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The Acquittal

By: Anne Laughlin
Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov
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Summary

Ex-Chicago cop and new PI Josie Harper has been hired by an outside group to clear the name of publisher Lauren Wade, recently acquitted of the murder of her lover. That means finding the real killer, a task made more difficult by Lauren's unwillingness to cooperate and a large family problem - Lauren's parents have been kidnapped for a ransom she can no longer pay. Josie has a big challenge of her own: how to redeem herself after losing her job as a detective. When Josie and Lauren join forces to rescue the parents, they discover they make a great team in more ways than one. Will Josie's troubled past come back to haunt her? And who did kill Lauren's lover?

©2014 Anne Laughlin (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Great

action packed, with complex characters. Well written.
I enjoyed this.

It's also read very well. Loved the reader.

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Worth the listen!!!

Well written and full of surprises. The story evolves at a good pace with no dull bits and the end is far from predicted.

Tatiana Sokolov has a great voice or voices and performs well.

Well worth a second listen. The audio book was an "included" Audible download and unfortunately seems to be the only Anne Laughlin book available in audiobook.

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Basic story

I don't get all the positive comments. This sorry made me cringe. Felt like it was written by a 17 year old. It wasn't terrible. But far from a great book. Very basic story. The only bonus is that it's queer.

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Fine crime tale with great lead character

Well read fine tale and well developed LBGT central female PI character. Well paced and holds the tension and attention all the way.

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Okay 👌

interesting story. I definitely didn't predict the ending. I struggled to keep up with all the characters so I had to write them down (probably just a me problem though). This book will confuse you at times. to be honest I'm still a little unsure on who the killer was ha! Once you've listened to this book id highly recommended Hell's Highway by Gerri Hill 10-10 Thriller

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fantastic!

absolutely amazing story, it had me on the edge of my seat at all times! would listen to it again!

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excellent narration, interesting unique story

I use audible to relax and waste time, so often I'm not really listening and will use some books fleetingly. this one was engaging so I often had to rewind whole chapters.however there was a huge gremlin which spoiled my five star review. although it had a very interesting ending which was worth it.

main characters likeable and believable secondary character a wee bit too odd to be plausible nevertheless it was a great plot which felt like it needed to be elongated as it concluded too rapidly.

enjoyable definitely one for an aspiring writer who can learn from some of the great writing and fantastic sentence structure and plot development.

overall great but a few more chapters would enable the clunky ending to be more realistic. BTW if someone tracks your car, they probably bug your house!!! the brother was too weird to be believable and he spoilt my enjoyment. female lead very promising with a unique talent and lifestyle that does deserve five stars.

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wow that had plot twists I didn't see coming

this was brilliant, fast paced but no so fast that you list details in characters and plot , perfect .
being friends and part of the support network with someone who suffered the same as Josie I can only say how brilliantly the symptoms and character traits were written but also that it didn't define her as character, josie was more than her illness . brilliant.
this had so many twists and turns and they were so well written, none of the usual obvious twists here . Anne Laughlin wrote an intelligent, compelling and wonderful story
I can't recommend this enough and Tatiana Sokolov's narration was brilliant

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  • Lifeisshort
  • 13-10-15

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This is one of those offbeat books with a few unexpected twists and turns and very few likable characters. The central character PI Josie Harper is an ex police officer who lost her job when her bipolar disorder spiraled her into a manic cycle that culminated in Harper's attempt to pick up her 60 year old female captain. She is a member of the family from hell and has a really checkered relationship history; much of that due to her illness. Her client has the type of family that makes Josie's look great in comparison and most of the characters who spend much of their time in the local lesbian bar are seriously bizarre. Not bizarre in the same sense that Carl Hiaasen's characters are bizarre; quirky to the point of parody, but needing medication bizarre. The climatic scene is something of a shocker but considering the first seven hours it did have a certain sort of logic. This is a book that could have been a colossal pile of garbage but the author is good enough that it works; okay in spots, very good for much of the story.

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  • P. Barber
  • 02-09-15

want to love a villain?

Josie Harper is a lesbian and has a new job as p.i. Just as she's filling her new office w furniture from Ikea, Sara walks in and hands Josie her first murder case. Who killed Kelly? Lauren Wade, a cool, beautiful blonde has already been tried and acquitted of that murder. Still, something is odd about this cool character. and from there Josie and her cast of characters take us through a tangled and satisfying mystery.
it is hard not to fall for Josie and harder to resist Lauren Wade. I loved it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-16

Good writer; good narrator

I wanted to give this book 1 star short of 5 stars only because I wish it had a different ending. The writing was spectacular as was the narration. I couldn't put the damned thing down but when it was finally over I felt a little deflated because I really wanted a different ending for the main character but it all made sense in the end of why it had to be the way it was. I can't punish the author for writing an ending I wouldn't have after all it wasn't my story to tell. Good job Anne and Tatiana.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-09-15

Even better than a whodunit! A "why"dunit?

What I love about "The Acquittal" (and all of Anne Laughlin's mysteries) is the mix of a murder plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat and the intricate psychological mystery she constructs. What would it take for an average woman (and average lesbian) to do awful things? Or did she?

The effortless flow of Laughlin's writing is spot-on, finding just the right way to draw you deep into the story and sometimes even laugh out loud. Great book for an afternoon on the beach or an evening by the fireplace.

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  • marianne
  • 20-10-15

Difficult to discern characters.

I listen to about 3 books s month and this was one of the most confusing and difficult to stay attentive that I have listened to recently. Nice story line but many characters got confusing and were difficult to follow. Would have been better read on pages.

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  • susan clark
  • 18-10-22

couldn't stop listening to

awesome. would listen to it again. lots of twists and turns. great characters. enjoy it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-22

Not a fan

I could not listen to the whole book. It was as disorganized as a two year old's birthday party after giving them all sugar. I struggled make it past the first chapter. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

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  • Karen Castle
  • 04-03-22

Not recommended

Dumbest premise ever! Could not get past chapter 10. No likable characters yet. Slow and narrator did not help.

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  • Dawn Novak
  • 25-02-22

Could have been 5 stars.

I would have given this book 5 out of 5 on everything but I feel like the loose ends weren’t tied tight enough for me.

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  • PaperAngel
  • 13-12-21

Wowee....

A very dark story with very unlikable characters, intended to be, I believe. Saving grace? Lucy.