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Summary

A detective tracks a poetry-obsessed serial bomber—meter by deadly meter—in an explosively clever short story by international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.

When an improvised explosive device is found outside a hospital, the understaffed Middleton PD knows it’s up against a pro. No one takes credit for the sophisticated device—all that Detective Jake Sloan has to go on is a poem. The cryptic rhyme surfaced shortly after the bomb scare. But ex-soldier and football player Sloan has never been much of a poetry buff. When a second verse turns up, containing a message in code, he solicits the help of English professor Ciara Hawkins. Together, they rush to read between the lines and stop the countdown to tragedy. But as the clock ticks, Sloan senses that beneath this complex case is a motive that is simpler and more disturbing than anyone could have anticipated.

©2022 Gunner Publications LLC. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • alydf7
  • 23-06-22

Excellent but too short

Deaver delivers a great story - as always. But it was too short and maybe there will be more. It is worth listening to, however.

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  • Crystal428
  • 23-06-22

Excellent short story

This was an excellent short story from Jeffery Deaver. No surprise there but the storyline was full of surprises. I kept guessing what was going to happen and I was wrong! I really like that. There was very little gore and no violence. I really like that too. I was surprised by that coming from a Jeffery Dealer story.

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  • amazonian
  • 22-06-22

Language and tone

Politics, language and tone make this story too taxing. It feels negative and narrator not engaging.







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  • Cathie Byers
  • 15-06-22

Nice twist to the story.

I really enjoyed this story and I love the twist towards the end. I will be reading more of this author.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 05-06-22

Kept me guessing!

Scheme's not my typical read anymore, but when I saw Aaron Shedlock was narrating I couldn't resist! I just love his voice and would listen to him narrate just about anything, He did a terrific job bringing this story to life.

This was an entertaining read, but it left me wanting more- that ending! I wonder if this will become a series with Detective Sloan? I'd definitely read more, especially if there was a follow-up to this story, I need a resolution!

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  • Reggie
  • 28-05-22

Brilliant story!!

This short story grabs you from the start..,how could it not when you have a possible militia group leaving bombs around the city? Then there are the poems that leave clues to the locations…you’ll get caught up in the rush! The ending will astound you…and leave you wanting more. Great performance by Aaron Shedliock, who really brought Detective Sloane to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-22

Very interesting!

The short story ended to soon. I was left wondering what happened next. Loved it😊

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  • M. Gleason
  • 21-05-22

Enjoyed this one

All was good and I liked the shorter length. Despite that, this one packs a wallop that I didn’t see coming. No spoilers but you should listen to it.

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  • mrsmonkeytoes
  • 18-05-22

good

it was a very good story. i didn't see the ending coming and appreciate how detailed the ending was explained. that's what made it good. i love a good short story & this was definitely one of those.

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  • Cynthia
  • 14-05-22

Deaver perfection! Can't wait for more

As usual, Jeffery Deaver brings interesting characters, storyline, and delivery! So looking forward to his next book