The Good Detective

  • by H. R. F. Keating
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A case from his past is about to ruin Assistant Chief Constable Ned French's career. Heather Jonas, forced into a false confession to murder after a harrowing late-night interview session with French, has now served 15 years of her 20-year sentence. In all that time she's never appealed against her lot; but now, someone else has confessed, and a citizen's rights campaigner is determined to get to the truth.Then, French gets a tip-off which could lead to the biggest coup of his working life. He is reliably informed that the notorious Corrigan cousins are masterminding a huge shipment of cocaine into Britain, and he knows where it's going to land. Will he be able to pull off the arrest, or will the events from his past overwhelm him before he has the chance? And is he, or is he not, a good detective?


What the Critics Say

"[A] moving, powerful, melancholy story about one detective's fierce efforts to do his job well - and the high costs of his obsessive ambition....Deeply affecting and superbly written, this is an outstanding police procedural and a moving human drama." (Booklist)
"Keating writes crime fiction that refuses to pander and consistently entertains as it unfolds, enigma after enigma." (Publishers Weekly)
"Davidson excels....Each book [in the series] has multiple characters, yet Davidson renders each of them distinct." (AudioFile)


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The power of the human voice!

This book provides a perfect example of what I can only describe as the power of the human voice. What exactly do I mean by this? Well, to be completely honest, I feel that in its written form, the story is pretty much a mediocre read. It’s the kind of book that reads fairly quickly; keeps the reader somewhat engaged, but doesn’t really have much substance or oomph to it at all.

However, when I listened to the audio version narrated by Frederick Davidson, I was blown away! There is no other way for me to describe it, but that he somehow managed to take what I consider to be “so-so” material, and turned it into a first-class story. His reading performance; his inflection and nuance in shaping the main characters in this book completely changed my perception of the story. I was intrigued; I was moved; I was captivated by the storyline. What a gift this man had! Highly recommend the audio version!
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- Suzanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.