- Narrated by: Peter Francis James
- Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-17-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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As thrilling as it is darkly evocative, Past Due is a superb tale of crime and justice that takes the intrepid Victor Carl into brilliant new territory and confirms William Lashner's place among the top suspense writers of our time.
"Lashner...has a rich, sometimes poetic style, but he leavens his prose with humor that fluctuates between morbid and whimsical. This is an extremely good crime novel, and it vaults Lashner into the upper reaches of the hardboiled universe, along with Pelecanos, Lehane, and a very few others." (Booklist)
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By A. L. DeWitt on 10-18-05
More Detective Than Legal Thriller
Apparently Mr. Lashner wants to write about cops. Instead, however, he has written about lawyers. In this adventure Mr. Carl, the quixotic hero, investigates the death of a dead client to learn why it happened. While you could believe Mr. Carl would investigate to get his fee, or to make some money, somehow the idea of Victor Carl as the guy who is in to solving mysteries without an upside for Mr. Carl is a bit of a stretch. I have enjoyed Mr. Lashner's other work, and this one is a forgiveable distraction from an otherwise stellar set of books.
It is a good listen, and picks up where Fatal Flaw left off. Carl uses "Skink" among others to solve the mystery, and even without a lot of foreshadowing (of which there is simply too much), you could have known where this one was going.
Overall, its a B- ... not his best work.
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By Boyce on 09-17-14
Weak story, weakly told
What disappointed you about Past Due?
What didn't disappoint me? There was only the vaguest of plot lines. No suspense whatsoever. And I have read Lashner's Hostile Witness and loved it. I read it ten years ago in print and again a few days ago in audio. Also read Veritas and liked it. Past Due was useless.
What was most disappointing about William Lashner’s story?
There was no story. Barely even an attempt at a story.
What aspect of Peter Francis James’s performance would you have changed?
Hard to say when the material is so bad. I did not care for his voice though. Rather harsh.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Boredom. I finally quit on it. It will be going back to Audible.