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Ronnie, an Underbelly spiv from the UK seaside town of Brighton is about to lose the lot. He himself, has disposed of some of his assetts and it seems that reposession agents are to take his car, his house and various other assets. His 'schemes' have let him down. He makes a last ditch attempt to pitch a new scheme to an American contact and maybe, just maybe save his little empire. The pitch is to be made at a meeting set in one of the twin towers New York on the fateful 9/11. The devastation of 9/11 ends Ronnies chances and he swings into a whole new escape plan... he will disappear... die in the disaster... and reappear somewhere else as a new man with just a few remaining assets (fabulous stamp collections) to set himself up as a new man.
The weaving and diving required to achieve this leads investigators from Brighton England to the US and to Australia. Urgency becomes the word as the plot twists and snakes towards its climax.
Believable plot. Characters fleshed out just enough for me to empathise with some and dislike others. Narration was great except the particular Australian accent the reader used hasn't been heard out here in Oz since the 1950s and some of the action took place at Geelong which we pronounce Gee (up neddy) long Geelong not ghee (indian oil) long Gheelong.... just a little giggle there. oh and while we're at it ... Melbourne is pronounced Melbun out here in Oz
Back to the book... a good romp along story . Most enjoyable.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I had read another of Peter James's book, Dead Like You, and I like this a good bit better. This one clipped along at a faster, more interesting pace. And the reader sounds like Neil Gaiman whom I adore!
As I said about Dead Like You, Mr. James is a bit fascinated with urine-soaked clothing, but less so in this book than Dead Like You.
I think it's worth reading. I plan to give one more of his books a try to see if I want to listen to all of them!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I found this listen just superb and I love Roy Grace's character.This audiobook will keep you on the edge of your seat,in a great way and it twists and turns right to the end.
Peter James is a fantastic author and this book is fantastic and I enjoyed every minute.
42 of 43 people found this review helpful
Four separate but ultimately related story lines unfold in a flurry of plot twists and turns to create a very satisfying result. I haven't enjoyed a book as much since the Prisoner of Birth and would recommend this to everyone who enjoyed that title.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Great read. Great story with plenty of twists and an unbelievable one right at the end!! Didn't get upset by narration. Would reccomend. Best one so far......but more to read!
Enjoyed the book overall but was disappointed that the narrator had not researched the correct pronunciations for Melbourne and Geelong. Especially since these cities were mentioned many times. Geelong (as in the gee gees), not Gheelong. It unfortunately grated on my ears. However, overall, the book was good.