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The Unspoken

(Ashe Cayne #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,194 ratings  ·  306 reviews
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, Ti
Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
The cover and the snippet looked great. I chose for the Amazon first reads book. I swear this first reads program has given me zero. This book was long and drawn out. I skimmed a lot through the way too long descriptive parts. Overall not worth it
Lynn Mcneill
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Rated a 2...not a top notch book. Side plot with Catholic priest was unnecessary. Was distracting and did not add to the main plot except to make me think less of Ashe Cayne. Waaay too much details about Chicago streets and erroneously stated twice that you can see across Lake Michigan. The furthest you can see on a flat surface is to the horizon and the earth's curve and that is 4 miles. Lake Michigan is 118 miles at the widest and 59 miles at the narrowest. For someone who spent two years at l ...more
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#7: A trashy crime or romance novel

This was my latest experiment in trying to embrace the Amazon First Reads program, in which the corporation pulls out about a dozen titles from their in-house publishing company each month and then offers all their Prime members a chance to read one of them for free. I've had a bad experience with nearly every book I've ever chosen to check out through the First Reads program, for exactly the same reason
Great read and I will tell you all about it, once gives the go-ahead! ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new series set in Chicago with our main character Ashe Cayne who is a P.I.

Ashe Cayne is a former Chicago detective. Ashe was forced out the force after he refused to participate in a police department cover-up involving the death a young man. Since then Ashe has become a private investigator. Tinsley Gerrigan a young women from the wealthy North Shore goes missing her mum hires Ashe to find her. As Ashe looks into Tinsley life, he uncovers secrets that Tinsley has been hiding. Tinsley
Margaret Knox
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Wow what a tale so many twists and turns the main character so interesting complicated and diverse with a heightened sense of justice. The details of life in the wealthy and criminal sid

Wow quite a tale with many twists and turns the main character interesting complicated and having a different sense of justice that holds your attention. The contrast between the extremely wealthy and the criminal powers in Chicago and the awesome culinary delights well done. The treatment and release
Jamie Jack
Sep 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2020
Details Highlighted; Plot and Characterization Suffer

All admit that the first line of this book pulled me right in: “My daughter is missing, and I want you to find her.” That puts you right in the middle of the action and lets you know that something important is at stake. Unfortunately, I felt like the book went off the rails pretty quickly. It could have been an interesting story as it has touchstones that are very much in American national consciousness, like institutional racism, profiling,
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book didn’t work for me.

There is too much detail in the descriptions of Chicago, but not enough for the characters. It almost reads like a movie script where everything gets detailed to the last point. I actually think this story would work pretty well on camera, just not on paper. With the two stories running at the same time, at least I think it’s the same time, I bet it would make more sense visually. Also the main character Ashe reminds me bit of Dexter Morgan, from the books and the tv
Tanisha Okoli
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good read!

First book I’ve read by this author. It was definitely worth reading as kept me guessing all the way. Hope to see more of Ashe.
Kathy Martin
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ashe Cayne is a former police officer who left the force after refusing to participate in a cover-up. He left with quite a settlement and good investments means that he can choose his own cases as a private investigator while still trying to improve his golf game.

When Violet Gerrigan comes and asks him to look for her missing daughter Tinsley, he isn't very interested. But the more Violet tells him about Tinsley, the more his curiosity is aroused. So he begins an investigation. Soon he is led to
Page Turner
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is fast paced and kept me guessing until the end, but there are several events that seem out of place and don’t flow with the rest of the plot. For example, the main story is about looking for a woman who is missing, yet inserted in the book is a story of a defrocked priest who is a pedophile. And another inserted story is a summer camp experience, happening to the main character as a boy. These side stories don’t add to the main theme and don’t seem necessary. They are more of a distr ...more
Lorraine Bauman
Sep 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Disappointed and Sickened Ashe’s treatment of Stanton.

I would have given this book a much higher rating based on the clever repartee and the story which was totally ruined by the disgusting portrayal of the treatment of Stanton.
There is no indication of why Ashe Cayne had such a dark side, nothing in his upbringing could account or explain this. You ruined a good book by going way over the top with this gratuitous violence which left me ultimately feeling sickened and disgusted. I am not a Catho
Jessica Foster
The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith follows Ashe Cayne, a former police officer turned private detective. The daughter of one of Chicago's wealthiest families has gone missing and Ashe is hired to help find her. In the course of investigating Tinsley's disappearance, he discovers a connection to one of Chicago's deadliest gangs but when damaging information comes to light about Tinsley's father it casts a harsh shadow on the family. How do the problems of race and class play into what really happened a ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: mentions of pedophilia

The Unspoken is a story that surprised me. Sure that's kind of the whole point of a mystery novel, but there were these hidden layers throughout the book. First off, Cayne is hiding a lot. Throughout the mystery, we are not only introduced to his backstory through memories, but also his life outside his current case. Without spoiling Cayne's backstory, i
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
There must be something really wrong with me…I actually read the first book of a series…FIRST:) The story starts out grabbing your attention right away…but it while it doesn’t flounder exactly it does badly “wobble” from there on. I can’t say I didn’t like the story or that it was a bad read…after all getting to take a look into the secret lives of rich people is always fun and always revealing. I just wanted Ashe Cayne to be more accepted for what he was. For him to not have to feel that he nee ...more
The Unspoken was such an interesting read. I'm fond of a few cop procedural shows and true crime shows, so I had no trouble diving into the world quickly. The plot is definitely one big puzzle and loved the mystery of it all. I did expect more thrill or shock as I read, but still I have to applaud the author for a twisted storyline. There was a certain part of the story that seemed disconnected from the main story. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting, but it felt disconnected from everything. ...more
Jennifer Robb
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: Amazon First Reads
This was my Amazon First Reads pick for September 2020. I find the First Reads offerings are hit or miss. I debated between this one and at least one other title--now I wonder if I should have chosen one of the others.

It took me a while to get into this book. In some ways, Cayne reminds me of other fictional PIs: the inability to drop a case even when he's been fired and when it's obvious that dangerous people don't want him on it.

While I admire his tenacity to find a missing girl, the subplot
This was a freebie on my audible and I enjoy thrillers and thought I'd give this a try. I did enjoy it, but not enough for a 5 or even 4 star. It started out well enough with a local girl missing. It takes place in Chicago and it was enjoyable to hear about the places and the towns that are close by. There is a subplot that is quite descriptive and I'm not sure if it was needed or not. I wasn't a fan of the ending for some reason so that is where I go with the 3 star. Yes, I would probably read ...more
Ann J
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
HEAVILY influenced by Robert B. Parker, a decent summer read with a kind of slow, not-very-exciting ending. If you like Parker's very detailed descriptions of Spenser's meals, routine and routes around Boston, you'll probably like Smith's same for Chicago.
Wendy Easton
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book. I would have given 5 stars if there weren't the side story of the priest. Which I thought gratuitous. Otherwise, great story, characters, descriptions. Disclaimer - I am from Chicago and live in Hyde Park so I appreciated all the local color. And yeah my avatar is me sitting in that restaurant on King Drive.
Can't wait for Ashe's sequel.
Jayne De Point
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book ! Couldn’t put it down ...
Karen Dix
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chicago crime

I picked this book because of its setting. The plot is great, and moved at just the right pace. Characters written well, very vividly portrayed. Accurate locations and atmosphere. I couldn't wait to get back to it each time. Very satisfying novel.
Frank D
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
I acknowledge Doctor Ian Smith is an accomplished man, and I do not write this to disparage him personally. I recognize the difficulty in authoring ”detective fiction,” but multiple issues trouble me such that I cannot recommend this or future works in this series.

1) Obviously, the protagonist is an attempt to copy the SPENSER character by Robert B. Parker.
The book is based in Chicago instead of Boston. Ashe Cayne is a former cop turned P.I. Cayne has a colleague/friend who assists him, Mechanic
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Good read
Kim Ermel
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Could not finish, I tried! Too slow and scattered for my liking.
Don Gorman
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
(3). Ashe Cayne is a wonderfully engaging protagonist. A very hip, likable guy in many ways. There is even a very ugly dark side that we never quite get explained that throws an interesting undercurrent to this story. Whagt we have here is a fun P.I. Romp. We get to see Chicago front and center, not with huge political overtones, but with a tiny overtone of bureaucracy always out there. Lots of layers to peel, a few twists and turns, a nice ride is had by all. I will be looking for the next inst ...more
Bonnye Reed
Sep 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
FIRST reads Sept 3, 2020
I liked the character of Ashe Caine and the investigation he is involved with. I found the character reminiscent of too many of my favorites, which I didn’t like. I disliked the complicated and sadistic subplot about personal revenge against a predator priest.

Though I love detectives and Ashe certainly was enjoyable, the secondary plot really turned me off.

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Unspoken by Ian K. Smith is a fast-paced mystery with lots of twists and turns. 
Who killed Chopper, and what happened to Tinsley?
This book is the first in a wonderfully witty new mystery series set in Chicago. I enjoyed this fresh, unique voice, and I am looking forward to the next installment. I found the characters humourous, believable, and each with
Brett T
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
In his main professional life, Dr. Ian K. Smith holds a lot of laurels as a leading physician advocate for healthier lifestyles and has several books offering ways to change habits and develop better health. Earlier in his career, he also tried his hand at novels, publishing the techno-thriller The Blackbird Papers and the shadowy conspiracy expose adventure The Ancient Nine. Recently Smith returned to the world of fiction, bringing Chicago private detective Ashe Cayne to the page as he hunts fo ...more
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