This sequel to the action-packed Devil Dealing depicts the ongoing search by detectives Jeremy Ryder and Navi Pillay for the evil gangster Skhura Thabethe, dealer in stolen weapons, drugs and murder. The secondary plot shows the detectives uncovering a link between stolen weapons and the local trade in drugs. The two main plots unfold in strictly organized chronological sequence over 10 days, until a climactic ending when the two plot-lines coalesce in a spectacular confrontation between the detectives and the two main villains. Against a background of delicate emotional exchanges between victims of crime and the police, Gun Dealing, like its predecessor, explores the moral and ethical choices made by the detectives in their day-to-day confrontation with rampant and brutal crime in contemporary South Africa.
©2015 Ian Patrick (P)2015 Ian Patrick
True to life
The opening is sensational. I love it. Calm, happy, menacing. Then a shattering outbreak of violence. As anyone who knows this country will see, it's unfortunately just like real life. There's also an amazing dinner party where things happen that happen every night all over the country. Better not say what it is. Don't want to spoil it for others. Very exciting, though.
No. Not yet. But have read the first book, and loved it.
Not really. It's exciting, but good to listen to in the car or later at night, in big bits.
Nice voice. Nice speech. Nice sound.
It was nice to have all the characters and accents, and the reading is very clear and distinct. The recording was nice and resonant and strong
There was such a sad moment when the parents of the murdered constable come to see the Captain. The Captain is such a nice guy.
I liked Spikes. Before I heard his voice in the recording I liked Thebethe best of all. Well, I don't mean 'liked', you know? He is so evil. But what nice acting. Like a devil's voice.
Yes, I cried at the parents and grandmother seeing the Captain. And I laughed a lotg at the Afrikaans detectives. Such nice men.
I'm really enjoying the whole series.
Yes. Good voice and diction and very pacy thriller with lots of atmosphere created.
Excellent ending. Brings you full circle and is loaded with lyrical beauty after breathtaking action.
No. Has he done others? He certainly should. This was good quality.
Oh yes. Definitely. There's an old couple - in fact three old people - who visit the captain to make a donation to support the police. So beautiful. Then there's a funeral scene which is so touching. The lyricism of the writing in both these scenes - balanced by realism and lovely touches of humor - is outstanding.
I read that other people think the narrator should include more than one male voice - have actresses to play the female voices. I think that's right, although it didn't strike me at the time. Another thing: this is really good sound quality, too. I thought that the story itself was really interesting, but that it meandered a little in the scene where they were tracking the telephones. Then it came together again in an exciting clash in the final chapter.
Love crime thrillers and action books
The Bourne Identity
Clear, articulate, dark characters that draw you in. The men characters are the best. Evil and scary.
Yes, but only because I was travelling. I would prefer to take two or three days. Nice detail that keeps one rivetted.
Good studio production. Sound is great. I read the fourth book in the series because the dust cover spoke volumes to me because of personal experience, so I hadn't got to the earlier books. I decided to do this one as audio. It's not quite as good as number four, but excellent all the same.
Superb story, gripping and exciting all the way, with lovely characters and interactions
The very sad moment when the parents and the grandmother come to the captain with a proposal about their daughter
Really nice voice and speech that is not your usual mid-Atlantic American or nowhere England
"Have gun will be found"
Maybe an additional (female) actor could have been used to play the women's roles
I liked the narration very much. The accents were good and the speech was clear and distinct. There were some really scary moments, and I enjoyed the banter between spouses, colleagues, and even criminals (however vile the latter were)
When the old couple, with their mother, come to see the Captain and try and give him money for a bursary. That was so sad. Beautifully done.
Straight, direct, no-nonsense narration, with nice hints at characters without trying to do the full radio drama stuff.
As above, the visit of the old couple to the Captain.
The dinner party in the suburbs was a gem. Very funny and then very exciting, too.
Down-to-earth, lovely flow to the narration, lots of action and convincing characterisation
Structured in an exciting way, totally convincing, no "hang on a moment" bits.
Tabethe the villai n is a really bad, bad feller
Yes, although I took a couple of sittings because of work
Really different and very exciting
The story is wonderful. The tension is unbearable at times and keeps one captivated. I thought there were too many women characters for the male voice, although his voice is really nice to listen to, distinct and clear and intriguing. Like a couple of other reviewers, I think this is brilliant stuff but could be done with a male narrator as well as a femal one, so that they could share out the characters (male and female).
I think everyone interested in crime escalating out of control should listen to this. really interesting themes about law and justice and retribution.
He bangs no drums, but you can see he is sensitive to all the important issues: race, gender, sexism, macho men being put down, etc. He doesn't allow any of those things to get in the way of a rip-roaring story, though, and this is really a good read.
Like I said, I think he doesn't crack the women characters as well as he does the men.
Can't wait for the next one in this series.
Excellent, I have to say. Thrilling and exciting and some lovely characters, especially the women.
The dinner party scene was brilliant. Everyone's nightmare: having a lovely sociable dinner at home and then... something happens. Wild. Wonderful.
No I haven't. But this was good.
Very sad bits in it. Very, very sad. Then uplifting. So I was OK with it.
I wouldn't want to be too critical - the performance is lovely, with a nice husky voice doing the narration. But I think it would have been nice to have a woman doing the women's voices. Two narrators? I don't know if they do that, normally, but it would be good.
The dinner party was great. Lots of fun and lots of action
The narrator, really. Nice voice. But also Ryder. He obviously knows the guy inside out.
The opening scene is pretty rough and horrific. Terrible violence described in a matter-of-fact way to show the context. Then the follow-up from that after a couple of days with the grandmother and the parents was hard to take. Good. But very sad. Heart-breaking, really.
Lots of characters. Maybe two narrators should have taken them on and shared them.
"Thoroughly enjoyable to listen to in the car"
Not really. I suppose it would be better to have three or four people reading, because there are quite a few characters.
Lovely characters. Especially the women characters. Accents and different dialects were really good. I could hear every word spoken which was good. The sound quality was excellent.
Fantastic, really. His voice is good and his speech is clear and it was nicely paced with lots of variety in rhythm and pace and mood.
Yes. For sure. No question. Highly recommended for a long trip in the car.
Lots of fun in among the thrilling fights and the action scenes. Very witty. Characters are so interesting. No macho guys. Very intelligent and strong women. Teasing, very funny comments between the cops. Very funny discussion about language and another one about sexism. All nicely balanced. Intelligent mature relationships. Where there are some patriarchal attitudes they are clearly all deliberate and giving insights about that kind of character. Then those same characters get taught a lesson. No thumping of tables to make points. Just lovely underpinning giving us insights into attitudes and relationships, while we get on with the action. I'll definitely get another of his books.
Oh yes. It's very good. I have already recommended it to all my American friends, and those who live in Africa, too.
Well, I have to confess that I read the fourth book, Death Dealing, in the same series before I read this one, which is the second book in the series. That's because I read a blurb that said you can read them in any order, and in addition I was especially interested in the one scene described in the fourth book that was advertised. So, it's like that fourth book. And they're both like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Very exciting.
No, but maybe I will now.
Exciting cop thriller with evil villains and tough heroes.
There's lots of funny bits, too, and I love the local accents and dialects and slang words. They're very funny.
Nice scary thriller with lots of action and very fast-paced, with some beautiful lyrical moments too
The dinner party was fantastic.
I liked the narrator - nice clear diction and exciting modulations and changes and evil characters - but there could have been a woman narrator with him to do the ladies' voices.
"Great but more women needed"
Very intriguing story and very real and true to life
Excellent with male voices, but needs actresses to accompany him for the female voices.
Very, very sad in places and very funny in others. Very good characters and dialogue, And accents very good.
I listened to it on a long car journey. Very absorbing.
"Great story: needs a full cast of actors"
Not really. Good, but I really liked the book.
The villain, Mr Tabethe. Very evil man. Horrible. The worst kind of criminal you can imagine.
Yes. He does it very well. But there are too many characters here for one voice, I think. He is really very good with the villain and the neutral-voice narration and the main male detectives. But he's not so good on the women characters. Should have had an actress working with him. Don't get me wrong: he's very good, but it's too much for one male voice to do all the characters.
Oh yes, I cried and I laughed. And I shuddered, too, at the villainy.
Very, very nice characters. I loved the grandmother of the twins. And the grandmother of the young murdered constable. And the Afrikaaner detectives (so sweet). Oh, yes. I should also say: I thought the studio sound was really good. I've done voice overs myself, in a studio, and the quality here is better than I have experienced myself. No popping microphones, etc. No faults at all.
"Compelling story telling"
The accents and the deep dark mysterious voice of the narrator were very compelling
Yes. The chase after the criminal was great. I really liked the young cop Mavis growing in leaps and bounds. The forensics woman was simply marvelous
Thabethe the villain,. No question. Although I also liked the Afrikaner detectives
I loved the detail of the geography, the layouts, etc. Looked like a documentary, almost.
"Better than the text"
Yes. The reader brings all those accents into perspective. The slang and the dialect words are all very clear and make sense in context. You don't even have to look them up in the glossary because the sense is clear from the context.
The women characters are great. Lovely teasing relationships and some fine wit, set against the startling action.
Intriguing dark voice with lots of character nuances. Very clear speech.
There is some really heart-wrenching stuff, given the awful crime around the city, but it is strangely uplifting too.
Only because I read these out of sequence and found the third book so absolutely brilliant - at five stars - am I giving this one four stars. It's great but the third book is even better.
"Very compelling thriller"
I recommend this most definitely. It is a lovely thriller, well structured, totally believable characters, and a villain and a hero convincingly matched to each other.
The opening scene is amazing, but there's a dinner party scene that is a top-of-the-pops humdinger for both fun and excitement.
I like Jeremy Ryder. He's as good as Jack Reacher, in my view. Maybe more realistic, because he's not superman.
I have to admit that there's a lot to shed a tear about. There are such great scenes with believable people in traumatic situations. And lots of action.
Maybe a woman's voice could be used for the female characters, as some reviewers have said. I think that would be a good thing. But he does all the characters very well.
Nice characters and accents, and lots of action and thrills
Mavis, the young constable. She was great (I liked her especially because I've already listened to the next audiobook in this series and I know what she develops into: it's good to see her here at an earlier stage).
Very nice and easy and confident with no tricksiness.
The funeral scenes was touching and the scene where the parents and grandmother visit the captain was so, so beautiful.
Maybe it could have worked better with female voices adding to the male voice. I don't know, really.
"Nice crime thriller"
Yes, but the text is good, too.
The dinner party was great. I loved it. Better than Jack Reacher in action.
Yep. Listened to the first book in the series, too. I think this one is better, actually.
Tough scene with the parents and grandmother of the murdered constable. Very sad.
This is really good stuff. New and original and exciting. Better than a lot of the American audio thrillers I have heard.
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