December Boys : Jay Porter

  • by Joe Clifford
  • Narrated by Timothy McKean
  • Series: Jay Porter
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jay Porter, the newest employee at NorthEastern Insurance in New Hampshire, is investigating an accident claim when he learns the teenager behind the wheel was arrested for minor drug possession and sentenced to a hardcore behavioral modification center. At the county courthouse, Jay meets Nicki, a young college intern, who tips him off to a possible scandal - first-time juvenile offenders being shipped to private institutions for political kickbacks. He learns that longtime family nemeses, Adam and Michael Lombardi, may have a stake in the scheme.
Is Jay's mission to help these kids a legitimate crusade? Or is his thirst for revenge driven by the guilt he feels over his own junkie brother's death? These questions conspire to tear apart tranquility and drive a wedge between Jay and his wife, Jenny. With help from new friend Nicki and a couple of old friends, Jay finds himself thrust back into a past he had hoped to leave behind, putting everything - and everyone he loves - at risk in pursuit of the truth.


What the Critics Say

"Fine writing, plus an interesting mix of people and a truly offbeat, if arguably rude, hero." (Booklist)
"Clifford has written a very human tale of redemption." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A Different Sort of Hero

If you could sum up December Boys in three words, what would they be?

Sorrow - addiction - flawed

You could just feel for Jay Porter and his life. You find out about his brother and the past that just won't go away. You watch his self medicate himself or get help via the doctor, but you understand why he does it as the story continues.

What other book might you compare December Boys to and why?

I didn't know there was a first book, which I now want to listen to. Plus there should be a third one, which will be a must to hear.

What about Timothy McKean’s performance did you like?

I loved his narration of this story. He kept my interest throughout the whole story. To me, he did an excellent job in telling us this story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were times where I laughed at Jay's times with his friends or wanted to cry when he was dealing with his wife and all that mess. This shows a well written book that can allow the reader/listener feel empathy for the main character and his troubles.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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- Lynn

Fast Moving

I thought the story was interesting with strong characters and a good plot. The main character was hard to like and I found myself calling him an idiot and wanting to give him a head thunk.
I did have empathy for him. it was hard to put down. The narrator was good, so it was easy to listen to. I would have enjoyed the book more without the bad language.
I wouldn't read another Joe Clifford book because of the language , even though I would like to hear what happens to Jay Porter next.
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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2016
  • Publisher: Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC