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2.61 out of 52.61 out of 52.61 out of 52.61 out of 52.61 out of 5 2.61 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colleen McCullough Narrator: Charles Leggett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Carmine Delmonico Novels Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781482974539
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The bestselling author of The Thorn Birds once again pits Captain Carmine Delmonico against a dangerous villain and a difficult case. Without the help of modern forensic tools, Captain Carmine Delmonico and his trusted detectives must restore peace to their small university town. It’s 1968, and amid the new era of paranoia, Delmonico faces new challenges. Sex and greed dominate two new murder cases—and a series of rapes seems to escalate to murder. For Carmine, it seems to be a case with no clues. And it comes as the Holloman Police Department is in turmoil: a lieutenant is out of his depth, a sergeant is out of control, and into this mix comes the beautiful, ruthlessly ambitious new trainee, Helen McIntosh, daughter of the influential president of Chubb University. As the killer makes his plans, Carmine and his team must use every resource at their disposal—including a team of highly motivated local vigilantes…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Expert pacing is the key to Charles Leggett’s reading of the third Carmine Delmonico mystery…He adds to the story’s tension by drawing the scenes out slowly and then increasing his pace as the climax plays out.”

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  • “Richly drawn…A very welcome return to basics in this high-tech, CSI era.”

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  • “Leggett…keep[s] us immersed in this gripping novel.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerstin | 2/11/2014

    " It was a good story, but I really had trouble with her style of writing. Had to re-read a lot and found she used the word "cry" noticeably often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 2/8/2014

    " Captain Carmine Delmonico is back with a new thriller. While his 6'2" wife, Desdamona, struggles with a new baby, together with their toddler son, Carmine is on the trail of a "nude" rapist, who looks like he is escalating to murder. At the same time, Carmine is dealing with a young, rich trainee detective, who is very smart, but also headstrong and spoiled. This all makes for a very interesting novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa Sivelle | 2/3/2014

    " Another one that I listened to on CD in my car. I wasn't real impressed with this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie Van | 1/30/2014

    " There is no excuse for a poorly edited novel!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al Stoess | 1/22/2014

    " Hard to follow. Too many characters, Didn't make sense. Worthless, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/20/2014

    " First book by Colleen McCullough that I have read since reading the Thorn Birds (don't remember exactly when I read the Thorn Birds but it was quite a long time ago). She certainly comes up with some interesting characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liam O'donnell | 1/17/2014

    " I loved the first book in this series (On, Off) but found this one borderline ridiculous. The plot is fine but the dialogue, motives and ending were respectively implausible and disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 1/5/2014

    " A lot of improbabilities in the plot, which is told as seemingly divergent tales, but they in fact are not--very far fetched, even for a murder mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaina Maxam | 12/28/2013

    " really enjoyed this book. a really great mystery. you didn't know who the guilty party was until the end of the book. has a lot of twists and turns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 10/4/2013

    " Well, this was no Colleen McCullough that's for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 9/9/2013

    " A bit of a cautionary tale, trust no one. Plausible tale. It was good to be reminded of the days before DNA testing, amazing that anyone ever went to jail. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ml | 9/7/2013

    " I cannot get over the writing in "The Thorn Birds" and how I loved it. I've tried 2 of her books since "The Thorn Birds" and cannot believe they were written by the same person. This book had a good theme, but the writing was just BLAH. I don't even know why I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rui | 2/17/2013

    " I've read better stuff from colleen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Horkey | 11/15/2012

    " Colleen McCullough is my favorite author but the Carmine series isn't her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/13/2012

    " Good who-dunnit with strong character development. Read on audiobook from Audible.com. Charles Leggett brings each character to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherree | 10/26/2012

    " Just not as good as On, Off. I have read most of what McCullough has written and did not feel this was up to the standard I set for her. I'll keep reading if she keeps writing, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen B | 5/1/2012

    " Great characters in this suspenseful mystery. McCullough placed these serial rapes and murders in the time frame of the late 1960s. That made the police investigations all the more difficult. It brought me back to a time before DNA results and computers helped identify criminals and solve crimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helgaklassen | 11/3/2011

    " i would probably only give it 2.5 stars, but the characters are very interesting, and the mystery aspect is well done....the writing is certainly nowhere near her best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sougata Khan | 10/17/2011

    " The Story is Still fine but the narration is boring and literally kills suspense. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobbie | 8/24/2011

    " Uneven and only partially credible. I found it all the more disappointing because I know what a great writer Ms McCullough can be. The ending was kind of gratuitously nasty. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachael | 6/11/2011

    " I can't finish reading this book. I'm 4 chapters in and it's still slow and at times the writing is disjointed and its hard to tell who is saying what and to differentiate between different characters speaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry Lane | 6/8/2011

    " I picked this book up because I had read all of her books set in the Roman republic. I thought this one to be well a well-written police procedural. Plot was complex without being obtuse, characters three dimensional. Dark, bordering on noir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherree | 5/31/2011

    " Just not as good as On, Off. I have read most of what McCullough has written and did not feel this was up to the standard I set for her. I'll keep reading if she keeps writing, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ml | 4/10/2011

    " I cannot get over the writing in "The Thorn Birds" and how I loved it. I've tried 2 of her books since "The Thorn Birds" and cannot believe they were written by the same person. This book had a good theme, but the writing was just BLAH. I don't even know why I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/24/2011

    " Great characters in this suspenseful mystery. McCullough placed these serial rapes and murders in the time frame of the late 1960s. That made the police investigations all the more difficult. It brought me back to a time before DNA results and computers helped identify criminals and solve crimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/20/2011

    " First book by Colleen McCullough that I have read since reading the Thorn Birds (don't remember exactly when I read the Thorn Birds but it was quite a long time ago). She certainly comes up with some interesting characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Al | 1/29/2011

    " Hard to follow. Too many characters, Didn't make sense. Worthless, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 1/27/2011

    " I picked this book up because I had read all of her books set in the Roman republic. I thought this one to be well a well-written police procedural. Plot was complex without being obtuse, characters three dimensional. Dark, bordering on noir. "

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About the Author
Author Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough (1937–2015) enjoyed worldwide renown, and her novels are bestsellers in a multitude of languages. She is the internationally acclaimed author of The Thorn Birds, Tim, An Indecent Obsession, A Creed for the Third Millennium, The Ladies of Missalonghi, The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune’s Favorites, Caesar’s Women, and other novels.

About the Narrator

Charles Leggett is based in Seattle where he works onstage at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Portland Center Stage, The Empty Space, and Book-It Repertory Company, among many others. Charles’ voice work is also featured in the video games Dungeon Siege I and II, and in Hoyle’s Casino Empire.