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Detective John Spader (nickname: Jack of Spades) has a reputation for catching serial murderers, a reputation that gets tested in this new thriller from James Hankins. This time, Spader is up against a strange new nemesis: a psychotic killer who dresses up as the children's cartoon alien Galaxo, Starboy Avenger! Award-winning voice actor Arthur Morey brings a remarkable range of voices to his performance, from the gritty, masculine tones of Spader, to the metallic, high-pitched, and bizarrely menacing voice of Galaxo. A tense listen that delivers a mix of chills and intrigue, Jack of Spades will compel fans of crime thrillers and comic book villains alike.

Summary

Just two years ago, the media turned Detective John Spader into a hero. He'd caught a twisted serial killer terrorizing Massachusetts, and the "Jack of Spades," as the media dubbed Spader, was born. But when the murderer walked free on a technicality - free to kill again - the public turned on Spader. Now a new serial killer is on the loose. He wears the silly, gap-toothed, grinning mask of Galaxo, Starboy Avenger! - a cartoon alien of unparalleled popularity with children. With Galaxo's body count rising, and the public's fear growing, it's up to the Jack of Spades to find the man beneath the mask and stop the killing.

©2012 James Hankins (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Jack if Spades couldn't listen to this book as Galaxo voice went through me

Jack of Spades couldn't listen to this book as Galaxo voice went through me
I'm sure narrator voice was ok if I could have listen to more of the book that chapter 1

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  • 03-03-15

Great story

If you are a cops chasing serial killer fan then you must read or listen to this book, it's fantastic! Twist and turns galore!

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  • debi
  • 31-03-16

Fantastic!

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This was a well written and read book.

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I have found another great author to follow! This is the 3rd book of his I have listened to and all have been great, they keep you guessing to the end. You think you know then he twist it alittle and you second guess yourself!! James Hankins leaves you wanting more after each book!

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  • Wayne
  • 11-06-18

Excellent modern detective novel!

I've now listened to all seven novels by James Hankins in random order. All are outstanding. THE JACK OF SPADES is set in Salem MA and is a serial murder case. Narration is superb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Brian A
  • 14-04-16

Great Author

Really good read. I've read 3 books from him and have enjoyed every one. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a hood cop and criminal book. H

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  • Kathy
  • 03-03-19

Good book terrible narration

This is a really good story but the narration was very difficult to get through. The narrator makes the lead detective sound like a whiny girl. I love James had guns but he really needs to be careful who he chooses As a narrator

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  • Ms. January926
  • 13-08-17

Enjoyed the story..

Enjoyed the story but didn't care for the narrator
He made the story weak in a way. Otherwise I would recommend it to other readers/listeners.

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  • Wolf
  • 02-04-17

Cartoon or crime novel? Here you get it both.

I am a fan of well constructed intrigue, subtle language, real mystery and psychologically interesting insights into main characters. This was the first Hankins I listened to and while I thought the narration was excellent, the story could have been thought out by a kid watching too many teenage horror movies. Storyline reminded me of a bad cartoon, flat, obvious und unrealistic. I found the use of bad language disturbing (the use of f-word and s-word seem to be a preferred stylistic tool of the author). Mor of this? No, thanks. My first and last Hankins.

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  • Sekai Shakoor
  • 05-12-17

I wasn't a fan.

I loved the prettiest one & Shasdy cross This one was a very horrible disappointment Too slow.