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A Private Investigation: A DC Smith Investigation

DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 8
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Series: DC Smith, Book 8
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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When 14-year-old Zoe Johnson doesn't come home on a Monday night in early December, the alarm bells in Kings Lake Central police station do not ring straight away - after all, she's from the Dockmills, one of the toughest estates in the town. 

But for Detective Sergeant DC Smith, due to retire in just three weeks' time, there are some strange echoes of the case that has haunted him for the past 13 years. Maybe it's simply his over-developed sense of irony, or maybe, in his final days as a police officer, Smith must look once more into the eyes of a serial killer.

©2018 Peter Grainger (P)2018 Tantor

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Love DC Smith

What a well written series this is. It’s so fantastic I can’t stop reading them. This ending is rather sad. I do hope it’s not the last.

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You left me in tears

Ok, yes I think DC is one in a million. Please let this remarkable man who’s sense of humours so like mine go on. My heart at this time is breaking

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  • Wayne
  • 16-11-2018

Sad ending to a wonderful series?

British cop DC Smith is likely the best developed character of any series I have ever read/listened to. DC Smith is so thoroughly human in the very best ways possible. This is a very special and wonderful series. It appears that Book 8 will likely be the last. To author Peter Grainger I say thank you for one of the most exceptional series available today. I have enjoyed each and every novel. Gildart Jackson's narrations have been almost as good as the novels. For those who are not familiar with this series: I have written reviews of all eight novels. Every one is exceptional. If you like modern detective thrillers, there are none better than the DC Smith series.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 24-11-2018

Wow!

3:30 in the morning and I just finished this. Wow! It was fabulous. I urge readers to avoid all reviews until it’s finished. You don’t want even a hint of a spoiler. Also, this should not be the first DC Smith book anyone reads. Take them in order. Smith is counting down the days until his retirement. The team is investigating a missing girl. It has similarities to one of Smith’s previous cases. It will be one heck of a finale to Smith’s police career. The last hour of the book was unputdownable, if that’s a word. I’m glad I was listening to the audiobook because Gildart Jackson’s pace was perfect. It instilled suspense and kept me from reading too fast to get to the end. The narration is worthy of 5 stars on its own. As usual, Grainger’s writing was brilliant. Smith’s dry humor is one of my favorite parts of this series. The ending ... I’m still emotional. That’s all I’ll say.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-11-2018

The only possible story

More introspection on the part of DC Smith as retirement approaches. Loose ends to tidy up. A relationship to be explored. Perhaps a trip to Ireland. Endings and beginnings. As always, Peter Grainger brings Smith into your world, or let's you enter his.

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  • Margaret
  • 22-11-2018

Please don't let it be the end!

Brilliant series. Hope this isn't the end. As usual, Gildart Jackson was brilliant. Maybe the only time I've cried at the end of a book. Grainger is a beautiful writer.

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  • Just a typical woman
  • 22-11-2018

Incredibly good, must read

DC Smith, so complex but so straightforward. There are no surprises in character, DC Smith is true throughout. Peter Grainger has developed this character so thoroughly he seems like someone I know, or want to know, wish I knew. Irony, satire, humor, loyal - there are so many great adjectives to describe him. Read it. You really must read it.

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  • Mark
  • 28-11-2018

Peter Grainger, Gildart Jackson and the venerable

Peter Grainger, Gildart Jackson and the venerable DC Smith are a first class combination. With a laconic style, not unlike DC Smith himself, Peter Grainger consistently produces enthralling tales that keep the reader interested to the last page. While there are a select few who may be the equal of Grainger and Jackson there are no better! Has DC Smith gone to meet his maker?

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  • Tim
  • 19-11-2018

Geeeez People

You DO know. that DC is not dead... right? Lotsa options for one our favorite writers! He’ll be back!

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 18-11-2018

Can't stop crying, brilliant writing

This has to be one of the best current mystery series available today. Beautiful character studies, clever plotting, and no sex or swearing. I don't know if there will be another DC Smith book, but hope springs eternal. If Peter Grainger begins a new series I will be first in line!

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  • Barbara L. Goss
  • 27-11-2018

Oh Dear, Having Withdrawal Pain

I have soooo enjoyed this series. Smith is such an engaging character with his sharp wit, wry humor, and astute sense of observation and assessment. It makes sense that he surrounds himself with equally bright, clever, and hardworking professionals. This brings his story full circle; the narrator takes us to the very brink and we gladly go along. But oh that ending... 8f you're a fan, this one is not to be missed.

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  • DiK
  • 04-12-2018

A Really Good Listen

I enjoyed the story, and the narrator was suburb. I will definitely listen to more of his works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-2019

The end?

All I have to say on the matter is, never say never. Just think Bobby Ewing. (Without the shower scene obviously.)

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  • CM
  • 23-04-2019

Is it the end ? Please say it ain’t so

I have this whole series and have loved these books .I hope this is not the end !!! This book was a great listen just like the others in the series .DC is a wonderful character a little old fashioned but an experienced detective sergeant investigating his last case before he retires.

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  • G
  • 30-12-2018

Investigation

Excellent book & well read. I do hope it's not the last in the series!

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  • mrs
  • 18-12-2018

I shall miss the sarcastic wit of DC Smith

I have loved this series of books by Peter Grainger. I shall miss the sarcastic wit of the main character, DC Smith. Gildart Jackson is an exceptionally good reader, he really brought the characters to life.

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  • Maureen
  • 16-12-2018

Last of a brilliant series.

After reading the first in the DC Smith series, I read the rest one after another, so enjoyable were they. The characters are so beautifully written, DC's team is a well rounded bunch, and the whole series is one I shall miss, though shall be listening to again. Love the narrator, too, he is so perfectly suited as the voice of DC (and the others in his team). I like the fact that these are not full of blood and body parts as so many other detective mysteries are these days, it's like a ghastly competition for the goriest. Smith knows he is an anachronism in today's police force, but doesn't care, he knows his thoughtful methods work, and he is adept at catching the wrongdoers. Thank you, Peter Grainger, for these delightfully written books, it's been a pleasure to have known DC.

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  • Paul Loseby
  • 12-10-2020

Sad that I have come to the end of the series

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of books by Peter Grainger. Being ex-police, I could relate to this man and loved his dry sense of humour; something that many police end up with having seen so many horrific things. These books have been well thought out and well narrated by Gildart Jackson. Excellent

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  • Renee G.
  • 04-12-2018

Disappointing

Usual great story but felt it meandered along from about three-quarters to a predictable ending which is unusual for this author. On the whole though brilliant series