On a sweltering September night, Long Beach Homicide Detective Danny Beckett is called to a grisly crime scene at the mouth of the Los Angeles River. A defenseless homeless man has been burned to death by three teenagers with gang ties. The suspects are already in custody, and the evidence is overwhelming - but when one suspect's brother is targeted for murder, Danny starts to think there may be more to this seemingly clear-cut case. Obsessed with discovering the true identity of the victim, a gentle vagrant who may have been hiding a tortured past, Danny and his team start to uncover a high-reaching conspiracy that puts them all at risk - and threatens to open new wounds that could cut even deeper than Danny's old ones.
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"A Dull and Boring Hallelujah"
I wanted to like this book but I just couldn't. The performance was stilted and the story just couldn't hold my interest. I kept going hoping it would get better. It didn't. The descriptions of Long Beach were pretty good. To be honest, I was about halfway through the book when I realized I didn't even know the name of the main character. The sad thing was, I didn't care.
"Too slow and drawn out. Never build a strong case"
as they wanted and then jump to going after the head boss behind crime. Narrator was very good.
"Really liked this"
I like the story line, the character development . I have listened to the other two books in this series and really enjoyed them as well. Since this book was published in 2014, I hope the next book in the series is coming out soon.
"A very nice read"
Kept me interested.
I enjoyed this book and the narrator did an excellent job. I didn't find too many surprises out of the book but it certainly didn't bore me at all.
"Loved the Title of the Book, but that's about it.."
After finishing this book, I felt like there were several areas missing very important backstory. It wasn't until I came to write a review of this book on audible that I learned it's book 3 of a series (amazon, where i purchased it, failed to mention that). I now understand why the author skirted past huge defining moments with a summary sentence. I'm sure the many questions that I had are probably answered in the first two books.
Either way, I can only write this review as if the book was a stand alone novel. I don't believe you need the prior books to follow the story. Except for the main characters, the plot line involves people that most likely exist only in this book.
Detective Danny had this obsession with knowing more about a homicide victim named Bishop. The author tries to explain a connection between the two which I didn't quite understand because I felt like I didn't really know Danny. I'm sure if I would have read the previous books, I would understand the decisions and emotions of Danny, but it seemed 2-dimensional. It's like the author assumed that I knew Danny's history (which would be a pretty good assumption).
The story isn't bad and the narrator does well. On the surface I believe the book is okay, but I think it would have been a better experience if I was already connected to Danny. I would understood some of the text better regarding his wife and partner, why he acts the way he acts and why he's in constant pain.
If it was a stand alone story, I'd probably rate it as a 3 star book due to poor character development, but knowing now that it's part of a series, I'll rate it a solid 4. I'm sure most of the questions I had are answered in prior books.
I would recommend this book,....after reading the other 2 first though! Lol!
"Not a bad story." she said. "But, I guessed the ending twist!" he said. "Probably won't go looking for another book by this author or reader" he and she agreed.
"Very good storytelling."
First time I have listened to Dilts. The book is very evocative of the LA / Long Beach scene. I plan to explore more of his books.
"Not impressed-did not like reader."
I was not real impressed with the story. I had both the written and audible versions. Between the two, I preferred the written. The story was just okay, but listening to the audio made it worse for me because I did not care for the reader's performance.
I did not like his voice and there was very little distinction between the characters in his performance.
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