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On the surface, Kate Townsend seems the most unlikely murder victim imaginable. A star student and athlete, she'd been accepted to Harvard and carried the hope and pride of the town on her shoulders. But like her school and her town, Kate also had a secret life - one about which her adult lover knew little.
When Drew begs Penn to defend him, Penn allows his sense of obligation to override his instinct and agrees. Yet before he can begin, both men are drawn into a dangerous web of blackmail and violence. Penn finds himself doubting his friend's motives and searching for a path out of harm's way.
More dangerous yet is Shad Johnson, the black district attorney whose dream is to send a rich white man to death row in Mississippi. At Shad's order, Drew is jailed, the police cease hunting Kate's killer, and Penn realizes that only by finding Kate's murderer himself can he save his friend's life.
With his daughter's babysitter as his guide, Penn penetrates the secret world of St. Stephen's, a place that parents never see, where reality veers so radically from appearance that Penn risks losing his own moral compass. St. Stephen's is a dark mirror of the adult world, one populated by steroid-crazed jocks, girls desperate for attention, and jaded teens flirting with nihilism. And hidden among them all is one true psychopath.
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By Pat M. on 04-21-14
Southern accents are best left to Southerners...
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, for the story. I like suspense and complicated relationships.
What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?
With the notable exception of the late, great Frank Muller, Southern accents are best left to native Southerners and British actors. I cringed each time I heard Nah'-chez' instead of Natch'-iz, and could'-sue' instead of cud'-zoo. I have always liked Dick Hill's performances, but I far prefer his Jack Reacher-type voice to this one.
Any additional comments?
I had planned to listen the rest of the books in this series, but I'm not sure I'll be able to get around the accent. I know whereof I speak; I am from south Alabama.
37 of 41 people found this review helpful
By Franklin on 06-14-14
I Kept Waiting For the Trial
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No. I didn't finish it though I labored almost 3/4 of the way through. Granted I am a late middle aged woman but the explicit, descriptive, detailed sex and the debauched portrayal of teens was more than I could endure. I felt like I needed to wash my brain and erase the images. Somehow I think that it reveals a lack of imagination when authors resort to surrounding their stories with sex instead of interesting characters and plots.
What do you think your next listen will be?
While I enjoyed a previous book by this author, I doubt I will try him again.
What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?
Did Turning Angel inspire you to do anything?
Put it down.
46 of 52 people found this review helpful