• City of the Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: David Levien
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Series: Frank Behr, Book 1
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-26-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (255 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. He is 12 years old. Somewhere en route, he vanishes without a trace. Fourteen months later, Paul and Carol Gabriel are on the verge of abandoning all hope. Crushed by frustrating dead ends and exhausted by a police force that cannot (or will not) find their son, the Gabriels finally stumble upon a name - an elusive private investigator who may represent their last chance for answers.
Frank Behr is an enigmatic mountain of a man, a former cop who is reluctant to help - he knows better than to promise the Gabriels a good result. But Paul's plea for closure stirs up old personal demons that Behr can no longer ignore. Going against everything he fears, Behr enters into an uneasy partnership with Paul on a quest for the truth that is, in turn, dangerous...and haunting.
Richly textured and crackling with suspense, City of the Sun weaves a moody narrative that hinges on the bond between a damaged detective and a lost father. David Levien masterfully peels back the layers of his gripping story, taking listeners on an investigation like no other.
©2008 David Levien (P)2008 Books on Tape
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3 out of 5 stars
By cristina on 09-25-12

B- Detective Fiction

If you have not read Connelly, Verdon, etc., then go read them and come back when you have nothing to download and want a mystery on your drive to NY. I was glad I discovered David Levien BUT the story does not live up to your expectations at the beginning of the book. Quite frankly, it is way too easy for this P.I. to come across clues -- or even to figure out where to look. ("Mhm, let me find the bike that has been lost for a year and a half and that the police never thought to look for"...and a page later, his intuition pays off.) That said, I have downloaded the second novel in the series...I do have to drive back to Boston. (Scott Brick, who tends to annoy me as a reader, is actually quite good in this.)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barry on 03-04-08

Easily 5 stars

Mr. Levien has written a winner here. This is a fast paced, intelligent story of a boy who was abducted and a private investigator who tries to find him.
The action is reminiscent of Michael Connelly and the character development reminds me of Capote's 'In Cold Blood'.
The story starts off fast immediately and never backs off. I hate to use the cliche 'page turner', but that is exactly what it is. I could not turn off my iPod and listened well into the night. I didnt get much sleep and was tired the next day at work. But I just HAD to finish the audiobook... there was simply no good place to stop, it was THAT good.
Scott Brick does his usual brilliant job of narration. As someone else once said, "He could make a phone book sound interesting".
I don't often write reviews, and when I do write a review it's usually critical. But I had to share my enjoyment of this one. I listen to thrillers, spy novels, police procedurals, true crime, and even horror novels... this is the best book I've listened to in several months.

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