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If you could sum up Red Fish, Dead Fish in three words, what would they be?
Holy fucking hell
Who was your favorite character and why?
It’s a tie between all of them. Making me choose is cruel. Jackson and Ellery for different reasons. Also Lucy Satan. Also mike. Seriously there is no choosing. They are all wonderfully written well rounded characters whom I would love to meet in real life.
What does Greg Tremblay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The accents and the pacing. I’d read too fast, miss too much. And Greg isn’t just reading, he’s acting. It’s like watching tv but better.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Oh god, if only. I would have if i could have. But at the same time i wanted to draw it out and make it last because god only knows how long it’s going to be until the next one. I’ve been waiting for this book since last summer. It was worth the wait, no question, but I listened to it a lot faster than It’ll take for the next one to come out.
Any additional comments?
I’m about to go fangirl at Amy Lane. These books, both Fish out of Water and Red Fish Dead Fish are some of favorite books. And Greg Trembly is a narrator of unimpeachable quality. The combination is outstanding.
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Red Fish, Dead Fish is the second book in the Fish Out of Water series by Amy Lane, and should not be listened to as a stand-alone novel. This is an action packed series and must be listened to in order to fully appreciate its complexities.
In Fish Out of Water we first met gritty troubled PI Jackson Lane; a man who learnt at a very young age that trust often led to betrayal and worse. Attorney Ellery Cramer, on the other hand, grew up in a world of privilege. Meeting Jackson turned Ellery’s life upside down in more ways than one. Dealing with his growing attraction to the rough around the edges, prickly man was hard, but seeing the world without his rose coloured glasses was even harder. Together these two extraordinary men fought corruption at the highest levels but, even as they achieved justice, one man remained standing and it is in Red Fish, Dead Fish that Jackson and Ellery must face the most evil of their adversaries, thus far.
Red Fish, Dead Fish is the story of how two men of character, backed by their closet friends and family fight, not only a deadly adversary, but also an officialdom more intent on covering themselves than uncovering a potential serial killer. The fact that he is an ex police officer makes them slow to believe Jackson and Ellery, and this will lead to deadly consequences. With Jackson, Ellery, and their family, in the killers crosshairs not everyone will survive, and it will take the abduction of a fellow police officer to finally get them the help they need. It will be a miracle if Ellery can save Jackson, when Jackson’s passion for justice overcomes his need for self preservation.
I loved Jackson, with his survivor/warrior strength, and Ellery with his strong sense of justice and openness to see the world through other’s eyes. The fact that he also called Jackson on his bs was a bonus. Watching the development of Jackson and Ellery’s relationship, against the horror of all that they lived through, added glimpses of happiness in this otherwise harsh and gritty tale. The secondary characters were all multifaceted and very easy to connect with, or despise, adding even more depth to an already multidimensional story. Red Fish, Dead Fish really is a riveting, roller coaster novel.
Greg Tremblay’s narration was pitch perfect as always. He is a superb voice actor and the characters come alive under his masterful touch. It was impossible not to disappear into the world he created, and in his hands this story was riveting, horrifying, touching, and very difficult to pause.
A compelling story, beautifully narrated. Highly recommended.