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Harry Starke

The Harry Starke Novels, Book 1
Narrated by: Tom Lennon
Series: The Harry Starke Novels, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
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Why did Tabitha Willard throw herself off the Walnut Street Bridge?

It's almost midnight, bitterly cold and snowing, when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge into the icy waters of the Tennessee. Harry Starke is there, on the bridge. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. He tries but is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, corruption, and three murders. Harry has to work his way through a web of deceit and corruption until finally...Well, as always, there's a twist in the tale - several in fact.

Who is Harry Starke?

Harry Starke is a private detective, a big fish in a small pond. He's a tough individual with a past, a conscience, and friends in high places. He's single, successful, wealthy, a womanizer, well-educated, and he will hurt you if he needs to. This book is the first in the series of Harry Starke novels.

©2015 Blair Howard (P)2015 Blair Howard

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Totally fantastic audiobook from the pen of Blair Howard and brilliantly narrated by Tom Lenton xxxxxxxxx

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Another new-to-me author and another entertaining Audible outing which helped pass some otherwise mundane work hours. Blair Howard's Harry Starke is the first in a long series featuring the title character as a well connected Chatanooga PI. I enjoyed the book and it's a series I'll definitely re-visit in the future, without being blown away by what Howard served up. As an aside, I don't especially buy into the..... for the fans of Patterson, Baldacci, Silva etc etc. Hell why not name 50 popular authors in the hope that the lustre sticks by association and you grab some readers? Far better to be your own man and your own voice. But then I'm not pitching books only reading them. Here Starke is in close proximity to a woman who commits suicide and fears his presence contributed to the woman's death. Ergo an investigation into her death, somewhat assisted by the fact that Starke's long-term girlfriend is a cop who catches the case. An introduction to the woman's grieving father sees Starke retained in an official capacity and justifies his personal involvement in the investigation. I think I had to hold my nose at the way a cop manages to include a private investigator, one she's sleeping with into official interviews with witnesses and also entrusts a key piece of evidence found on the deceased's body to her beau. Convenient, oh yes. Apart from that I quite enjoyed the tale........ an investigation, more deaths, a secret private member's club, a local gangster going up in the world and fronting a decidely suspicious development, a dodgy politician, possible corruption and blackmail opportunities and our main character proving himself to be a bit of a rogue with a wandering trouser snake. Harry, you dirty dog. Fisticuffs, humor, action and a decent enough storyline which was resolved satisfactorily albeit with a measure of convenience, along the way. There's far worse ways of spending your time. 3.5 from 5 Howard has written 14 books in his Harry Starke series so far, as well as numerous other works. I look forward to reading (listening to) more from him in the future. Read - (listened to) September, 2020 Published - 2015 Page count - 320 (7 hrs 30 mins) Source - Audible purchase Format - Audible

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I think she jumped because of me.

Harry Starke, one time cop now PI, describes himself as ' Just a southern boy in a small southern town,' but he's far more than that. He might be a little slow in all things computer, but had graduated in '93 and had a masters in forensic psychology. He has a small suite of offices in downtown Chattanooga, employing a staff of nine and daddy is a respected lawyer who knew most everyone worth knowing, well endowed with cash and even a private jet. So not the usual shabby, down at heel PI more usually found skulking round the bars and backstreets. Not, of course, that Harry doesn't do his own fair share of skulking. And it was after one such evening frequenting a low dive people watching, that he pauses on a bridge late at night to clear his head. Everywhere is quiet until a woman comes running along the road towards the bridge: he'd noticed her in the bar earlier and thought her out of place. She seemed terrified, as it she were being chased. Then, seeing Harry standing there, she ran for the edge of the bridge and threw herself over. And Harry, horrified, realized she'd killed herself because of him. This newly created Private Investigator from the pen of Blair Howard is remarkable. His characterisation is superb and, less so but still good, is that of all of the lesser protagonists. Harry is a very real person, not necessarily always likeable but with his own codes of conduct and loyalties and able to draw on help from his staff and his father, if needed. Saddened and horrified, Harry needs to know why this woman he'd seen for the first time that night was so afraid of him she'd killed herself rather than run past him. Told in the first person, narrator Tom Lennon becomes Harry Starke, in speech and nuances, revealing to the readers his fears and guilt as well as his triumphs. Lennon's is an excellent performance, also giving separate voice to the other protagonists' conversations. The story is an intriguing one, also, involving political corruption as well as sexual exploitation and criminal activity including violence and the quest for power and money.Sent My thanks to the rights holder of Harry Starke, book I, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. This is the first, I understand, of a long running series and is one that I will definitely be pursuing. Great character, intriguing mystery, intrinsic humour, and well read: I'm looking forward to re-meeting Harry Starke in the next in series. Recommended.