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‘At first glance it could have been anything – a stone, a knotted root – until you looked more closely. Thrusting out of the wet earth, its bones visible through rags of flesh, was a decomposing hand…’It was eight years ago that they found the body buried on the moor. They were certain that this was one of psychotic rapist and multiple murderer Jerome Monk’s teenage victims. Which left just two more bodies to find? But the ill-conceived search ended badly. And with Monk safely behind bars, the momentum faltered. For forensics expert David Hunter, and those others who were part of the recovery team, life moved on. And the dead were left undisturbed.
Now, though, a nightmare scenario unfurls. Monk has escaped and seems to be targeting anyone involved in that original ill-fated operation. Lured back to the moors by a desperate call for help, Hunter begins to realise that neither the events unfolding now – nor those of eight years ago – are quite what they seem. And as the maniac’s violent trail edges ever closer, the past is suddenly anything but dead and buried…
©2011 Simon Beckett (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheryl Waters on 07-14-11

A Course in Forensics

This is not Simon Beckett's first novel centered around forensic anthropology, but it is the first available on Audible. The plot--the search for a corpse believed to be a victim of an imprisoned serial killer--keeps twisting as little can be taken for the truth.

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3 out of 5 stars
By SophNevie on 01-11-15

Oh Dear

The readers performance does much to salvage this book. The plot however is overfilled with ridiculous contrivances and hackneyed plot devices. I spent too much time to tutting and rolling my eyes during this one.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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By Aileen on 07-01-11

Absolutely Brilliant Book

Really enjoyed listening to this book. The amount of research Simon Beckett must of done for this book is tremendous, as well as his attention to detail. His main character David Hunter is a thoroughly nice man that you just warm to immediately. The storyline is gripping just when you think you know who the killer is everything turns upside down. Brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable.
The narrator, too is excellent and I cant praise this audio book highly enough.

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31 of 31 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 01-09-12

A riveting story

Having read and enjoyed The Chemistry of Death I was confident that this would be a good book and it is. I was gripped from the start and enjoyed the scientific detail that adds credibility to the narrative. The story never flags and is full of exciting scenes and surprises. Not least the ending which I didn't see coming.
The reader does a splendid job of giving characters different voices and enhancing the listening experience.
Recommended.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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