REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 4, 2015 Narrator: Andy White
3.5 stars. I couldn't help comparing this to my other two (beloved) detective series, Davenport aREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 4, 2015 Narrator: Andy White
3.5 stars. I couldn't help comparing this to my other two (beloved) detective series, Davenport and Bosch. There were moments where Duke Becker's world sounded like the ones inhabited by Sandford's and Connelly's protagonists, but much of the time it was a much less sophisticated wannabe. That said, the plot is actually more interesting than some of the Davenport and Bosch books. I would have given this 4 stars or higher if not for the unpolished writing in some parts as I found the murder mystery absorbing enough.
I didn't care for the time spent on developing Decker's romance with Liz but it didn't ruin the book - just a personal preference of mine to have the main character's love life in the background. Decker's romance is much more in the foreground than other police procedural books and Decker does marry Liz in the second installment. Hopefully, it will be a happy one like the Lucas Davenport household so that Decker can be left free to concentrate on catching bad guys.
There are only 4 books so far and I'm hoping to get to like them...though I did hesitate buying them since it will take years before the series gets to a decent length (ten books, IMO), and would leave me frustrated if I do end up loving Decker and his gang and have to wait a year for each book!
Andy White did a decent job narrating but with just the first book, I haven't 'caught' Decker's voice yet. This is also written in 1st Person, which I have come to like in recent years. ...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 22, 2015 Narrator: Jonathan Davis
I decided to try this new author based on the many high ratings and also bought the 4th bookREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; SEPT 22, 2015 Narrator: Jonathan Davis
I decided to try this new author based on the many high ratings and also bought the 4th book, The Girl in the Glass, from Audible. I think if I had listened to The Cutting first, I wouldn't have bought TGitG because TC was nothing like the 5 and 4-star ratings led me to expect.
First, the removing the hearts from victims is an old one and if this book had been written back in the 90s, it could be original but not now with serial killers overwhelming the police procedural genre. While the writing was smooth with no awkward sentences, it was also pedestrian and predictable. There were only few places that perked up my interest but for the most part, it was al very ho-hum for me, right down to the suspicion of harvesting hearts for the black market. Whether or not that was done in this book, it has been done to death in the suspense genre and I found myself struggling to finish this book. I gave up in the middle of the last chapter since there were just no surprises or twists.
I'll wait to read the reviews for books 2 and 3 books before I decide whether to buy them. And, as I ought to have learnt by now, I should pay attention to the 3-stars and below reviews....more
Shane Scully has been struggling with grief after the suicide of his best friend and colleague so it comes as a shock when he spots Jody Dean drivingShane Scully has been struggling with grief after the suicide of his best friend and colleague so it comes as a shock when he spots Jody Dean driving past. Searching for Jody uncovers a deepcover operation within the LAPD which involves an elaborate money-laundering scheme that large American corporations are participating in.
Cannell wrote this story based on true events, apparently. Despite the mystery and action, I found myself losing interest. I'd say it's my current mood, not the book and if you're one who enjoys action rather police procedurals, the Shane Scully series would be a good choice.
My audiobook was narrated by Dick Hill. His female voices were good this time....more