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The Patient Man

Jackman & Evans, Book 6
By: Joy Ellis
Narrated by: Richard Armitage
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (255 ratings)

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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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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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Such a great story

I thought I had this story figured out... I was wrong. Excellent narration and a fantastic finale

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another good story

Enjoyed this book to start to finish. A good story line narration easy to listen to.

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Great Story

Loved this. Excellent storyline with likeable characters. Joy Ellis fleshes out her characters really well and I enjoyed their latest adventures. Now the long wait till the next outing of Jackmam, Evans and their fab crew.

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loved this series

Took me a few books to warm to Jackman & Marie. I think his voice is to old for his character. I loved the continuous undercurrent theme through all the books. Look forward to the next books

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Brilliant..

The storyline and Narration was perfect!! I can't wait for the next book in the series one!!

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the patient man

one of the best so far, narrator excellent, storyline. cannot wait for next story. well done

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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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  • Debbie
  • 16-03-2020

Political Correctness Nearly Ruins a Great Book

Having listened to nearly every book and series that Joy Ellis has written, I have to say that this one is way BELOW her standards. I can take a touch of political correctness, but this one is filled with it, and I am disappointed in Joy Ellis for beating a dead horse. Everyone knows that England is not fond of guns, AS IF the weapons get up by themselves and shoot people. I cannot count how many times that Jackman and Evans BOTH wrung their hands and said how much they hated guns. For heavens sake, THEY ARE THE POLICE. Another increasingly PC trend in The Patient Man is the descriptions of gay relationships. We all know they happen, but I, for one, would rather not hear the dialog and physical descriptions of two people of the same sex. They are not graphic, and for that I am thankful, but in this book, there are more relationships described and in more detail. One of my favorite characters who IS gay and has always kept me entertained in ALL the books, is Dr. Rory Wilkinson, the forensic specialist who does the autopsies on the deceased. His sense of humor and banter is always appreciated, during otherwise dreary circumstances. The actual story and mystery behind the murders in The Patient Man, and the reappearance of Alistair Ashcroft is first rate. The tale of the Lorimer family, the theft of the six pigs, the horse and the guns were excellent. I listened until the end, because the story was intense. I care about Jackman and Evans and their team. I will try another in this series. But I REALLY hope that the author will think carefully before adding personal agendas to the story

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ester vdD
  • 15-09-2020

The final chapter

The final chapter against a worthy opponent. Joy Ellis knows how to intrigue you to read on and -as always- Richard Armitage takes you in to the story and makes the characters come to live in your imagination giving each of them their own voice.

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  • susan w
  • 11-08-2020

Nail biting dread even with SECOND listening!

Joy Ellis masterfully creates characters, climates and relationships that emotionally connect the reader to her characters. In each fenland series( Nikki Galena; Jackman & Evans), the police departments and the tone is different yet similar in that you, as the reader, become invested in the characters' lives. She places the police procedural among people with feelings and with people who care about each others' feelings. This one is harrowing because of caring about these people's feelings and safety. I think that knowing what is around each turn makes it more harrowing on a second listen. I even moved the narration speed to 1.5 for several scenes (similar to clapping hands over my eyes and singing la-la-la) just to get through it. Masterful is an apt adjective for these books.

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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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Angela
  • 10-08-2020

Don't bother!!

What a load of shite!! I sent back the last book in the series, should have done the same with this. The story was pure nonsense. What story??? Ching Ching 🙄

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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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  • 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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  • susan
  • 08-04-2020

brilliant listen

A really well read book as always by Richard Armitage .Couldn't put it down. five stars.

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  • Mrs Susan North Coombes
  • 08-04-2020

Best so far!!

EXCELLENT in every way. Best book so far by Joy Ellis in my opinion and Richard Armitage is brilliant - manages a different voice for each character and paces everything exactly right. Congratulations all round!!

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