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  • The Unwanted Dead

  • By: Chris Lloyd
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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By: Chris Lloyd
Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
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Summary

*WINNER OF THE HWA GOLD CROWN AWARD FOR BEST HISTORICAL FICTION*

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD*

Paris, Friday 14th June 1940.

The day the Nazis march into Paris, making headlines around the globe.

Paris police detective Eddie Giral - a survivor of the last World War - watches helplessly on as his world changes forever.

But there is something he still has control over. Finding whoever is responsible for the murder of four refugees. The unwanted dead, who no one wants to claim.

To do so, he must tread carefully between the Occupation and the Resistance, between truth and lies, between the man he is and the man he was.

All the while becoming whoever he must be to survive in this new and terrible order descending on his home...

©2020 Chris Lloyd (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

'Terrific' SUNDAY TIMES, Best Books of the Month

'A thoughtful, haunting thriller' MICK HERRON

'Sharp and compelling' THE SUN

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Great story loved this very interesting and liked the descriptive writing

Nothing bad at all it was a good listen and will look forward to other books from the auther

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Not too bad

An OK story - just about holds your attention for the duration. Some of the storylines implausible e.g. Hitler walkabout and German/ Paris cop relationship. Additionally couldn’t accept David Archer playing a Parisian cop!

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Marvellous narration

Tim Bentinck achieves so many accents and tones that the characters are in the room with one. I’ve seldom listened to any finer performance. A complex layered story achieves coherence as a consequence.

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Nearly Good

The Hitler visit added nothing to the Story. The idea that two Gestapo officers would tolerate back chat from a French Police Officer lacks credibility And yet there is something about this Nearly Good book that has the potential of a well plotted period piece. I will try the sequel

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Couldn't Stop Listening!

Ok, great story, great narration. However, our French Police Detective took so many beatings that he should have been a walking zombie!

I hope to goodness he doesn't suffer similar physical abuse in the next story.

Very enjoyable yarn and plenty scope for more adventures.

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Pacy WWII novel set in Paris during occupation - v enjoyable

I thoroughly enjoyed this story -couldn’t put it down. Okay I think the nazis would have shot our intrepid and personally flawed police detective quite early on in his numerous escapades but he managed to get through to resolve this multilayered and intriguing plot. I hope this author tries his hand at some more WWII novels - his writing is excellent

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Competent storytelling

This was enjoyable, unflashy stuff with a morose flic, untrustworthy friends and enemies and a good feel of Paris.

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