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Now a private eye, he is only at ease in the city's darker corners, among the whores, gamblers, and pimps who call Eighth Avenue home. That affinity for the socially isolated is what draws him to the case of Hannah Karlsberg, an elderly seamstress who deserved a better death than she got.
Hannah's employer hires Clemons to find the victim's next of kin so the police can release the body for burial, but as he learns about the dead woman's past, which stretches back to the Lower East Side sweatshops of the 1930s, Clemons becomes obsessed with unearthing the decades-old secret that led to her death.
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By Bags on 03-10-14
The Past Explains the Present
Where does Flesh and Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Flesh and Blood ranks high amongst other audiobooks I've listened to. Unraveling mysteries from another time and solving a present day murder - what could be better?
What other book might you compare Flesh and Blood to and why?
A comparison can be made between Flesh and Blood and Streets of Fire. Mystery and history combined to tell the story of another era.
What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?
Ray Chase navigated brilliantly amongst so many characters, languages, dialects and accents. His portrayal of the voices of the elderly characters was particularly moving. As someone who has worked with the very old, his interpretation is accurate and vital to understanding the range of emotions that are a part of living a very long life.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Without giving too much away, the suicide of the young girl, that resulted from a lie, was particulary heartwrenching.
Any additional comments?
If you like history mixed in with a murder mystery, this is the book for you. The narrator expertly guides you through an array of characters at a pace that is both pleasing and easy to follow.
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By Gary on 04-25-18
Good story, annoying narrator.
Like most of Thomas H. Cook's novels, this had mystery with attitude and character. The long meander toward the ending is more than half the fun.
Unfortunately, this reading by Ray Chase was a lot of work because I had to continually suppress my irritation at his inability to voice character. Frank Clemons was delivered in the voice of a disappointed zombie, his partner Farouk , a "giant Arab" was given the voice of a woman (if the point was that the character is gay, there are better ways...), and everyone else had vaguely stereotypical voices to indicate ethnicity, except that even Spanish characters sounded vaguely Jewish.
The reading detracted enough from my enjoyment that, although I would love to hear the third Frank Clemons novel, because Chase narrates it I'm going to buy the book instead.