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Manhunt

Narrated by: Peter Noble
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Summary

NOW A MAJOR TV DRAMA STARRING MARTIN CLUNES

What does it take to catch one of Britain's most feared killers?
 

Levi Bellfield is one of the most notorious British serial killers of the last fifty years - his name alone evokes horror and revulsion, after his string of brutal murders in the early 2000s.
 

At 3:07pm on 21st March, 2002, Milly Dowler left her school in Surrey for the last time. Less than an hour later, she was to be abducted and murdered in the cruellest fashion, sparking a missing person investigation that would span months before her body was found.
 

In the two years that followed, two more young women - Marsha McDonnell and then Amélie Delagrange - were murdered in unspeakably brutal attacks.
 

Yet with three murdered women on their hands, and few leads open to them, investigating officers were running out of ideas and options, until SIO Colin Sutton was drafted into the investigation for the murder of Delagrange. Seeing a connection between the three women, and thriving under the pressure of a serial killer hunt, Sutton was finally able to bring their murderer to justice after the case had begun to seem hopeless.

Manhunt tells the story of how he led the charge to find a mystery killer, against the clock and against the odds - day by day and lead by lead. At once a gripping police procedural, and an insight into the life of an evil man, this is the story behind what it takes to track down a shockingly violent murderer before he strikes again.

©2018 Colin Sutton (P)2018 Bonnier Publishing

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Good effort but change the cover

Ive noticed there are two kinds of true crime books, 1) those that are focused on the investigation, the detective work and the forensics 2) those focused on the sick criminals. For me this is a good one because it is focused on the detective work, and those public servants who have done all they can for the public good. Really well written with passion and conviction. Just one critisim, please change the cover so we dont have to look at the sick fat bastard everytime we open our audible libarys.

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Good detective story

Whilst the story was well read, there was too much Me me me i i i. This did get a bit much me, my, i, my Team did well, everyone else was getting it wrong. At the end of the story ironically the author said exactly the same about his superior!! In summary a reasonable listen if you can ignore the overinflated ego.

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finished in five days

I'm a fan of true crime podcasts but this was the first book of this kind I've listened to and I finished it in a working week. the depth of the investigation was fascinating and i loved listening to a case over a book as opposed to an hour long podcast. the story itself was of course tragic but triumphant, and I loved the narration.

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  • 02-08-19

Egomaniac

Colin Sutton comes across as a bit of an egomaniac. He not only throws colleagues under the bus constantly but he also bemoans superiors for not throwing him a parade with balloons and candyfloss when his team do their jobs and catch the killer. If it wasn't for technology then they would never have caught him and that's a terrifying takeaway from this story.

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Groundhog Day... not!

As a former police officer, this is not a book I would normally aspire to delve into. But I recall the case coming to prominence in the news media, shortly before I emigrated from the UK in 2005, and thus my interest was piqued, and when I saw its narrator was the excellent Peter Noble, I was sold. A story told with compassion for the tragedy, and in such a way that I could barely take my headphones off. A story of genuine substance. Thanks to all involved.

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Brilliant!!

Loved it so much I listened to it twice. A brilliantly told story. Thank goodness there are people like Colin Sutton and his team in this world. I was familiar with Bellfield's story beforehand, having read a couple of books about him. Sutton's articulates certain aspects of the case so well, I cried quite a few times. I also laughed in certain circumstances. The one ninth story springs to mind. I would have no hesitation in buying more of his books if he ever wrote anymore! Unlike a previous review, stating that they found it a bit dull, I found it fascinating and the book had me hooked from the first chapter. I haven't watched the tv series, maybe that helped?!

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Couldn’t stop listening. More than your average true crime story

A great detective story about a truly evil series of crimes. It also provides a fascinating insight into the police force, not all of it flattering. And some very good observations about lawyers, and especially those who put their pursuit of their own wealth ahead of truth. I highly recommend this book.

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Great Leadership

Very good read. Read the book in 3 x days. Great listening how they captured this horrible person.

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A great listen (unless you are Surrey Police!)

This is extremely good and compelling listening. There are a few things that I personally would not have included, for example the comment by an unnamed Barrister having a cigarette about the trial judge, but I suppose they are there to try and lighten the mood a little and add a human touch in a very inhuman case.

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Excellent

an excellent book written by lead investigator dealing with just how obnoxious this killer was. it also dealt several well aimed and deserved swipes at a press who proved themselves as selfish as the killer in their impatience to write an over exaggerated headline causing several crimes which were only part way through deliberation by the jury to have to be dropped. an excellent book all round. Well worth a listen

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  • kellikay
  • 17-01-19

My mind keeps wandering while trying to listen

My mind keeps wandering while I'm trying to listen to this book. I have to keep going back and listen to sections again and again. Not my favorite book by far. It's just okay, not great.

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  • Peter Gage
  • 19-01-19

Good Read

As a fan of crime fiction and true crime, I found it an enjoyable read.