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Summary

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved - and murdered - niece is one of them.

For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end. His boss may be telling him he's too close to work the case, but this isn't something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood. But before he can, he must tell his brother, Ron, the terrible news.

And there is no predicting how he will react. Impulsive, dangerous and alarmingly well connected, Ron will act first and think later. Harry may have a murderer to find, but if he isn't careful he may also have a murder to prevent.

©2017 A. A. Dhand (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"Outstanding - relentless, multi-layered suspense and real human drama make this a crime debut to relish." (Lee Child)
"A tense slice of neo-noir that has won Dhand comparisons to both BBC drama Luther and HBO's The Wire." ( Observer)
"A sombre, gritty race through the unsettling underbelly of the city...compelling and unflinching." ( Yorkshire Post)

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Tried, but just couldn't do it!

Only an hour or so to finish but, you know, I just couldn't care less what the out come was!
Really couldn't get on with any of the characters - double standards, racism, thuggish ... and that's only the good guys!
Nah, not for me! Will not be looking for anything else from this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Niche Appeal?

I see some of my fellow reviewers have been a little savage about this one. I can certainly understand some of the points being made and plenty of people are likely to have a problem with the heavily accented narration. That said I've enjoyed these first two books and I think that Muzz Khan adds real authenticity to the Asian characters. If it all falls apart with the non-Asian characters a bit the Asians are more important to the story and the overall series. It's definitely better this way than having a non-Asian narrator fumble the asian accents. In fairness it took me a while during the first book to tune into it and I didn't like some of the pronunciation but that feeling of it being genuine felt more important. Take a listen to the audio sample and make your own decision.

The story itself delves into some very edgy subjects, it shows the incredibly multi-faceted nature of prejudice and racism within our modern communities. It delves into multiple faiths and reflects how in each there are various levels of commitment to them. The clashes of culture and inter-racial attitudes that exist in today's UK towns are far from simple and I think it's important that these things are given air by authors like Dhand.

The story, well it is a bit far-fetched but no more than say some of Peter James's Roy Grace novels of which I am a big fan. It's hard-hitting with characters that have grown up the tough way in desperate circumstances.

I think the other reviews demonstrate quite reasonably that this isn't going to appeal to everyone but all I can say is that I am enjoying this series and feel that the stories have relevance to our modern day society. The ending which had an almost epic feel to it also suggests that Dhand will be upping the ante somewhat in the next book.

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  • John
  • York
  • 22-02-18

This is not very good.

Would you try another book written by A. A. Dhand or narrated by Muzz Khan?

No. Mr Khan has a very irritating accent (I think it's Huddersfield rather than Bradford , but it's irritating. Espcially the way he says "City"
Mr Dhand is simply not a good writer. There's no nice way to say it. This was not an enjoyable experience.

What could A. A. Dhand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Weak characters, a poor writing style and a story that brings new meaning to the word implausible .

How could the performance have been better?

Too depressing to engage with.

What character would you cut from Girl Zero?

The hero is insipid and a mummy's boy. His father is a bigot. His 'genius' brother is a dickhead and couldn't run a bath, never mind the Bradford underworld. All the female characters are ciphers. Bradford itself is just a poor, ordinary Northern City, it's not frightening in the slightest. Just a huge steaming pile of poo!.

Any additional comments?

I actually would like to slap the journalist who compared this to The Wire! This was more like the Bill (so some people will like it, I suppose).

I rarely comment, but this was so poor I feel that I have to.

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Can’t get in to this at all

Not sure why but can’t get in to this book, just isn’t gripping me at all. Write up sounds like it should be good but...

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I didn't want to finish it at first but then...

I wanted to return this book at first. Then I decided to give it a chance and I, well, enjoyed it to some extent. This book was kinda a background play for me. The narrator did a good job trying to place you in the story. I'm satisfied overall. However, it is not the book I would read first.

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Not usually my kind of book but...

I loved it!
Great story, brilliant characters and an intriguing insight into a world I know nothing about.

The narration took me a chapter or two to get into but then I loved his voice and style.

I would definitely recommend.

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Formulaic, but also completely original

Where does Girl Zero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite high - I haven't listened to many.

What did you like best about this story?

It's location.

Have you listened to any of Muzz Khan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first listen to Muzz Khan - from reviews I have read, I was prepared to dislike it but I think it contributed to the originality of the book's overall style.

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

The book is loaded with 'attitude' which is presented very bluntly - this made the book interesting but, for me, not particularly moving.

Any additional comments?

When Girl Zero was released on Audible, I decided to buy the paperback of the original instalment and I'm glad I did. I'm not sure if the author is planning an open-ended series or a fixed length one. I'm thinking that one more novel has the potential to complete a very satisfying trilogy but, after that, it will be hard to maintain the intensity.

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Who wants to read fiction about rape and murder?

Not for me at all, gave up after 30 mins by which time there had been a 9 year old girl enslaved, another young girl murdered and another one raped. I can't believe anyone wants to read/listen to this let alone write it.

Bought this as a daily special for £1.99 and even at that price I've returned it for a refund.

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A little over the top...

Handles religious issues very well, otherwise, the story is a cut and dry thriller, with some over-the-top characters, and an irritating portrayal of Bradford as a place akin to Gotham City...

Narrator is okay, northern accent gets grating after a while.

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  • MAGGS
  • Port Talbot
  • 09-03-18

Girl zero - I like this book even ....

Girl zero - I like this book even though the subject matter wasn’t very nice & it would be disturbing to some listeners
I like Detective Videe I hope any other books with him in are not so disturbing
Good good narration