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I downloaded the kindle book then bought the Audible Whispersynced version based on the Amazon reviews. I started out following along with the text while the narrator read it. That is something I rarely do. However, it did show me that the book does need a good editing. Words as read by the narrator were not the same words in the Kindle book. Also there were things that outright puzzled me. For instance a British character asked DS Smith for his badge. Since Smith is plain clothes he would have a warrant card as his ID rather than a badge.
The first quarter was interesting as DS Smith investigates a possible suicide and at another location a homicide of a mother as well as a vicious assault on her daughter. The obvious suspect is the father who was found in the house in a traumatized state.
However Smith is put on leave following a violent assault on a prisoner (which his supervisors make clear they are going to cover up. I found this a little odd. Usually collusion is not so obvious, even in fiction.) Smith then goes off on an investigation related to the disappearance of his sister 10 years ago in Australia. I didn't find it particularly thrilling.
Finally, the story gets back to the original plot and a .resolution.
The narrator did the best he could with the material and I would listen to another book read by him. There's a three volume Kindle ebook by Giles which contains this story and two others which I plan to read sometimes soon to see if Giles manages to find an editor.
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Interesting characters. My biggest complaint is the narrator, he read entirely too fast.