Killing Me Softly

  • by John Leslie
  • Narrated by David A. Wood
  • 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Between the gentle trade winds and the thriving tourist trade, the year-round summer days and the languid nights, the living is easy in Key West. That's just the way P.I. Gideon Lowry likes it.
These days, when he's not bird-dogging AWOL witnesses for the state attorney's office, Gideon's at the keyboard, giving them Gershwin and Porter to chase away the blues and help chase down the booze.
That's where Virginia Murphy finds him. Shrouded in somber white, she's come back to Key West to lay a real ghost to rest - by finding out who murdered her sister, Lila, nearly 40 years before.
For Gideon, it's a gig that leads him down the darker side of memory lane - where haunting snatches of his own past, like the timeless melodies he plays, linger on. Secrets linger there, too. But they're buried as deeply as the paradise that was Florida's landscape, now entombed beneath the concrete of Bayard Cement. That ubiquitous family business - and the wealthy, influential clan behind it - are a wall that Gideon slams up against harder and harder as he investigates his hometown's hidden history.
That's when Gideon takes the pledge - to unlock the shocking truth that Key West has concealed too long beneath its sunny, sultry surface, and to face a killer's music and dance.

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Noir storytelling in a modern setting

I liked this story because it made me nostalgic for the hard boiled detective stories that I used to love reading growing up. Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, et al. And the narrator, David A. Wood, read with the same style as Bogart did in his voice overs of the black and white movies that make me equally nostalgic. Other reviewers that may have thought the narrator sounded bored may not be old enough to understand that hard boiled detectives have that world-weary ennui that often plagues detectives who have just seen too much of human nature's dark side. It's what makes them hard boiled, for gosh sakes! It's what makes the genre great.

Although I was provided this copy by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review, I became an instant fan of this series and plan to pursue more by John Leslie. This story was as familial and complex as noirish story like Chinatown. It seemed straightforward at first, but it got deeper and more complicated as the story unfolded.

If you're a fan of old school detective fiction, you will love this. If you wouldn't know a hard boiled detective from a hard boiled egg, then I suggest you try another genre.
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- Dominique

Murder and mayhem

Where does Killing Me Softly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top.


What other book might you compare Killing Me Softly to and why?

Jonnie Jacobs books are similar in twists and turns to hold your attention throughout.


Which scene was your favorite?

A touching moment when Gideon finds out his brother, Carl, has 6 months to live.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Ignorance is bliss.


Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review”.

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- Susan Patterson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-13-2017
  • Publisher: John Leslie