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Summary

Get hooked on Heck: the maverick detective who knows no boundaries. A grisly whodunit you won't be able to put down, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and TV series Luther.

Heck needs to watch his back. Because someone's watching him... Across the south of England, a series of bizarre but fatal accidents are taking place. So when a local businessman survives a near-drowning but is found burnt alive in his car just weeks later, DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg is brought in to investigate.

Soon it appears that other recent deaths might be linked: two thieves that were bitten to death by poisonous spiders, and a driver impaled through the chest with scaffolding.

Accidents do happen but as the body count rises it's clear that something far more sinister is at play, and it's coming for Heck too....

©2015 Paul Finch (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Critic reviews

"Clever and well written with some bizarre murders and masses going on, it's an excellent series." ( The Bookseller)

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Enjoyable and convoluted

The convoluted plot leads Heck through much of the home counties chasing the posibility that a comedy duo is murdering people at random. In this effort he has to endure local CID help from DC Gail Honeyford. The personality clashes work well while they sort out if they are tackeling a crime or not. The conclusion stretches credibility but in the end works nicely. There may be a few minor plot weaknesses but this is a fun crime novel with lots of imaginative gore.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Heck at his ultimate best.

Paul Finch just goes from better to better with every book in the series. Heck just seems to slot into a gap left by many other fictional detectives and is a ' one off ' when it comes to solving oddball crimes, difinitely thinking way out of the box to solve the most heinous of crimes.
Cannot wait for the next Heck to be published. A definitive must for all fans of Peter James, Mark Billingham, wtc.

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Another exciting Paul Finch

What goes on in Mr Finch's head to be able to write such twisting & turning exciting novels?! Yet another great book! On to the next.

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Riveting and nicely 'twisted' thriller!

What made the experience of listening to Hunted the most enjoyable?

Great narration of a really convoluted murder.

What other book might you compare Hunted to, and why?

None. Haven't read any like this before!

Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I don't think so. His narration really enhances the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

'Moved' isn't quite the right word!!! There is a moment in the plot that took me by surprise!

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read some more by this author and I hope they have the same characters.

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Another great book.

Another great story from Paul Finch. highly recommend this book and the narrator as well.

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  • Jacky
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 08-08-15

Good exciting listen

I could not stop listening to this my first Heck book - I loved it. The twists and turns and the detective work were great. Love Paul Thornley as a reader. Definitely a good listen - just try to get the series in the right order.

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Just as gripping as all other in he series

I have listened to the full series to date and the only disappointment I experienced upon listening to this one was that it's the last in the series for now at least. Let's hope Paul Finch extends the DS heck series further. An amazing listen well narrated and great story

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Hunted

Great storyline with our hero 'Heck' sorting out the bad guys & gals. Phil Thornley narrating adds to the drama

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Great narration

Really enjoyed the story and delivery. Very good narration makes this book come alive. Want to listen to more 'Heck' but the only others are in German

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What the heck?!

Great story, rips along at a good pace and is well read. You will not be disappointed-what are you waiting for?!

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  • CheyenneQBU
  • 11-07-15

Awesome! Kept me engaged all along

Would love the rest of the series but not avail on audible unfortunately . Hopefully they will be added soon

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  • CM
  • 06-07-15

Wow top Marks!

I really enjoyed this book in fact I could not put it down , I had to keep listening to see what happened next . This is book 5 in the series and I had not listened or read any Paul finch before . However it was fine coming in to the middle of the series as he is away from his home beat and is working with a new side kick . My only regret is that now I want to read the whole series and this is the only one audible US has. The murders were a bit gruesome but the " whodunnit " kept you guessing

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  • J. Devine
  • 19-05-15

Great work.... Well Written and Presented.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it's a great story that is well performed.

What about Paul Thornley’s performance did you like?

Great vocal range and ability with accents

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Great job Mr. Finch!

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  • Paula Not from Gualala
  • 24-10-15

Murder. What a crack up!

If you read as many murder/detective books as I do, you know the drill . . . authors, presumably in an effort to forge a reputation, seem to devise more and more gruesome murders (mostly of young women) related in great and gory detail. Which I like. But this one was different. Yes, the murders were bizarre and unpleasant but also . . . funny. Which is central to the plot.
I thought this book was imaginative and had a broad range of characters. Our man, Heck, doesn't seem fully fleshed but then again, this is the first book I've read in the series. Won't be the last, though.

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  • Octopus Jones
  • 13-07-15

Great start to a new series

I liked the characters Heck's my kind of guy
Story was creative, some good twists and turns and sufficiently action packed with some well detailed gristle

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  • monique
  • 28-05-15

a superior read

More serious than Stuart McBride, but a superior (and mysterious) mystery. Well performed by PT, including female characters. Original, engaging, and edgy. Fun. Not for the faint of heart.

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  • P. Brown
  • 20-02-16

Hunted

Solid storyline, good tempo very enjoyable. Heck is a great character with a lot of interesting traits. I will be seemed out additional works of DS Heck.

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  • William H. Linnemeier
  • 24-11-15

naritive

What disappointed you about Hunted?

I would like to think the book was a good book but I will never know.

What didn’t you like about Paul Thornley’s performance?

The style of the person reading the book left me very unhappy. I found his style made it work just to follow the story line.

Any additional comments?

I almost returned the book. I have purchased well over 200 books and only returned one book. (A book I bought by mistake) This is the first time that I actually thought about returning a book based on merit. I didn't do so because I didn't want to black mark the author who I know to be very good.. (Others may enjoy this readers style even though I do not.)

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  • Alison Shaw
  • 02-07-15

Solid story idea, poor characterisation

Solid story idea undermined by poor characterisation, especially of the female characters. Would perhaps have tolerated this in first of a series by new author, but not so much in fifth book in a series. However, story idea was sufficient to carry me through to the end of the book.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful