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2.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 52.79 out of 5 2.79 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Jay Schwartz Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hayden Glass Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464229
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Stephen Jay Schwartz delivers an intense, nonstop thrill ride in this shocking new novel about a Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide detective who must find a killer responsible for a series of murders that are directly related to him.

LAPD detective and former vice cop Hayden Glass is a sex addict. The addiction has ruined his marriage and continues to complicate every aspect of his life. But regular attendance in Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings has helped keep his behavior from affecting his career. That is, until he suspects that three macabre and seemingly unrelated murders are linked to his meetings and targeted directly at him. The rift between his private secrets and his duty to uphold the law plays out against an ever-shortening timetable in which to save his own life and the lives of the people he loves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Boulevard is raw, twisted, and so hard-boiled it simmers from beginning to end.”

    Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Relentless and unflinching, a shocking thriller that dares you to keep reading. Schwartz has created one of the most complex and tortured protagonists I’ve encountered in a long time. A powerful debut.”

    Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “A terrific police thriller. It’s fast-paced and convincingly told. The streets of LA have never been meaner or seamier. Schwartz is gifted with clear vision and a knowing heart and a way with words. Wonderful.” 

    T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Schwartz does a fine job of blurring the lines between sexuality and violence, the criminal world and the police world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Plot twists and turns plus an unusual denouement make Schwartz an author to watch. Mystery fans who enjoy reading about the mean streets of LA (à la Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker) will devour this.”

    Library Journal

  • “Porter sprinkles disturbing details matter-of-factly into his reading, and as incongruities begin to coalesce, listeners realize something isn’t quite right. Porter’s reading of Glass’ thoughts and words betray nothing but nagging wonder, and his delivery noticeably tightens when horrific plot twists take over and the final bloodfest nears with palpable inevitability. Porter steers through the jolting conclusion, finishing the suspenseful novel with a fitting calmness. A compelling and comprehensively spooky reading.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “The plot of Boulevard is a ride befitting the haunting setting. It’s a blind-folded ride through the streets of Los Angeles in a car with no breaks. You can’t see what’s coming at you but you experience the rush of the ride as it’s happening. Schwartz does an outstanding job of developing place and plot. His characters are dimensional and human…I listened to Boulevard on audio from Blackstone Audio narrated by Ray Porter. The combination of book and narrator was exceptional. One of Porter’s strengths is taking on the role he is reading, chameleon-like. While I’ve enjoyed him reading other crime novels, they don’t impede my ability to envision him as Hayden Glass. He exuded Hayden’s anger and frustration. I think Porter also accentuated the darkness of the novel’s tone. Schwartz and Porter brought Hayden Glass and his Los Angeles to life.”

    Jen’s Book Thoughts blog

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/13/2014

    " unprobable story, gruesome murders, but i finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 1/7/2014

    " 2.5 stars. Almost a good story, almost good writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/22/2013

    " Mesmerizing freight train of a book. Gripping analysis of addiction and twelve steps in the context of a police procedural. Outstanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 5/23/2013

    " This book is not for the sensitive or queasy person. It is a fast paced, action packed book with vivid imagery and some scenes that are definitely not for the faint of heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 2/9/2013

    " The interesting aspects of this cop's character were sacrificed by the expendiency of the thriller plot, the exploitative aspects of his addiction, and the rote over-the-top evil genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 1/30/2013

    " Best book that I've read in a long time. Shocking, gripping, well written, intense and full of twists. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara Kuberski | 1/7/2013

    " Story line just didn't really hold my attention but the ending could have saved it. Instead it totally killed it. Doubtful that I would go back to this author or character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 11/24/2012

    " Too twisted for my taste... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 11/1/2012

    " Need to take a shower inside and out after this. This guy is no Harry Bosch. This guy is off the scale. No happy ending here. Can't see a series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 9/8/2012

    " Fast-paced, gripping and, oddly enough, haunting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debbie | 6/24/2012

    " I didn't care for this book, it was quite graphic, but I hung on hoping the story would end with some redeeming quality, which it did not. The author did know his material very well, which impressed me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Bravo | 3/6/2012

    " Great book but definitely not for someone who does not want to read graphic violence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 --- 365andMe | 3/1/2011

    " I'm stopping on page 61. Hayden sounded like an interesting character in theory, but the story is too slow paced for my taste. I'm giving up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 1/5/2011

    " The interesting aspects of this cop's character were sacrificed by the expendiency of the thriller plot, the exploitative aspects of his addiction, and the rote over-the-top evil genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 12/11/2010

    " This book is not for the sensitive or queasy person. It is a fast paced, action packed book with vivid imagery and some scenes that are definitely not for the faint of heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 12/2/2010

    " Too twisted for my taste... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 9/27/2010

    " Need to take a shower inside and out after this. This guy is no Harry Bosch. This guy is off the scale. No happy ending here. Can't see a series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 10/5/2009

    " Story line just didn't really hold my attention but the ending could have saved it. Instead it totally killed it. Doubtful that I would go back to this author or character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/27/2009

    " Mesmerizing freight train of a book. Gripping analysis of addiction and twelve steps in the context of a police procedural. Outstanding. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Jay Schwartz

Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the director of development for film director Wolfgang Petersen. His career includes numerous feature-film writing assignments as well as work for the Discovery Channel.

About the Narrator

Ray Porter has garnered fourteen Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and a multitude of enthusiastic reviews for his sparkling narration of audiobooks. He has also appeared in numerous films and television shows, including Frasier, ER, Will & Grace, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and Almost Famous. He has most recently received Audible’s Narrator of the Year Award. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.