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'Do you know what a Judas Horse is? When the wild mustangs are running free, you corral one and train it. When he's ready, you release him and he'll bring his team back into the corral - like Judas betraying them....'

Violent burglars have been terrorising residents across the English countryside. But when a mutilated body is discovered in a Cotswolds house, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary group of opportunist thieves. 

As Detective Jack Warr investigates, he discovers locals with dark secrets, unearths hidden crimes - and hits countless dead ends. With few leads and the violent attacks escalating, he will have to act as audaciously as the criminals if he hopes to stop them. 

When Warr meets Charlotte Miles, a terrified woman with links to the group, he must use her to lure the unsuspecting killers into one last job and into his trap. But with the law already stretched to breaking point, any failure will be on Warr's head - and any more blood spilled, on his hands.... 

©2021 Lynda La Plante (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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Sentimentality and soppiness

Was this book really written by Lynda La Plante???? What happened? Poor storyline and rather cliché characters developed in totally predictable manner. The multiple references the poor dead dog seem meant to remind us, listeners/readers, that this is a crime novel and that we are dealing with ruthless criminals lest we forget.... instead the whole book is very forgettable. Disappointing!

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Slow

Couldn’t finish as too laborious. The first few chapters boring, best part was the opening.

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not the best by a long stretch

well I thought a La plante book was a slam dunk but this is her worst I've read to date. Slow boring build up with a dull flat liner voice narrator. Some of the policemen sounded like the royal family. ok, I'm a Northener so maybe I'm common but surely police down south aren't that bloody posh!
sure I could narrate much better.

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so boring it's just waffles about irrelevant stuff

so boring it's just waffles about irrelevant stuff. 2 hrs in and the biggest event is a dog died. amazing.

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Gave the writer a second go but not for me

sorry yet again bored,not enough crime and far too much domestic durge, more a chicklit in my opinion

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Okay but not great, not keen on narrator

Didn’t think the main character was that believable. The fact he was just a detective sergeant and yet making so many decisions himself without his superiors, I was not convinced about.
My main problem was with the narrator who I found to sound pompous and one dimensional. Don’t think this inspires me to read any more in series?

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Awful. Is it really Lynda La Plante??

Couldn’t finish this dreadfully boring book! Waiting through the hours for something to happen, gave up.

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Good plot. Well read

First LaPlante I’ve read in audible and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Shall be reading more now