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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry Dolan Narrator: Erik Davies Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The David Loogan Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781101526347
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A new book in the nationally bestselling series that has wowed critics and readers alike.


David Loogan returns! Loogan is living in Ann Arbor with Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her daughter, Sarah. He's settled into a quiet routine as editor of the mystery magazine Gray Streets-until one day he finds a manuscript outside his door. It begins: “I killed Henry Kormoran.”

Anthony Lark has a list of names—Terry Dawtrey, Sutton Bell, Henry Kormoran. To his eyes, the names glow red on the page. They move. They breathe. The people on the list have little in common except that seventeen years ago they were involved in a notorious robbery. And now Anthony Lark is hunting them down, and he won't stop until every one of them is dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting crime novel…Relentless pacing, a wry sense of humor, and an engaging protagonist add up to another winner for Dolan.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With down-to-earth language, realistic dialogue, quirky but human characters, and an off-kilter plot that brings to mind a Coen Brothers film, Very Bad Men is the mystery of the summer.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Smooth and appealing…[A] twist-filled adventure…The literate Loogan, who carries a Swiss Army knife instead of a gun and can improvise a weapon out of 500 sheets of recycled-bond paper, strikes an engaging tone between hard-boiled and whimsical.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A second mind-bending case for Ann Arbor editor David Loogan that begins just as simply and ominously and takes the reader on just as wild a journey…The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • One of the Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Mysteries of the Year in 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/5/2014

    " I liked "bad things happen" more than this book for a few reasons but still enjoyed this book. Will write a review tomorrow ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 2/4/2014

    " This book was okay. I thought that the writing was "choppy" and I seemed to struggle keeping pace with who was doing what or who was talking at any given time. I found his constant flipping from 1st person to third person very distracting and took far too much away from the story. "

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

    " It was a really great read and it kept me entertained throughout the entire 350+ page book. The only thing that I would have to say that kind of gets me when I read Harry Dolan is that sometimes he doesn't really explain the entire idea all the way through, or he will introduce an event that we know is obviously important but then he will forget to mention it again. For example, Lucy tells Loogan about when she talked to one of the robbers (I won't name names just in case someone who hasn't read it yet is reading reviews to see if they will buy the book or not. I know I do that!) saw Callie Spencer talking to Fred ( I think is his name) and when he confronts Callie, she tells him that is wasn't her. Loogan says that he isn't sure if he believes her and playsit up as she is trying to get out of dodge. But we see that the robber wasn't lying so now we know that what Callie says isn't trustworthy. But Dolan never mentioned that event again! What was the point of building it as a major event if it was nothing? Also, I find Loogan in this book annoying and dis-likeable. He's arrognant, full of himself, doesn't care who he ultimately hurts to get to a truth that doesn't belong to him. He always feels like he has to be the hero and save the day and that was ok in the first novel because he had a reason to be overbearing, but this one... I just wanted someone to punch him in the face or for his girlfriend to slap him or something. Other than that, "Very Bad Men" is nicely written and I would reccomend the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sari | 12/27/2013

    " Harry Dolan weaves a gripping thriller that winds through the streets of Ann Arbor and rural northern Michigan. A great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Briggs | 12/26/2013

    " Loved the book. The author definitely has a way with words. Even his descriptive passages are interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 12/15/2013

    " Very Bad Men is the second book in a series by Harry Dolan, however it's the first one I read. Very intriguing premise - a mystery magazine editor finds a manuscript left outisde his door. However, instead of being a work of fiction, it's the very real manuscript detailing how the writer has killed two people and has a third person on his list. Dolan does a great job of slowly disclosing the various clues and twists. Nothing is as straight-forward as it initially appears. I'm definitely interested in reading the first book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 12/9/2013

    " I hope Dolan writes a bunch more of these. I love David Loogan and Lizzie!! Em "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 11/19/2013

    " I thought the first Harry Dolan book was better. I found him having to strain to get around the fact that Loogan, as a non-police officer, is often put into situations where, by all rights, he has no place. That said, it's well-written, if a bit more far-fetched than "Bad Things Happen." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian Jones | 11/14/2013

    " I actually remember liking this book as much if not more than his first. I deducted a star only because I'm having trouble remembering what happened. I may rate again when I have had more time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/11/2013

    " Good enough to finish, but not so good that I didn't just want it to "hurry up, already!" For an awesome mystery, stick with David Loogan's 1 adventure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel Goldman | 9/20/2013

    " Not as good as first book in the series, Bad Things Happen; bogged down; too slow for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy Ross | 9/3/2013

    " Not as good as the first one. Many chapters were just fill-ins. Confusing amount of characters that lead to nowhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 8/15/2013

    " Harry Dolan is brilliant at telling a great story. He makes writers like Hammett and Chandler proud. Great characters with great dialogue. I can't wait to see where Dolan's imagination will take David Loogan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/2/2013

    " Enjoyed it, but not as much as the first one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 4/8/2013

    " Decent, complex mystery with a literary bent. I really like the main character although it's hard to understand why he's being allowed to traipse all over a police investigation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Gonsalves | 3/23/2013

    " Not as good as the first. I expected more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Fisher | 11/25/2012

    " Not as good as the first one (Bad Things Happen), but still very enjoyable. Rather convoluted plot, which tended to strain credulity, but fun nonetheless. "

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

    " This story, set in Ann Arbor and northern Michigan, is a very good mystery with lots of twists and turns along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/25/2012

    " I really enjoy these whodunits by Harry Dolan. His main character is a little quirky...well, a lot quirky...with an interesting sense of humour. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Kotyk | 7/31/2012

    " I loved reading a book that was set in the town that I've worked in for the past 13 years. Very fun plot but too many characters and twists that were a little too strange took away from an otherwise solid mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/11/2012

    " Wonderful book, great plotline, and good writing. Can't ask for more. This book will probably appeal more to those who want something more than cozy, but not as hard bitten as really dark noir-ish novels. Think Chandler, but modernized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Allen | 1/23/2012

    " Loved this book! Kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 12/29/2011

    " Love this author. Read the first one too. "

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About the Author
Author Harry DolanHarry Dolan graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently works as a freelance editor. He grew up in Rome, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his partner Linda Randolph.
About the Narrator

Erik Davies is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice-over actor. His stage credits include G.R. Point, Unpublished Letters, and Flats Fixed. Some of his television and film appearances include ER, Third Watch, and a starring role in the hit indie comedy High Society: A Pot Boiler. His audiobook narration has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.