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From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham.

A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads except the body of the bird - and the victim's missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer but his own inner demons, too. And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn't to the people of Liverpool after all - it's to the police.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first instalment of David Jackson's new Nathan Cody series.

©2016 David Jackson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Gripping thirller well worth a listen.

Very good storyline and fantastic narrator. This is my first book by David Jackson and I am already looking for the next. I thought the narration was superb and especially liked the accents. This is a serious story but some people will always see humour in the darkest subjects. This was reflected in things said by the characters so the story was made all the more real to me for that. Well recommended.

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For me a good new author found

First time I have listened (or read) this author. I thought this was excellent on all fronts - tho would agree with a couple of other reviewers that the end could have been a little better. That said most of what I read and listen to I would say the same. I am not one to worry about 'female' characters but I have to say I agree with other reviewers on this score that both our hero's boss and the new constable (his ex girlfriend) are ace. I was disappointed to see other titles by this very excellent author are USA based - which I don't usually like. I certainly hope we have another one in this series.

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Excellent Story well worth a listen

I wondered where this story was going in the first few chapters but so glad I kept on listening to which turned out to be an excellent story. I won't spoil it for you.
The narrator was brilliant and brought the characters to life.
I am now going to look for more books by David Jackson to listen to.

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Excellent! Up there with the best!

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This is a beautifully constructed thriller. It is written in a fullsome, yet concise style. The characters have real depth. I especially like Webley, a strong female character, without the usual hard edge that most writers seem to think must be associated with strength in a woman. I was a little concerned when the motivation for the killer's actions was revealed. Without giving a spoiler (I hate them), I feared that a terrible, and shameful part of UK history, and the distress for those involved, was about to be cynically exploited. However, Jackson handled the issue with elegant sensitivity. I hope that this is the first in a series of DS Cody stories. I keenly await the next.

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Excellent

Great book made even better by the excellent narrator, looking forward to a follow up book.

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great new talent

wonderful narration intruiging plot cant wait for next instalment
i really enjoyed this audiobook and will look out for other stories by this author

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really enjoyed this

Loved this book - could not wait to get back into the car to hear some more.
Narration was excellent and the characters well rounded - good story too

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gave it up

I struggled with this for a couple of hours but had to give in - couldn't bear the Liverpool accent adopted by the otherwise excellent Mr. Keeble - sorry. Obviously the story didn't engage me anywhere near enough to persevere.

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Mind-numbingly awful waste of time.

This was a 'deal of the day' book, so at least I didn't waste a credit, but I did waste 11 hours of my life on this dross.

Full disclosure - I'll happily watch some derivative, third-rate procedural, but if I spend my time on reading, I expect it to be at least of Simenon standard. And if this book was a TV show, it would be a really bad one - we're talking CSI NY season no-one-is-counting-anymore bad.

I don't know what made my ears bleed more - the awful cardboard characters or the ridiculous mystery behind it all. Let's start with the former; we have - the Main Guy, aka a loose cannon, the man with the past, he of few words and even fewer coherent thoughts. He's joined by The Girl who's mainly here to provide some chemistry, as she and the Main Guy have A Past (of course they do). Lording over all of this is DCI Stella Blunt (yes, that is the actual surname that Jackson decided upon) who slams a lot of doors and bellows at a lot of people and does whatever else one would expect from a grumpy DCI in trope-land. During the course of the book we also meet a slimy reporter, a browbeaten wife with a brute of a husband and - I kid you not - a cop who comes to an unfortunate end on his last job. Though due to some oversight, Jackson fails to specify whether the poor guy was just a few days away from his retirement.

All of this would be tolerable if at least the main baddie wasn't a mouth-breathing nitwit. I won't include spoilers, so let's just say - Hannibal Lecter this ain't. Once we get to the grand reveal it becomes apparent that all the good origin stories for serial killers are taken, and in his next book, Jackson will entertain us with a devious murderer who goes on his abominable spree because the shop was out of milk that one time. I appreciate that the backstory for the book's antagonist is a real-life event, but, firstly - few people outside of a specific UK town care or know of that event, and secondly, Chernobyl and the Armenian Genocide were also real-life tragedies, but you don't see them often mentioned in crime drama.

Jonathan Keeble is an experienced narrator and does his best with this drivel, but somehow his efforts just add an extra layer of ridiculousness to the proceedings. He adopts a female voice for the female characters, so it often sounds like the suspect is being interrogated by Mrs Brown's Liverpudlian sister. When the text calls for suspense (or what Jackson believes to be suspense) Keeble puts on his best stage whisper and chews the scenery as some cretinous soon-to-be corpse trips up on their shoelaces and gets startled by cats.

Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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A thoroughly enjoyable read

The author was new to me, and I enjoyed this thriller so much I will be buying more of his work. Good fast paced story with an excellent reader. Looking forward to,the next in this series.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 28-06-16

5 Star Start, Wowed.

It's rare for me to give the highest rating to the start of a series. I'm reserved because usually the characters don't quite mesh or the mystery is an easy one that will build in upcoming books. But, wow, this one is a grand exception. The way Jackson describes the relationships makes the reader feel like you already know the personalities and just can't wait to learn more about them. He delivers with this as well as the character development is deep and engaging. There isn't a single page that was boring; the suspense is dark and intriguing. The mystery had me foiled to the very end. The downside is having to wait for the next installment. Oh, and if you like soccer at all, this book has enough thrown in to really make it worth the time to read it. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys British detective stories.

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  • L. O. Pardue
  • 12-04-16

Surprised by how Good It Was

I bought this beginning of a new series with low expectations. I almost stopped after the first chapter, because it started off somewhat silly and scary. I wanted to read a police procedural -- not a horror story. But after the first murder, and the introduction of detective Nathan Cody, I was hooked and enjoyed this listen from that point forward. The narration was excellent.

I hope I won't be waiting too long for the next installment. This is my favorite type of book.

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  • scott
  • 06-06-17

Not credible police procedural

As a police procedural, this book falls very far short of credibility. The protagonist suffers from such clear PTS, it's doubtful he'd be permitted to return to duty. His heroics defy belief, and the motivations of the deranged villain seem unconvincing. The author has an annoying habit of withholding information discovered by a character for chapters to build a false cliffhanger sense--a very cheap literary trick. Other characters, including the DI and the love interest are paper thin and not believable.

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  • 6catz
  • 03-05-16

Great start to a series

If this is the start of a series, I'm all in. Really engaging damaged hero, with smarts, guts and a horribly nightmarish past tackles a serial killer with a macabre literary sense. Meanwhile he's been partnered with a former lover - now engaged - and his own PTSD driven explosive behavior has driven his own fiancé away for good. A very good read, well worth the credit. Ready for another.

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  • Linda Hanson
  • 26-04-16

Wow. Just Wow.

A spine chilling thriller of the non-cliched kind. Outstanding narrator brings each well developed character to life. One of my best for this year or ever.

Love that it is set in Liverpool too.

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  • S. White
  • 08-04-16

Loved it!

I tried the book on a lark (ha, ha, pun intended -- read the book and you'll see why), and I am very glad I did. I enjoy thrillers. I also enjoy humorous books. Books and movies that combine both are irresistible.

The plot had twists and turns, the characters were compelling (no cardboard cut-outs here), and the narration was perfect.

I am eagerly awaiting the second book in the series!

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  • Gemma Robson
  • 22-09-16

Gory but if you can get past that a great performance by the amazing Keeble!!!

Keebles voice is hypnotic - and his voices
Are excellent. Good story - kept me captivated the whole way through

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  • O. Smith
  • 05-06-16

Love It!

Would you listen to A Tapping at My Door again? Why?

I have listened to it again. Love the reader's ability to capture all of the voices. Love the introduction to Nathan Cody (He can't sing Single Ladies, but he can do the dance). Cody's internal character is well-developed. He is such a mess but very smart and committed and that makes me want to see him triumph!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tapping at My Door?

There are several great moments in the book, but the introduction to the main character is my favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

Cody working undercover to catch a flasher.

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

No. That's not to discredit the book. I liked listening to the story over a period of time.

Any additional comments?

This book is a great read/listen. All of the main characters are well-developed and the story plot is quite straightforward. If there is another book coming, I'd totally get it. I want to know what happens to Nathan Cody.

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  • Cathy J Hunter
  • 26-07-16

Too much thinks

Characters are interesting , but continual mind games as each wrestles with personal demons become tiresome. Otherwise we'll - plotted,

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  • JIMENA
  • 08-11-16

Started Strong but weakened

I liked this at the beginning but somehow it became a bit redundant, the main characters were dull, the story moved really slow and it just really made me feel a bit disappointed, and wanting more. I am not sure I recommend this.

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