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I have been waiting patiently (ish) for the next installment in the life of Tom Thorne. Having listened to all the previous books I feel I know him well and his hectic lifestyle and numerous problems! While I was initially worried the book was not to be narrated by Robert Glennister who is a fantastic narrator and by Mark himself, I need not have worried - Mark of course knows the book and the characters and the meanings as second nature after all he writes them and as Tom Thorne's voice - it is exactly as I remembered it by Robert.
The book is gripping, the plot is very varied and takes you through many emotions - sad, happy, cringing, angry etc etc..... I always have real empathy with Tom Thorne who means well , is a bit of a maveric ... and always gets himself into so much trouble in his personal and work life but with a good result overall.
A great read/listen ... I can't wait for the next one.
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I'd enjoyed some of the author's earlier Tom Thorne novels but felt that this one wasn't as convincing. There's a series of elaborated-contrived murders as par for the course in detective fiction but I thought the author over-did Thorne as the maverick detective breaking all the rules. It's a well-worn scenario of detective fiction that the central character has just been demoted owing to transgressions against the rules and that he's at logger-heads with his bosses, but in the book Thorne's actions verged on the plain stupid. I didn't find the resolution satisfactory, nor, surprisingly the author's narration. In a an earlier recording I thought he was good but in this one he rushed some of the text as if he wanted to get it over with, particularly in the earlier parts of the book. He improved as the story progressed.
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