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Electric Blue

Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
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Paul Verhoeven's ex-cop dad, John, spent years embroiled in some of the seediest, scariest intrigue and escapades imaginable. One day John offered Paul the chance of a lifetime: he'd spill his guts on tape. What unfolded in Loose Units was a goldmine of true-crime stories, showcasing John's dramatic experience of policing in Sydney in the 1980s and brilliantly twisted sense of humour. But what happened next in John's career was twice as weird.

Electric Blue spans the final years of John's stint in the New South Wales police force, when he took up an offer to move into the grimy, analytical world of forensics. Paul unpicks his father's most terrible cases. There was the case of a rapist hiding in the walls of shower block, a body that was quite literally cooked, and the bizarre copycat suicides. 

But what's it actually like to have a heroic ex-cop as a dad? Paul and John delve into their unique father-son relationship and how they ended up so different to each other. They figure out how to deal with the choices they've made...or wish they'd made. And Paul's mum, Christine, reveals what it was like to be a pioneering female cop in the '80s when misogyny was rife in the force.

Thrilling, fascinating and unexpectedly laugh-out-loud funny, Electric Blue is another high-octane adventure in policing, integrity and learning what family is really all about.

©2020 Paul F. Verhoeven (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Bloody Brilliant

AMAZING!!! The story itself was fantastic and the story telling from Paul was impeccable. I definitely didn’t want it to end and hope that there’s another book on the way!

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Not what I was expecting

I really enjoyed the previous book and love the podcast, this book started really well and then the choose you own adventure part started and went on and on and on. I listened until the end hoping that it would go back the way it started, but sadly no. Sadly I have to say, I was disappointed in this book. 😔

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LOVED this book!!

Such a great listen. Paul made the perfect narrator and I was hooked from the start. I'm off to listen to his other book "Loose Units" now.

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Cracking book

Not only is the book extremely good, the bond between this father and son is very clear. The way that John engages in the stories toward the end of the book is heart warming. Can’t wait for the next book to come out..

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brilliant, just brilliant,

brilliant, Paul and John have done an awesome job. Narration by Paul makes it a gripping thoughtful story

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totally electricfying

There's something to be said about the unique father/son relationship here, throughout the chapters of Electric Blue, Paul weaves the stories of what happens behind the scenes of forensic police work as told from the memories of John's eyes. Its one of those stories that once you start you don't want to put down, and you will literally laugh and cry along with both Paul and John. Love you guys

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Same

The stories are well done and the narration good. I enjoyed the different last chapter. The reason I did not go 5 stars is because I felt I had heard the stories already in the podcast. I am a huge fan of the podcast and have listened from the beginning. It was still good to listen to the stories in a slightly different format.

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Bloody Awesome!

What can I say, been a fan from the beginning... even though these stories have been on the podcast, you haven’t heard them really! it just gets better.. keep it up Paul & John