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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (466 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Gardiner Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jo Beckett Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781441820051
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Tasia McFarland is a washed-up country-pop singer desperate for the break that will get her topping the charts again. The tabloids have raked over every part of Tasia’s rocky life, following every high and low—her addictions, her breakdowns, her increasingly erratic behavior—and every broken relationship. The highlight of this lowlight reel: Tasia McFarland is the ex-wife of the president of the United States.

So when Tasia writes a song with politically charged lyrics, people take note and her star begins to rise anew. In the opener of her comeback tour, she is lowered into a stadium on a zip line, and as helicopters fly overhead, she fires her prop Colt .45 at the fireworks-filled stage. Tasia is riding high.

Until she’s killed by a bullet to the neck before the shocked crowd of forty thousand.

When video can’t prove that the shot came from Tasia’s own Colt .45, and the ballistics report comes up empty, the authorities call on forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to do a psychological autopsy and clean up the potential political disaster. But as Jo sifts through the facts, she only finds more questions: Was Tasia’s gun loaded? Did she kill herself in one last cry for attention? Were her politically charged lyrics the rantings of a paranoid woman losing her grip, or warnings from a woman afraid and in danger? For Jo, pouring over Tasia’s past becomes a race to extinguish the conspiracy rumor mill before it incites a level of violence that reaches America’s highest corridors of power—and tears apart the very fabric of our nation.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy | 2/12/2014

    " Perhaps this book would have been a 3 star if I had read it instead of listening to the audio version. You know how sometimes a reader can completely turn you off a book? In this book, the portions concerning NMP are read in an angry voice that has a touch of the 'nails on chalkboard' effect on me. I really struggled to stay with the book during those parts. I also disliked the stereotyping of country music. The lyrics and comments in the beginning of the book were so outrageously horrible that I almost pulled the cord and disconnected the Playaway. The book itself was enjoyable. If you are interested, read it and don't listen to it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Leneker | 2/3/2014

    " I'm never disappointed by a Meg Gardiner book. NEVER. Reading the Jo Beckett series is always my guilty pleasure. I read about this author in a Stephen King editorial in Entertainment Weekly. When he said he read her first Dana Delaney series book on a flight to England I was interested as to who could get another author to do that. He wasn't wrong! I wait for her next book with great anticipation and I haven't been disappointed yet! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 2/2/2014

    " I didn't like this book. It felt like she was just rambling on, and on, and on, and on....just to fill pages. I loved her other books, but this was a real disappointment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Adam | 1/20/2014

    " The third Jo Beckett book was the last one I hadn't read of the Meg Gardiner books we currently have (which is everything except The Nightmare Thief, which just came out). It's clear to me that Meg is at the height of her storytelling power. There's no fat in the book, and it definitely has the trademark slam-bang final sequence. At first, I was a little put off by the premise as it starts with the death of the President's ex-wife, who is a big singing star. It seemed a bit far-fetched or contrived, but ultimately the story she is telling is a well-written thriller with a great, believable protagonist. Jo Beckett is an interesting, rich character who gives the readers a sympathetic figure to follow through the exciting events of the plot. It amazing to me that none of Meg's books has yet been made into movies. They seem like perfect Hollywood fodder for a big Summer feature and would certainly be more enjoyable than dreck like the Transformers series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ms Athos | 1/19/2014

    " This was okay--a fast escapist read. I liked Dr. Jo Beckett and some of the other characters. I wasn't too invested in the murder victim, but there was a pretty exciting hostage situation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zella | 1/6/2014

    " Somewhat fun thriller, government conspiracy, murdered country singers, etc. It took me a few days to read because I didn't love it, but I kept reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 12/27/2013

    " A quick thrilling read, plays on fears and prejudices that are prevalent in society today. The twists were a little heavy and hard to handle, but overall the story was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 11/27/2013

    " This was a good book from the start. I enjoyed it and although it's not blow you out of the water with twists and turns, it's worth a read and will keep you interested. At least it kept me interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybeth Kobland | 11/15/2013

    " Awesome book, starts right out with a bang. Again I loved the characters the author creates. Love the mystery behind the song. Story takes interesting twists, great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla Leskovsky | 11/8/2013

    " Pretty engaging and full of modern references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Riker | 10/22/2013

    " Pretty darn good mystery. I almost put it down after the first few pages because I thought it was some type of Afghan/Iraqi conspiracy thing, but turns out it is not. Good characters. I like the Psych stuff too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/1/2013

    " Has taken me a long time by my standard but really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 5/19/2013

    " Somewhat predictable, but holds your interest until all unfolds on the last page! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 judy | 2/20/2013

    " The plot was absurd, Jo's love life was too mushy and we were forced to watch a TV reporter make up her stories on the spot just like they do on Fox News. This author may have made my DNR (do not read) list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/19/2013

    " Sadly, not as good as the previous two Jo Beckett novels. "

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

    " Super fun mystery. One of her better novels. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Karkoff | 11/3/2012

    " A singer dies during a stunt at a concert. Suicide or murder? She also just happens to be the X wife of the president. A little slow at times but great action packed ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 9/2/2012

    " Good read if you like politcal, conspiacy thrillers. Includes right wing lunatics, music stars and a presidential assassination plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beanse | 8/6/2012

    " Not bad. I really enjoyed this plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Fanning | 7/8/2012

    " First book I've read by Meg Gardiner and it certainly won't be the last. A protagonist who is a forensic psychiatrist is right up my alley--as any of you who have read my true crime books will know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/21/2012

    " This one was a little over the top for me and not as good as her earlier works in this series. Here's hoping the next is better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chele | 2/9/2012

    " Conspiracy with style - pacy, with great characters, good dialogue and an interesting plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 9/21/2011

    " OK, interesting, but not spellbinding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 7/8/2011

    " Pretty good mystery. I could not figure out the villian in this one until I read it on the last pages. I usually do not get stumped too many times. Fast read and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Buckham | 6/10/2011

    " Meg Gardiner is an amazing writer! Her stories are fast paced, fresh and keep me up all night reading. Can't wait to dig into the next one!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 4/27/2011

    " Sadly, not as good as the previous two Jo Beckett novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/14/2011

    " First book I've read by Meg Gardiner and it certainly won't be the last. A protagonist who is a forensic psychiatrist is right up my alley--as any of you who have read my true crime books will know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/13/2011

    " Great book I really enjoyed the story line and her writing style "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/8/2011

    " Somewhat predictable, but holds your interest until all unfolds on the last page! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 1/3/2011

    " OK, interesting, but not spellbinding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/29/2010

    " very exciting story, lots of action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 10/14/2010

    " Pretty engaging and full of modern references. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathleen | 9/30/2010

    " This is the second Gardiner book I've tried, and I don't know whether the blame lies with the author or the narrator. Fans can't get enough, but I don't find her to be at all exciting, well-plotted, or rewarding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 9/28/2010

    " Well, it got San Francisco geography mostly right. I guess that's something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 9/20/2010

    " Ornate and incredible plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/18/2010

    " Pretty good mystery thriller set in SanFran. The main character Jo is a forensic psychologist. She's trying to solve the murder of a country singer who happens to be the ex-wife of the President of the US (I didn't say it was plausible!) "

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About the Author
Author Meg Gardiner

Meg Gardiner is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including the Evan Delaney series, of which China Lake won the Edgar Award.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.