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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (360 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alafair Burke Narrator: Betty Bobbitt Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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For Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's 32nd birthday, she gets an unusual gift: a homicide call out. The crime scene is in the elite Hillside neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The victim is hotshot investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, who has been bludgeoned to death in his carport.

Tensions in the city have been running high. The previous week, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed mother of two in what he claims was self-defense. In the aftermath, protestors have waged increasingly agitated anti-police protests. Crenshaw's death, it seems, is not unrelated - within a matter of hours, police arrest two young men who appear to have embarked on a crime spree in the aftermath of the protests.

The case looks straightforward, especially when one of the suspects confesses. But then the man recants, claiming coercive police tactics, and Samantha finds herself digging for more evidence in a search that leads her through an elaborate maze of connections between the city's drug trade and officers in the bureau. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 2/5/2014

    " Trouble with giving stars: can't give it 2 because there are other novels that I've given 2 stars that I liked much more than this one, however, giving this one 1 star, according to this rating system, means I didn't like it. I finished it; it wasn't great, but to say I didn't like it is not exactly fair. It certainly isn't a favorite and I'm not going to read any other of her crime novels because there are just too many other books out there to read that I'm sure are better but she did write some amusing lines and she was trying to give us some idea of how the whole justice system works. Unfortunately for those of us who don't really get some of the inside stuff and abbreviations, etc. it just became rather tedious (would rather watch Law & Order, the Closer, etc. for that information). In addition to that, the mystery itself wasn't all that interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/26/2014

    " Awesome read, I will keep my eyes open for more of this author's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/22/2014

    " My second Alafair Burke book in as many weeks. I guess I must like them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fran | 1/17/2014

    " The story was pretty good. The reader was not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/17/2014

    " I can't wait for her to write more books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/12/2014

    " This was book 3 in the series but I didn't feel like I missed anything. I liked the characters and will go back to catch up on the other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 1/2/2014

    " This was almost like an extended Law and Order episode. I love murder mysteries and it's no James Patterson, but it was pretty good nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/26/2013

    " Burke continues to write enjoyable mysteries with characters I can care about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolgene | 12/23/2013

    " Interesting legal thriller, detailing interaction of police, district attorneys, and news media. Alafair Burke knows legal detail almost as well as John Grisham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 12/23/2013

    " This is my favorite of the Kincaid series. I felt it had the most suspense. Enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 12/22/2013

    " The third in Burke's Samantha Kincaid series, and I was right: her writing gets better, and this is much more tightly and neatly plotted than her first book. Definitely a keeper in terms of series reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia Brooks | 12/7/2013

    " Okay mystery but took too long to get going and then ended with only a so-so satisfying conclusion. Maybe if I'd read the first few Samantha Kincaid mysteries I would have felt more invested in her story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 6/20/2013

    " Another good Samantha Kincaid story. This one kept me guessing until near the end. It was interesting to read about the fine line between obtaining information legally and illegally. In the end, she has to form beliefs that are true to her legal training. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 6/6/2013

    " Samantha Kincaid #3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 1/25/2013

    " Very spellbinding! Almost writes better than her dad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 11/10/2012

    " Samantha Kincaid has a nose for corruption within authority . . . and she isn't hesitant about hunting down the source of the often yucky scent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 5/19/2012

    " a very good suspense novel. Even with all the legal terms, it brings you along to a spectacular finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/21/2012

    " I'm so glad to have discovered Alafair Burke! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LaRaine P | 4/7/2012

    " This wasn't my favorite, although I enjoyed the other two Samantha Kincaid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 laura | 1/10/2012

    " i really liked alafair burke's first couple. this one, however, kind of sucked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/2/2011

    " Yet another one in a series, good read, interesting twists and mystery. Good female main character, human but smart. Some of the relationship bits are tortured but.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Douglass | 4/30/2011

    " Another in the Samantha Kincaid series, one that I particularly enjoy for the insight in the workings of DA and police, however fictional this view may be. I take heart that the author is a lawyer and probably comes as close as anyone can with the procedures. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/15/2011

    " A perfectly serviceable mystery with some good local color (haven't all PDX'ers stood cheek-by-jowl with others in the cramped entrance to Papa Haydn?), if not particularly stellar - I'm left feeling like Kincaid and her pals are a bit slow on the uptake much of the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 9/23/2010

    " Pretty good outing. I can see her getting better and better. And I was glad to see Chuck Forbes exit. Hope it stays that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 9/10/2010

    " Pretty good outing. I can see her getting better and better. And I was glad to see Chuck Forbes exit. Hope it stays that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 4/28/2010

    " Awesome read, I will keep my eyes open for more of this author's novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/23/2009

    " a very good suspense novel. Even with all the legal terms, it brings you along to a spectacular finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 10/18/2008

    " The third in Burke's Samantha Kincaid series, and I was right: her writing gets better, and this is much more tightly and neatly plotted than her first book. Definitely a keeper in terms of series reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 8/29/2008

    " This was almost like an extended Law and Order episode. I love murder mysteries and it's no James Patterson, but it was pretty good nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 7/18/2008

    " Very spellbinding! Almost writes better than her dad.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/24/2008

    " I'm so glad to have discovered Alafair Burke! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/25/2007

    " I can't wait for her to write more books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LaRaine | 9/1/2007

    " This wasn't my favorite, although I enjoyed the other two Samantha Kincaid. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 laura | 5/22/2007

    " i really liked alafair burke's first couple. this one, however, kind of sucked. "

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About the Author
Author Alafair Burke

Alafair Burke is a graduate of Stanford Law School and a former Deputy District Attorney in Portland, Oregon. She is now a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she teaches criminal law and procedure. She lives in New York City and spends too much time on Facebook and Twitter, but has no plans to quit.