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I listened to this book in a day because it just keeps you guessing; did he do it? Listen a little more and think, no he didn't do it - and awhile later - he might be the killer after all - no wait - Is it____? This is my first Brian Freeman book and it will not be my last. The one thing that bothered me was his wrap up at the end. I had to "rewind" a few times to put the sequence of events in order to solve this mystery. I think the author got so excited about his ending plot divulsion, that he ran through it too fast. I did not really understand why a house getting burned had anything to do with a teacher molesting a student? Anyway, I would suggest listening to this book and say "pay close attention to the last quarter of the book!
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A pretty humdrum detective novel, part procedural, part soap opera. This isn't a true mystery, as there are no clues whatever pointing to the actual killer. Indeed, given the motivations of individual characters, much of what they actually do doesn't make sense. There are several occasions when the intelligent main characters, Mark and Hillary, do stupid things in order (seemingly) to enhance suspense. Many times I felt manipulated by the author's tendency to hint at important developments in the story, then suddenly switch to a different scene altogether. That was annoying. On the positive side, the reader did an excellent job with the upper-midwest accent without making people sound like caricatures from "Fargo." Also, the main detective, Cab Bolton, is interesting and complex; the novel was at its best when narration was from his POV.
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