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You might think that a guy with the name of Steve Jobz would be one lucky man. That he'd be rich and have the world at his fingertips. But instead, Jobz is barely making ends meet at the New York State Department of Unemployment Insurance Fraud. A former cop who was forced to retire early after shooting a young man of color during a convenience store holdup, Jobz has since resigned himself to wasting away his days in a four-by-four cubicle inside an office space that's more boring than watching the paint dry. But when his overbearing boss calls him in on a job that the Albany Police Department is heading up, Jobz has a chance to get out of the office for a while. But what he doesn't realize is that he's about to come face to face with a serial killer who embalms his victims alive. What he is also about to face down, is his own worst nightmare come true when that serial killer turns out not to be a stranger.

©2017 Vincent Zandri (P)2017 Vincent Zandri

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 09-15-17

An Enjoyable Detective Thriller

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Embalmer is a story about a killer on the loose. The only person who can help catch him has a job at the New York State Department of Unemployment Insurance Fraud. Okay, he also used to be a police officer — but he might be just the guy for the job. And did I mention that his name is Steve Jobz? Don’t bring it up to him though, it’s a touchy subject.

I love a good detective thriller and The Embalmer was just that. There was a lot of action, a lot of great dialogue (especially between Steve and Miller), and a really (really) messed up serial killer.

Did I mention that the killer is messed up? This book is sticking with me. I keep seeing scenes that Zandri wrote out and that Wehrlen described in the audiobook that just won’t let go. That’s a sign of a well-written book.

The Embalmer has a lot going for it, as mentioned above. But as someone who lived through someone who had dementia and Alzheimers — I thought that Zandri’s description of that disease was spot on. It hit a little too close to home for me through some parts.

Jobz himself might be one of my favorite recent characters I’ve read. Especially for detective/thriller novels. He had just the right kind of humor that really made me laugh out loud (literally). It reminded me slightly of old noir titles, especially the ones that didn’t take themselves too seriously.

Overall, I thought that The Embalmer was a great start to a series. A great read that I think people will really enjoy.

Add in the narration by Andrew B Wehrlen and you’ve got gold. Wehrlen gave the perfect narration for this book — allowing Zandri’s words to flow exactly the way I think he wanted them. Wehrlen brought to life the Jobz character and I hope that he will continue to narrate more books in this series.

I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.

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awesome story!

This book was great! The characters are engaging and well developed I figured this was gonna be a good story to listen to, but I had NO Idea just how good it was gonna be. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes thrillers. I will add that towards the end, it can get a little gross! but not enough to turn it off, and stop listening.
I am really hope there is a book 2 with Mr Jobz.

the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life! Kept it very real.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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SO GOOD

I enjoyed this murder mystery SO much. A touch of cynicism, a juicy mystery, unlikely characters forming a team, diverse and interesting set of characters and a fun narrator make for a great all around listen. There is an endless supply of murder mystery stories - it was nice to stumble upon one that came at it from a different angle, didn't take itself too seriously and was satisfying to read. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone who likes a murder mystery and I very much look forward to listening to the next one in the series!!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TU
  • 09-22-17

a slow but ok "thriller"

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, this book was slow for most of the story. It did pick up a little towards the end, but I had kind of already lost interest by that point, so I would hardly call it a thriller. I thought the "cultural" references were over the top. The whole Steve Jobz name thing was pointless and added nothing to the story. I didn't care for the whole "disgraced white cop shot who a person of color" thing. I didn't think that was in good taste or relevant to the story.

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A decent start to a detective/pi series

What did you like about this audiobook?

I liked the banter between Steve and Miller, and thought he enhanced their interactions. Overall Andrew B Wehrlen did a pretty great job narrating, all of the characters had fairly unique voices and were easy to understand.

Do you have any additional comments?

Overall this was a decent start to a PI series, fairly entertaining and decently paced. The future books with the PI agency could be interesting, there is a lot of banter back and forth between characters. It is fairly by the numbers for the genre, but still entertaining. The antagonist left me wanting something more though I will say, after all of the messed things he is doing, he is a bit of a let down, but maybe that is the point.

Even with a few things annoying me, I still was entertained throughout.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wow. Loved it.

A wonderful, chilling thriller. Twists, turns and very surprising situation. This book and narrator combination brings this story right into your room. Don't read if your alone and spook easily.

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Insane creepy and delightful book

Where does The Embalmer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a really refreshing story. The content was disturbing at times, but wow was I glued.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I wasn't sure how things would come out. The killer in this book was very creepy on many levels. I figured the hero was safe, but anyone else... Who knows. He was creepy enough that what he did was enough to make me feel for any victim, whether they were well introduced or not.

What does Andrew B. Wehrlen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Andrew nailed it. He helped keep the story moving. He had a nice sardonic quality ala Scott Brick, but not so much that I didn't feel for the characters. It was a fast moving book and he kept it on track.

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

Yes and I nearly did. I really enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Thrilling!!!

The Ebalmer is my first read from Vincent Zandri and I was not dissapointed. This was a great who-done-it told from multiple perspectives. It allowed the reader to understand the thoughts and actions of the characters. Narrator Andrew Wehrlen did a great job bringing the story to life with distinct character voices that were easy to understand and follow. I am looking forward to more from this Author & Narrator!!

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A good start to a series

A middle-aged man with a funny name caught up in a Twilight Zone of f*ckedupness.

I don't know about this one. It was good. I guess. It was entertaining anyway. A little elementary despite the random gore. The main problem I had was that the protagonist wasn't menacing at all, just kind of goofy, which detracted from the story for me. While he was obviously a "bad dude" he just didn't ever seem like a threat. The story was very fast moving too. Conclusions and coincidences were too fast, too convenient and too frequent. Maybe I just expecting a more brutal thriller...

It sounds like I didn't like it, but I did. It wasn't great, but I did like the main character and I can see where the series was set up well for a continuance.

As a disclaimer, I was provided a copy of the audiobook from the narrator who did a really great job and added much to my enjoyment of the story. The audio was a bit "fast paced" just like the plot, but after I got used to it, I settled in and it flowed. Clocking in at a little over 5 hours I listened to it in 2 days while driving around for work.

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A New Series Guaranteed to Entertain Lovers of the Crime/Thriller Genre

I received this free copy in return for my voluntary review of this book. I did enjoy this book and do look forward to subsequent novels...ESPECIALLY if Andrew Wehrlen were to perform the narration. I feel Mr. Wehrlen did a fine job distinguishing the characters by employing a talented array of voice inflections.
My only disappointment with this book was the weak development of the character, "Her-man" . How did he become this perverted killer? What influenced his sick behaviors? On the other hand...Zandri's development of the "Steve Jobz" character makes Jobz both serious and humorous in his pursuit of the killer in this story. I really liked him and look forward to future Steve Jobz adventures.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 09-06-17

Caught up in a twilight zone.

Any additional comments?

This is one of those books of synchronicity where the text and the narrator come together perfectly.
Meet Steve Jobz - yes, that's right: Jobz with a z. Not the guy everyone has heard of, no, not that Steve Jobs, who invented the p.c., is talented and famous and rich. No, this Steve Jobs was, briefly, once a cop but fired, and now works for the Insurance Fraud Industry, investigating false claims against the State. Boring, but it pays the rent. And Andrew Wehrlen's is Steve Jobz, 'the middle aged man with the silly name, with a mother with altzheimers, father dead from a stabbing years before and a sardonic approach to his boring life, his creepy work colleagues and his big hearted boss. Then into his life comes a detective named Miller, who wants his help for a couple of days giving background insight into the murder case he's working on: a serial killer known as The Embalmer, who injects his female victims with preserving chemicals and poses their bodies like works of art.

Told in first person from Steve's point of view, Mr.Wehrlen gives even greater depth to the already well drawn character as well as individually voicing all of the other protagonists. This is a fun story and investigation with an endearing main protagonist and a creepy undertone.. An excellent start to what I hope will become a long running series.

My thanks to the rights holder of The Embalmer for freely gifting me my copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom, at my request. I really enjoyed it and will look, hopefully, for more in this excellent new series by Vincent Zandri.