Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair

  • by Frederick H. Crook
  • Narrated by Tom Cooper
  • 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 2109 in Chicago and a double murder is discovered in Ping Tom Memorial Park. Investigating the crime is Frank Campanelli, a blind homicide detective who relies on bio-electronics to see and do his job. Together with his partner, Marcus Williams, a former Navy SEAL, the pair discovers that one of the two victims is the son of the local boss of the Tong, the most powerful Chinese gang in the city.
Tensions among the Tong, the other Chinese gangs, and factions of the mob rise as no one truly knows who is responsible. It is up to Detectives Campanelli and Williams to find the murderer before a gang war envelopes the city in this dystopian future.

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Good noir detective story.

Would you recommend Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes. Couple of my friends like this sort of stories. I will definitely recommend this book to them.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, the narrator did a good job that way.


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

Not really. This sort of stories are good for books or maybe a mini-series on tv. Not really a movie material.


Any additional comments?

The Chinese gang, the murder mystery and impending war - all gave the book a mix of daredevil and gotham vibes. At places, the "set in future" plot sounded like it is setup like that just for the heck of it. But otherwise, the story was passable as an ok, one time listen.

A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

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- Bikram Agarwal

An interesting way to create a semi-deserted world

This book is based after the majority of the earths population has left earth to settle on a new planet. The shift in population has had a distinct impact on the people who remain on earth with many things previously taken for granted now expensive, rare or of lesser quality/technology. The world building is impressive and seems like it could be real.

It's in this world that we meet Campanelli a police detective who is trying to solve the murder of the son of a Chinese crime family. The setting makes the story more interesting and creates twists that I wasn't expecting.

The book is stand alone so you don't need to have read other related books. While it is essentially a mystery book it also contains sci-fi elements because it's based in earths future.

Tom's narration was nice and smooth and I liked how he did the character voices.

This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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- Claire

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-23-2017
  • Publisher: Frederick H. Crook