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Summary

War is coming to No-Man's Land, and Connor Fraser will be ready.

A mutilated body is found dumped at Cowane's Hospital in the heart of historic Stirling. For DCI Malcolm Ford it's like nothing he's ever seen before, the savagery of the crime making him want to catch the murderer before he strikes again. For reporter Donna Blake it's a shot at the big time, a chance to get her career back on track and prove all the doubters wrong. But for close protection specialist Connor Fraser it's merely a grisly distraction from the day job. 

But then a bloodied and broken corpse is found, this time in the shadow of the Wallace Monument - and with it, a message. One Connor has received before, during his time as a police officer in Belfast.

With Ford facing mounting political and public pressure to make an arrest and quell fears the murders are somehow connected to heightened post-Brexit tensions, Connor is drawn into a race against time to stop another murder. But to do so, he must question old loyalties, confront his past and unravel a mystery that some would sacrifice anything - and anyone - to protect.

From Dundee International Book Prize and Bloody Scotland book of the year nominee Neil Broadfoot comes No Man's Land, the first in the white-knuckle Connor Fraser series.

©2020 Neil Broadfoot (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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"An atmospheric, twisty and explosive start to a new series by one of the masters of Scottish fiction." (Angela Clarke, Sunday Times best seller)

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Confused feelings

I chose this book mostly because I love Angus King and i have just finished reading JD Kirk's Jack Logan series (Loved it!!). I'm trying to find smth similar and thought I'd give this a chance. I haven't finished listening to the book but so far I find that the plot is a bit all over the place and I'm having a hard time following the storyline. It jumps too fast between the characters and i have to pause and close my eyes trying to remember which character we're onto now.
The narration, however, is excellent. I thoroughly enjoy Angus King's different voices and his lovely Scottish accent (which is an accent I have only just discovered).

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Ambulatory

A muddled plot, characters I couldn't engage with and more an amble in the park than a fast paced thriller.
Nevertheless, I finished it. I think I have been spoiled with Rankin and Oswald, but everyone has to start somewhere!
Nevertheless, the narrator was brilliant and will look out for him!

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Brilliant story read by my favourite narrator

I only found this story when i was searching books read by Angus King as i absolutely love his voice. He is by far, the best narrator.

This book is a brilliant crime thriller witj excellent & believable characters. Not once did it become boring. I shall now binge listen the rest of the series!

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Loved This

It may jump about a bit from character to character but trust me just stick with it. Great story, once I got used to the different characters it got easier to follow. Loved the fact that it took place in my home city of Stirling

Added bonus is Angus King narrates.

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Good Story but a little confusing

I had to keep rewinding to see if I missed something as it didn't flow well. There are a lot of characters, and it's not always easy to work out the connections or who is the lead character. Angus King is the king of narration, and in all honesty, he could make the shipping forecast exciting! Maybe this book is just setting out the groundwork for future installments, so I'll listen to the next in the series as I find they often get better the more involved/attached you become to the characters.

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Good story

Based in central Scotland it has murder and mystery so keeps you interested with twists and turns.

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didn't like it performance was not the best I've

didn't like it. performance was very poor tried to do too many accents. no more

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not impressed by either style or plot

I don't mind a harebrained plot if the writing is stylish, and I can tolerate cheap writing for a good plot but this book left me cold on both counts, cudos to the narrator though

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  • StL Reader
  • 09-02-21

A good one!

First, I so adore Angus King as a narrator that his name brought me to this book. I may have enjoyed it more simply because of him. But it was a good book regardless. It was fast-paced with appealing and interesting characters.

My only reservation is the conspiracy elements in the story. I seem to have read a lot of conspiracy driven books lately. I am concerned that such fictional work encourages folks to expect conspiracies in the real world. The belief in crazy conspiracies has had frightening consequences in real life.

I will read/listen to more Neil Broadfoot, though.

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  • 17-10-20

Good Story

This is good listen, The murders are pretty awful and brutal, showing what lengths people will go to keep a part of their past well hidden. I liked Connor how he unravels the crimes and links them and always keeping his temper in check, not wanting to be like his father.... Looking forward to the next in the series and hope Simon's in there as well. " Even in peace time you always checked under the car before you drove" The narration is perfect

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  • Norma Harris
  • 22-03-21

is there an editor in the house?

First thing to say is Angus King's narration is spot on for this gritty, gory tale. I think there was a pretty good story hidden here but had a lot of trouble following the plotline . some characters, like Donna, were very well defined, others not so much,. my impression, which I hope is not unfair, is that the book needed more thorough editing than it had received.

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  • Justine Chandler
  • 18-05-21

Don't bother

I love JD Kirk's Dci Logan series and narrator Angus.
But this book was disappointing, the storyline was loose & the characters not engaging. The climax at the end was "really, that's all...I waded through for this??!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 01-03-21

Good beginning

3.5 stars rounded up because of the narration by Angus King which is terrific as usual.

The story was quite good but I had a hell of a time keeping the characters straight. I’m glad this was the first in a series. I will try the next book. I know the writing is good.

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  • Marianne
  • 26-08-21

Bought for Angus King's Reading

I couldn't tell you much about this book because for me, it was very boring. Night after night of listening and I really couldn't tell you what was going on. I wouldn't buy this author again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-03-22

Anything read by Angus King is amazing!

This was an intense, fast paced story of danger, intrigue and suspense. I just finished and can't wait to find the next book by this author.

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  • Ann
  • 29-04-21

COULD NOT FINISH

The narrator unfortunately was not one of Audible’s finest (yet) and made the story too boring to listen to. I tried to hang in there to see if the narrator got better or if the story finally came alive, but neither had happened by the time 2 hours of listening had passed. Cannot recommend this audiobook.