Long Beach, California homicide detective Danny Beckett is pouring the weekend's first shot of vodka when the call comes in: Elizabeth Williams, a teacher at nearby Warren High School, has been brutally murdered in her classroom. When Danny arrives at the school, the blood-spattered crime scene turns even his veteran stomach. What could this young woman have done to make her the target of such a violent attack?
And what is the significance of the victim's left hand, taken by the killer as a grisly trophy? Beckett delves into the case with his usual tenacious cool, yet as he pieces together the facts, long-suppressed anguish from his own past rises up with stunning force. His hunt for the murderer soon morphs into a personal quest for atonement as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his wife and family.
A King of Infinite Space is a riveting crime novel that serves as a memorable introduction for Danny Beckett to the ranks of fiction's favorite hardened detectives.
©2010 Tyler Ditls (P)2013 Tyler Dilts
It was a very easy listen, neat plot line, likeable and believable characters. Most of all the narration by Alex Hyde-White is excellent.
It rolled along nicely and there were a couple of great surprises.
The one where we find out about Beth's father.
A Thriller with Heart
More narrations of thrillers, psychological thrillers and fiction from Alex Hyde-White please.
Yes, it's a decent crime mystery!
Many in this genre.
A great performance, plus words aren't skipped. I usually skip a couple words here and there when reading.
Greed is Death!
Thank you for the diverse cast of characters in your story Mr. Dilts.
"Danny and Jen are a likeable duo"
This is the first of the Long Island Homicide series, which introduces us to Danny Beckett and his partner Jen. We get enough background on these characters to like them and want to hear more about them, along with an interesting police procedural. They're good cops with some believable issues, and no super human qualities, but manage to get their man in the end with good police work and keen intuition. Some reviews have said that it's too easy to figure out the murderer. Could be for some, but there's a long list of suspects thrown in to the mix, which leaves the reader wondering if they actually do have it right.
What I liked the most about the story was the character development. Like Harry Bosch and Dave Robicheaux, they're not perfect but have sparked our interest enough, to keep us going back to hear more from them. Glad to see there's two more books after this one.
"Didn't want to stop listening."
The narration is good. I didn't always feel inflections were appropriate, but they were not exaggerated. It was clear that he was prepared, not cold - passages had been read prior to recording so that when a reaction was described after the dialog, the reading matched. Most of all, his reading didn't detract from the story, which is really all I ask.
This book was better than I thought it would be. The story line was typical for a murder mystery. I would recommend it
Good book! Interested in how relationship develops between detectives.. Already ordered next in series. Will be ordering the third.
The detail in the characters is amazing, can't wait to read the next one in the series!
great story. good narrator. couldn't stop listening to this who done it. was still surprised at the end.
"A Great Mystery Novel To Keep You Guessing"
I have not read the print edition. An audio edition brings the book and characters to life. In my opinion, the audio edition gives you something extra that you can not get from just the print edition.
This was the first opportunity that I have had to listen to any of the Long Beach Homicide series written by Tyler Dilts. The book had great character development. The author has a great start to a detective novel series. The characters are both likable and believable. The narrator Mr. Alex Hyde-White did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life, keeping with the suspense and also had the perfect tone for the type of genre. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves a good mystery.
"If you like to feel clairvoyant"
A better story
The story was so predictable. It read like a TV cop show. Anyone who reads mysteries and thrillers regularly could guess the perp immediately. I listened to the whole thing expecting a big surprise because I couldn't believe that someone would waste time writing a whole book towards such an obvious end. Unfortunately, he did.
His female voices are laughable. Maybe one like that would be okay. But all of them? Otherwise, his gruff detective voice was okay.
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