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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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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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