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The gripping new Martin Scarsden novel. 

She breathes deeply, trying to quell the rising sense of panic. A detective came to her home, drugged her and kidnapped her. She tries to make sense of it, to imagine alternatives, but only one conclusion is possible: it's the past, come to claim her.

Martin Scarsden's new life seems perfect, right up until the moment it's shattered by a voice mail: a single scream, abruptly cut off, from his partner, Mandalay Blonde.

Racing home, he finds an unconscious man sprawled on the floor and Mandy gone. Someone has abducted her. But who and why?

So starts a twisting tale of intrigue and danger, as Martin probes the past of the woman he loves, a woman who has buried her former life so deep she has never mentioned it.

And for the first time, Mandy finds denial impossible; now the body of a mystery man has been discovered, a man whose name she doesn't know, a man she was engaged to marry when he died. It's time to face her demons once and for all; it's time she learned how to trust.

Set in a Sydney riven with corruption and nepotism, privilege and power, Trust is the third riveting novel from award-winning and internationally acclaimed writer Chris Hammer.

©2020 Chris Hammer (P)2020 W F Howes

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"Chris Hammer is a great writer - a leader in Australian noir." (Michael Connelly) 

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Rubbish

Just because you think corruption in Sydney lawyers, banks, police and even the FBI is exciting, doesn’t mean it is for your readers. You still need to flesh out characters instead of relying on their status to thrill us. The character’s names were ridiculous- Clarity Sparks and an undercover person using a unusual name like Tarquin. Above all, just because the author was a journalist doesn’t mean he can fantasise about the role they play in discovering “truth” and letting the public know before the police. What a waste of my time!

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Hang in There

Loved the narrator, as in the two previous books. However, this story was just too twisty to keep track of at times. My main annoyance was the , sometimes, quite ridiculous character names and the constant use of both first and surname, which just doesn't come across as realistic. Sorry, only three out of 5 for this one.

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To long between drinks

I love CH writing . 3 book about Martin and Mandy and their convoluted lives. Can't wait for more from Chris Hammer.

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Suspenseful

Never a dull moment in this graphic suspenseful yarn. Descriptive character writing read so well by the narrator in many accents to lead us to an understanding of the two main characters and the shady ones too. Hard to predict the bit players actions but leaving the reader always trusting Martin to do the unselfish best thing.
Hope there's another book onthe way.

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A murder mystery unfolds.

Riviting as always. Terrific reading performance. Plenty of suspense as they mystery unfolds. very entertaining.

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Disappointing third in a series

The first two books in this series were highly entertaining - well written with plenty of intrigue. I thoroughly enjoyed them and purchased this book immediately it was released. Unfortunately this third book did not deliver the same entertainment.

The excessive use of bad language left me wondering if it had been written in a hurry with no time to consider more expressive alternatives.

The life of young Mandalay Blonde filled with yet another (unbelievable?) drama, the Mafia and a shoot out in Sydney CBD, all post Covid proved difficult to swallow.

The narration was consistent throughout the series. Clear and week read.

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Very good storyline

Enjoyed listening to this book and following Martins story.
Looking forward to Chris Hammers future books.

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Awesome.

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Keeps getting better. Great story and performance. Can't wait for Chris' next book.

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Another good story

I like these Martin Scarsden stories but Chris Hammer uses some very strange names given they are Australian characters.

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Full of twists and hooks to keep you listening

Great narration, excellent story that keeps moving in an engaging yet unpredictable manner, highly recommended

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Enjoyable. A satisfying intrigue

Lyndel, Melbourne. Australia

Often a author's subsequent books are just the same old story just in different a setting, leaving the reader disappointed by weak storylines and hurried endings.
But not this novel ! Though I felt the beginning a little slow to my own taste, I was unable to stop listening as the twists and intrigues had me in gripped, I was on a rollercoaster of emotions !
Scared for my favourite characters, holding my breath, then the relief as another villian is exposed just to be plucked out of my comfort to be thrown another shocking event
..... it's taut and timely with solutions only to knock the assurance of who's really running the conspiracies and corruption in the very highest levels of government, courts, police, business and self interest very wealthy elites.
Guaranteed a good listen here.

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