Bill Ten Eyck gives a riveting performance of Australian writer Sydney Bauer's best-selling debut crime novel, Undertow. His conversational delivery and warm manner create a pleasurable listening experience. Christina Hayes, the teenage daughter of a US Senator, drowns after a conversation with African American attorney Rayna Martin. Shortly after, Rayna is arrested for murder. Lawyer David Cavanaugh takes on the case, and plunges into a tangled web of lies, blackmail, threats, and violence. Was this merely a tragic accident? Or is something more insidious lurking under the surface?
Lies, deception, blackmail, threats...and finally the precision of an assassin's bullet combine to create a shocking finale in this suspenseful debut from Sydney Bauer.
©2008 Sydney Bauer; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Compelling from start to finish." (Richard North Patterson)
The plot is clever if a little hard to believe, but the writing is rather labored with too many adjectives. The book is partially saved, in my view, by the narrator,
I liked this book. It's pretty well written and read, plus it has an interesting twist on the racial bias so often claimed today. Add to that some teenage angst, a corrupt politician, a pair of decent lawyers, and a truly incompetent ADA, and you have a very good listen.
"Ten Eyck does a great Jack Nicholson"
The most memorable thing about this listen is that narrator Bill Ten Eyck does a dead-on Jack Nicholson when speaking for the evil assistant district attorney. Bauer's characters are hyperbolic and the story strains credulity. Ordinarily that wouldn't doom a novel and it really didn't doom this one. But I think Bauer could have told a more compelling story without creating characters that were hard to fathom. The story wasn't a particularly good one, some of the premises were preposterous but my desire to see "good" prevail kept me listening and rooting. In this classic good versus evil story I also would have preferred a winner-take-most conclusion. I'm not sure we got one. Two stars without the Nicholson impression to keep me entertained.
"I had already read the book."
Mot readers of crime novels
No - definitely not.-
No-one - he was good.
It was a very good story.
How do I tell you I have previously read the book?
"race baiting novel"
nothing, overall plot is very weak
no once is enough....a tired plot, well worn out
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