Lieberman's Law : The Abe Lieberman Mysteries

  • by Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by Richard Ferrone
  • Series: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries
  • 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Abe Lieberman, the Chicago PD detective, has never has it easy when it comes to emotional cases, but this time the action is getting little too close to home. His temple has been vandalized along with four others, and it looks like the vandals have more sinister plans in mind. Finding the culprit opens a window on the broiling ethnic tensions on Chicago's North Side, and what's happening in Abe's family life does nothing to turn down the heat. If he and his partner, Hanrahan, can locate the vandals who have targeted the city's Jews, they may be able to put a stop to some of the madness before violence enters the picture.


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Customer Reviews

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Mr. Kaminsky was a national treasure.

Where does Lieberman's Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up in the top 10% or so. Mr. Kaminsky was incredibly prolific, writing one novel a year for fifty years, and these included about four series, I believe. The Lieberman-Hanrahan books are my favorites, although the Porfiry Rostnikov books are right up there, and the Lew Fonesca books are fun as well. The only series that I didn't love was the one about the Hollywood detective, whose name I can't remember.

What did you like best about this story?

As the blurb says, the plot, involving the attacks on synagogues in Chicago, and simultaneously about the changes in Abe and Bess's family: this is done very nicely. The synagogues are attacked by either militant Arab/Palestinian groups, or a bunch of NeoNazi skinheads, who are very colorful characters.

What does Richard Ferrone bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love his voice. It has the gravelly texture that I really enjoy. It's not breathy or melodramatic, but Mr. Ferrone is extremely skilled at voicing the large cast of characters that Kaminsky invents. He is very good at accents, alternating among Yiddish and Irish and Chinese with ease and fluidity.

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

No. I just loved it. Although there is some violence in these series, Mr. Kaminsky is not in love with it, and doesn't wallow in it as some authors do (like Karin Slaughter, just to name one). The acts are simply events that drive the plot; Kaminsky doesn't adore the gore and linger longingly on the blood and guts. (Pretty purple prose, there.)

Any additional comments?

I could go on here, but it would be overkill. Mr. Kaminsky was so clever and wrote with so much enjoyment of his craft that readers who haven't discovered him yet are in for a treat.

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- Richard Delman

Enjoying the series and hoping for more soon

Would you listen to Lieberman's Law again? Why?

Yes, while I don't re-listen to mysteries often, these books have wonderful details about life and traditions of Lieberman's community.

What other book might you compare Lieberman's Law to and why?

I have recently discovered some English mystery series that bring modern procedural realism to "the cozy." This series brings "coziness" to the procedural.

What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

Great storytelling. Subtle but distinctive character voices. I find that with great narrators, like Richard Ferrone, it is hard to say why they are good--they just are. I forget that I am listening to a narrator--I am just experiencing the book.

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

More thought-provoking that directly heart wrenching, but no criticism in that. I felt compelled and interested in what would happen.

Any additional comments?

I'm just hoping Richard Ferrone will record the rest of the series, the sooner the better. I am interested enough to switch to paper, but I really enjoy what Richard brings to the stories and characters.

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- Alice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios