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Summary

Sunday Times best-selling author Stephen Leather's latest edge-of-your-seat thriller.

A stand-alone thriller from Sunday Times best-selling author Stephen Leather that takes us into the world of the London Fire Brigade's elite Investigations Unit.

Vicky Lewis is a force to be reckoned with: not yet 30 and already Crew Manager in the London Fire Brigade, she's destined for great things. But when she enters a burning building to save a man's life and leaves it with catastrophic injuries, all that changes. She's shunted over to the Fire Investigation Unit, where she's forced to team up with cantankerous veteran Des Farmer, aka the Grouch. When Vicky stumbles across the Grouch's off-the-books investigation into the fiery deaths of a series of young, blonde women, she decides to join him in his search for the truth.

The answer is close - perhaps too close. Vicky's already been burnt once, and now she's playing with fire....

©2018 Stephen Leather (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"The sheer impetus of his storytelling is damned hard to resist." ( Sunday Express)

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More, please!

Thoroughly enjoyable. Fire fighter turned fire investigator, Vicky is a great new heroine for, hopefully, more thrillers like this. Stephen Leather is a super author, engaging his audience from first to last. I only guessed the villain late in the story, so was rapt throughout. Loved “The Grouch” and his part in the tale and his interactions with Vicky. A good combo for future stories, I hope!

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Gripping and dramatic

Brilliant book. Another fantastic book by Steven Leather. I would highly recommend this book. Amazing

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Such potential

A BRILLIANT premise and sets the characters up for future stories, but this became predictable and felt desperately rushed towards the end. Not Stephen Leather's finest work

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Sizzling!

Great story, full of facts about fires and fire fighting but not boring. I worked out who ‘dunnit’ earlier on than I think I was supposed to, but I do listen to a lot of crime novels!
I enjoyed it enough to stay up late when I should have been getting lots of sleep before a busy day. It was worth it!

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Brilliant Leather again thank you

Great story , loved the fact we had a hereoin and not all glamous . Didn't want to miss a word, if I fell asleep I would have to start the chapter again, too good to miss any of it. Also loved the wonderful lady reading the story. Different to much of Stephen's work but so so good. Not one bit disappointed.

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excellent read good in-depth knowledge

Good knowledge of fire fighting and the way fire reacts. makes you feel as though you are in the situation

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  • R.
  • United Kingdom
  • 16-04-18

Page turner

It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book as much. Not overdone with flowery descriptions. It was a good story.

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  • Janice
  • Wallington, United Kingdom
  • 12-04-18

Stephen Leather from a different angle

What made the experience of listening to The Shout the most enjoyable?

Brilliant narration by Bea Holland which brought the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The author appears to have done a great deal of research into all aspects of fires, whether deliberate or accidental, and fire prevention. This is not your average subject for a novel, and differs from most of Stephen Leather's other novels, but in a good way. He describes sympathetically Vicky's injuries and how other people reacted to them.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The narrator brought the protagonist and her boss Farmer, or "Guv", to life, and the listener lived Vicky's first day at work with her as a trainee fire investigator.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Everything you wanted to know about being a firefighter.

Any additional comments?

A lot of detail about fire, the culprit serial killer was pretty obvious halfway through, the plot rather predictable and the ending abrupt, but all in all it was a thought-provoking story and well worth listening to.

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hooked from the first chapter...

hooked from the first chapter... just couldn't put it down ..... just live this author

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Excellent

Would you listen to The Shout again? Why?

Probably not, once you know the story there's not much point but that goes for almost every book I read

What about Bea Holland’s performance did you like?

I started to listen and thought it was a crazy idea to have a female narrating BUT I was so wrong, she did the story and the characters proud - I am fussy about narrators but would have no hesitation in listening to her again.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Firefighters - that's what they do

Any additional comments?

Excellent story, totally believable, obviously well researched one of the best books I have listened to lately so I will certainly be looking at more books from this writer.

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