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Summary

A prequel to the nationally best-selling Jeff Resnick Mysteries, this collection of short stories chronicles Jeff's (and his brother, Richard Albert's) backstory. What forces molded these men into the people they are today? Find out in these 11 thought-provoking tales that span from Jeff and Richard's first meeting until two years before the first book in the series, Murder on the Mind. These stories are not mysteries.

Table of Contents:

  • "First Contact"
  • "Betty's Dead"
  • "Shooting Hoops"
  • "Resnick's Revenge"
  • "The First Noel"
  • "Food for Thought"
  • "The Turning Point"
  • "Happy Birthday?"
  • "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
  • "Sleep's Dark and Silent Gate"
  • "Reunion"
©2013 L.L. Bartlett (P)2015 Lorraine Bartlett

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  • P. Priest
  • 23-06-15

A Must Read to better appreciate Jeff & Richard

A Must read to find out the back story behind Jeff's and Richard's young lives and their living together when Jeff was a teenager, and beyond.

The funniest part was the prank Jeff pulled on Richard's grandmother when she barged into Jeff's room without knocking.

Steven Barnett does an excellent job narrating this and all of L L. Bartlett ' s books!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-02-16

brothers

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There are several short stories that flow from one to another. This is the backstory of Jeff and his brother Richard. We see their first meeting together an the guilt and disappointment they felt for each other.
These are not happy, fun stories but a look into what shapes two men....all the lost little opportunities they had, the misunderstandings...really everyday life and how that shapes all of us.
I said these weren't happy stories, at the same time their not depressing...just a look at real life and all its consequences. Now I feel like I understand the characters better and i even felt their pain.
Interesting stories. The narrator is terrific and really highlighted each character.
I'll want to read and listen to more stories by this author/.

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  • DJ Brown
  • 02-07-15

Loved this book!

I am a fan of the Jeff Resnick novels so finding out more about the characters was not only enlightening but very entertaining. I was once again impressed with the quality of the writing and how Ms. Bartlett draws you in with her story or, in this case, stories. The narrator, Steven Barnett, was excellent as well.

It always amazes me that this is the same author who writes The Booktown Mystery series, another series I love, because they are so different. There is a darkness and depth to these stories that you do not see often in a mystery series. Keep up the great work. I don't know what I would do without your novels.

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  • AngelaK
  • 29-04-16

A great listen

I found this book to be rather engaging and couldn't stop listening until I was done! I enjoy the characters in the series so listening to their backstory held my interest. The narrator also did a great job. Overall, I would recommend this book!

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  • sonnysmom
  • 04-06-15

Family History

Would you listen to Evolution again? Why?

Yes, Steven Barnett brought the story to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Evolution?

When Jeff mooned Richards grandmother, just made me laugh out loud.












Which character – as performed by Steven Barnett – was your favorite?

Jeff Resnick

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Family is important

Any additional comments?

Steven Barnett is an incredible reader! He brings the story to life and makes you feel like you are part of it.