• The Unspoken

  • Ashe Cayne, Book 1
  • By: Ian K. Smith
  • Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (768 ratings)

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The Unspoken

By: Ian K. Smith
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
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Publisher's summary

In this new series from number one New York Times best-selling author Ian K. Smith, an ex-cop turned private investigator seeks justice on the vibrant, dangerous streets of Chicago.

Former Chicago detective Ashe Cayne is desperate for redemption. After refusing to participate in a police department cover-up involving the death of a young black man, Cayne is pushed out of the force. But he won’t sit quietly on the sidelines: he’s compelled to fight for justice as a private investigator...even if it means putting himself in jeopardy.

When a young woman, Tinsley Gerrigan, goes missing, her wealthy parents from the North Shore hire Cayne to find her. As Cayne looks into her life and past, he uncovers secrets Tinsley’s been hiding from her family. Cayne fears he may never find Tinsley alive.

His worries spike when Tinsley’s boyfriend is found dead - another black man murdered on the tough Chicago streets. Cayne must navigate his complicated relationships within the Chicago PD, leveraging his contacts and police skills to find the missing young woman, see justice done, and earn his redemption.

©2020 Ian K. Smith. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc.

Critic reviews

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

“Narrator Amir Abdullah depicts Chicago's wealthy enclaves, struggling neighborhoods, and mouthwatering foods while introducing former-cop-turned-PI Ashe Cayne.… Abdullah excels with Cayne's cultured quotes, and his best creation is Commander Rory Burke - -an old-school cop. Conversations with him are informative and hilarious. Most impressive is Abdullah's portrayal of Cayne's versatility: He ebulliently banters with gang members and chats up social elites. Audio enhances the fine writing and diverse characters.” —AudioFile Magazine

“With its huge, entertaining cast and smooth sleuth, this series kickoff recalls vintage Chandler or Hammett.” Kirkus Reviews

“This fine series launch from bestseller Smith (The Ancient Nine) introduces PI Ashe Cayne, a former Chicago PD detective…Ashe is just one of many well-drawn, multilayered characters. Readers will eagerly await his return.” Publishers Weekly