Speak of the Devil

  • by Richard Hawke
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • 11 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's a beautiful Thanksgiving morning in New York City. Perfect day for a parade, and Fritz Malone just happens to have drifted up Central Park West to take a look at the floats. Across the crowd-filled street he sees a gunman on a low wall, taking aim with a shiny black Beretta. Seconds later, the air is filled with bullets and blood. Fritz isn't one to stand around and watch. A child of Hell's Kitchen and the bastard son of a beloved former police commissioner, Fritz is all too familiar with the city's rougher side. As the gunman flees into the park, Fritz runs after him. What he doesn't know is that he is also running into one of the most shocking and treacherous episodes of his life.
Though Fritz assumed that chasing down bad guys is perfectly legal, the cops hustle him from the scene and deliver him to the office of the current commissioner, who informs Fritz that someone dubbed "Nightmare" has been taunting the city's leaders for weeks, warning of an imminent attack on the citizenry. What's worse, Nightmare has already let the officials know that the parade gunman was a mere foot soldier and that there's more carnage to come unless the city meets his impossible demands. The pols don't dare share this information with anyone, not even the NYPD. What they need for this job is an outside man. And in Fritz they think they've got one.
Racing against the tightest of clocks, Fritz finds himself confounded by Nightmare's multiple masks and messengers. The killer is simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. But as Fritz's frantic investigation takes him from a convent in the Bronx to a hookers' haven in central Brooklyn, the story behind the story, complete with wicked secrets on both sides of the law, begins to emerge. As Fritz zeroes in on the terrible, gruesome truth, the killer retaliates by making things personal, forcing Fritz to grapple with his deepest fear: sometimes nightmares really do come true.


What the Critics Say

"A deftly paced debut that crackles and pops from page 1." (Booklist)
"A loaded backstory, compelling minor characters, and clever, literate writing promise great things ahead for Hawke." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Great Fun

Though basically a modern version of the wise cracking gumshoe, the story works well and brings in a cast of interesting, believable charators. If your looking for some fun escapism this is for you. The narrator was a truly excellent voice actor, I will look out for him again.
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- Jim "Member since 2004 Audible not 2014! Either that or I've bought an awful lot of books in one year."

Very listenable

Great story and Paul Michael gets a 10 as the narrator. I could not wait for the next session of listening
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- PFHugo Winterbach

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape