It's time to finish what he started... A young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree. When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector, Bob Farrell, sees this on the news, he realises his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose. As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell sets out to track him down. But Farrell's not playing by the rules any more than the killer is, and soon the FBI have both of them in their sights...
A visceral and heart-wrenching cross between No Country For Old Men and Silence of the Lambs, this is an exhilarating debut from a new author who will be thrilling crime fiction fans for many years to come.
©2013 Sean Lynch (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"New Favorite Author. Read This One First, K?"
Here's a series that needs starting at the beginning, and this is IT! Wuddan' openert! Here's the private eye that the great authors of the 30s, 40s, and 50s should have imagined if the censors and cultural gatekeepers would have permitted. Bob Farrell is HARD BOILED and his sidekick Kevin Kearns is tougher than a diner's 2 buck blue plate steak.
Yeah, there's a lot of gore, gristle, and groaning in scenes fogged grim in gun smoke and blood spatter. And then there are the rules… Well, that's the point… There ain't no rules. Just vigilante crowbars prying through the thick doors of procedure, hardened steel of judicial precedent, and impregnable cop culture.
I just finished the second in the Farrell/Kearns epic… "The Fourth Motive"... since I couldn't wait to listen to Jeff Harding read these two books in succession. In a lot of ways, "Fourth" is a sequel to "Wounded Prey" and may be a tad better. Which is high praise, I enjoyed "Wounded Prey" that much.
Oh, if you're squeamish, maybe you'd like something else. Fair warning, eh?
Yeah, there're grissley moments here. but unlike some authors who wallow in the stuff (getting off on the cretin's pleasure) you won't find a sadist's high in either "Wounded Prey" or "The Fourth Motive."
Here's tough stuff from a new favorite author of mine.
"Awesome Gritty Renegade Cop Story"
I'm often critical and turned off when an author's main detective character goes rogue. But Lynch creates a believable scenario where his retired cop had special knowledge of who the killer was from his tour in Vietnam 20 years earlier. The Iowa police are stymied because they have no knowledge of who the killer is and how to find him. All they know is out of nowhere a man abducted an 8 year old girl in front of 20 witnesses and shot and killed her teacher.
There's so much more, including humorous run ins with an overbearing, tactless FBI agent who is repeatedly thwarted from getting involved in the case. Suffice to say there is good reason why the police and FBI cannot be the best chance of finding te killer.
Jeff Harding seems new to me as a narrator. I should have researched him in my library before this writing. He delivers an outstanding performance, one of the best I've encountered.
Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat from the opening chapter on this one.
"Gets Better At the End"
I rarely abandon a book but almost did this one. The narrator had one particularly annoying voice that really grated. Excessive, unnecessarily vulgar dialogue. We all know the words but they seemed like filler to cover up lousy dialogue.
Okay story. It definitely got better as it went along.
But you have to suspend belief more than in most stories like this. Retired cop goes after killer he saw briefly thirty years ago! Rookie cop joins in? The FBI is frequently portrayed as incompetent and heavy handed, but this went way over the top, almost made them slapstick characters.
Someone else may love this book, but definitely not me
"Hated the narration."
The narration was sing-song and matter of fact about some gruesome stuff. I didn't care enough to finish it and asked to give it back. And I'm not squeamish!
When a local cop risks his life to capture a criminal that he happens to run across while off-duty and unarmed, federal agents and the press do not blame that cop for failing. The notion is juvenile. The dispute and the conversation about it are juvenile.
The entire premise is ridiculous.
I didn't like any of them. The problems with this book are not caused by the narrator's performance. But, it's hard to rate a narrator highly on such poor material.
The fundamental flaws in the premise are not fixable with a change in characters.
The story was not compelling. The descriptions were overdone. The narrator was really bad. Fixing any of these would have improved the book. I couldn't make myself listen to the whole book.
The voice was annoying and the whole production sounded amateurish.
Disappointment. I anticipated a good mystery. I wasted a credit.
"I Really Like This Guy!"
It doesn't get any better for a 100+ books/year listener than finding a new author (at least new to me!). This guy - Sean Lynch - is "different". His psychos are REALLY psycho and not for the squeamish AT ALL. BE WARNED.... but his intrepid heroes are a couple of loose cannons who drive the bureaucrat "Feebs" nuts. The narrator - Harding - has Bob Ferrell's voice down perfect. You can hear the gravel from 1,000 unfiltered Camels in every syllable.
I ordered Lynch's 2nd book when I was half-way thru this one and went right into it when I was done. Now ready for the 3rd installment to come out this Spring.
The crimes are VERY graphic and the odd ball humor is ever-present. Write faster Sean!
"My Kind of Story!"
Story follows a disgraced deputy and an alcoholic ex cop as they try to find a serial killer while avoiding the FBI who are looking for them and the killers. The killer is a frighteningly evil person with a tragic past of his own. The story moves along well with some humor but quite a bit of intensity. I like that it kept my attention and I often wanted to keep listening after my daily commute ended....that's always a plus in a book.
If you like intense thrillers, you will enjoy this one.
I hope we see more from this author and these characters.
"The young, the old, and the ugly"
Well what can I say ... Hmmmm. The book was okay... The reader was okay ... But that only makes a passable product... The review makes it sound better than it really is if you like a book with very few if any surprises you might love this one
"Too Much Gore, but well-written"
This is a very long chase involving a horrendous, animalistic villain and two peace officers. One of them, the senior guy, is a serious loose cannon who is a retired San Francisco PD officer. The junior cop is a green recruit, who gets talked into some serious law-breaking to chase down the bad guy. Mr. Lynch can be very funny. The villain, Slocomb, is a Viet Nam vet who is a killing machine. He has turned his civilian attentions to helpless little girls, kidnapping them and eventually hanging them upside down from trees. You gotta have a strong stomach to read this stuff. Way more than three words.
The funniest character is an FBI officer named Steve Scanlan, who is constantly mocked by having to speak nasally, through a terrible cold and cough. The (anti-) hero is Bob Farrell, the older cop who breaks every rule in the book to track down his prey. Kevin Kearns is the naive young man who is caught up in the devious web of Farrell's devise, and who comes very close to dying during the chase.
I liked Jeff Harding a lot. Having never listened to him narrate before, I was pleasantly surprised with his range and his many versions of emotions under strain. I have already begun listening to the second book in the series, The Fourth Motive. Always a good sign.
Not one in particular. There are a number of them, from the horrors of Viet Nam to the snatching of vulnerable children, to the conflicts between local law enforcement and the arrogant, preening and overweening FBI. Good material.
A gripping story from the get go! Graphic in it's violence but not gratuitously and the characters are very well developed.
Not to mention as usual the narrator Jeff Harding puts in a stellar performance!! One of the best books I've listened to this year.
"nothing like "No Country for Old Men"!"
I didn't actually get to the end of book. All the characters were unlikeable and often unbelievable. full of cliche's like "you ever been to war boy?" and "things happen, get used to it"..sort of thing. The FBI were all ghastly and nasty and the way the "hero" who tried to save the girl was treated by everyone..press, boss, FBI was unbelievable considering he was almost killed attempting to stop an abduction. The retired cop..where have we heard that before? did not improve the story and I found the whole thing formulaic and one dimentional. I love a good crime story but whoever said this was a cross between "No Country for Old Men" and "Silence of the Lambs" was talking rubbish. I will be VERY careful to ignore publisher's blurb in future.
"What a ride!"
Great story, well read and much enjoyed.
I shall be listening to more in the series.
"Gutsy and excellent"
Took a while to really get into this one, but just brilliant. Story and narration as good as it gets. Humour always present in the midst of nightmares.
Would have given 0 stars if I could.
Totally implausible plot.
Comic book characters.
Don't waste your time on this book.
"Fast moving crime thriller"
Definitely not for the squeamish! I always regard Jeff Harding as a quality benchmark and he doesn't disappoint with this reading. I'll be looking out for more titles from Sean Lynch.
I really enjoyed this book. Good story and good plot. As ever the narration by Mr Harding is perfect I recommend this
"an ok detective thrilled novel"
The plot is basically good but you can tell its a young author (this is Lynch's debut) evidence in the slightly purile writing style ; some of the descriptions are painfully tired and predicable clichés. This is very distracting when your trying to follow what is otherwise a decent story, there are however some more mature and interesting moments.
Harding is a great narrator and I frequently got the feeling he was slightly wasted on this rather everyday text.
"To many implausible items. went beyond reasonable"
narration great, story just a few stretches too far. Needs to reign in the imagination. May improve in time.
Not even the great and good Jeff Harding can stop this one being clichéd and trite.
No, I enjoy this genre very much.
I enjoy Jeff Harding as a narrator, he brings all the characters to life.
It's very clichéd, so I can frankly imagine that yes, it would be made into a TV series. I don't know who would be able to star in it.
This review sounds horribly snobbish I know, but the book is clichéd, and if anybody is thinking of reading/listening to it, then at least I've warned you! Also the title can be a little misleading as it sounds like a John Sandford novel - maybe that was part of the problem. Although I knew it wasn't, part of me went in expecting to hear about Lucas Davenport!
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