Introducing Detective Chief Inspector Tom Caton. Christmas approaches. A killer dressed as a clown haunts the streets of Manchester. For him the City's miraculous regeneration had unacceptable consequences. This is the reckoning. DCI Tom Caton enlists the help of forensic profiler Kate Webb, placing her in mortal danger.
The trail leads from the site of the old mass cholera graves, through Moss Side, the Gay Village, the penthouse opulence of canalside apartment blocks, and the bustling Christmas Market, to the Victorian Gothic grandeur of the Town Hall.
Time is running out. For Tom, for Kate...and for the City.
©2009 Bill Rogers (P)2014 Bill Rogers
Really quite poor. The writing very clunky with unconvincing dialogue, police officers explaining basic procedure to each other and a senior detective who is not familiar with the use of the word ‘driver’ in the sense of ‘force’ or influence’. At one point an officer asks why operating theatres are so called, the response is like an extract from Wikipedia – no one speaks like that…
The main character is repeatedly described as being very PC, but still wonders why another officer chose to join the police when ‘she could have been a model’. Quite bizarre.
I have not read the print version (yet). I was recommended this story by a friend, and glad I listened to the audio version, it was refreshing to have the characters brought to life so skilfully.
I was not familiar with Bill Rogers before The Cleansing, but love crime thrillers and glad to have taken up a friend's recommendation. His characters work for me, the story has teeth, his knowledge and heart shines through...and for someone who lived in Manchester for just under 10 years (and loved it), personally it was wonderful to be transported back to the places and areas I was familiar with.
Where to start? Everything. I'm very familiar with Michael Troughton's body of work, on screen as well as audio, and he has a wonderful way of bringing characters to life, as in this story. He not only doesn't disappoint, he surpasses. His own even inimitable dulcet tones, acting experience, as well as his unerring capacity of breathing genuine life into so many different characters, and producing this work, made this a wonderful powerhouse of narration as well as a rewarding listening experience.
Yes it was, but my lifestyle doesn't allow for that, so after an initial 3 hour sitting had to be done in sessions.
Overall, good story, strong narration, looking forward to the next in the series of Inspector Caton and trusty sidekick Holmes.(On a related side note, I feel one of the long reviews below overly harsh. As has been mentioned by another reviewer, audiobook narration can be very subjective, so what may work for one person may not be the cup of tea of another, which can be reviewed politely and objectively, as a constructive critique to help others...each to their own of course. I certainly enjoyed it.)
Love literature - will read just about anything really - I have a couple of favourite authors and of course love the classics
I just couldn't get to grips with this story at all - it's slow, boring, easy to lose your place because of the tedium. I didn't enjoy it at all. Narration was good and that is about it. I've listened to far better detective stories - this one is a poor show.
The narration had errors- misread words . Never had this in an Audible book before. Constant use of " toxology" instead of " toxicology" ( I'm assuming the author did use the correct word? ) , also endomorphin ( what's that then - you mean endorphin), calomile tea instead of camomile and the final straw - a grand place described as like an Italian pizza rather than piazza- I'm sure I didn't mishear it.
There were others that didn't stick in the mind so much.
I assume there are always errors in a narration and they are edited ? Not sure why this wasn't.
Clunky. Good knowledge of Manchester but im not sure really if that mattered to the story ( maybe if I'd managed to get to the end?) Returned for refund at chapter 12 because of errors in narration that I just couldn't stand to be honest.
No..... Well maybe if he had some editing to cut out errors!
Leaving out the continuing PC references. It reads as a collaboration between the Manchester tourist board and Haringey city council circa 1980, edited by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Oh and lots of good driving tips!
No - clearly this is the authors style, so not for me
Well read by Michael Troughton who made the rendition better that it really was
Say something about yourself!
A bit slow for the first few chapters but gripping from there after. Looking forward to book 2 in this new line of inspector gaton,
Overall story line good, well read but too many street references, unless you live in Manchester, they are meaningless and distracting.
The cover was off putting but I'm glad I bought this book. It was well read, well paced and interesting. I will look out for more books by this author. The narrator was very good.
Something About Myself
Not written it in the first place.
One of the worst narrations EVER!
It has convinced me to buy audio books a little more carefully in future.
Dreadful narration, poor story, unrealistic characters, strong beginning, dull middle and rubbish ending…. I can’t believe I actually got through the whole thing without sticking knitting needles into my eyes. If it hadn’t been a special offer I would have asked for my money back…..
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