Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.
But the very publicity that has made Rutherford a laughing stock in the department lands him what could be the job opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to work with a team of eccentric experts, at the direction of a demanding but distracted billionaire. Together, they must solve the murder of a psychologist who specialized in the treatment of patients who give people "the creeps".
There is no shortage of suspects.
©2015 Scott Meyer (P)2015 Scott Meyer
The Authorities is an entertaining, lighthearted police procedural, full of eccentric characters and gentle humour. In many ways, it is similar to the author's Magic 2.0 books - a simple, amusing story featuring endearingly socially inept characters. Luke Daniels' narration is excellent. His character voices really add to the humour.
I'm definitely a Scott Meyer fan- I adore his 2.0 series and didn't think Master of Formalities was anywhere near as questionable as some listeners apparently did. In The Authorities, Meyer turns his wit and charm onto a classic genre- mysteries.
Being honest, I am not a huge mystery or crime novel fan. They generally don't capture my imagination in a way that keeps me engaged. Obviously this wasn't a serious mystery, but I was entertained the entire time.
As with other Meyer books, there were character development flaws, but these were overcome by the sheer movement of the story and how engrossing the overall experience was.
I listen to books on my drive back and forth to work- I know I have a good book when I not only don't realize how long the drive is, but also when I am disappointed I have to turn the car off and head inside. I was always disappointed at the end of my drives while listening to this one.
Funny, entertaining, and imaginative. High marks and worth a credit.
"If you liked Magic 2.0, get this book"
I devoured the Magic 2.0 books. I found them clever and at times laugh out loud funny. So I decided to pick this one up. I was not disappointed. The wit of the prior series was present and the characters were fun and well performed by the reader. The story is by no means earth shattering, but clever enough to hold my attention and definitely entertaining.
"Good start, but becomes mired half way through"
The Authorities started out fairly interestingly enough. Rutherford (the protagonist) starts off as a policeman, solves a case, & becomes a part of a special elite team. All of this is fun and moves along at a nice clip.
Once the primary mystery is introduced, things slow down. The story is basically the special elite team (the Authorities) going from one person to another and interviewing them. Well it gets boring and repetitive. The underlying mystery is not the focus of this story. Its more the group getting to know one another. Because the mystery is not that engaging, the story is not either.
"Laugh out loud awkward detective work."
Yes. If you like mysteries, but really like those with colorfully goofy characters and humorously awkward situations, then "The Authorities" is defiantly a book that you would want to listen to.
There was a scene where bees are first used as an bizarrely effective interrogation technique that was funny to listen to.
There was a scene where the suspect was unsuccessfully trying to run, yet couldn't, so "The Authorities" had to sort of nonchalantly help the suspect out a little so they could get good video of themselves chasing him. It was read as so hilariously awkward and ponderous with narrator Luke Daniels' voice work that it became one of many favorite scenes.
Oh there was much laughter. A healthy down to earth moment or two to round out the story and flesh out the characters, but mostly laughter.
Author Scott Meyers and narrator Luke Daniels are quickly becoming one of my favorite audio book team. Scott Meyer's sense of ironically awkward and humorous character interaction situations only multiplies with the amazingly detailed and voice work of Luke Daniels. "Off to be the wizard" and "Master of Formalities" are also suggested if you enjoy Scott Meyer's sense of humor.
After finishing this and the Masters of Formalities one I think.. Scott should stick to Magic 2.0... This wasn't a bad book, it's just... bland. Nothing really interesting happens, none of the characters felt important. I miss the relatable-ness and humor.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Wizard 2.0 books (hope they don't stop). However, one issue with those books, is that it's about guys wanting to be wizards, which tbh limits the number of folks who would be interested just on the premise. The Authorities though has a similar comedic/wit element to the Wizard books, but is set as part of a light crime story - which even non-geeks can appreciate. Basically, I'll come across sounding like less of a nerd by recommending the Authorities to folks than the Wizard books, all while introducing them to a great story teller.
The reflection that pedestrians being upset by them *not* being struck by Rutherford's driving his van. Absolutely love the wit of Meyer. I also liked the "laughing, laughing" by Sloan, and the explanation of why Max has three computers.
Definitely Max. Although, this may be more because this was a more unique voice since it's not used in the Wizard 2.0 series.
Off to be a Detective
An awesome read and what promises to be a wonderful new series... This band of misfit detectives is utterly unique and enjoyable... The characters are all exceptionally rich and vibrant, especially Rutherford, Max, and Sloan... The quirkiness and humor could not be done w/ more pinache and vim, while remaining rooted... The pace and flow of the story are conducive to binge reading;) You'll find yourself laughing regularly, and chuckling even more... The whodunit and howdunit is fun, but not complicated... Most will figure it out quickly, but this is a story of characters more than anything and they will suck you in immediately, and take you on one helluva fun read... The narration is excellent and accomplishes changing tones and viewpoints beautifully... Worth the credit w/o a doubt.... Hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this delicious piece of ear candy;).
"That's it, Scott Meyer is the most entertaining!"
Creative, entertaining, quirky
Oh no! They were all brilliant! Colourful and original and so fun!!
Luke Daniels is just awesome, I love his work so I won't pick anyone in particular
Scott Meyer keeps coming up with brilliant characters and environments, one after another. Any other author would milk each for all they are worth and write sequel after sequel with the same characters. Scott Meyer keeps coming up with new ideas! Anyone else would be lucky to create ONE novel like any of Scott Meyers. I just can't wait for more.
"Daniels sold it!"
Normally Meyers is great. In fact, he's one of my favorite authors for comedy. This fell sort of flat. It had its moments but they are few and far between. If not for Daniels this one probably wouldn't have been finished. If there's another in the series I'll get it if Daniels is reading but even so here's to hoping the story is better.
Yes. He has an incredible sense of humor that translates well into everyday "human speak".
All of it. If you haven't heard him try "Off to be the Wizard"-simply incredible!
Not sure anything else fits.
"Imaginorexia... An Imagination Disorder"
Scott Meyer might have written this as a send-up of every procedural and detective novel written (or filmed) since Ian Fleming. OTH, Ian Fleming was a satirist, so the question here is, can satire be satirized?
You know what happens when you take a picture of a picture? Then photocopy the resulting picture? Then take a picture of the photocopy? Think of the result, then think of "The Authorities?. There is not an original thought in this book. NOT ONE! Meyer is like a mechanic at a fifth rate shop. When he finishes with your car, it'll probably run, but... not so good. Pity since Luke Daniels is a brilliant actor. His ability to clearly create youthful voices interacting with older men and women is stunning. He keeps every character and characterization note-perfect.
Here, Daniels is like a master violinist interpreting "I'm A Little Teapot."
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