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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:
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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

  • “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)

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

    Publishers Weekly

  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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