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Here's a series that needs starting at the beginning, and this is IT! Wuddan' openert! Here's the private eye that the great authors of the 30s, 40s, and 50s should have imagined if the censors and cultural gatekeepers would have permitted. Bob Farrell is HARD BOILED and his sidekick Kevin Kearns is tougher than a diner's 2 buck blue plate steak.
Yeah, there's a lot of gore, gristle, and groaning in scenes fogged grim in gun smoke and blood spatter. And then there are the rules… Well, that's the point… There ain't no rules. Just vigilante crowbars prying through the thick doors of procedure, hardened steel of judicial precedent, and impregnable cop culture.
I just finished the second in the Farrell/Kearns epic… "The Fourth Motive"... since I couldn't wait to listen to Jeff Harding read these two books in succession. In a lot of ways, "Fourth" is a sequel to "Wounded Prey" and may be a tad better. Which is high praise, I enjoyed "Wounded Prey" that much.
Oh, if you're squeamish, maybe you'd like something else. Fair warning, eh?
Yeah, there're grissley moments here. but unlike some authors who wallow in the stuff (getting off on the cretin's pleasure) you won't find a sadist's high in either "Wounded Prey" or "The Fourth Motive."
Here's tough stuff from a new favorite author of mine.
27 of 30 people found this review helpful
I'm often critical and turned off when an author's main detective character goes rogue. But Lynch creates a believable scenario where his retired cop had special knowledge of who the killer was from his tour in Vietnam 20 years earlier. The Iowa police are stymied because they have no knowledge of who the killer is and how to find him. All they know is out of nowhere a man abducted an 8 year old girl in front of 20 witnesses and shot and killed her teacher.
There's so much more, including humorous run ins with an overbearing, tactless FBI agent who is repeatedly thwarted from getting involved in the case. Suffice to say there is good reason why the police and FBI cannot be the best chance of finding te killer.
Jeff Harding seems new to me as a narrator. I should have researched him in my library before this writing. He delivers an outstanding performance, one of the best I've encountered.
Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat from the opening chapter on this one.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
A gripping story from the get go! Graphic in it's violence but not gratuitously and the characters are very well developed.
Not to mention as usual the narrator Jeff Harding puts in a stellar performance!! One of the best books I've listened to this year.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would have given 0 stars if I could.
Totally implausible plot.
Comic book characters.
Don't waste your time on this book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful