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4.5 out of 5 stars
The Embalmer is a story about a killer on the loose. The only person who can help catch him has a job at the New York State Department of Unemployment Insurance Fraud. Okay, he also used to be a police officer — but he might be just the guy for the job. And did I mention that his name is Steve Jobz? Don’t bring it up to him though, it’s a touchy subject.
I love a good detective thriller and The Embalmer was just that. There was a lot of action, a lot of great dialogue (especially between Steve and Miller), and a really (really) messed up serial killer.
Did I mention that the killer is messed up? This book is sticking with me. I keep seeing scenes that Zandri wrote out and that Wehrlen described in the audiobook that just won’t let go. That’s a sign of a well-written book.
The Embalmer has a lot going for it, as mentioned above. But as someone who lived through someone who had dementia and Alzheimers — I thought that Zandri’s description of that disease was spot on. It hit a little too close to home for me through some parts.
Jobz himself might be one of my favorite recent characters I’ve read. Especially for detective/thriller novels. He had just the right kind of humor that really made me laugh out loud (literally). It reminded me slightly of old noir titles, especially the ones that didn’t take themselves too seriously.
Overall, I thought that The Embalmer was a great start to a series. A great read that I think people will really enjoy.
Add in the narration by Andrew B Wehrlen and you’ve got gold. Wehrlen gave the perfect narration for this book — allowing Zandri’s words to flow exactly the way I think he wanted them. Wehrlen brought to life the Jobz character and I hope that he will continue to narrate more books in this series.
I received a free copy of this book. It has not affected my review of my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book was great! The characters are engaging and well developed I figured this was gonna be a good story to listen to, but I had NO Idea just how good it was gonna be. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes thrillers. I will add that towards the end, it can get a little gross! but not enough to turn it off, and stop listening.
I am really hope there is a book 2 with Mr Jobz.
the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life! Kept it very real.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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This is one of those books of synchronicity where the text and the narrator come together perfectly.
Meet Steve Jobz - yes, that's right: Jobz with a z. Not the guy everyone has heard of, no, not that Steve Jobs, who invented the p.c., is talented and famous and rich. No, this Steve Jobs was, briefly, once a cop but fired, and now works for the Insurance Fraud Industry, investigating false claims against the State. Boring, but it pays the rent. And Andrew Wehrlen's is Steve Jobz, 'the middle aged man with the silly name, with a mother with altzheimers, father dead from a stabbing years before and a sardonic approach to his boring life, his creepy work colleagues and his big hearted boss. Then into his life comes a detective named Miller, who wants his help for a couple of days giving background insight into the murder case he's working on: a serial killer known as The Embalmer, who injects his female victims with preserving chemicals and poses their bodies like works of art.
Told in first person from Steve's point of view, Mr.Wehrlen gives even greater depth to the already well drawn character as well as individually voicing all of the other protagonists. This is a fun story and investigation with an endearing main protagonist and a creepy undertone.. An excellent start to what I hope will become a long running series.
My thanks to the rights holder of The Embalmer for freely gifting me my copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom, at my request. I really enjoyed it and will look, hopefully, for more in this excellent new series by Vincent Zandri.