Close Case : Samantha Kincaid

  • by Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by Betty Bobbitt
  • Series: Samantha Kincaid
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's 32nd birthday, she gets an unusual gift: a homicide call out. The crime scene is in the elite Hillside neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The victim is hotshot investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, who has been bludgeoned to death in his carport.Tensions in the city have been running high. The previous week, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed mother of two in what he claims was self-defense. In the aftermath, protestors have waged increasingly agitated anti-police protests. Crenshaw's death, it seems, is not unrelated - within a matter of hours, police arrest two young men who appear to have embarked on a crime spree in the aftermath of the protests.The case looks straightforward, especially when one of the suspects confesses. But then the man recants, claiming coercive police tactics, and Samantha finds herself digging for more evidence in a search that leads her through an elaborate maze of connections between the city's drug trade and officers in the bureau.

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What the Critics Say

"Absorbing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Burke, daughter of author James Lee Burke and once a Portland prosecutor herself, delivers a politically charged, gritty thriller." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Good book. Bad narrator.

I was pleased to see a title written by the daughter of one of my favorite authors. I was not disappointed by the story and the quality of writing. Ms. Burke stands on her own feet, and I'm looking forward to more by this author.This is really quite good, especially for a new author's debut.

The Brit-accented narrator, however, was an ill-suited choice for a story set in Portland, Oregon. The accent was most disconcerting.

Aside from Brit accent, the narrator was irritating. This is the narration of a failed actress. Trying to add feeling to the story, the narrator over-acted. The narration featured phoney laughs, meant to punch up the warmth of the interactions between the characters. This effect really fell flat. These phoney laughs were sprinkled liberally throughout. It was as un-nerving as listening to your stupid boss who laughs at his own jokes--HAR-DEE-HAR. This narration sounded less like an audiobook to me, and more like a crazy, cat-hoarding old woman reading to her pets. I guess the producers of this audiobook didn't figure a new author merited a narrator of any quality.

My conclusion--I'd better enjoy the works of this author in real-book format until after she's got more notches on her literary belt.
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- Amy

Awful, terrible reading.

This may be a good book but I'll never know.
Attempting to listen for the third time and it's so badly done I can't bear listening for another minute.
Wasted money.
Why does Audible allow this to happen to it's subscribers?
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- BrieLena

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2007
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd