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The severed head of Micky Crounan, local baker, is grinning gruesomely up from the bottom tier of his own cake. Katie Maguire of the Irish Garda is baffled--until another local businessman goes missing in horrific circumstances. Soon Katie is on the trail of a debt-collecting gang calling themselves the Kings of Erin. But these are very dangerous men. And they will stop at nothing to throw Katie off the trail....
©2015 Graham Masterton (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"One of the most original and frightening storytellers of our time." (Peter James)
"A natural storyteller with a unique gift for turning the mundane into the terrifyingly real." (New York Journal of Books)
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By Petra on 02-15-16

Not as good the others, terrible narration

Book 4 in the Katie Maguire series and the first one that isn't up to the 4 stars I've given for the others. This one deals with cases of kidnapping. Local businessmen are being kidnapped by a group called The Kings of Erin. I still enjoy the mix of history and mythology that Masterton inserts into these books and the sense of the Irish setting was excellent again. But Katie's 'development' in this one was terrible. I am referring to her decision making regarding her new next door neighbor. I don't mind a protagonist with some flaws but that took stupidity to a new level. Then there's the now standard cringe worthy sex scene. Masterton is fantastic when it comes to gory horror scenes, but the relationship and love aspects of this series are starting to be a tad formulaic.

I started off listening to the audio version, but had to abandon it because, 4 books into the series, there was suddenly a new narrator. I don't give up easily, but a potential 13 hours of monotonous, school-like reading out loud was more than I could bear.

The book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, and I look forward to reading the next part, hoping that Katie will return to be the strong female protagonist we saw in the previous installments.

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By N Myers on 08-25-15

The narrator ruined this for me

I've really enjoyed this series of books and was looking forward to this one but they have changed the narrator from the previous books. The new narrator made the whole story a bit dull. She didn't have a good range of voices and I struggled to keep up with conversations between different characters as all the voices sounded the same. Shame really. I may just read the next book and not bother with the audiobook.

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By Amazon Customer on 04-22-17

wrong narrator

I have listened to all of the other stories in the series...not quite in order due to the missing numbering of some books...however this narrator does not suit as she is hesitant and sounds like she is new to narrating which spoils the flow and strength of the story.

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By Geraldine Wilson on 03-25-17

Hanging in for the story but only just!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Hugely. It's the reason I'm just hanging in and may not finish.

Any additional comments?

I've read only one Graham Masterson, Buried, and enjoyed it immensely. I could get into the characters because the narrator brought them to life.
However, the narration of Taken for Dead is just so dreadful - she really does sound like a school girl reading in class. I'm not sure I'll make it to the end.

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