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The writing is actually quite good in this debut. I'm not a fan of murder mysteries that spend an inordinate amount of time in serial killers heads but I could have forgiven that. What I can't forgive is advancing the plot by having the detective make "intuitive leaps" based on nothing. If I hadn't been listening to this on my iPod, I would have thrown it against the wall.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Too many things are wrong with this book and they would all have to be changed:
- policeman protagonist uses "intuition" to identify the killer.
- police plant evidence in order to aid conviction - this makes the case absurd "We follow the evidence" they say, but in fact they do not
- evidence requirements seem to range from non-existent to ridiculously stringent
Has Cold Killing turned you off from other books in this genre?
What does Steve West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I kept listening - I probably would have tossed the book down if I was reading it.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The general plot and the twist were interesting. They were just not enough to outweigh the absurd bits.
Any additional comments?
If cops identify suspects by imagination then they aren't using evidence. This undercuts the whole procedural story and makes it boring.
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