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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Benoit Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Young Doug Pearce, just fired from his steady job in the brewery, has never strayed far from home. But he’s always been fascinated by stories of his dead Uncle Russ, the family black sheep. So when an old friend of his uncle invites him to Toronto, he accepts. On arrival, he learns that wealthy and glamorous Edna has an agenda: she has assembled enough clues to solve the murder of Russell Pearce and to recover a legendary red diamond he was thought to be smuggling.

Doug, nervous but game, jets off to Morocco to play detective, but by the end of his first day in Casablanca, he knows he’s made a mistake. From Morocco to Singapore, whether escaping across rooftops, ducking bullets in a high-speed chase, or killing time in a crowded Egyptian jail, Doug is sure of one thing: he has no clue what he’s doing. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • Relative Danger is as exciting as a magnum of Dom Perignon.”

    Carolyn G. Hart, author of Dead by Midnight

  • “Smashingly good…With much wit and invention, Benoit convincingly portrays the Middle East. A hilarious account of chaos in the Cairo airport reads like an updated scene from Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad…Benoit is a rare discovery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Where has Benoit been hiding? With a debut novel this good, it’s hard to believe he hasn’t published at least ten previous books. Every element of this rollicking adventure shines, from its suspenseful, globetrotting plot to its nicely rounded characters.”


  • “Lawlor captures Doug’s skeptical, easygoing nature and the breathless action of this bullet-speed story. Listeners will delight in his vocal prowess—the gravelly voice of a Russian museum curator, the seductive tones of a wily Moroccan beauty, and the insouciance of an Arabian who mimics famous actors.”


  • A 2005 Barry Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 4/23/2013

    " It was a fun read, but the main character was just too naive to be real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenn Estepp | 1/9/2013

    " 3 1/2, really. reminded me a bit of "travels with my aunt." funny, adventurous romp with a wee bit of mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 11/18/2012

    " Sometimes, when the author creates characters whom I both dislike and am also annoyed by, I just abandon a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mainrun | 10/1/2012

    " This was a hard one to finish. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Benoit

Charles Benoit, an insatiable traveler and occasional scuba diver, has worked in education and advertising. When they’re not on the road, Charles and his wife, Rose, live in Rochester, New York.