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Summary

A Dark Redemption introduces DI Jack Carrigan and DS Geneva Miller as they investigate the brutal rape and murder of a young Ugandan student. Plunged into an underworld of illegal immigrant communities, they discover that the murdered girl's studies at a London College may have threatened to reveal things that some people will go to any lengths to keep secret....

Unflinching, inventive, and intelligent, A Dark Redemption explores a sinister case that will force DI Carrigan to face up to his past and DS Miller to confront what path she wants her future to follow.

©2012 Stav Sherez (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"A Dark Redemption is a clever, multi-layered beginning to a promising new series…Sherez does a masterful job with a particularity haunting plot." (Henry Sutton, Book of the Week in The Daily Mirror)
"The powerful flashbacks set in Uganda, where, as callow postgraduates, Carrigan and his friends were caught up in the atrocities perpetrated by the deranged members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, promise something quite different, and Sherez doesn’t disappoint. […] Fast paced and slick, this is the first in what could well be an outstanding series." (Laura Wilson, The Guardian)

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A thoughtful story

This book is not just another detective story it reflects on the horrors of war and the impact it has on those who get caught up in it. It is very emotive and the story builds nicely till its climate.

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A good plot.

First book by this author, it will not be the last.

If you are a fan of Jo Nesbo then give this a try.

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  • 03-04-13

great plot will be looking more soon

really enjoyed this book and happy to have come across another author as good as Val Mcdermid and Peter James

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  • Ms
  • 06-12-14

New writer for me - very enjoyable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - gripping complex story

What did you like best about this story?

Kept me interested in knowing what was going to happen next

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Cracker of a London-set Crime Fiction Novel

Where does A Dark Redemption rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's an excellent audio-book.

What did you like best about this story?

Original backdrops.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some v interesting scenes in this book. Flashbacks to Uganda. But the budding relationship between the two detectives thrown together by their grumpy boss is excellent and bodes well for future books in the series.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book is very well researched vis a vis conflicts in Uganda. The writer deals very sensitively with these disturbing issues.

Any additional comments?

Terrific book for those wanting an engaging crime fiction novel but one which covers new territory. Lots of great twists and turns and two terrific cops.

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a good mystery

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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This audiobook has been in my audible library for a while , I think I bought it in a sale, (because it was highly recomended)
The second book in the series really apealed to me , but then discovered that I had the first in the series , it sounded very political , and I wasn't sure that I would like it , but must admit I really enjoyed it . Very exciting story. i'm now really looking forward to the 2nd book in this series.

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Fantastic

Would you listen to A Dark Redemption again? Why?

Yes. Gripping. A detailed plot, which had several unexpected twists. Despite this, it was easy to follow. I also learnt a bit about eastern Africa and the politics.

What other book might you compare A Dark Redemption to, and why?

Can't think of one. This is generally not my genre, but I will be buying his other books.

What about David Thorpe’s performance did you like?

Believable, flowed with the plot, did not distract.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Can't recommend this highly enough. Fantastic story and performance.

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Eager for Carrigan and Miller book 2!

A well paced novel that has good twists and turns. Sets characters up well to continue into another story. Feels like the first of many so lacks that certain something that comes with knowing the characters well - looking forward to number 2 and have a feeling 3 will be even better.

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Great story, poor narration

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dark Redemption to be better than the print version?

I can't comment on the written version as I have not read it.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought the plot was well thought out and hung together until the end.

What didn’t you like about David Thorpe’s performance?

I thought the narration was irritating, the voices of the characters was simply not realistic, really distracting from the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I listened in stretches over about a week or so.

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I have given up on this book

It sounded as though it would be a great listen but not only did I find the narrator very annoying to listen to with his staccato sentences in monotone high pitch voice but I found the story very disjointed and simply didn't flow.
I found no connection between the two detectives and the storyline seemed dragged out to such an extent it became totally boring.
I'm not sure I read the same book as the other glowing reviews but this book is certainly one I won't be wasting my time trying to finish. I struggled to the halfway mark hoping it would pick up but I cannot listen anymore. I've waved the white flag and surrended.

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  • Glenn
  • 29-06-12

Over-narrated

The story is really good and David Thorpe, the narrator is good until he makes up different voices. Unlike, say, brilliant narrators such as Simon Prebble or Simon Vance or George Guidall, David Thorpe is really bad at doing voices. He should stick to his own voice, which is rather good and stop trying to modify it. It's so bad that it really gets in the way of the story, and that's sad because there is nothing wrong with just reading with one's own voice.

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  • scott
  • 07-11-18

Police procedural falls down on procedure

There's a lot to like about A Dark Redemption--the writing and pacing are excellent and the narration is quite good. However, the genre is a police procedural and, even to this American civilian, the details about British police procedures range from dubious to outright absurd. To take but one example, a detective inspector and detective sergeant accompanied by uniform constables wielding a battering ram would not take the lead in 'clearing' each room of a murder suspect's home while the uniformed constables cool their heals outside; an armed police detail would be leading the charge. There are many other similar procedural missteps which mar an otherwise decent novel. The author would have benefited from befriending an ex-copper who could have given his manuscript a good read. Other aspects of the plot really don't hold together, but they could have been overlooked.