Frank Calder - ex-soldier and sacked police hostage negotiator - is just eking out a living as a mediator when he's approached by Pat Carson, patriarch of the dynastic Carson family. Pat wants him to deliver ransom money to kidnappers who've abducted his great-granddaughter. Frank urges Pat to call in the law, but he refuses, since police bungling nearly cost the life of another Carson child kidnapped years before. So a reluctant Frank begins to deal with the kidnappers, and quickly becomes convinced both Carson kidnappings were motivated by something other than money. Over several feverish days, Frank searches for suspects in the web of Carson businesses, deals, marriages, indiscretions and rivalries. And all the while he knows that if his instincts are wrong, the girl will surely die.With Shooting Star, Australia's premier crime-thriller writer, Peter Temple, is launched into an even bigger league.More
David Tredinnick’s gritty and impassioned performance injects Peter Temple’s stark, neo-noir novel Shooting Star, set in Melbourne, with a shot of adrenaline in its depiction of protagonist Frank Calder, a former soldier and hostage negotiator summoned by the affluent Carsons to deliver ransom money to the captors of their kidnapped 15-year-old daughter, and who soon realizes that the family’s checkered past may lift the shroud of mystery surrounding this seemingly senseless crime.
Full of razor-sharp, caustic dialogue and complex, morally ambiguous characters, this audiobook will appeal to fans of modern thrillers rooted in the tradition of classic detective fiction.
"In particular, Tredinnick's ability to infuse the characters with unique personalities, coupled with his steady pace, makes the story fly by." (AudioFile)
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