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Summary

Shortlisted for the 2012 Crime Writers' Association New Blood Dagger for best first novel. Introducing DS Glyn Capaldi, half Welsh, half-Italian, all maverick. He's fallen from grace in Cardiff and exiled to be the catch-all detective in the big bit in the middle that God gave to the sheep.

A place where nothing of any significance is meant to happen, a place where supposedly he can do little harm. But trouble have a way of catching up with Capaldi. Six men and a young woman disappear into the night. They don't all reappear. The ones that do are good people with a good explanation.

Only Capaldi remains unconvinced. In the face of opposition from the locals, he delves deeper and starts to uncover a network of conflicts, betrayals, and depravity that resonates below the outwardly calm surface of rural respectability. D.S. Capaldi is back in the saddle.

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Critic reviews

“Good People’s corkscrew plot skewers small-town hypocrisy with a wry smile and a sniff of disgust. An entertaining debut with more stings in the tail than a bag of scorpions.” (Val McDErmid)
”A terrific novel that blows a fresh breath in to crime fiction… as if Ian Rankin had been transported to Wales” (crimesquad.com)
”A cross between Frost and Hot Fuzz… one of the most interesting and enjoyable crime books I've read for a long time” (reviewingtheevidence.com)
”I read it in two sittings and was well rewarded. Twists and turns made the plot lively and fast paced” (New Books Mag)

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Disappointed when it ended

It's always exciting to discover a new series and as soon as I'd finished listening to this one I bought the next two. Interesting conflicted protagonist, a story with lots of twists and a really good sense of place.

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Highly recommended

Loved this story - bits of it are painfully graphic, so not for the faint-hearted, but the author still manages to bring in humour. Capaldi seems very real - flawed and damaged, which makes him all the more sympathetic as a character. Looking forward to listening to the other books in the series.

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Depressingly bad

What disappointed you about Good People?

Narrated in a tacky Welsh accent. Insists on calling Dinas -Deenas and Brize Norton is referred to as Breeze Norton. A reasonable story is spoilt by dreadful narration and I am a Welshman. All in all best avoided if you were thinking of perchase.

Has Good People put you off other books in this genre?

Yes by this narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As explained above

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Good People?

None

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