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From number one best-selling author Joy Ellis, a totally absorbing mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

A mystery which will captivate you till the dramatic ending.

Jackman and Evans’ most dangerous enemy is back to finish things off.

The domestic bliss of Detective Inspector Rowan Jackman, of Fenland Constabulary, doesn’t last long. His old nemesis, serial killer Alistair Ashcroft, is back in town and ready to tidy up unfinished business.

Ashcroft sends a sinister text to DS Marie Evans. His opening move in what will prove to be a lethal game of cat-and-mouse. Yet for all his taunts, where is he? In a county crawling with police on the lookout for him, Ashcroft is nowhere to be found.

Everyone Jackman cares about is in danger. Alongside the hunt for Ashcroft, however, normal police work must continue. The separate thefts of six pigs, a thoroughbred stallion, guns and some oil lead Jackman’s crew to the notorious Lorimer family, ruled over on their farm by the fearsome matriarch Rachel.

Meanwhile, a seemingly routine break-in at the home of gun-club owner Kenneth Harcourt quickly becomes more complicated when the man long held responsible for having killed Harcourt’s young daughter in a hit-and-run is shot dead in a car park - by a sniper. A killer is on the loose in the quiet streets of Saltern-le-Fen, and he isn’t going to stop at claiming one life. But why is he focusing on young Kevin, so close to promotion to detective?

And the sniper, like Ashcroft, takes to taunting the police: they’ll never catch him, they need to respect him, they shouldn’t be sidetracked looking for their old adversary.

In a stunning conclusion, Jackman and Evans race against time to catch the sniper and track down their deadly adversary. A lethal game with a very patient man. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you listening until the shocking ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens whose towns and isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

©2019 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Absolutely fabulous

An sad end to a great series of stories. Just hope there will be more.

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BEST CRIME SERIES EVER

Don't miss this series. I still have 1 book to read. will be sad after that. the narration is 10/10 will be following Richard Armitage he does so many accents to perfection. LOVE LOVE LOVE these books

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Wonderful storytelling

A compelling series of books which made a dreary wet holiday more than palatable. Richard Armitage is a great narrator and put life to Joy Ellis’ writing - get the whole series as it builds quite well into a gripping finalé. Crime and thriller balanced with just enough human factor to make it a listen to look forward to.

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BRILLIANT END TO A BRILLIANT STORY ❤

Loved the end to this fascinating story. Written beautifully bringing emotion after by emotion all through the book. Richard Armitage' s narration is second to none ❤

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Another character driven story

While the plot was slightly predictable, I really enjoyed the character development and the introductory characters for this novel! It was nice to finally have a conclusion as to their previous enemy, although I would have preferred it to be something a little more permanent and Richard Armitage is an absolute dream to listen too.

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Great book

Great story and narration . Excellent overall series. Definitely start with this series as joy ellis is a great creator

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Another gripping story by Joy Ellis

A story that engages the brain as we attempt to deduct where the devious villain is hiding and where he'll strike next all the time worrying about the main characters who we know so well from previous novels.
I love the characters who seem so real & who I don't want to see come to any harm. It kept me reading, well listening to Richard Armitage.
The dilemma is that I want to get to the end when all is revealed but am disappointed I've finished another wonderful story without another directly to hand.
Keep them coming please, Joy!

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I can not get enough!

Joy Ellis, yet again you have done an amazing job it drawing me well into your little word. Love it!
Richard Armitage, your voice in all of these books have been brilliant. The way you voice all the characters so uniquely is amazing.
Thank you both!

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Loved the Patient Man

I LOVED the story.
The characters are really well described and you can engage well with them, caring about what happens to each of them.

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Great story and performance, poor quality audio

Great performance and plot.
Unfortunately, the audio had a weird echo as though it was recorded in a hall.

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  • Wayne
  • 05-03-2020

Another winner by British author Joy Ellis

THE PATIENT MAN is novel 6 in the Jackman and Evans police procedural series. I'm getting a bit tired of DS Marie Evans' hero worship of DI Rowan Jackman. It's an excellent suspense thriller but I still prefer Ellis' Nikki Galena series. Narration is good.

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  • Larry
  • 28-02-2020

Jackman & Evans have a problem with guns.

This was not up to the usual excellence of the series. That is with the exception of Richard Armitage who is always great. As a treatise on gun violence, it really does not work. The unarmed detectives and constables just stand by as shooters pick off one target after another. Both Jackman and Evans apparently hate guns so much that they will not arm themselves to protect themselves or the public. Moreover, the idea that a lone shooter could evade an army of police in a town without about 10 people beggars belief, as does the scene after scene where the police make themselves and their friend targets.

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  • David
  • 04-04-2020

Slow

This could have been a short story - much of the material focuses on personal issues of characters, which failed to invoke interest, at least on my part, and the villain seems a caricature from a 'thirties movie, complete with twirling mustache and hissing snarls. I recommend the DC Smith 'King's Lake' series for an excellent British police procedural peppered with delightful dialogue, and laugh out loud humor as the calcified bureaucracy stumbles over the efforts of those trying to get the job done.

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  • Dan E.
  • 21-02-2020

Not as good as the rest of The series

Although I have truly enjoyed the other books in the series. In regards to the firearm aspects of the story it has the feel of someone writing on the subject they know very little about. This book lacked an authentic feel. Again I have enjoyed many other books by the author just not this one

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  • Dorothy Darby
  • 15-03-2020

Favorite

This my favorite audible series looking for next Jackman adventure ,this suspenseful truly a suspenseful detective story

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 21-02-2020

Wonderful!

Another amazing book by Joy Ellis. I’m sorry I’ve finished it.

Oh boy! This was a thrill a minute. Maybe because I was anticipating such terrible things. Every time a police officer left the building I worried about them. Ashcroft is one evil character.

I loved the inclusion of Rory in the story and the mentions of Nikki.

I was a tad disappointed in the final confrontation. But, overall, a splendid book. The narration by Richard Armitage is the absolute best!

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  • alma
  • 19-02-2020

Be Patient and Trust Your Journey

Another wonderful story from Joy Ellis. She manages to weave a crime drama with glimpses of humanity. As with her earlier stories, the crime drama brings focus on the human variable that is most important. Love the interplay between the characters and they are true to form from earlier stories. Jackman and Evans interactions are my favorite. I agreed with a comment the serial killer made about these two(won't spoil it for future listeners). I appreciate the humanity shown by various characters despite their social position or capabilities. I hope there are more stories ahead.

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  • Jime01
  • 26-04-2021

Good but more predictable than previous

I really enjoy the Jackman /Evans books, but this one was quite predictable. Still worth the read though.

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  • Mariangela Morfisa
  • 22-04-2021

Best Jackman & Evans ever!

Jackman and Evan’s archenemy, the psychopath Alistair Ashcroft, comes back for his revenge, as he had promised. Being a Patient Man (the title eponym), he devised a very intricate plan. The plot unravels in a thrilling crescendo as Ashcroft strikes innocent people with the sole intent to torment Rowan and Marie, and with them, their team too, in particular a young copper just promoted to detective. Despite the tense climate, the author cleverly finds the way to develop personal and family relationships of several characters, perfectly combining daily life and police investigation and giving depth to the story, which therefore isn’t just a procedural drama as it deepens into the human aspect. The final scene – maybe just a little too short after all the building – offers a last surprise with the intervention of unforeseen allies who help to solve the situation in a quite unexpected way. And Marie is priceless when she takes her revenge on Ashcroft for her beloved Hayabusa!
The other famous Fen-based detective Nikki Galena is mentioned several times, so my hope to see a crossover between these two series flies high! Well, a girl can always dream, right??
Richard Armitage's performance is flawless, he does wonders with his voice, giving each character something unique that distinguishes them from one another at once, and he never just "reads", but he truly "acts". He's the ultimate narrator!
So far, this is my favourite novel in the Jackman & Evans series, and I’m already looking forward to their next investigation!

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  • Rose
  • 17-04-2021

Disappointed

It was disappointing to be constantly bombarded with guns are terrible, gun people are bad, guns make people do bad things. If he did not have the gun he would not be so bad. I get it that some people just don't like guns but people do terrible things everyday and never touch a gun.

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  • Steph H
  • 19-02-2020

Honestly🤦‍♀️

A story line with a build up over a few books, and then lots of classic heart warming comments by each of the characters which make you think they're the one that's going to die next. I was expecting real heart rending, nail biting scenes and story, I don't think I've read a book with such a let down anti climax as this.

Literally the only book in which the main characters worries about what would happen to their 'team' if the worst happened was warranted and NONE of the main or even semi recurring characters was killed off! No one that any reader could have had a vested emotional interest in died.

Characters that had been recurring up until a couple of books ago were worked back in, for no good reason, an interesting character from the previous book who would've provided an interesting part of the story was ignored. I honestly don't think this writer has a clue about what she's doing with anything in these books.

Literally the only things that makes these books worth while listening to is their cheapness on the daily deal and Richard Armitage reading them, dine if you can turn your brain off.

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  • ms
  • 14-04-2020

Didn't hold my attention

I struggled to get through this book. I usually enjoy this series but I could not get in to it at all. The storyline didn't hold my attention.

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  • Gem Elizabeth
  • 19-02-2020

Another gripping listen

Another fantastic story brought to life by Richard Armitage. Just a shame Audible kept crashing, as otherwise I would have got through it sooner! If you love the others in the series, you will love this one too.

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  • Ange Simpson
  • 21-02-2020

Fab

Another brilliant audio book by joy ellis. Really enjoyed again, easy listen with exciting turns, she's a brilliant writer and Richards voice is the cherry on the cake, he's fantastic

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  • Patricia garry
  • 09-10-2020

the plot felt lazy

this felt like a book that the author was obligated to write. The plot was just boring and at times just didn't add up. the ending was so weak for anyone following this series (Ashcroft) is this really how it ends ? very disappointing

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  • Ryhen
  • 03-01-2021

Poor

Quality very poor compared to the earlier books in the series. Almost like it was a different author

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  • The Van G's
  • 21-02-2020

riveting

LOVED every second! thank you so much for creating such an amazing world for me to escape to. cannot wait for the next one!

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  • dee
  • 15-01-2021

Better than some of the others in the series

Narrated well and the plot isn't quite as ridiculous as previous novels in the series. It was obvious who a certain person was as soon as the character was introduced but this passed a few hours even if it was a bit far-fetched overall.

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  • bookylady
  • 11-04-2020

Another winner.

I love this series. The writing is great and the plot is a real page turner. Richard Armitage's voice is spot on, as usual. He really brings each character to life.

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  • Sandra Booth
  • 08-04-2020

Brilliant to the end as usual

Loved it, very hard to pause, always curious about what happened next. Never disappoints.

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