Who killed Tom Sattler? Who stole $350 million from New Vision Strategic Investments? It's up to Harry Starke to figure it out. The call came on a Tuesday evening in the middle of August at around 9:30. It was from an old school friend that Harry Starke hadn't heard from in almost five years, and he hadn't thought about him in almost as long. Tom Sattler wanted to meet with Harry urgently, and it wouldn't wait until morning. When Harry arrived at Sattler's luxury home less than an hour later, he found him dead, lying in a pool of blood, a single gunshot wound to the head, and .22 revolver lying close to his hand. Suicide? If he was going to do that, why the hell did he call me? The search for an answer to that question starts Harry on a wide-ranging investigation that involves murder, corruption, organized crime, and deception.
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Poor Harry, talk about be caught in suspicious circumstances, how could he have foreseen that a phone call from someone he hadn't seen in years would land him in such a precarious situation? There he is, in the house of his long ago friend Tom, problem is, Tom is very dead, along come the police and the tale begins.
Lieutenant Kate Gazzara and Harry Starke are old friends, well, they were once, in fact for years they were very close until a certain incident involving another woman put paid to that. However, Kate and Harry continue to occasionally work together. Harry, an ex police officer now works as a private investigator, Kate takes advantage of the fact that Harry can do things that she, as an officer of the law, would get fired for if she were to do them. Maybe not ethical, but their system works, and Kate is usually there to help extricate Harry from the troubles arising from his methods.
Harry needs all his wiley ways to solve this one, it's a real humdinger of a twisty tale and I reckon the most experienced of armchair sleuths would be hard put to solve this one. For a start, there are just so many possible suspects, but slowly Harry and his team whittle them down until they get to the bottom of it. Have to say, it's a really interesting outcome!
I'm not sure why I like Harry so much, he's like the iron fist in a kid glove, smooth, suave and polished, but underneath it all he really is as hard as nails. He can say the most dreadful things yet make them sound like a compliment, he doesn't hold back on dishing out the physical punishment either, and because he seems such a charming character, the violence does come as a bit of a shock.
Harry loves women, he does seem a little weak in the presence of a beautiful female, he just knows he ought to say no but, somehow, talks himself into doing just the opposite.
This book, like the first, is full of interesting characters and their personalities are well written making the reader feel involved with them, they stay in your head long after the story has finished. This was a great read.
There could not be a more perfect narrator for Harry Starke than Tom Lennon, I can't fault his performance. He captures Harrys charm, yet when Harry is at his most thuggish and threatening, Tom makes these threats sound like a verbal caress, cleverly insinuating that there is a deeper and more frightening aspect to Harrys character. This in turn adds adds an extra dimension of interest to the story made possible only through an outstanding narration
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher in return for an honest review.
- bec/audiothing "I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!"
A Great Premise to a Good Story
I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.
* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for an honest review.