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Author: Richard A. Thompson Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Herman Jackson Mysteries Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781481553131
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Jackson doesn’t admit he’s from Detroit, much less that he used to run a bookie operation there. His bail-bond business in St. Paul was much safer. And if Charlie Victor wasn’t his best client, he was at least a steady one, paying his bonding fee out of a secret stash he called his frag box.

Then Charlie is beaten to death on a public street in broad daylight. Just as bizarre and unexpected is the fact that he has named Jackson as his sole heir. Jackson wants justice for Charlie, who had become something of a friend. But with plenty of money problems of his own, he also wants the box of cash.

Unfortunately, Charlie’s killers want it, too, and the race is on. But every step closer to Charlie’s frag box peels away another layer of protection and another set of lies Jackson has told, including the ones he told himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dash of romance, plenty of action, and an appealing, wise-cracking hero enhance this detective story with an old-fashioned noir flavor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Great action, coupled with fascinating bits of violin history, lore, and craftsmanship.”


  • “A winning combination of well-developed characters with plenty of fascinating back stories (including Jackson’s), the Minnesota setting, secrets to discover, plenty of action, humor and a bit of romance, all economically told with not one wasted word…Robertson Dean…never [misses] a beat. It’s hard not to keep listening to this fresh fast moving story.” (starred review)

  • “Well-constructed and deftly character-driven, with a nice little love story for leavening.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  •’s The Best of the Best for 2010

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/25/2013

    " I thought this to be a well-plotted story with memorable characters. Very engaging, hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 7/28/2011

    " Good mystery set in St Paul. Author did a good job of getting the setting and local color right. Good quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 7/7/2010

    " Maybe a 3. It's good, with strong images, but it's just a genre novel. Doesn't really bring anything new to the table. "

About the Author

Richard A. Thompson is a former civil engineer and construction manager who traded his hard hat for a laptop and now writes full time. He plays tennis four days a week and builds museum-quality model ships.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.