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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Interesting premise, poor narration

The grave issues involved here were greatly diminished by the high-pitched, nasal voice of the narrator.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Book Obliterated By Narrator (sic)

I like Connolly's work, complex and silly as it is.
But he made a HUGE mistake using Holter (?) Graham to read it. If one has prefaced this book by absorbing the preceding issues read by Jeff Harding and others with real talent at this job, one of immediately put off by the high-pitched, nasal screech of this imposter. I came to think of him as 'helium boy' and see him with a clothes pin clamped down on his proboscis. No differentiation between otherwise distinctly individual characters, misplaced emphasis, etc. etc. It was so distracting, I barely remember the plot. I think there may have been references to spiders in there somewhere.
Connolly owes me $10 or so to reimburse me for this travesty.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-18

THE GUY CAN WRITE!

I have been a 'Crime Reader' for decades. My wife is a Superior Court Judge in the criminal division after slaving for 26 years as a Public Defender. She came out of a top five law school but, as a "principled" human, she shunned corporate (read $) insouciance in order to see that folks were getting a 'fair deal' (as far as that is possible in this Zoo we call the American Culture (sic). My dinner conversations over the decades have painted a broad, clear vision of American Justice (sic) as distributed by the USA.
MacBride, through his, at times, brutal depictions and loamy language, spins it like no other. "Dirty Wash Cloths" like Baldacci and his ilk are essentially Cartoonists, not crime writers, and their formulaic tripe disgusts me.
This guy, Craig Johnson, was off to a reasonable start, but he, too, sank into the bowels of repetitive nonsense. Euro writers of note are vastly superior; Philip Kerr being a good example of a group too large to fit in here.
What is so terrifyingly obvious is that Americans are DEVOID of ANY CULTURAL IDENTITY as expressed through their popular writers.
Truck them somewhere, lured by the promise of some of their vapid awards, and shoot them all! Alas, they likely only have one 'honest' book in them (their ensembles penned by others), so eliminating them will only ratchet up their myriad pretenders to squeeze out more crap in their "honor" (sic).

We are in SERIOUS TROUBLE!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-17

We are at our best when we write what we know

Tim can write. But Tim writes about the same things time after time. I support the protection of women and do not give a damn that 'Culture A' has been doing it wrong for centuries. Thais are dopes in this regard and need to cut it out. Now!
If he must include this barbaric notion, Tim needs start writing it into the deep shadows of these plots. As my Grandmother was fond of saying, "Enough is too much!"

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Opioid Epidemic....

Connelly attempts to cash in on America’s Opioid Epidemic by hanging a bunch of weak plots on this theme.
This narrator’s wooden style and monotone delivery make finding a human, emotional connection to any of these interchangeable characters impossible.
Connelly should be shamed out of every dollar he leeches out of this thinly veiled attempt to cash in on the misery of the addicted.
I will not buy his work (sic) again.

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Screwy Good!

Plot, plus nonsense, plus character, plus humor = great ride! Why do these snow bound nuts write so well? Wish there were more!

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-17

Could be worse....

But it is very hard to imagine. Perhaps if listened to with a head full of THC or even more powerful drugs, this idiocy might entertain.
The scary part is that there are folks that enjoy this tripe and they are out there among us.

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Nesbo in a world of his own

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The thirst is maybe too complex and solvable early, but Nesbo puts ALL other so-called writers in this genre to shame.Finally, something to read!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

Possibly the worst piece of hackneyed nonsense ever published in this genre

If your IQ hovers somewhere below room temperature, then this is the book for you. The shortcomings of this ridiculous tripe are so numerous, you would be better served by a list of its merits:.....that's it, NONE!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Completely absurd premise

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2 of 15 people found this review helpful