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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Dolan Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The David Loogan Series Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781101079386
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The man who calls himself David Loogan is hoping to escape a violent past by leading a quiet, anonymous life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets—and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. When Tom offers him a job as an editor, Loogan sees no harm in accepting. What he doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: plans go wrong; bad things happen; people die.  Elizabeth Waishkey is the most talented detective in the Ann Arbor Police Department. But when Tom Kristoll turns up dead, she doesn't know quite what to make of David Loogan. Is he a killer, or an ally who might help her find the truth? As more deaths start mounting up—some of them echoing stories published in the magazine—it's up to Elizabeth to solve both the murders and the mystery of Loogan himself.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 2/15/2014

    " Confusing with a lot of characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobbi | 2/6/2014

    " BAD THINGS HAPPEN and this book is one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/31/2014

    " A solid debut with a Christie-like quality to its large cast and numerous twists along with a Chandler/Hammett feel to the prose. Dolan draws you in immediately and keeps you guessing all along the way - I'll definitely be seeking out Loogan's further exploits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Demer | 1/20/2014

    " A good read. Complicated and convoluted story of writers, editors, jealousy and murder. Interesting characters, especially David Loogan,and Detective Waishkey. Very good for a first novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin Carlson | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting plot with some good twists at the end. I like the character and hope to see more of him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/11/2014

    " I started off so-so about the book - I didn't really like the characters but I didn't dislike them. But it has picked up with a lot of plot twists and I'm enjoying it. I"m aobut half-way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Byrns | 1/8/2014

    " Great book -- really fun. Probably more fun for writers than non-, but still. Light and breezy, serious and violent, all at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Macht | 12/29/2013

    " A ton of very hinky characters and a lot of fun trying to figure out who is good and who is bad and why. Enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 12/29/2013

    " Well-written, clever mystery- you've got to work hard to figure out what's really going on. Lovely, flawed protagonists who struggle and have regrets. What's not to like?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magneson | 12/25/2013

    " A real quick read --- I liked it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 12/16/2013

    " Twists and turns and turns and twists....fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiann Hennelly | 12/15/2013

    " Bad things happen is a tense read with plenty of unexpected twists Its a very well written roller coaster ride of a story that sometimes throws you .off was it a simple plan or is he really innocent of the crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 11/29/2013

    " Excellent; A group of mystery writers try to determine who killed the man who led the mystery magazine they contributed to "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/24/2013

    " Loved it. Would have given it 4.5 stars if I was able to. Unexpected twisty, plot turns and a wonderfully satisfying ending. I couldn't wait to get back to reading this book every chance I had. I am going to see what else he has written!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 11/20/2013

    " acutally a pretty good mystery fiction book. I was a little off in my predictions and I changed my mind about 6 times throughout. A good, everyone has a good lie who is the only truth-teller (if any) book. Kept me on my toes and interested throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 10/27/2013

    " I enjoyed the story and his writing style. Also the second "bad" book was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 1/9/2013

    " This book began with such promise. It tells of a man who is trying to extricate himself from a violent past only to move to a community where he is involved with many people who die unexpectedly. It kept me interested until the very end. I found the conclusion quite unbelievable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Schanty Peters | 12/12/2012

    " I actually don't think I finished this book. It wouldn't hold my attention long enough. While reading I found myself creating grocery lists in my head. I did not enjoy, nor do I recommend, Bad Things Happen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Leicht | 11/15/2012

    " I really liked this book. The characters were interesting, good plot twists. Great read from first page to last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Pittman | 9/7/2012

    " Harry Dolan sets the hook in the first few pages, then reels you in page by page. Exciting story line that kept me in suspense thorughout the story. Thoroughly enjoyed this one!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Bonato | 5/20/2012

    " I don't typically read mysterious but this book was considered one of the best books of 2009 so I decided to give it a try. Even though it was a little contrived and predictable at times, it was well written and very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/2/2012

    " This was a fun literary murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/1/2012

    " I really liked this author's style. I found it hard to believe he was a first time writer. It had a very dry, almost classic sense to it. The plot got a little silly at the end but the author's writing style is really sharp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eunice | 10/6/2011

    " It's no great masterpiece of literature, but it sure is a good, fun read with lots of twists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 9/25/2011

    " This book was very readable. Like most thrillers, I liked the journey but didn't find myself satisfied with the destination. I think that in the end, I just didn't find that I cared much about which character did what. But I'd still recommend it. This was a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B.J. | 7/28/2011

    " enjoyed the beginning but it became a bit labored so I skipped to the end to find out what happened. hardly ever do that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Soule | 7/28/2011

    " Totally satisfying and well-written meta-mystery. Haunted. Not gimmicky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 7/1/2011

    " Good summer reading. Not too heavy but interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/23/2011

    " It has been a long time since I read an intense mystery...BAD THINGS HAPPEN KEEPS YOU GUESSING TIL THE END. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 5/9/2011

    " Meh... mindless entertainment that could have been better had it been a little less "murder-she-wrote", contrived plot twisting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 5/3/2011

    " Crisp writing, great characters. Doesn't go where you think it will go. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/26/2011

    " cannot figure out who did it~ and already half way through the book. Do not want to put it down and am not a huge mystery fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 4/18/2011

    " One of the best mysteries I have read. All the characters are writers and all could be the murderer. Twists and tricks with a lot of intertextuality. The protagonist's last name, Loogan is from Raymond Chandler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 4/16/2011

    " References to Ann Arbor were fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shruts | 4/9/2011

    " This mystery is almost 'noir' in its style, and for a first novel, very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/4/2011

    " I liked the suspense of this novel and couldn't put it down. Even better was that it's set in Ann Arbor so I could visualize all that was taking place! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 3/30/2011

    " Good murder, mystery. Wasn't crazy about the last couple of pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renie | 3/30/2011

    " I thought this book was sort of boring to read and rushed through it as fast as I could. I even think I might have started to read it once before and then put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bo | 3/29/2011

    " Great debut. Set up, what I hope, is the start of a long relationship with David Loogan. I can't wait for the next one due out this summer. And the whole thing takes place in Ann Arbor, even....Hell, my name is Bo...I am hooked.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 3/13/2011

    " Liked it, but it kind of wandered around for a while and I wasn't sure where it was going. Came back in the end though.

    Not sure what I think about the final halucination/vision at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 3/13/2011

    " A great "Who-done-it"......if you enjoy an endless cast of "Whos".....Way to many characters and the attempts to keep you guessing just end up being as confusing as rubics cube. And to top it off, the pay-off is weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 3/7/2011

    " I really liked this author's style. I found it hard to believe he was a first time writer. It had a very dry, almost classic sense to it. The plot got a little silly at the end but the author's writing style is really sharp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lilli | 3/3/2011

    " Definitely a novel and not a thriller. I really had to force myself to finish the book. "

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About the Author
Author Harry DolanHarry Dolan graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently works as a freelance editor. He grew up in Rome, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his partner Linda Randolph.
About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.