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Summary

Meet Martha. It's the first day of her new job as an intern at Edinburgh's The Standard. But all's not well at the ailing newspaper, and Martha is carrying some serious baggage of her own.

Put straight onto the obituary page, she takes a call from a former employee who seems to commit suicide while on the phone, something which echoes with her own troubled past.

Setting in motion a frantic race around modern-day Edinburgh,The Dead Beat traces Martha's desperate search for answers to the dark mystery of her parents' past. Soundtracked by and interspersed with a series of gigs from the alternative music scene of her parents' generation in the early '90s, Doug Johnstone's pause-resister is a wild ride of a thriller and a perfect follow-on to his number-one Kindle best seller, Hit & Run.

Doug Johnstone is the author of five novels, most recently the acclaimed Gone Again. He is also a freelance journalist, a songwriter, and a musician and has a PhD in nuclear physics. He lives in Edinburgh.

©2014 Doug Johnstone (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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truly dreadful - reads like a schoolboy essay & what is with the Narrator..??!

My audible library these days approaches around a gazillion books & Dead Beat ranks all the way down, s’in the bundle of rejects.
Ive hauled myself through but dialogue in chapter 24 (or thereabouts) between Rose & Martha means I need stop; quite literally the worst Ive ever ‘read’ between characters.
The Narrator. Oh lord the Narrator. I cant bear any more that faux/sub Scarlett O’Hara - to be heard to be believed.
I always want to love Scots writers but s’going to be a v long time after this high school essay (Im a teacher) before I could try another Doug Johnstone.
He has good reviews so there must be something redeeming .. ‘sure aint in this book.