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The White Angel Murder

Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
Series: Jon Stanton, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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The most vicious murder in a city's history....

A killer stalks the city of San Diego, brutally slaying women on the fringes of society. The body of a young woman torn apart in her bedroom makes even the hardened detectives of the San Diego PD's Homicide Unit tremble with disgust and rage.

A detective with a troubled past....

For SDPD homicide detective Jon Stanton, the young woman is more than just another case. His former partner, Eli Sherman, was the original detective assigned to the case - before he was discovered to be one of San Diego's most ruthless serial killers.

A final chance for redemption....

Stanton was unable to see Sherman for what he was and blames himself for the murders he committed while on the force. Near death, Stanton swears that he will never wear the badge again. But with a depraved killer eluding the best the San Diego PD has to offer, he must once again fight to uncover a killer that leaves no evidence behind, and that has turned his attention to new prey....

©2011 Victor Methos (P)2012 Victor Methos

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  • Wayne
  • 14-12-18

An early Victor Methos detective novel

THE WHITE ANGEL MURDER is Book 1 on the Jon Stanton Series. Stanton is a San Diego homicide detective who is dissatisfied with both his job and his life in general. Wayne Farrell, a Brit, narrates but not brilliantly. I am usually a fan of Methos, especially his legal thrillers. I'm going to give this cop series one more chance with Book 4 titled Arsonist which R.C. Bray narrates. Bray's narrations are always superb.

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  • Sylvia
  • 12-05-16

Stupefying narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Neurotic cop hunting serial killer in San Diego so let's portray him in a bored ironic inflected semi-British voice. The narrator reads "he took two bullets and tumbled off the balcony" exactly the same as "he looked in the refrigerator to see what he had to drink." Oddly, this affectation is only present with the main character. Others in the story are read quite well and sound realistic, including the women, but that's not enough to hold the book together, So I agreed with the narrator that this was all veddy veddy boring and quit listening midway.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wayne Farrell?

I think Farrell could probably do this book very well, based on how he handled everyone but the main character. Too bad he choose such a ridiculous treatment for the protagonist. If the center doesn't hold, the story collapses.

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  • Ellen Zelda
  • 30-12-15

Slow, lifeless and creepy

I have no idea why I finished this book. The narrator was so s-l-o-w and passionless that the book just seemed to crawl along to (finally) nowhere. I rarely criticize a narrator because even a good, plain reading is ok with me.

As for the story, it was basic but so full of characters (mostly corrupt at varying levels) that it was a bit hard to follow. The transitions from one stage to another and from one character to another were abrupt and added to the overall lack of cohesiveness. Moreover, the essential corruption at the core of the policemen portrayed is ill-timed.

I'm sorry I finished the book since it left me with a generalized bad feeling, even sadness.

Question: is this a British book? The book takes place in the U.S. but the pronunciation of many words (e.g., "shh-eh-dule" vs. a hard "c" American "schedule") left doubt.

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  • Michael R. Rainey
  • 02-02-20

The White angel Murder

An outstanding book. zit is the best of his many novels I have listened to. The old phrase "I could not put it dwn" applies here. Something was always happening . There was action, sex, bloody murders with rising expectation that is was about to wrap up and then another twist and many persons were thought to be the murderer. This seemed real the way it wad read; everything thine happening was so believable. I cannot wait to get another Jon Stanton action story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-08-19

good<br /><br />

good story with many twists a must read hope another audio by this author will come

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  • Linda
  • 25-07-19

Jon Stanton is Terrific—Where Is Eli?

This is a dark and disturbing book about police corruption, coverups, and one good guy who saves the day. I’ve read several of the lawyer books by this author and everyone one is excellent. I discovered this series of eleven books so far in this series about a good detective who gets shot by his partner, Eli. Jon Stanton has a lot to deal with. His wife has left him and taken their two sons, 7 and 3. You get the feeling that maybe she isn’t all that happy with her decision but is living with it for now. There is a serial killer loose in San Diego who has a taste for young blondes. Jon gets called back to head up a cold case unit by his old boss, now the police chief. There is a reason he calls Jon but you’ll have to read the book to find out the reason. No spoilers here. I listened in audible and Wayne Farrell, the narrator, is terrific. He uses voices that fit the character and he does a great job. There are ten more books in this series so you know Jon survives all that he endures in book 1.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-06-19

Unlucky with partners

This poor sucker has the worst luck with friends and partners! And he quits the force about two times per story. I'm a product from the love generation and I can't even believe there are that many bad policemen!

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  • Sharon Lines
  • 21-02-19

Kept on edge, great read!

I enjoyed this book throughout! However, toward the end it was stomach twisting, edge of your seat worring for the main character!

It kept you enthralled from start to finish but in the end... You'll have to read it to find out, lol!

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  • shelley spriggs
  • 31-12-18

superficial

narration painful and unconvincing. story disjointed and unconvincing fairytale - no real character development and plot seems to habeen figured out over a weekend.

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  • Stephen
  • 22-01-18

odd narration

not bad narrator but the English accent seemed a little out of place. I like this new character and Hope but the second and third installments will be available on audio soon.