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I'd never heard of Kenneth Abel, but he sure can spin a yarn. The story of Jack Walsh and his struggles through the Boston Police Department, with his alcoholism and with his family, all ring true. The plot runs all over the place, but never becomes incoherent. The book is entertaining throughout. The mob boss DiAngelo is a very clever man, and the intrigues that swirl around him and his cronies read beautifully; just like the real thing, at least insofar as we know them in fiction. The book is fast-paced without being shallow. Walsh is an honest cop surrounded by corruption, something like the story of Frank Serpico, which is mentioned in the text. However, Walsh is not trying to stamp out the corruption and become a hero. He is merely trying to stay alive, with local cops and Feds swarming around him to try to nail DiAngelo.
Frank Muller was the finest narrator who ever lived. He had such a repertoire of voices, accents, dialogues, moods and inflections that the reader is thrilled at virtually everything he does. He narrated 200 books in his career, and almost all of them are great. His range as a narrator knows no bounds. He never hits a false note. You can listen to him for hours and hours and never get tired of the experience. From a book like this to John Grisham to Moby Dick to Charles Dickens to the George Smiley series to The Horse Whisperer: listen to him and you will recognize a towering talent that, I am guessing, will never be approached by any other narrator. Frank left us with a unique gift, and I feel lucky to be able to hear his work. He can do no wrong, IMHO (in my humble opinion). Do yourself a favor. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee it.
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This has to be one of the better suspense novels I've listened to. So what makes a book worthy of 5 stars for me? I can't say this is set in stone, but on the whole it must contain:
1. A great story. This is the story of a conflicted ex-cop who has lost everything. Driving drunk, he's killed the son of a mafia don. He's in hiding, being cornered by the Feds as well as the mafia.
2. The main characters have to be likable, someone I can relate too and pull for. Jack Welsh is smart and resourceful, trying to understand what has happened and why. But he's also vulnerable. He suffers, but he doesn't let himself be swallowed up in self pity.
3. Great narration. It's read by the late Frank Mueller, one of the best narrators ever.
So it's an easy 5 stars!
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