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Summary

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?

©Copyright 2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2012 Josh Lanyon

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Great story and audiobook

This is my first Adrien English story by Josh Lanyon and i loved it. Chris Patton's narration was superb, his tone dry and witty, he is just perfect. I can't wait to listen to them all.

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Captivating, thorough and keeps you guessing

This tale is very descriptive and the voice acting is very good and distinguishable. It kept my attention by guiding me through details of the location, of the protagonist's thought process and thus it does well to convey how Adrien felt in a situation like his.

The plot is original, the characters were unique and interesting. It's quite easy to flow through most of the book. Really, really enjoyable.

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Mystery rather obvious, but liked the narrator...

Spent some of my Audible credits on Josh Lanyon books. I quite like Chris Patton as a narrator [he did a good job too, apart from the pretty awful French accent for Claude 😉], and too many of my fave books at the mo are being narrated by people I really don't like. This series did not thrill me when I started to read it back in 2013, so 3.5 stars for the story BUT I'll try to persevere with the audio books.

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Excellent version of Fatal Shadows

I have only recently got into audio books, having concentrated primarily on print and then electronic, and have begun to dip my toes in the water by getting audio books of titles I already own in other formats, which means that I knew in advance that I liked the first installment in the Adrien English series (good mystery, slow burn buildup of the relationship (in the broadest sense) between him and Jake, engaging character voices). The narrator is very good and brings the individual characters to life and the delivery when Adrien is narrating rather than talking to another character comes across as very noirish which I thought was appropriate and, at times, very funny (for the right reasons.)
All in all I enjoyed this version of the book and will happily move between the print, eBook, and audio versions depending on my mood and location. If you're looking for a light, noirish, modern murder mystery with a great main character then I do recommend this.
My *only* criticism of the narration is that when a character speaks in a low voice, sotto voce for example, the sound level dropped so much it was hard to hear. I use headphones at work, so if I had it loud enough to perfectly hear the quiet bits, I'd be deafened in the normal sections. With speakers it's fine, though.

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Really entertaining!

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

This is the first gay murder mystory I've ever had the fotune to listen to- I must admit I found it riviting stuff especially in the capable voice of C Patton who lent a real sense of suspense and drama to the story. It may not be highly original or entirly convincing (*spoiler alert* - the protagonist being a rather unhealthly weak-hearted liberal winning the attraction of the cop at the end of the story seemingly out of the blue, nor the rather incongruous actions of the antagonist of the story), but it was very entertaining and the camp humour and drama was played out very well!