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A Breach of Security Audiobook

A Breach of Security

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Publisher's Summary

When a bunch of neo-fascist thugs named The Bulldogs attack a Gay pride march in the sleepy country town of Lafferton, detective Simon Serrailler moves quickly to find the assailants. He's already got his hands full making security arrangements for a memorial service to honour soldiers returning from Afghanistan. When anonymous threats come in, Serrailler wonders if the Bulldogs are behind these too - and worries that they know the Prince of Wales will be in attendance. As the day approaches, the threats intensify, and Serrailler finds himself racing against the clock to prevent catastrophe.

Susan Hill has won the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham, and John Llewelyn Rhys prizes, as well as being shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She has written 55 books in several genres, including the ghost story The Woman in Black, the play adapted from which is still running in London's West End after 25 years. I'm the King of The Castle has been a GCSE set text. She has also published collections of short stories, fiction for children, several nonfiction books and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler, who features in a short story here for the first time. Her new novel, The Soul of Discretion, is the eighth in the Serrailler series, and will be published by Chatto and Windus in October. Susan Hill is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of King's College, London, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours of 2012.

©2014 Susan Hill (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Colin Lodder St Leonards on Sea, E Sussex, GB 03/11/2016
    Colin Lodder St Leonards on Sea, E Sussex, GB 03/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Police have very politically correct attitudes."

    Not very exciting. Politically correct viewpoints. Lots of domestic padding. Few chapters for main story line. And I think that decisions made would have been done by somebody considerably more senior than a Major. A relatively junior officer.
    I'm glad I'm not a neighbour of the terribly boring central character!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jayne woodbridge 26/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Susan hill never disappoints!"

    Even though this was a short story, it was as good as any of her longer stories !! Hope she write a new Simon Sirallier novel, would live to know how he's getting on !!!

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    Angela 06/02/2017
    Angela 06/02/2017

    I love to read, particularly sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and the classics. I'm a librarian and have a long commute so get a chance to read lots

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    "Good short story"
    Any additional comments?

    Downloaded for two main reasons: 1, it was free: 2, Steven Pacey.
    I've read a couple of books by Susan Hill and have not really taken with her for reasons I cannot explain. This was a really good short story however, and I would be interested in reading a proper book from within this series.
    Pacey, as ever, is amazing.

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    shona lidgey 06/01/2017
    shona lidgey 06/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent short story!"

    Steven Pacey as always makes this story even more exciting and fast- paced than written, although it's already very well written. The story is shocking and sad , the characters fully formed and believable.

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    CGM 21/12/2016
    CGM 21/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "sorry. didn't even manage to last to the end"

    struggled to finish to the point where I gave up. I just couldn't get the plot or characters. sorry 😔

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    Joseph UK 20/11/2016
    Joseph UK 20/11/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "I love Susan Hill!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Short but sweet
    Good to see the usual characters develop.
    Story as usual excellent and Pacey's narration is great


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    Elizabeth 01/11/2016
    Elizabeth 01/11/2016
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    "Good read."

    Good short story with realaliatic characters. Easy listening and descriptive. Will definitely read more from this author.

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    Suswati 27/10/2016
    Suswati 27/10/2016 Member Since 2016

    Obsessed with psychological thrillers, crime, mystery and dystopian fictions. A good drama now and again. A harsh critic at times.

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    "Extremely hard-hitting in an hour and a half"

    Fantastic short story tackling all levels of violence and motives behind it - well written and read.

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    Sara 16/09/2016
    Sara 16/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "terrible!"

    Shaky plot. no connection with events. Dodgy characters. Ended abruptly.
    I only finished listening as it was the only title I had downloaded left to listen to.
    Now I understand why it was free...

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    Louisa Simpson 30/07/2016
    Louisa Simpson 30/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "heart wrenching."

    I listened in one go. it has an amazing story with a great twist. and full characters preformed brilliantly.

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  • connie
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    24/10/14
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    "So glad I found this free story!"

    I"ve had Hill's Serailler series in my wish list for years, but hesitated to hit "buy." This short is just OK; however, the listen tells me enough to know that I will enjoy a full length Hill listen-- a well-written modern take on a village cozy with police procedural added, somewhere between the depth of PD James and the lightness of Deborah Crombie. The excellent narration lives up to the positive reviews of Pacey as the voice of this series.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    31/08/15
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    "THE BULLDOGS"

    NEO-FASCIST THUGS
    Do not get confused, this is not about fascism, gays or even bad guys. This is a great look into what police departments go through these days, when there are public parades, etc.., and bomb threats. Every bomb threat has to be taken serious, even if it seems false. The police do not take sides, they have to stop threats before they happen. We always hear about when the police get it wrong, but not when they get it right (and I am not saying they get it right here). The bad guy only has to strike once to be successful, the police have to cover everything, all the time and when successful, no one even knows.

    I only gave the story three stars, but still believe this could be an eye opening listen to many people. It is free and only an hour and half long.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Sugar Land, TX, United States
    28/10/14
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    "Pros and Cons"

    I'm familiar with Susan Hill for some of her ghost stories, and downloaded this free offering because I enjoy her writing. This is not an especially compelling story outside of the context of the main character's detective series. But the writing is very good, the narrator excellent, so based on this snack sized sample, I am interested in looking at more of the series. Thanks for the freebie, Audible.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Janet H. Maddox
    Atlanta, GA
    23/02/15
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    "What a tease!"

    okay, this was fun, but I want an entire book. Love Susan Hill's books and can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tramsinej
    20/02/17
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    "not bad"

    a little weird starting out, and the ending was abrupt, but all-in-all not too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Christian C.
    North Carolina, USA
    25/01/17
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    "Excellent"

    Great short story. Great narrator. Highly recommend for lovers of British police procedurals & crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa Kruczek
    INDIANA, USA
    22/01/17
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    "War"

    You never know what anyone else really thinks or feels until they act. When they do act, you may not like it or agree. You can never really walk in another person's shoes for we each have a unique pair.

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  • LawyerMom
    09/01/17
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    "Couldn't wait for it to end"

    I'm a person who finishes what she starts, and I am grateful this is a novella and nothing more. There is a bevy of disconnected characters you meet once to never hear from again and you wonder why any time was spent on them at all. The plot line is predictable with some homophobia and machismo thrown in to leave a bad taste in your mouth. All in all, the only redeeming factor is the reader, who has a lovely voice and nice accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen T.
    15/11/16
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    "thumbs down"

    i did not enjoy this book. THE tittle was all trumped up....for an eventbthat didnt cone until the lastbtwo minutes of the book! wasted suspense ( if you can call it even that).
    #disappointed

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  • Ruby
    26/09/16
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    "not my cup of tea"

    I really struggled to even finish it because it never reeled me in and I was at chapter 4. By then I realized it was only 9 chapters total but it took all I had to focus and finish it.

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