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3.34 out of 53.34 out of 53.34 out of 53.34 out of 53.34 out of 5 3.34 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. J. Rozan Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781482977875
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From the critically acclaimed, award-winning S. J. Rozan comes her finest novel to date—an explosive novel about the corrosive power of secrets and corruption in a small town.

In the middle of the night, private investigator Bill Smith is awakened by a call from the NYPD. They’re holding fifteen-year-old named Gary—Bill’s nephew. But before Bill can find out what is going on, Gary escapes custody into the dark night and unfamiliar streets. Bill, with the help of his partner Lydia Chin, tries to find the missing teen and uncover what it is that led him so far from home. Tracking Gary’s family to a small town in New Jersey, Bill finds himself in a town where nothing matters but high school football, where the secrets of the past—both the town’s and Bill’s own—threaten to destroy the present. And if Bill is to have any chance of saving Gary and preventing a tragedy, he has to both unravel a long buried crime and confront the darkness of his own past.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rozan delivers strong characters, deft plotting, and a hard-driving narrative…Don’t miss this one.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “S.J. Rozan is an author whose reputation and prowess have been growing in tandem. …she is now a real player on the scene, poised for bestsellerdom.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “William Dufris is in terrific form in this intricately made thriller…This twisting and layered story builds to its powerful conclusion.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/19/2014

    " I liked the characters in this and the dialogue made me laugh several times but I have only rated it 3 stars because I felt the pace dropped off a number of times in the book, most significantly around the beginning of the second third. Also I felt that the ending wasn't a proper conclusion. As this is part of a series of books, it was difficult to grasp Lydia and Bill's relationship without knowing their background, so that was occasionally annoying. However I did like the plot (though it was quite stereotypical the characters made it readable - though there were several "macho men" which were slightly repetitive) and based on the writing style I would read more S.J. Rozan books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " Just finished this one. Excellent noir-ish mystery with a compelling detective and a fascinating, dark portrayal of the happy suburbs. "

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

    " I'm glad I discovered this author now not when this book was out. Waiting 5yrs for the next installment.... too long. "

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

    " Hackneyed detective fiction. The characters are unlikeable caricatures. It contains nothing amusing or enlightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane S. | 1/20/2014

    " Good storyline about what happens when a town will go to any lengths to protect their football jocks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Gorman | 1/18/2014

    " A really, good book. I can see why this won the Edgar award. It will keep you riveted from early on and it flies after a while. These are two great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/9/2014

    " What an amazing book! I read it before, when it came out in 2002, but forgot what an intense read it was. This book is told from Bill Smith's point-of-view, and is the story of his nephew who wants to do the right thing, but is first picked up by the police, then given into Bill's custody; Gary runs away from Bill in order to finish what he started. It takes Bill, and his partner Lydia Chin, down quite a long path to find Gary; through Bill's past, his relationships with his father and his sister, and through the past of the town where Gary is living. Bill's brother-in-law moved the family to Warrenstown, the place where he grew up, so that Gary could participate in the football program at the high school. Warrenstown is a place that lives, breathes and dies by its winning high school football team, and the team players can do no wrong--neither in the past or the present. Gary, despite being on the "right" side of the equation, has a sense of fairness in him that makes him realize that being a jock and looking down on the rest of his peers is not what he really wants, despite being new, and on his way to being accepted. A past criminal situation emerges that involved football players 23 years ago, even as a new situation evolves in the present day. It takes everything that Bill and Lydia have to figure out where the path is leading, and to race against time to prevent a terrible occurrance. I love this series, and these characters--Rozan's newest book in this series is Shanghai Moon, due out in the next few weeks. If you haven't already read this series, I strongly suggest that you do so! An aside: a friend of mine bid in a charity auction to have his name used in the book, and prior to its publication, Ms. Rozan told him his name is "all over the book". And it is, quite cleverly--my friend is Gary Warren Niebuhr. Gary is the name of Bill Smith's nephew, Warrenstown is where much of the story plays out, and Niebuhr is the name of another main character. I loved this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 12/29/2013

    " It was painful for me to finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 12/29/2013

    " I really miss this series. I loved the descriptions of Chinese food and Lydia's spunky attitude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 12/23/2013

    " Read for reading group. This was surprisingly enjoyable, a modern noir, set in an American Football mad town. It's not obvious what is going on, and there's a few twists. An easy, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/22/2013

    " This is an excellent series, but this particular entry (the latest) suffers from an overly complicated plot and exaggerated villains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/9/2013

    " A very timely, very spellbinding story. That said, I don't really like her protagonists. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave Nichols | 7/20/2013

    " All she did was duplicate the f word about 1453 times on her computer, try to fill in between them with a mediocre, unbelievable plot, and title the book something that has nothing to do with anything. Yuck! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta | 7/3/2013

    " Good quick read. I like the sympathetic treatment of young people and don't like all the trash talking thugs. I just have trouble thinking that many people wpuld speak like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 10/6/2012

    " very good. New mystery author for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 L | 9/21/2012

    " Imagine finding a Lydia & Bill novel sitting in the bookstore and realizing you had somehow missed it. What a treat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ijul (yuliyono) | 9/9/2012

    " buku ini bikin saia pengen nyari buku karangan penulis ini yang lain, tentunya yang sudah dialihbahasakan ke bahasa Indonesia....:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 12/23/2011

    " I liked reading a book with a male protag that is written by a woman author. Very convincing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 12/15/2011

    " First time I've read anything by this author. She writes convincingly from a young man's point of view. I like the details about traveling from Manhattan to NJ, Queens, and Long Island. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 11/12/2011

    " This was the first book of S. J. Rozan's that I read. I now read all of her books. Excellant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natnat | 10/4/2011

    " uhhh gak suka... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Gleason | 6/28/2011

    " Best of this uneven series, but still telegraphs its punches a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/23/2010

    " very good. New mystery author for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 9/28/2010

    " "A place you avoid still holds something; and whatever that is still holds you." (page 84)

    Nice pacing in this mystery/suspense novel set in NYC. The town was a little too unbelievable for me and the ending made me angry, but it was a good story overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 7/26/2010

    " Another top-notch mystery in Rozan's Lydia Chin/Bill Smith P.I. series. Fabulous emotion, and I've learned a LOT just reading her details and characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeng | 7/15/2010

    " Sebetulnya sempat putus asa membaca pada 10 halaman pertama, entah karena sebab apa. Tapi setelah memulai lagi dari awal baru kemudian menemukan bagusnya buku ini.

    Well written, nggak nyangka penulisnya perempuan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ijul (yuliyono) | 2/23/2010

    " buku ini bikin saia pengen nyari buku karangan penulis ini yang lain, tentunya yang sudah dialihbahasakan ke bahasa Indonesia....:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2010

    " A very timely, very spellbinding story. That said, I don't really like her protagonists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Herzog | 9/13/2009

    " I really miss this series. I loved the descriptions of Chinese food and Lydia's spunky attitude. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 7/28/2009

    " First time I've read anything by this author. She writes convincingly from a young man's point of view. I like the details about traveling from Manhattan to NJ, Queens, and Long Island. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gordon | 7/2/2009

    " Hackneyed detective fiction. The characters are unlikeable caricatures. It contains nothing amusing or enlightening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 6/8/2009

    " I liked reading a book with a male protag that is written by a woman author. Very convincing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 1/1/2009

    " Liked it a lot. The 5th of so in this serious, so it is suffering a little from that "series lag" However, the story is very tight and puts the reader in unexpected places - a football camp for high schoolers - some place I thought I would never go! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liana | 11/16/2008

    " Gak ngerti gw kenapa buku ini bisa menang penghargaan! Buku paling ga jelas, membesar-besarkan masalah di depan ternyata akhirnya ga ada apa-apa. Bukan cuma Cuma kenakalan remaja, something along that line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/5/2008

    " Just finished this one. Excellent noir-ish mystery with a compelling detective and a fascinating, dark portrayal of the happy suburbs. "

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About the Author

S. J. Rozan is the author of the acclaimed novel Absent Friends in addition the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series, including Winter and Night, which won the Edgar, Nero, and Macavity Awards for Best Novel, and was nominated for the Shamus, Anthony, and Barry Awards. Born and raised in the Bronx, she is an architect in a New York firm and lives in Greenwich Village.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.