The pursuit of the truth. The hunt for a life. For the first time in months, FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt feels almost normal, hanging out at a local bar with friends after work. Not long into the evening she stumbles over one of the most disturbing images she has ever seen. And that's only the beginning.
A body is found in Lowell, the human damage, once again, inconceivable. Hours later, another strike. Pushing heartache aside, Alex immerses herself in the investigation. But with every new clue comes a new twist.
With the killing spree drawing the attention of every intelligence and law enforcement agency in a five-state radius, Alex is forced to partner with an egomaniac from the CIA. Yet, even with limitless resources, every step forward proves to be a step too late, the kill list seemingly endless.
Once the killer makes it personal, Alex is left with no other option - she must confront the person who destroyed her life to try to cease the vicious murders. And when she finally learns the killer's end game, every second counts if she has any hope of stopping the brutal killings. The hunt will end. Will Alex?
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I can't deny it, I am a big fan of John Mefford's Alex Troutt series and have read all six books so was delighted when they started to appear in audio. Second in the series, At Large is a stand alone but knowledge of the first book does slightly enhance the background to this story, even though pertinent details from At Bay are filled in completely, without disruption to the story, as the investigation unfolds.
At Large is a good thriller, more a why-done-it than a who? as parts of the story are told from the killer's perspective. But the real excellence of this book, as with it's predecessor, comes from the ongoing character development of the main protagonist, Alex, an F.B.I. agent, who is still trying to sort her memories after an amnesia resulting from an earlier injury. As she discovers herself, so do we. But forgetfulness in no way dampened her feisty, even aggressive, character and the interplay between her and her colleagues is pure joy. Her difficult family life is cute, too.
The narrator, Jodie Bentley, makes a great interpretation of Alex, with her slightly dismissive, sardonic approach to colleagues as she tackles both crime and her life. Her voicing of other characters is also distinct, though sometimes, as with Gretchen, a little twee.But, overall a competent and enjoyable performance.
Good story, good narration, great characters and dialogue, well written and a pleasure to hear. What are you waiting for? Buy it now and enjoy
- Norma Miles