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Borderline: A Jack McMorrow Mystery

Narrated by: Michael A. Smith, Josh A
Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
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Publisher's Summary

On a travel story about Benedict Arnold, freelance reporter Jack McMorrow traces the route of the infamous historical figure up the Kennebec River into Quebec, Canada. When a man fails to rejoin his bus tour in the Northern Maine town of Scanesett, Jack makes a pit stop there to help authorities find him and soon finds himself entangled with a bunch of lethal small-town hoods who make bad sport of the weak and defenseless. Threatened, beaten up, and forced into a terrifying game of redneck hide-and-seek, McMorrow faces his most ruthless criminals yet. 

This, the fifth installment of Islandport’s updated and revised editions of the internationally best-selling Jack McMorrow series, takes its listeners across state lines into the tangled world of mistaken identities, traitorous dealings, and a dangerous hunt for a man no one seems to know much about. 

Originally published in 1998, the Islandport edition includes a new introduction by author.

©1998 Gerry Boyle (P)2019 Anaba Publishing

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  • Pam C
  • 20-03-2019

Enjoyed the story

Jack McMorrow sure got himself in a pickle and he didn't even mean to. I found the character to be very likable, very human and true to his chosen profession as a journalist. To step into a little town for one journalist story and find a completely different story is so...life. I enjoyed the development of the characters and their intermixed relationships that brought me to like some, such as Officer Bell, and really dislike others. Especially the Chief of Police...ugh!
I listened to the audio book version of this book. My one criticism is that the narrator is a bit 'blah' in the actual narration. A bit too monotone. However, when he is in character, he is very good. The little boy that narrated his part...spot on! He was excellent!
All in all, I honestly had a tough time putting the book down. It flows very well and the story line(s) kept my attention and made me want more.

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  • MELODY
  • 10-05-2019

Another great story

This is my 3rd Jack McMorrow book and was not disappointed. Once again, while pursuing a seemingly harmless story, Jack finds himself in the middle of danger and intrigue. The storyline keeps you guessing and waiting to see what happens next. The narrator does a great job at relaying the sarcasm and humor that Jack seems to find in those intense situations. It is a great listen.

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  • C. S. Rockwell
  • 26-03-2019

Jack McMorrow Goes Rogue

With his partner, Roxanne, away in Florida caring for her mother, and his neighbor and friend Clair—a Vietnam Marine vet and simpatico sidekick in rural Maine— visiting his daughter down South, Jack McMorrow is alone and doing what he does best: tracking down all the details that make up a story and solve a crime.
On freelance assignment to follow Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec, McMorrow arrives in a small Maine town just as a mystery begins: A tour bus enroute from Boston to Quebec discovers that one passenger, P. Ray Mantiss, got off the bus and never got back on. Who is this "Mr. Mantiss"? It has to be a fake name, righ? What's he running from? And why is Robie, the odd character on the bike, so interested in McMorrow's questions about the missing man? And why does everyone think McMorrow is with the CIA? And why do they want to shoot him?
Boyle's characters are engaging, and his writing is crisp, with a sense of humor and deep knowledge of small-town Maine life. He is gifted in his ability to create atmosphere, build tension, and introduce you to three-dimensional characters in a real and baffling world—a master of the mystery.
Audio reader Michael Smith is the perfect voice actor for this series, bringing McMorrow to life through your earbuds/speakers. But Boyle has brought him to life on the page. I am an addict and await futher of Boyle's McMorrow books read by Michael Smith.


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  • Walter Williams
  • 12-03-2019

Great Series!

This is not my first McMorrow Mystery, and I'll keep coming back for more. Our hero is just trying to write a story about Benedict Arnold, but manages to become waylaid by what seems to be a mystery in a small Maine town - where did the guy go who just disappeared off of a tour bus headed to Quebec? Plenty of local characters get involved in the story, and Jack finds himself in various scrapes. The surprise introduction of a ten year old boy character provides a nice counterpoint to the consistent set of characters that populate this series. Another excellent story.

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  • blueskies982
  • 29-04-2019

Awesome character development and mystery!

This is the third Jack McMorrow I've listened to. I'm impressed by the way the Gerry Boyle crafts these stories - allowing them to unfold and more layers to be revealed up until the very end. I love Jack as a character - a sarcastic, world-weary reporter whose intelligence and curiosity are complimented by his caring heart and loyalty.

In this story Jack finds himself following a hunch about a missing man. Then he finds himself embroiled when the secrets of a small town bubble over.

In my opinion, this book runs a bit long with descriptions of McMorrow's historical research about the Kennebec River region.

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

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  • Darc
  • 12-03-2019

Journalist or Agent

Freelance journalist, Jack McMorrow, is busy researching for a historical piece he is writing about Benedict Arnold when he encounters a tour bus delayed by missing passenger, P. Ray Mantis. His curiosity piqued, and in spite of everyone one including the town sheriff saying there is no story and no case, Jack begins investigating the disappearance and so begins his next adventure. Although the author develops many local interesting and varied characters including a female police officer with a husband and family, a know it all sheriff who tries to convince there is no disappearance and to get out of town, and an extended family of characters who seemed to be deeply involved in the disappearance, I found this story a little slow moving, unlike the others in this series. Or perhaps I was simply tiring of the proliferation of Jack's expressed trivial thoughts and observations that had zero contribution to the plot. In any case, Jack, mistaken for a CIA agent, is shot at, beaten, and left for drowned by redneck local villains as he tries to get to the bottom of the disappearance. With a no surprise ending I would rate this book at a 3 out of 5 on all counts. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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