American Quartet : Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries

  • by Warren Adler
  • Narrated by Julie Griffin
  • Series: Fiona Fitzgerald Mysteries
  • 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Detective Fiona Fitzgerald is an unlikely force for justice in Washington, D.C.'s predominantly male police force. As a senator's daughter and top investigator in the homicide division of the Metropolitan Police Department, Fiona maneuvers between two vastly different worlds, moving quickly from opulent state galas to gritty crime scenes. Born into the elite social circles of the nation's capital, and armed with intimate knowledge of the true face of the political establishment, Fiona is determined to expose the chicanery concealed within the highest echelons of the American political aristocracy.
When a string of inexplicable murders rocks the hallowed streets of central D.C., Fiona finds herself charging through the shadows of a mysterious conspiracy. Faced with an investigation with no leads and a rising body count, Fiona's reputation as a top investigator is called into question.
At the brink of professional ruin, an encounter with the eccentric yet charismatic Thaddeus Remington III at his museum-like mansion sends Fiona hurtling headlong through a whirlwind of clues. Where once the desperate detective blundered through traceless footsteps of a triple murderer, the answers to her case now seem to be whispered from bloodstained graves of fallen presidents. Fiona stands ready, her finger on the trigger, as an assassination plot decades in the making is about to change history forever.

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Customer Reviews

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Story has not aged well.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I never consider reading a book a waste of time. Would I recommend this story to my friends, maybe not. Was this a bad book, not really. There were a few moments of suspense but not enough to keep me interested.


Which scene was your favorite?

I did enjoy how Adler portrayed the politician. Nothing has changed the politician are still a bunch of corrupt and dishonest bunch.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, I think it would be an interesting movie to go watch.


Any additional comments?

I think when the story was written it was edgy. A female detective in a good old boy world. But hearing it now, it did not resonate well. I just didn't get immerse in the story and at time the story seems to drag on and on.

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- ATX-LH

Suspense, Politics & a Heroine to Grab Your Heart

With its smooth, snappy pacing, murky political and bureaucratic machinations, and admirable heroine up against a male-dominated police force, "American Quartet" reads like a newly released suspense thriller. When you realize that the print version of this masterful novel appeared in 1981, the most astonishing fact is that little has changed from then until now. The brutal racism obstructing Fiona’s black detective partners, the supercharged violence and drugs of the inner city, the difficulties of balancing a demanding career and a personal life, the endless social climbing and scramble for votes–the scene could well be contemporary Washington D.C.

Except for the absence of omnipresent cell phones, and the presence of a Vietnam Ranger vet who plays a prominent role as Fiona’s newly assigned partner, author Warren Adler was prescient in his examination of the battles we never seem to win, no matter how many decades pass. His psychopathic killer, the wealthy socialite “Thad” Remington III, is as disturbed and obsessed as any gun nut ripped from current headlines. Fiona’s boyfriend consistently puts his political career before hers; nothing new here! The bureacratic in-fighting, back-stabbing, and face-saving of the police force happens daily, everywhere, now.

I confess I was so involved in the plot twists I was up all night finishing this fabulous thriller. The characters are vividly real, the writing is evocative and appealing to all senses–you can feel the muggy D.C. heat and smell the sweat and aftershave and coffee. And it was heart-wrenching to watch Fiona fight her own excellent instincts every time she is put down by a male colleague or her own lover. Without giving away plot points, the historic structure behind Thad’s “copy-cat” killings is brilliant.

Somehow I missed this book in print form, but I definitely won’t miss Book Two in audio! I would be curious to hear a different narrator–while Julie Griffin’s fast, almost breathless performance suits the pace of the novel, she mispronounces a number of words and doesn’t vary her vocal range and pacing the way my favorite narrators do. (Frank should have a deep, even rough, masculine voice instead of the high boyish tenor!)

All told, "American Quartet" is a heart-gripping, pulse-pounding thriller–with the promise of more to come! Don’t miss it.

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- Lisa Davidson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2016
  • Publisher: Stonehouse Productions