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The Guilty

P.I. Jack Marconi, Book 3
Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Series: Jack Marconi, Book 3
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Jack Marconi is back in legal hot water. In The Guilty, Jack finds himself investigating a local restaurateur and spoiled playboy who's accused of attempting to murder his school teacher girlfriend. As the now brain-damaged young woman begins recalling events of that fateful dark winter night when she was allegedly pushed down the stairs of a West Albany mansion, she becomes the target of the powerful but angry foodie/sex-obsessed boyfriend once again. Only this time, he's cooking up a bloody plot to keep her silenced forever.

©2017 Vincent Zandri (P)2017 Vincent Zandri

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A Gripping Hard-Boiled Mystery.

This is the second book I have enjoyed with this Narrator/Author combo, and it was just as good as when I first joined them in Moonlight Falls.

I received an ARC of this audiobook and this review has been left voluntarily.

Although this is the third book in the series it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Hired by Howard Sanders, our hero Jack is the Private Dick on the case of what really happened to his daughter Sarah one cold night in February... did she really slip on the ice... or was she pushed down the stairs by her BDSM fanatic boyfriend?

Nothing about the case adds up. If she had just fallen and hit her head... why did her fiancé call his father instead of the ambulance? Why did they take her to a hole in the wall emergency room miles away instead of the nearby hospital? Sarah's memory is unreliable, and 6 months between the incident and now have almost depleted any chance of evidence from the 'crime scene'. Jack quickly learns that theres more to this story when several attempts are made on his life, and evidence starts pointing him back to his own client. Then back to the fiancé when he discovers the private torture room in the mans basement.

Teaming up with his new partner Blood, Jack "Keeper" Marconi tries to solve the mystery but clashes with the police who begin treating him as the prime suspect when another young woman ends up dead.

Are the authorities being paid off by someone higher up the food-chain?

Whatever is going on... Jack has to get to the bottom of it soon before he and Sarah end up silenced for good.

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amazing book

Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Till death do us part

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Author Vincent Zandri can be counted on to come up with a good story and larger than life protagonists and The Guilty does not disappoint. A civil court case between the very rich architect father of a girl left brain damaged after a fall on the icy steps of her fiancée's home and that same fiancee, involves PI, former prison supervisor, Jack 'Keeper' Marconi in an investigation to find out if she fell - or was she pushed?
The story is wild, twisted and very enjoyable and made all the more so by the narration of the excellent Andrew Wehrein. His voicings of each of the protagonists is distinctly individual and he becomes the fast talking, rather jaded investigator, Keeper. The story is told in the first person from the PI's point of view, with occasional 'news bulletins' from a food blogger's column. A cleverly written outrageous story with witty asides and well performed: a must for all who enjoy the charismatic bad boy investigative genre. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of this fun book, via Audiobook Boom at my request.

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  • Simone
  • 23-08-17

Enjoyable Mystery

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While "The Guilty: Book 3" isn't the *best* mystery/thriller book I've listened to, it also holds it's own pretty well. This tale involves some bad players of the vampire type variety and also your good-old-fashioned rich, power hungry jerks. The only remotely strong female characters in this book were empowered sexually and in no other way, which I do not super love. Overall, I'd give the story a 7/10 and I probably wouldn't recommend it to my friends only because I think there are better stories to be read!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Tiasdolls
  • 27-08-17

Fast Paced Ride

Did Andrew B. Wehrlen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I definitely knew when the female characters had dialogue versus the male characters. However, the majority of the time all the male characters sounded alike...fast tempo in speech and a little cocky. The listener eventually learns to pay attention to who is in the scene and gets the gist. I gave the story and performance 3.5 stars. It could have been a fun performance if Mr. Wehrlen varied the tempo and style of the various main characters.

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Mr. Zandri creates a fast paced thriller. He builds a wide variety of cast members to keep the story moving...a career-motivated blogger, a smooth detective, a couple of rich and powerful entrepreneurs, a silver-spooned playboy, a street smart/newly released from prison and 'looking-out' for his neighborhood informant and, of course, several curvy and sexy women. Mr. Zandri will keep you guessing until the end.

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  • Milica
  • 20-06-20

Action-packed crime thriller

This book is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone crime action mystery.

Jack is hired to find out whether a wealthy playboy was the cause of his girlfriend's life threatening brain injuries.

The book is full of action, twists and kept me on the edge of my seat. There is no dull moment when listening to a story by Vincent. The story was fast-paced and well thought out. The narration was good and i was entertained throughout.

Note: this book was given to me for free at my request and i have provided this objective review voluntarily.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 03-06-20

Great

Secrets abound of what happened to Sarah at 2 am, did she really slip on the ice outside the mansion home, and yet fiancé didn’t call 911. She’s been in a coma, the father thinks she was pushed, and wants answers. The Keeper as he goes by, soon finds, that he has two sides working against him, and neither really want the truth, and he wonders why. With the help of. Blood, he gets them. Can be read alone, good edge, to this mystery.
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  • Q Garcia
  • 02-06-20

Guilt Runs In The Family

Another fast paced Keeper Marconi mystery. From the beginning, Marconi is set-up to take a fall. The mystery is who is behind it and why. Two wealthy fathers are pitted against each other - or- are they? The severe injury to one father's daughter by the other's son could be attempted murder, or an accident, or a way to make money. I was gifted this from the author.

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  • murphyfields
  • 23-04-20

Get it in the boxed set. Others are better

This is a good book, but not as good as some of Zandri's others. I recommend getting this book as part of the Jack Marconi boxed set, where you can get two other stories (both of which I liked better than this one) for a single credit.

That said, this book is still a solid work...same setting, same great characters. But for some reason, it did not grab me the same way that others of Zandri's books have.

I was given a free copy of this book with no requirement that I leave a review. However, this book is good enough to warrant a good review.

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  • MDW 77
  • 06-04-20

Intriguing Mystery

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
From the start this book is intriguing and fast paced. A brain damaged victim, a sexual deviant boyfriend, and a variety of seedy characters kept me engaged and entertained throughout the book. The only draw back for me was that I knew who the perpetrator was early, and I wish the author had held out a little longer with that reveal. Otherwise the plot and narration are outstanding, and made for an enjoyable listen. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an action packed mystery.

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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 24-02-20

Enjoyable and full of action and mystery.

This is a wonderfully written story. I really couldn’t figure out the if he did or didn’t do out her in a coma....until we got closer to the end. Very well done and enjoyable to listen to. I Liked the thought of him working now as a PI and using his resources from previous jobs. The characters were lively and the story thrilling.

This is my first book by this author and won’t be my last. I did listen to this on audio
Andrew B. Wehrlen is the narrator. He did a great job and I could easily listen to him again.

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  • jstep
  • 15-11-17

Good thriller with a likable main character

Vincent Zandri's "The Guilty" is a pretty good thriller starring the enigmatic Jake Marconi, and is one of a series of books featuring PI Jack Marconi as the main character. You can read what the story is about from the book description. I'll have to say that this was a good, solid story. There were a few parts where things seemed to drag on a little here and there, but then I'd find myself caught right back up in the story again. I'd have to say that having listened to quite a few of Mr. Zandri's books in the past, you can really tell that he continues to hone his craft as time goes on and keeps on writing books that are getting better and better.

Andrew Wehrlen did another solid job with the narration. He's narrated other books by Mr. Zandri, including the Chase Baker series, and I'm always more than happy to listen to anything that he's narrated. He has the perfect tone for a male lead that's kind of a badass and a bit cocky. A few people complained about the narration for the females. I personally wasn't bothered by it, but I would recommend listening to some audio samples of his work here on audible if this is a concern to you.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Myztikal
  • 23-09-17

Almost okay ...

Would you try another book from Vincent Zandri and/or Andrew B. Wehrlen?

I've listened to a lot from both. My expectations from my previous experiences weren't met by either in this book, but I would still listen to others by them.

Has The Guilty turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm less interested in this series by the author.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Mr Werhlen usually does an incredible job with voice distinctions. This was not one of his best narrations. But perhaps he shouldn't give his all to a book that was flailing. You know, sometimes you can only work with what you've got. Can't turn everything into gold.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book description had a promising mystery. It just didn't quite meet the hype.

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."