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Lady Justice and the Sting

Narrated by: George Kuch
Series: Lady Justice, Book 5
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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In Lady Justice and the Sting, a holistic physician is murdered and Walt becomes entangled in the high-powered world of pharmaceutical giants and corrupt politicians.

The Kansas City Police Department and the FBI join forces and Walt goes undercover in a "sting" operation in order to expose those involved in this tangled web of intrigue, and in doing so, becomes the target of a vicious assassin.

Maggie, Ox, Willie, Mary, and all your favorite characters are back to help Walt bring the criminals to justice in the most unorthodox ways.

Another dead-serious mystery with hilarious twists.

©2011 Robert Thornhill (P)2017 Robert Thornhill

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"Now I know what happened to my hearing aid."

Would you consider the audio edition of Lady Justice and the Sting to be better than the print version?

I cannot imagine any better way of 'reading' this superbly written book than that of listening to Walt's personal reminiscences of his adventures both in and out of the police job, recounted through the voice of narrator, George Kuch. He brings Walt, with his grumbles, aches, pains and hilarious stories fully to life. It's like having a friend telling tales over a good meal or relaxing in the sunshine. And throughout it all, Kuch's steady, warm voice is Walt.himself. In conversations, each character is clearly distinguishable but that hardly seems to matter: it is being Walt with all of his ideosyncracies that is important. And Kuch is Walt.

What did you like best about this story?

At 68 years of age, Walter Williams has been a rookie cop in Kansas City for three years and has been through quite a range of cases in his pursuit of Lady Justice. Recently married and supported by his friendly tenants, at home and his partner,, Ox, at work, Walt is a contented man. One thing he's not too sure about, though, is why his wife keeps adding an ever increasing pile of pills beside his breakfast plate each day, but they are a small price to pay if he can continue to eat his prefered high fat and sugar diet. But he is about to start looking at pills and the food he eats in a very different way after a doctor and his receptionist are murdered. This, the fifth in the series, is again packed with verbal and visual jokes (told in low key, grumpy-old-man way), but also hits a serious note when Walt discovers that justice can, indeed, be blind when enough money is passed around.

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Lady Justice and the Sting , can be heard completely as a stand alone.. If you haven't started the series yet, don't wait: get this book and look forward to an exciting, fun and thoughtful book peopled with characters you won't forget. Anyone who has already met Walt will know this book will be unmissable

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This book has a sting in the tail

I enjoyed this book. I like the characters but thought this book was more serious than the previous books, not sure if that was just the subject matter or if the crazy gang was a bit more quieter (Jerry the joker still found the time for a few jokes) I missed Vince and Willy who both only played a small roll in the book. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy the book and I did laugh I just missed the gangs involvement. Although as I am trying to think what to write I keep thinking of funny situations that happened in the book that had nothing to do with the case but still made me laugh, so maybe they played a bigger part than I first thought.
When a doctor and nurse are murdered everybody thinks it is drug related expect 67 year old rookie cop Walter Williams. When his doctor calls him with information on the murder Walter finds himself living out a fantasy of his, of directing his very own sting operation any move star would jump at chance to star in and at the same time taking down a corrupt system . That's one more thing ticked off his bucket list if only the corrupt company hadn't hired a hit man.
I like the narrator as he sounds just right for the part.

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Grumpiness and the nature of US healthcare

I'm probably not the target demographic for this story - I'm just not enough of a grumpy old man. At least, not yet.

The characters and humour are entertaining. I enjoyed the scene where our hero Walt bursts in to foil the evil assassin, armed only with a coffee percolator; this being of little use against a man with a gun, Walt does what any of us would do in this situation - he picks up a cat and throws it into the villain's face. This tactic turns out to be particularly effective as Walt has just stepped on the cat's tail, and the moggy is now extremely cross. Deliciously amusing!

George Kuch's narration is good; well-characterised with distinct voices, and with a lovely tone. Overall, a little bit languorous for my liking, but that's purely personal preference.

As for the plot, the lower rating is because I'm afraid I couldn't suspend my disbelief over the main idea: decades' worth of research on statins isn't going to be overturned by one small-scale study.

The book is entertaining, although it will probably resonate more with listeners in the US (we have different problems with our healthcare system in the UK). I suspect that this story will be particularly enjoyed by people who can empathise with Walt (i.e. are nearer to him in age and temperament than I am...). Overall, 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • MANI
  • 29-01-17

Lady Justice

Any additional comments?

The adventures keeps goingwith Walt and the gang! In this audiobook of the Lady Justice series, Robert Thornhill tackles a very serious topic, but also injects humor at every turn.

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  • Espanolish
  • 13-03-17

Stinging Fun

I really enjoyed this book. The story was engaging, educational, and over the top FUN. I can not speak highly enough about Thornhill's ability to both entertain AND increase awareness.

In addition to rubbing elbows with some of the funniest characters in audiobooks, we are taken on an exhilarating, high stakes ride to the world of the pharmaceutical industry its unsavory connection to politics. While I have great appreciation for the historical use of herbs in apothecary, the business of prescription drugs has evolved into a synthetic madness and a network of avarice that does not benefit the sick or the general public. Thornhill totally takes delivers this message in a way that does not make you feel depressed. Instead you feel motivated to do something on a grassroots level-- and to try out another installment of Lady Justice; Lady Justice and Dr. Death for example.

My only "stinging" comment is that one or two of Thornhill's characters are a bit overly stereotypical in a way that detracts from the story. A few things happened or were said or described in ways that seemed to serve a purpose other than "story." At the very least they had the effect of listening to a lovely song on "wax/LP" and then suddenly being jarred with a "skip." Any more elaboration may inadvertently" lead" readers of this review, which is not my intent. I simply wanted to explain the "overall" rating of 3 stars.

Narrator George Kuch knocks it out as if the story were his. *This is a sidebar only and has no weight on my review of Kuch: For some reason, listening to his voice makes me think of a tall, strong guy, but the main character often references how his short and rather small stature.

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  • Tiffany
  • 24-03-17

Lady Justice and the Sting

Would you listen to Lady Justice and the Sting again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Maggie transforming Walt into a tough guy

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

Walt loosing a little faith in Lady Justice

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author for my unbiased review.

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  • Jan
  • 31-01-17

Don't miss it!

cozy mystery, law enforcement, relationships, assassins, humor, greed, suspense

This time Walt, the department, friends, the FBI, and the medical community become involved in the shady dealings of greedy Big Pharma. The physician's oath demands "First do no harm", but that is not true for the business of pharmaceuticals. The murderous aspects of the book are fictional, but the political and economic aspects are all too true. A professional assassin is in town to stop publication of a study damning a highly profitable pharmaceutical. He is somewhat successful, but is stymied by fate and the efforts of the department and FBI as they work together to follow the money. There are scary incidents, all kinds of humor, and learning opportunities included in this excellent mystery!
George Kuch continues to be the perfect match for the audiobook!

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  • Jan M
  • 26-01-17

Great Story

What did you love best about Lady Justice and the Sting?

I loved the humor! The author did a great job of hooking the listener with the charming narrator and the twists in the story.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I enjoy medical thrillers. The story was reminiscent of stories I grew up with.

Which character – as performed by George Kuch – was your favorite?

The feline attacker was a fun diversion from the other characters. I really enjoyed Walt the main character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book was so fun. It was a clean murder mystery with so much unexpected humor.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher or narrator.

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  • Rebecca
  • 02-11-19

Another one bites the dust!!!

I love everything about this series!! The narrator and the author are excellent and tell a very interesting and comical story. I think this one could have been a true story though. Corrupt government and politicians always make for a great story line!! Off to the next one!!

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  • willee
  • 28-08-19

Natural verses Chemical

Love this series as they are thought provoking as well as fun. Love all the characters, Walt, Maggie, Ox, Mary and Willie. In this book there are murders of doctors who have been researching and proving all natural meds can cure several diseases rather than drugs that cause side effects but the drug companies and government want them stop. I always get upset when they end. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author. THANK YOU

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 27-08-19

Lady Justice and the Sting

I know this story is fiction, but I will definitely be doing some research on what I eat and medications I take after reading this. I love this group of characters and how realistic everything in this series can be. I can’t wait to dive into the next!

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  • Catrina P
  • 21-08-19

The Sting

Robert Thornhill has done it again... combining murder, mystery, suspense, and a big dose of humor. I am really loving this Lady Justice series!

George Kuch’s performance is absolute genius. I can’t imagine any other voice for Walt.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Tyler
  • 15-08-19

Wow

This one took it to another level in an amazing way. Was a great story and great narration again.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.