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Pathological

Collected Short Reads of Sex, Lies, and Murder! (Volume 1)
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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A collection of Zandri's most popular short stories for listeners who want to get their thrill on! 

A gold-digging spouse who is also a serial killer.... The beautiful owner of a women’s dress shop brutally murdered on the floor.... A sexy dame who shows up unannounced at Dick Moonlight PI’s office claiming she’s about to be murdered.... Two numbskulls who decide to rob a home for the aged during bingo night.... 

These are just a few of the sexy, hard-boiled, and noir tales you’ll find in this first-ever volume of collected short stories by Thriller and PWA Shamus Award-winner Vincent Zandri. 

For fans of Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker, Mickey Spillane, Charles “Hank” Bukowski, Charlie Huston, Josh Bazell, and more, you’ll want to binge Pathological: Collected Short Reads of Sex, Lies, and Murder and then indulge in your favorites all over again. 

©2018 Vincent Zandri (P)2018 Vincent Zandri

Critic reviews

"Please believe me when I tell you that it really doesn’t get any better than this." (Bookreporter)

"Gritty, fast-paced, lyrical and haunting." (Harlan Coben, New York Times best-selling author of Six Years)

"Tough, stylish, heartbreaking." (Don Winslow, New York Times best-selling author of Savages

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In the end no one gets out alive.

A collection of seven stories from the excellent Vincent Zandri, all read by his arch interpreter, Andrew B. Werhlen, and including arguably the best of his shorts, Pathological. The majority of the others, but not all, feature the P.I. with a bullet fragment in his head, Richard (Dick) Moonlight. All are written in the first person, giving a presence and immediacy to these twisted and sometimes bizarre tales, made even more expressive by the slick talking, lagubrious narration.

A must for all Zandri fans, despite his longer novels being better, but as the title implies, some do persue a more salacious side of the characters, so not for those with more prudish sensitivities. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom

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  • cosmitron
  • 07-07-18

A good mixture of stories.

The Narrator is the key to any successful Audio Book and you have it here,


With every group of stories some are always better then others but the overall quality makes this
a worthwhile read.


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

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 12-08-18

THE PERFECT RECIPE OF SHORT STORIES..

This collection of shorts by Vincent Zandri is awesome! It's my first introduction to Zandri, and I find his work right up my alley. Sex lies & murder, coming right up! I'm definitely a fan of his writing and style, and I will definitely read more from this author. Now to the narrator - Andrew Wehrlen is one of my favorites, I've listened to him before and it's always a pleasure to hear his voice. Definitely recommend it! :)
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  • Rayc
  • 09-08-18

Great collection of short stories.

Pathological: Collected Short Reads of Sex, Lies, and Murder! (Volume 1). If you haven't read or listened to Vincent Zandri's work - then this collection is the perfect means to do so! Like a high class buffet.
I have have been a fan for quite some time, and the combination of the authors writing and Andrew's gritty narration make a perfect team.
A great read perfect for lunch times. or commuting.
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  • Shannon G
  • 05-08-18

An Interesting & Different Listen

There are several short stories in this collection and I'm sure you'll find at least one or two you'll enjoy. I enjoyed all of them but my favorites were the ones with Dick Moonlight. I could see it all in my head...in black and white! I loved them!! The narrator did an excellent job and made the stories even better! If you haven't had the pleasure of listening to author Vincent Zandri's stories then you're seriously missing out!

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  • scott
  • 22-07-20

good book

good book, im sure you will enjoy it, kinda a no frills but still enjoyable

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  • micki
  • 24-05-20

Something different

This is the perfect definition of pulp noir. The story got a little weird--especially in the middle, that's okay. Totally didn't expect it. Really enjoyed the narration. His rich tones and inflections matched the story so well and really pulled me in and kept my attention. The twists, turns and connections continued to boggle the mind as the story lines flowed into the satisfying ending. Absolutely recommend.
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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 17-04-20

Good Noir Story

Good Noir short stories , there is still depth to them and enjoyable
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  • G. Eggleston
  • 16-04-20

I was looking forward to this read/listen...

...and it turned out to be even better than I was expecting!

I WAS expecting the $ex [any reader of this review who does NOT like that should NOT read/listen to this book. You were warned in the title and synopsis, so you should take the cue and read "Little House on the Prairie"]
I WAS NOT expecting the humor and chuckled at the following:

....She rubs her hand down until it's rubbing my hardness in my black jeans. "I promise to make it worth your while, big fella."
"It is kinda big, isn't it," I whisper.
"I'll say," she says, her voice deep, sultry. "I don't know if I'd be able to fit it all in my mouth."
That does it. I push out my chair and stand, pick up my gun, slap a full magazine into the grip then shove it into my shoulder holster....

Following are the stories and their corresponding chapter titles:
1_Moonlight Gets Served (ch 1-7)
2_Dressed to Kill (ch 7-21)
3_Full Moonlight (ch 21-32)
4_Bingo Night (ch 32)
5_Moonlight Breaks Bad (ch 33-58)
6_Pathological (ch 58-64)
7_Dog Day Moonlight (ch 64-78)

Before I go on, let me say that I requested (and was given) a copy of this audiobook. My review of it is voluntary—not at all based upon how I came to receive it. In other words, there was no quid-pro-quo.

OVERALL — 5 stars
I am giving this category five stars because – although I tend to be more of a stickler than most people are – the current total of all reviews for PATHOLOGICAL is far lower than this book merits and it seems to me that to rate it lower than it deserves would be... well... criminal. This is NOT an average book and, for its category, it is better than "average" (or even "great") and deserves consideration for any award given within its genre.

PERFORMANCE — 4½ stars
(I listened at normal speed, although with most audiobooks I have to increase the speed, probably because the narrators read slower than they otherwise would so as to avoid making a reading mistake and no mistakes are allowed on audiobook recordings)

The performance here is very well done and Andrew B. Wehrlen's tone is pleasant to listen to. He accomplished the ultimate goal every narrator should have: to get the reader into the story/stories. Although readers might expect a more noir-sounding narrator, I'm glad the book didn't go with a stereotype in this regard. The reason I'm not giving five stars is because I'm a stickler about giving out a perfect rating, which to me should be for award-winning performances. Nevertheless, his consistent nuance throughout did tempt me to give a full-fledged 5.

STORY — 5 stars
If there is a competition for books/stories in this category, the book PATHOLOGICAL should – at the very least – be nominated.

It is rare to find an anthology where every story is a winner. This is the rare exception. I heartily recommend this book to everyone who likes great storytelling that is spiced with a little humor.
Such as the following:

....Roland Hills (AKA Fat Elvis Presley) believes he's the return of the King himself. Or, in his words, "I'm proof Elvis never left the building – much less the good earth – in the first place." Between his big gut, his skinny arms and legs, he kinda resembles an overgrown cocktail olive with four toothpicks stuck inside it....

What more can I can say. Just get this book. You won't be disappointed.
Plain and simple, this is storytelling at its finest!

Prior to my reading of PATHOLOGICAL I had been unfamiliar with the author Vincent Zandri, but he is a now on my short list of great authors and I can certainly understand why he has received all the accolades he has.

In conclusion, please – if my review here has been helpful to you – click "Helpful" below. It will help me to become known through my reviews, which I try my best to make helpful to potential readers. I'm trying hard to become a Top Reviewer on Audible so I can get more complimentary audiobooks (although, as I wrote earlier, my reviews are not mandatory to getting such copies). Upon submission, this review becomes the property of Audible.com
It was my pleasure reviewing this book and I thank you so much for reading my review of it!

My rating scale:
1 = Junk! (dumpster worthy) // 2 = Poor // 3 = Good (average) // 4 = Great // 5 = Excellent! (award worthy)

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  • Q Garcia
  • 14-11-19

Moonlight and Friends

Seven short stories, four of the Dick Moonlight series. Noir with a light touch of humor. I was gifted this from the author.

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  • desi reilly
  • 27-09-19

Short but good

The audio book is great reads there is lot of short story and they will tell the different one. Number 1 it a P I who hears a women running in the hall and runs into my office and then this hot chick. You see i was suppose to give a guy a divorce paper and then i followed her and then i got caught in trap with this broad. But now i got hit in head and tied up you see they wanted money but i did not have any then my gun was gone but you see what happen in the book i am the PI who is in some of the books.

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Dressed to kill and i was pumping iron with my buddy and now my x came in ans said i am suspect in a murder and then now i am at the police station and they now me good and then the story tell you how and why i get suspected because i am P I and get in to trouble .

Full moon light
The first night of the full moon and here i go again the grave yard undertaker hire me and find out what and why thing were going in the grave yard you see they say that the people were coming out of the grave but who or was it and was it or the thing going to do damage to any one,

I have found 2 dead at the grave yard and i found 2 dead it the undertaker and the Shepard and then now a couple of cops were killed then out pop there man a English man who was over 100 some years old bu t you see

Well let you check the book or the audio out and then you can have fun with the book