High Crimes

  • by William Deverell
  • Narrated by Steve Scherf, Maggie Scherf
  • 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Colombia to a hidden cove in Newfoundland, modern day Robin Hood Peter Kerrivan and his ship of merry men are tracked by a NASA satellite, set up by the cop who couldn't bring him to ground, RCMP Inspector Harold Mitchell. But has Mitchell gone too far? He's hired unscrupulous ex-CIA Rudy Meyers... who needs big bucks to fund his Cuban reinvasion force. Senator Publio Victor Paez has put all his chips on Kerrivan and Meyers, handing them the single biggest treasure ever to leave the shores of South America: $300,000,000 worth of Colombian sensemilla. Betrayal, murder and chaos stalk 'Captain Jackpot' and Johnny Nighthawk from Montreal to Cartagena, with a stop-off in Miami, but when they slip through the Coast Guard net, officials in high places must scramble to cover up. Even Kerrivan's own Toronto lawyer, James Peddigrew, is willing to sell his client down-river for a price: the release of cocaine-smuggling stewardess Marianne Larochelle.
The high crimes reach right to the top with Canadian cabinet minister Jean Luis Lesard sweating to cover up at any cost: Mitchell's man Meyers, with U.S. State Department immunity, may have dealt the drugs and murdered Kevin Kelly and a Cuban-collaborator while in the employ of Her Majesty, the Queen. Good cops RCMP Sergeant Theo O'Doul and DEA Special Agent Jessica Flaherty are the only two in the mix with a hope of solving this tangle of High Crimes and bringing Kelly's murderer to justice.

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What the Critics Say

"Every detail meshes like clockwork. Deverell is a great storyteller. Needles was a brilliantly original venture... High Crimes is more exciting." (The Globe and Mail)
"Roars along like a jet. Deverell can hold his own with anyone in the thriller business today." (Toronto Star)
"Move over Arthur Hailey and Robert Ludlum..." (Regina Leader Post)

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Sensemila on the high seas

Where does High Crimes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks close to the top of my reading list. This is my first reading on so much drugs, betrayals and cover-up. Very interesting and suspenseful.


What was one of the most memorable moments of High Crimes?

There were several - I especially live Pete Kerrivan who was willing to sacrifice himself for his men.


Have you listened to any of Steve Scherf and Maggie Scherf ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this is my first and it was very good. I loved the narration and the distinction of characters, makes for a better listening


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved how the crew on the tug all stuck together and supported each other. I also lovved how they rescued Kerrivan on the way to jail.


Any additional comments?

I loved the narration and the distinction of characters, makes for a better listening Was a little hesitant about reading but very glad that I did. This was a very good reader and also relevant to today’s drug invested society, full of corruption and deceptions. Marianne Laruchelle, what a character!

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- Y.

Sensational, complex, wise-cracking drama

There are high stakes in this clever and fast-paced ‘crackpot’ crime caper. Three hundred million dollars worth of Colombian sensemilla – very potent marijuana derived from the female part of the plant – is on a boat sailing from Colombia to a little-used cove in Newfoundland, an operation organised by Peter Kerrivan, a self-styled latter-day Robin Hood. Unknown to Kerrivan, the vessel is being tracked by a US government satellite, under the authority of Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigator Harold Mitchell. And, as everyone knows, the Mounties always get their man.

It’s not quite that simple, of course. Mitchell has asked for help from a rabid anti-Communist ex-CIA thug Rudy Meyers who is putting together a Cuban reinvasion force. He has traded drugs himself and is responsible for various deaths, including that of Kevin Kelly – a crime currently under investigation by Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Theo O’Doul and DEA Special Agent Jessica Flaherty. The Canadian government is not happy that the plot was hatched in the first place. And Kerrivan’s Canadian lawyer, James Peddigrew, is concerned first and foremost with coke-snorting stewardess Marianne Larochelle.

What ensues is a sensational and complex wise-cracking drama, hilarious at times, and superbly brought to life by the very talented Steve Scherf and Maggie Scherf. The repartee is exceptional, the twists and turns bewildering. You will want and need to listen to High Crimes more than once, but this is a tour de force presentation – exactly the kind of production that is winning audiences in all parts of the globe and makes the audiobook one of the most exciting mediums of the present time.

Stunning.
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- Zmith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-13-2012
  • Publisher: Steve Scherf Audiobooks