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If you haven't read first in this Sean Lynch series, stop this review now and look for "Wounded Prey"! This is the second in what Sean Lynch describes as a trilogy in a Bob Farrell and Kevin Kearns hard boiled private eye epic. While this book stands on its own bottom, it will ruin "Wounded Prey" for you… Don't let that happen, K?
In a way, I found "The Fourth Motive" better than "Wounded Prey" largely because first novels have to allow the new writer to discorge so many thoughts s/he've had in thinking up the first go at getting a publisher's attention. In "The Fourth Motive" Lynch is freed to build upon the dense characterizations of his tough-guy heroes and their motivations. Which allows even more pace to get packed into the narrative.
This book is faster (not shorter - faster) than the first but leaves you coughing up GSR, eye-dazzled from flashing gun muzzles. The book's violent, just, and satisfying if a BIG TAD non-PC.
If you can live with a Batman who works on the the darker side of the law… You'll live contentedly with Farrell and Kearns. I'm going to preorder "Officer Involved" the third in this trilogy due out this Spring.
Can't wait for another Jeff Harding creation of a Sean Lynch ensemble. Harding rocks!
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Sean Lynch stories are "graphic" w/ violence from psychos... but "funny" at the same time. This one was very similar to the first one.
The old guy / young guy duo vs crazy psychos would make a good movie.
Will be waiting for #3.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
This is the second Sean Lynch book I've listened to. again, brilliant writing - gutsy, no holds barred events but also plenty of humour. Great narration too.
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What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Motive the most enjoyable?
A well thought out, well constructed story with great (and realistic) characters.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Both Kearns & Farrell are wonderful creations, they compliment each other so well and provide most of the heart and humour of each book. As a "buddy cop" pairing you can't do much better!
What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The narrator, Jeff Harding, gives a real sense of the part of the world the story is set in, Kearns wouldn't be Kearns without the wonderful accent/voice Harding provides. In addition, a lot of the humour (especially in the Farrell/Kearns interactions) comes from Harding's delivery (Kearns exasperation with his partner is a joy to listen to!)
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend "Wounded Prey" which is the first book in the Farrell & Kearns series, a great read which tells the story of how they met.
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