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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Amis Narrator: Linda Hamilton Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Detective Mike Hoolihan has seen it all. A 15-year veteran of the force, she's gone from walking a beat, to robbery, to homicide. But one case-this case-has gotten under her skin. When Jennifer Rockwell, darling of the community and daughter of a respected career cop-now top brass-takes her own life, no one is prepared to believe it. Especially her father, Colonel Tom. Mike Hoolihan, longtime colleague and friend of the colonel, is ready to put the case down. Suicide. Closed. Until Colonel Tom asks her to do the one thing any grieving father would ask: take a second look.

Not since his celebrated novel Money has Amis turned his focus on America to such remarkable effect. Fusing brilliant wordplay with all the elements of a classic whodunit, Amis exposes a world where surfaces are suspect (no matter how perfect), Where paranoia is justified (no matter how pervasive), and where power and price and pride are brought low by the hidden recesses of our humanity. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/19/2014

    " The first time it doesn't happen you sigh and it's very hot and it feels wet. The next time it is a failure, but you have to find faith in that, in what you are doing. More than anything else, that there is will. There is will to do the thing you are doing. Period. Then there is of course, a period, for chrissake, finally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 2/11/2014

    " quick read, choppy, sorta like a mamet play, the ending though...man, sorta not what i expected or wanted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julz | 2/7/2014

    " An interesting look at how someone could have "everything" and still be misereable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara ★ | 2/5/2014

    " I found this book tedious. The main character Mike Hoolihan (a female cop) is no longer a detective but gets caught up in a highly political suicide. The excess of "cop speak" is annoying and draws away from the story. I understand this is a police novel and some should be expected but every chapter? They accepted it was a suicide without much investigation and then the mother asks Mike to check again because obviously something was wrong with her daughter. It gets a little better at this point but still disappointing and has a totally dissatisfying ending. This is my first novel by this author and most probably my last. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elly Zupko | 2/1/2014

    " Very different from other books from Martin Amis that I read, but still great. It's the first time I ever heard the term "police" used a singular noun (long before The Wire). Strong mood and strong voice. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/21/2014

    " This book was written by a non-American and surprisingly I think you can tell. I did enjoy reading about Mike, a very unusual woman, and the story is ok too. It is near the end that it all goes weird.I am sure it is supposed to be esoteric, but I would like a little more clarity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan James | 1/21/2014

    " A tight little piece of fiction. Genuinely told. It's the kind of mystery I wish some of these procedural TV shows would try out. I get that some of the draw of reading mysteries is the comfort of knowing it will all tie up neatly in the end. THis book reminds us that it just doesn't always work out that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/6/2014

    " An interesting twist to your classic mystery story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Itai Miller | 11/30/2013

    " It starts as a 'whodunnit' but ends up asking some interesting philosophical questions about what we live for as humans.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/22/2013

    " Fakey narrator messes the whole thing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 11/18/2013

    " Disciplined within a genre--i like when he tries to crack you up better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich Pliskin | 7/10/2013

    " It was OK, in part because it was short. Still not sure what the suicide was all about, but I'm often confused at the end of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergio | 7/7/2013

    " Surprisingly engaging, compact, and deep for a pulpy detective novel. Again as much as I would want to fight Martin Amis if I met him at a pub, his books are great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liam Kennedy | 2/23/2013

    " Why would a woman who has everything choose to kill herself? Don't read this book if you want to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 9/16/2012

    " This is the second time around with this book (I forget I read it years earlier). It is an odd Amis book in that it's a quasi-detective story. It's not his best, a good deconstruction of the whodunit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 3/24/2012

    " do not confuse Martin Amis with his father, Kingsley Amis. Both masters of style, diametrically opposed styles. Night Train is gruesome and arresting, dark--no, black--and unrelenting. He holds you in his fist and will not let go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Atkinson | 3/8/2012

    " Enjoyed the book - it was a little short, darkly humorous and left me thinking - did I get it? I would say this is only for Amis fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 3/6/2012

    " Amis does crime, and mostly pulls it off. This is an interesting little book, but one that left me with a question at the end: was Jennifer's apparent suicide the only one? Also, of the few Martin Amis books I've read, this is the only one with a likeable protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/28/2012

    " I didn't expect this to be nearly as enjoyable as it was... it's just a quick, little suicide mystery, and none of its pitfalls as described in so many of its reviews were very bothersome to me. (The ending was a little weird, though, and I didn't get it at all.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rania Khayat | 8/7/2011

    " a masterpiece of philosophical literature under the cloak of detective fiction. a great read and highly recommended. "

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

    " This was pretty much the first murder mystery I ever read. Rick recommended it to me as we perused the Half Priced Books over Christmas '10. A very quick and entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 5/10/2011

    " Martin Amis has taken a good plot and ruined it by having his characters speak in a hard-boiled "cop speak" that I doubt any cop anywhere actually uses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmond | 3/24/2011

    " Lots of great cop procedural background; kind of falls off the table towards the end, but I can't tell you how often I have referred to this book for rock-solid police procedure and ethos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 3/1/2011

    " A short work, more a novella than a novel, but despite the length is densely packed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geraud | 1/13/2011

    " peu intéressant et assez maladroit. heureusement il se lit vite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Byron | 11/28/2010

    " Can someone explain this book to me as I did not get it :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/2/2010

    " VERY NOIR. I haven't read a crime novel for a long time, and really enjoyed it. The main character really got under my skin. I won't be forgetting Detective Mike Hoolihan anytime soon! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 9/28/2010

    " I found this book unsettling. It was a good police thriller, but I think I missed the point entirely. I suspect that I should read this again, but life's short... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 QVT | 8/31/2010

    " Total waste of time. And totally insane and rambling, too. I have no idea what happened at any point in the book. I give it two stars because I did finish it and there was a rape, rape is worth a star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 8/28/2010

    " I really wonder if any cop has ever actually said "I am a police." It sounds weird. "

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About the Author
Author Martin Amis

Martin Amis is the author of many novels, two collections of fiction stories, several of nonfiction, and the memoir Experience, for which he received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Amis has been listed for the Booker Prize twice and was a professor of creative writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. He lives in Brooklyn.