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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.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, in my opinion, this is Noir in the most positive definition of that genre. Harry Starke is a Hero you can root for. There are eight or more stand alone books in the series. Entertainment value to time investment? Very good.
What did you like best about this story?
Though there are recurring characters, the crimes and investigation are different. Harry can be methodical, sometimes impulsive. Doggedly uncovering the murder of a long ago acquaintance, and the theft of a huge amount of money, and how the two are tied together.
What about Tom Lennon’s performance did you like?
Tom Lennon becomes the character. He keeps the story moving. I appreciate that his style is grounded, not gimmicky or over the top. Real to the characters imagined by author and listener.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I had to listen in several time segments, but on the one hand, I savored the audio book by necessity.
Any additional comments?
This is a favorite series. Thanks for the chance to listen!
This audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks Mr. Lennon!
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