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The Last Voice They Hear

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An investigative journalist is in the middle of a publicity tour for his new book when a voice from the past phones him. Someone is killing happily married couples, looking for the right combination of age and attitude, the right sort of family ties. That someone might be the journalist's brother.
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ebook, 384 pages
Published October 15th 1999 by Tor Books (first published 1998)
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Pretty boring book overall.

Some good moments, but the main character Geoff is a spineless twat.

Much of the book details how a warped upbringing damages the growth into adulthood, both of Geoff and his "bad guy" brother Ben. In Geoff's case it made him a deceitful person who keeps a lot of secrets buried (he never told his wife that he had a brother, and even after he finds out his brother is killing people, he keeps it secret instead of going to the police). I found his secretive, devious perso...more
If I were the type to stop reading books, I would have stopped this with this one. Books I want to read are many, and life is short.

An unthrilling thriller with hard-to-follow prose. Don't waste your time.
Geoff is happily married with a young son who is the delight of his life. A famous, successful investigative journalist, he is in the middle of a publicity tour when a voice on the phone plunges him into the darkest part of his past, and into a deadly present.

The voice is that of Geoff's long-missing brother, Ben. When they were children, Ben was blamed for every trouble, large or small. And Ben was not always innocent--he performed acts of vandalism; he stole; sometimes he seemed, even as a chi
Starts off slowly - very slowly - and is a tad confusing, I have to say. Halfway through I was musing on whether to continue, but I'm glad I persevered; the final sections are very good, and contain some truly horrific moments without resorting to gore, as you'd expect from a master of understatement. If you gave up before, you might want to skim-read for a little further, and see where it takes you.
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