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Matthew Worth is a mess. Somewhere between a good cop and a bad screwup, he botched a marriage and a career. His fellow officers think he’s a joke. His commanders are tired of cutting him breaks. Even his wife has left him for a flashy homicide detective. Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic. If that isn’t enough, he suspects he might be falling for Gwen, the shy checkout girl who may be an even bigger mess than he is. It couldn’t get any worse. Until it does. When Gwen comes to him one night scared and desperate for help, Worth discovers just how far he’s willing to go to protect and serve. The next thing he knows, he’s driving a stolen car with a corpse in the trunk, a pistol in the glove box, and no way to turn back. Everything he doesn’t know could get them killed. And things haven’t even begun to get messy yet...

©2006 Sean Doolittle (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Frank Donnelly
  • 23-04-20

A Really Good Modern American Noir Crime Novel

This is a intense modern crime drama set in Omaha, Neb. The audiobook is very well read. The story started slightly slowly, but that was probably necessary to build the foundation of the story. By the end I found the story to be the audiobook version of a "page turner".

I read and listened to this novel simultaneously. This is the first novel I have read by this author. I have already purchased a second novel.
If one likes modern American Noir Crime Drama, one may wish to consider this one. Thank You...

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  • Kailualuv
  • 26-05-21

Decent Story, Odd Naration

It could have been a five star book if the performance hadn’t been so distracting. At times it seemed like a computer was reading the book to you - like when your GPS uses the wrong pronunciation or cadence to familiar words.

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  • Diana Pearson
  • 15-03-21

I tried

I dropped this with 4 hrs left. Talk about dry. The narrator sounded distracted. The story was, well, not interesting. Sean Doolittle didlittle for me 🥴

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  • NickyK
  • 02-02-21

They have robot reading this one

I didn't get past the first chapter. A robot could read this book with more emotion. The narrator wins the award for the worst narrator ever.

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  • Jesse
  • 28-07-17

meh.

it kept me listening but never really went anywhere. shit just.kind of unfolded without any real twists.

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  • kawliga
  • 19-03-21

maybe better to read than on audible?

Lots of POV changes throughout. But no cues provided by the narrator at all. I felt like every few minutes I was wondering whose perspective the story was being told from, very distracting and made it very unenjoyable.

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  • Lily A Cowen
  • 26-02-21

good story great reader

story was a little bleak and parts were too graphic could have been better edited.

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  • Shar
  • 15-06-21

Audible while fixing dinner

This was a great book to listen to as I cook and work in my kitchen.

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  • Stef
  • 11-06-21

I couldn’t finish it.

The narrator was good, but the overall story was not. The main character, a former cop, was so completely irresponsible that it was hard to listen to. His “feelings” for a younger coworker starts the ball rolling into a path that probably leads to unnecessary turmoil. I don’t know for sure because it was too boring to finish.

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  • I Buy Things
  • 10-06-21

Solid 3.5 or 4

I grabbed this one to kill time before my next credits, and was pleasantly surprised.

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