performance by Mr. Heffernan. The voice actor telling the story makes or breaks an audio recording no matter how good the story is. Both were great. Thank you for sharing your talents!

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An odd yet very effective detective

Such a pleasure to discover another terrific detective series. This one has a memorable protagonist at the core. The plot is involving, and the solution is gratifying. Eager to continue the series!

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Writer is way too preoccupied with the backstory of being “on the spectrum”.

Despite this preoccupation; the characters are interesting and the actual mystery is still interesting. I stuck with the writer and found the 2nd book much better.

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Surprised how much I enjoyed it!

At first it seemed a little slow with lots and lots or character building. Then in a few chapters I was hooked. Can’t wait to read the next one.

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No negatives on this one

Story kept me wanting to keep listening. The twists were good, the characters well developed, and the narrator spot on. Will read more in this series!

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