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Song of the Dead

DI Westphall Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Angus King
Series: DI Westphall, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

Book 1 in the DI Westphall series.

A dead man walks into a police station. He tells a tale - bizarre as it is grotesque - of kidnap and organ harvesting. John Baden's story of being held prisoner for 12 years sounds far-fetched - but it's all about to get much, much stranger.  

DI Ben Westphall has been given the case because of his background in MI6. He also has a knack for getting inside people's heads and seeing things others would miss. Westphall is no ordinary detective, and this is no ordinary case.  

When his suspects start dying, Westphall realises someone is killing to cover up the truth. But what exactly is the truth? To find out, he'll have to question everything he's been told, before there's no one left to ask.

©2018 Douglas Lindsay (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"Richly atmospheric...Lindsay solidifies his place as one of the rising stars of tartan noir." (Publishers Weekly)

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What a cracker!

I love the fact with audible I’ve expanded my repertoire of authors and this does not disappoint! This book got devoured in a day and a half! The narrator is top class, he gives the main character such a like ability that I couldn’t stop listening. Great story, lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing right to the end...I’ve started Book 2 already!

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  • Lizzy
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 17-10-19

Decent, but inconsistent

For a series debut, this was good enough, but the story kept going off on odd tangents that confused the overall theme. If it had had less diversions, the plot would have flowed better, but this is something that can be improved upon and I look forward to the next in the series.

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This could have been good

If it wasn’t so dark and maudlin this could have been good , but then it gets bloody ridiculous by introducing parallel universe claptrap every now and then , it’s a shame , it had a lot going for it , especially , as there was almost no bad language which is a pleasant change in a police procedural novel .

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  • Donna
  • 20-02-19

5

Masterfull writing and an excellent narrator bring us a rare
mystery novel. It is layer upon layer of what could be simple
murder or... not. I'm going to listen to this a 2nd time now that the ending has made everything clear and the MI6 boss demands proof of All that has happened -
just an over the top modern mystery.

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  • Johnny Utah
  • 16-02-19

Excellent suspense with just a little more...

The book keeps you on the edge of your seat with the, “who done it” suspense, but there is something more. I cannot put it into words in a review without ruining the enjoyment of the subtleties when listening to book. I would highly recommend this book. For me, it had many of the qualities I look for in an audio book.

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  • Amanda Rattray
  • 01-10-19

Good enough that want to read more

no sure o Westphall, seems a wee bit airy-fairy for me... but there's enough in the book that I want to learn more about the lad

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-10-19

detective novel meets Murakami

This beautiful beautiful book took me by complete surprise. I was looking for another detective novel and this came to me instead. Starting innocuous enough we are soon pulled in to a world where dream and reality seem to collide. It’s just... I don’t know what to say. It made me cry. And it made me guess. And it made me think.