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Author: Daniel Judson Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781423304210
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During a bone-chilling snap of record cold weather, a series of enigmatic drowning deaths play out in a small summer resort community on Long Island’s Shinnecock Bay. Quickly implicated in the death is a local college professor named Deacon Kane, himself recovering from the accidental drowning death of his only son years ago—recovering slowly, and with the help of alcohol and an addictive, messy affair with a married woman.

As the police and several other interested parties watch his every move, Kane befriends a hypnotically alluring bartender named Collette and quickly continues his brutal downward spiral with little regard for self-preservation. Whether and how Kane is connected to the young victims are the questions everyone wants answered. And as it becomes clear that Kane himself may not know the extent of his own involvement, all must admit that something dark and sinister is at work in Southhampton.

Daniel Judson has a virtuoso’s touch and an uncanny ability to layer suspense, plot, and character study into an engrossing and completely surprising crime novel that will not soon be forgotten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I could not have been more impressed. Daniel Judson has written a novel of depth and dimension about characters with blood in their veins and fire in their hearts. The Darkest Place is the kind of honest, powerful novel that gives crime fiction the very best parts of its reputation. To Mr. Judson I say, 'Well done, sir.”

    Robert Crais, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Taken

  • “Judson does a terrific job of setting up a complex plot that's full of surprises.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Riveting…[The Darkest Place] offers a strong sense of place along with thoughtful rumination about doing the right thing and finding redemption for past actions.”


  • The Darkest Place must not be missed. Daniel Judson writes likes a fallen angel, taking us to the darkest corners of the human heart. Destined to become a classic piece of American crime fiction.”

    G. M. Ford, author of No Man’s Land

  • “Daniel Judson writes beautifully about the peculiar satisfactions of self-destruction, but his characters’ convincing familiarity with darkness can’t conquer their author’s ultimately hopeful heart.”

    S. J. Rozan, author of Absent Friends

  • A 2007 Shamus Award Nominee for Best Novel

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/24/2011

    " This is a "who dun it" and I couldn't figure out who did it. It jumped a bit too much between characters, kinda slow in spots but it was a real wonder all the time.


  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Indra | 5/29/2010

    " Interesting book, better than average for this genre. I thought the strongest points were characterization and, oddly enough, a couple of love scenes--maybe because I know those are hard to write well! I thought it ended too abruptly; I was really into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 2/12/2010

    " Not bad, but the author seemed to go out of his way to come up with that extra twist to make it "The Book". I enjoyed it and probably would have given it 4 stars if not for the ending, or the basis of the protagonist being tossed into the mess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marca | 12/18/2009

    " Complicated plot with many characters that is sometimes hard to follow on an audio book. However, it is worth sticking it out. Good mystery; there are lots of twists and turns, and characters who are not what they seem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 2/25/2009

    " It was a good who-done-it. Several good plot twists and decoys but in the end I had it figured out. The why was kind of out there but oh, well it worked. It was well read and fun to "read". Nothing like murderous brain candy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 5/20/2008

    " One of the better mysteries I have read in awhile. Keeps both the detectives and bad guy in the shade and focuses on folks caught in the middle of an unfolding case. Atmospheric. Enjoyable. "

About the Author

Daniel Judson, a Shamus Award winner and four-time finalist, is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Darkest Place, The Water’s Edge, The Violet Hour, Voyeur, and The Gin Palace Trilogy. A lifelong Connecticut resident, he attended Southampton College and Vermont College. He now lives in the Connecticut Valley.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.