Two for the Money

The Harry Starke Novels, Book 2
Narrated by: Tom Lennon
Series: The Harry Starke Novels, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
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Who killed Tom Sattler? Who stole $350 million from New Vision Strategic Investments? It's up to Harry Starke to figure it out.

The call came on a Tuesday evening in the middle of August at around 9:30. It was from an old school friend that Harry Starke hadn't heard from in almost five years, and he hadn't thought about him in almost as long. Tom Sattler wanted to meet with Harry urgently, and it wouldn't wait until morning. When Harry arrived at Sattler's luxury home less than an hour later, he found him dead, lying in a pool of blood, a single gunshot wound to the head, and .22 revolver lying close to his hand.

Suicide? If he was going to do that, why the hell did he call me?

The search for an answer to that question starts Harry on a wide-ranging investigation that involves murder, corruption, organized crime, and deception.

©2015 Blair Howard (P)2016 Blair Howard
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Harry Just Gets Better! Fab Narrator

Poor Harry, talk about be caught in suspicious circumstances, how could he have foreseen that a phone call from someone he hadn't seen in years would land him in such a precarious situation? There he is, in the house of his long ago friend Tom, problem is, Tom is very dead, along come the police and the tale begins.

Lieutenant Kate Gazzara and Harry Starke are old friends, well, they were once, in fact for years they were very close until a certain incident involving another woman put paid to that. However, Kate and Harry continue to occasionally work together. Harry, an ex police officer now works as a private investigator, Kate takes advantage of the fact that Harry can do things that she, as an officer of the law, would get fired for if she were to do them. Maybe not ethical, but their system works, and Kate is usually there to help extricate Harry from the troubles arising from his methods.

Harry needs all his wiley ways to solve this one, it's a real humdinger of a twisty tale and I reckon the most experienced of armchair sleuths would be hard put to solve this one. For a start, there are just so many possible suspects, but slowly Harry and his team whittle them down until they get to the bottom of it. Have to say, it's a really interesting outcome!

I'm not sure why I like Harry so much, he's like the iron fist in a kid glove, smooth, suave and polished, but underneath it all he really is as hard as nails. He can say the most dreadful things yet make them sound like a compliment, he doesn't hold back on dishing out the physical punishment either, and because he seems such a charming character, the violence does come as a bit of a shock.

Harry loves women, he does seem a little weak in the presence of a beautiful female, he just knows he ought to say no but, somehow, talks himself into doing just the opposite.

This book, like the first, is full of interesting characters and their personalities are well written making the reader feel involved with them, they stay in your head long after the story has finished. This was a great read.

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There could not be a more perfect narrator for Harry Starke than Tom Lennon, I can't fault his performance. He captures Harrys charm, yet when Harry is at his most thuggish and threatening, Tom makes these threats sound like a verbal caress, cleverly insinuating that there is a deeper and more frightening aspect to Harrys character. This in turn adds adds an extra dimension of interest to the story made possible only through an outstanding narration

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher in return for an honest review.

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Money and Murder, the Chicks for Free

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, in my opinion, this is Noir in the most positive definition of that genre. Harry Starke is a Hero you can root for. There are eight or more stand alone books in the series. Entertainment value to time investment? Very good.

What did you like best about this story?

Though there are recurring characters, the crimes and investigation are different. Harry can be methodical, sometimes impulsive. Doggedly uncovering the murder of a long ago acquaintance, and the theft of a huge amount of money, and how the two are tied together.

What about Tom Lennon’s performance did you like?

Tom Lennon becomes the character. He keeps the story moving. I appreciate that his style is grounded, not gimmicky or over the top. Real to the characters imagined by author and listener.

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

I had to listen in several time segments, but on the one hand, I savored the audio book by necessity.

Any additional comments?

This is a favorite series. Thanks for the chance to listen!

This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks Mr. Lennon!

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A Great Premise to a Good Story

I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.

* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for an honest review.

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Better than Harry Starke #1 I think

Would you consider the audio edition of Two for the Money to be better than the print version?

Not sure, but the voices of all the various characters did a lot to making it a fun experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Starke. This guy is just someone you would like to sit and have abeer with.

Which character – as performed by Tom Lennon – was your favorite?

Harry Starke. He became Harry and I would have a hard time now after two books "seeing" Harry with a different voice.

Any additional comments?

This second Harry Starke novel has been sold on the series. Will be listening to number three this coming week. I did like this slightly more than the first. I think the author has had time to fill out the characters a little and they are all more interesting and believable.

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Great Plot and a Fun Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Two for the Money to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the book so can't answer.

What did you like best about this story?

A PI based in Chattanooga is unique to begin with. Great local color. Nice to not be LA or NYC for a change. I have to admit right till the end I never figured out who did it even though we had all the clues. Loved the double crime - murder and theft - Are they connected?

What about Tom Lennon’s performance did you like?

He is laid back and real. No screaming or yelling, just nice smooth delivery.He was Harry Starke. An actor that played every role, not just read the book. A different kind of voice, but ideal here. I thought all the dialects were right on.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry? No though there was certainly some sadness to a few of the characters experiences that generated empathy. Even though there was a lot of violence at times, the entire book was full of witty conversation so I know I did laugh at times. The author has a real knack for writing dialogue that seems real.

Any additional comments?

I will keep my eye on this series. Will download #1 today. This could be a series to really fall in love with! Time will tell.

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Might be Better than Harry Starke #1

I really liked the Original Harry Starke #1. Blair Howard seems to have a gift for great mystery plotting and this one is not only interesting but very plausible to me.

I love a series novel. The Characters all fill out and become more real with each additional volume and many of those we met in #1 are back here. By #3 they will no doubt be all old friends - I will buy that one as soon as the audio is released as well.

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Another great read

I am really enjoying the Harry Starke series. Harry kind of reminds me of Jack Reacher which is one of my favorites. This one had a great story & a surprise ending which I love. A definite thumbs up!

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Good Series.

I listen when I am working out or doing household chores. The story has to keep me interested so I finish the workout. I bought the e-book version first in a box set and loved it. I was given a free audible version from Audiobooks Unleased and it is great also. The story draws you in and you can’t wait to get the next book. I have read some of the books in the Lt Kate Gazzara series also and Blair Howard ‘s book are ones you will want to read more than once.

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Great .story

Harry getting a phone call late in the evening from a former classmate, taking an hour to get there to find he had been murdered. The company he was with had reported millions had been stolen that morning. With Kate and his association they investigate. Finding corruption, organized crime, deception, with twists and turns to figure it out. Characters are well developed, and good flowing plot. I enjoy all of his books.
Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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A good mystery

If you can accept that all these "stunning" women are throwing themselves at Harry, and that Harry likes to bully the creeps and criminals, then you'll probably like this well-paced who-done-it. It's a rather formulaic mystery with a surprising, but satisfying end.

Tom Lennon delivers another excellent performance in this second audiobook of the series.

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

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