• by Vaughn C. Hardacker
  • Narrated by Christopher Price
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a sniper kills four people on Boston Common, Boston homicide detective Mike Houston and his partner Anne Bouchard are sent to investigate the case. Amidst the blood and terror, Houston discovers similarities, likenesses the killer’s positioning, his choice of victims, and his code of ethics between the crime scene and his own training as a US Marine scout and sniper. And with the staging of the scene set for prime shock value, Houston has to wonder what it is this murderer intends to accomplish. The connection is confirmed in the worst possible way when the sniper strikes again, this time killing Houston’s ex-wife, severing what’s left of the bond between Houston and his estranged daughter, Susie. It’s personal now, and as the death toll rises, Houston and Bouchard will stop at nothing to find the cold-blooded sniper who’s making a mockery of their department. In a final gesture of cat and mouse depravity, the killer kidnaps Susie, luring Houston to an island on a remote lake in Maine for a deadly, sniper-to-sniper showdown.


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Customer Reviews

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Narration drove me crazy!

Would you ever listen to anything by Vaughn C. Hardacker again?

Don't think so.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Price?

Not sure however Christopher Price' voice was painful and dull. Drove me crazy and I only made it half way through before I had to give up.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, the storyline was predictable and slow.

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- Nick

Houston, we have a problem.

Forgive me for that – I HAD to go there. In a book jam-packed with one cliché after another it just felt appropriate! I am not keen on the cop thriller genre but this one was free so what the heck! plus, I wanted something short to give me a little break from a longer book I am determined to finish.

Perhaps I am biased but to me these types of books are all too cliché: a hard-as-nails-tough-guy-determined cop with rocky past, shady characters milling about in the periphery, a solid partner to help pick up the pieces when it all falls apart, perhaps a little love story thrown in, find the murderer before he kills again race against time … and that’s not even related to the plot! same same same thing every time!

I won’t get into specific plot points of this book because I don’t want to inadvertently post a spoiler but it played out like a B-movie. I should have known when I read the line “deadly, sniper-to-sniper showdown” in the synopsis. GROAN.

This story was on par with every other murder, cop, find-the-bad-guy adventure. Nothing about it really stood out. For me, it was just ok. Barely.

(p.s. regarding the narration: the accents were farcical!!)
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- Simone "Follow me on Goodreads too!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios