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Summary

The most vicious murder in a city's history....

A killer stalks the city of San Diego, brutally slaying women on the fringes of society. The body of a young woman torn apart in her bedroom makes even the hardened detectives of the San Diego PD's Homicide Unit tremble with disgust and rage.

A detective with a troubled past....

For SDPD homicide detective Jon Stanton, the young woman is more than just another case. His former partner, Eli Sherman, was the original detective assigned to the case - before he was discovered to be one of San Diego's most ruthless serial killers.

A final chance for redemption....

Stanton was unable to see Sherman for what he was and blames himself for the murders he committed while on the force. Near death, Stanton swears that he will never wear the badge again. But with a depraved killer eluding the best the San Diego PD has to offer, he must once again fight to uncover a killer that leaves no evidence behind, and that has turned his attention to new prey....

©2011 Victor Methos (P)2012 Victor Methos

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  • Sylvia
  • 12-05-16

Stupefying narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Neurotic cop hunting serial killer in San Diego so let's portray him in a bored ironic inflected semi-British voice. The narrator reads "he took two bullets and tumbled off the balcony" exactly the same as "he looked in the refrigerator to see what he had to drink." Oddly, this affectation is only present with the main character. Others in the story are read quite well and sound realistic, including the women, but that's not enough to hold the book together, So I agreed with the narrator that this was all veddy veddy boring and quit listening midway.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wayne Farrell?

I think Farrell could probably do this book very well, based on how he handled everyone but the main character. Too bad he choose such a ridiculous treatment for the protagonist. If the center doesn't hold, the story collapses.

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  • Ellen Zelda
  • 30-12-15

Slow, lifeless and creepy

I have no idea why I finished this book. The narrator was so s-l-o-w and passionless that the book just seemed to crawl along to (finally) nowhere. I rarely criticize a narrator because even a good, plain reading is ok with me.

As for the story, it was basic but so full of characters (mostly corrupt at varying levels) that it was a bit hard to follow. The transitions from one stage to another and from one character to another were abrupt and added to the overall lack of cohesiveness. Moreover, the essential corruption at the core of the policemen portrayed is ill-timed.

I'm sorry I finished the book since it left me with a generalized bad feeling, even sadness.

Question: is this a British book? The book takes place in the U.S. but the pronunciation of many words (e.g., "shh-eh-dule" vs. a hard "c" American "schedule") left doubt.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-18

Why a British narrator?

For the life of me I can’t understand why they chose a British narrator - it’s a story based in the US! And while the guy is fairly good, he still uses British pronunciations when doing an American accent, he doesn’t pronounce the names of localities correctly and the pace is waaay too slooow - I had to play it at 1.25 speed to get thru it.
Lots of inconsistencies and I’ve listened to enough crime novels to get that some basic police work wasn’t done well. All in all it wasn’t really very good. Not a complete waste of time but I’ve listened to much better books.

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  • Stephen
  • 22-01-18

odd narration

not bad narrator but the English accent seemed a little out of place. I like this new character and Hope but the second and third installments will be available on audio soon.

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  • CU Buffalo
  • 11-11-17

Disappointing...

Story was pretty good but the narration was totally lacking. British reader unfamiliar with American pronunciations...amusing and distracting at the same time. And no luck trying to intonate various voices, each character mostly sounded like the bad guy.

I liked most of Methos’ other books and his previous narrators were excellent. But this one missed the mark.

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  • Sybil Peters
  • 26-10-17

Very interesting all the way through.

Loved the narration. Convincing characters. The Mormon twist was strange. I like this writer. Thanks

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  • Gwendolyn Collins-Stokes
  • 03-10-17

Very good book

I really enjoyed this book! Fast paced, keep you on your toes. A must read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

storyline is great narration not so much

the storyline was great had a lot of action I really enjoyed it in the plot all of it with the exception of the narration. The narrator was very monotone I had more difficulty staying awake through this book than I have any book in a couple of you he had no emotion no emphasis on anything very flat very blah

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  • maggie
  • 11-09-17

great read!

worth the time. real page turner. another excellent book by Victor Methos. i like all hid books. i will readbthrm sll.

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  • Vicki Weaver
  • 01-08-17

great read

this book was enjoyable and I look forward to reading more of his books in hopes he uses the same narrator