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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • Chris
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.