Fifty Grand

  • by Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by Paula Christensen
  • 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican. She's Detective Mercado, a police officer from Havana, and she's looking for answers to her father's death. McKinty's live-wire prose is riveting, right up to a final, shocking conclusion.


What the Critics Say

"This amazing novel....has riveting mystery, politics of just about every shade, and thrills on almost every page. . . .This is going to be the BIG BOOK of 2009." - (Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Once Were Cops)


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Customer Reviews

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Anxiously Awaited

(Review is by David's wife) I am a fan of the "Dead" trilogy and was happy to see this new book released w/o any delay on Audible.
I recommend this book, it's a great listen, the narrator is perfect for this book. This is not like the "Dead" trilogy, it's a different story told from a female POV and I thought it was spot on. The beginning starts with a great hook, I had to know how Mercado got to that point and enjoyed the flashbacks and background and waited for the story to unfold... as it always does in a McKinty novel. While I know little of Cuba and the conditions there, I feel the author did his research and the details certainly feel authentic, I was educated and entertained.
I certainly didn't feel this story was smut but is not a children's story, it's about tough situations and people, not good fairies.
I recommend this book (and McKinty's other books, as well) for well developed stories and characters that will remain with you long after you finish the book.

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- David


There's something magical that happens at the end of a McKinty book. You can't get there unless you listen to the whole book, but when you do, the end will bring you to a new understanding of life. McKinty always offers the reader an astounding meditation on the main character's theme.

McKinty's books are tough, however beautiful. They discuss difficult political and social issues. This is a hard book to get into, but once in the flow, you won't be able to stop. I strongly recommend it. I listened to the last chapter multiple times. This narrator is perfect for the content and did a spectacular job.

I'm a fan of the "dead" trilogy and fell in love with Hidden River. The only bad news is now I have to wait a year or so for the next Adrian McKinty book.

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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.