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  • The Hundredth Man

  • By: J. A. Kerley
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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The Hundredth Man

By: J. A. Kerley
Narrated by: Kerry Shale
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Summary

A headless male torso found in the sweating heat of an Alabama night is assumed to be that of a murdered prostitute, killed in a moment of passion. The head of Mobile's police department would have it so, but Detective Carson Ryder sees something else: the deliberate placement of the remains, the lack of blood, the bizarre writing on the victim's skin.

Ryder has become a local celebrity after solving a series of brutal murders a year earlier, but his reputation is built on a terrible secret, stemming from his childhood: a secret he has kept from even his closest friend.

Another torso is found, with another, even stranger message, and the victim this time is no prostitute. Whatever Ryder's instincts about the case, however, the Byzantine manoeuvrings of departmental politics are interfering with the investigation. Are deliberate obstacles being placed in Ryder's way? And how does the chief pathologist's office tie in? Is there indeed a psychopathic killer out there in the night, or does the solution lie elsewhere? Ryder must get to the heart of the murders and grapple with the demons that are rising again from his own past.

©2004 Jack Kerley (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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" The Hundredth Man has a crackerjack plot and wonderfully original rapid-fire prose. Jack Kerley is a writer to watch." (David Baldacci)

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    3 out of 5 stars

Great narrative if you like drama in your books

As audio books go I found this one quite compelling but for me the abridged version is just too short. Kerry Shale is definitely great at doing the many voices (even if I have to admit I didn't like some of them and listening to the screeching whiney voice of one of the characters actually put me off the book.)

The narrative was lacking substance and the characters were not fleshed out enough to really make me feel for any of them at any time.

I think that a significant chunk of the book was left behind as we skipped through scenes at a merry pace. Dramatic ending and look forward to some unabridged work of Mr Kerley appearing at Audible.

Still for Jack Kerley's book (if you really can't get the printed version) this is quite an enjoyable listen made better by Kerry Shale's dramatic voices.

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