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Welcome to Cooper

By: Tariq Ashkanani
Narrated by: Ryan Jordan McCarthy,Frankie Corzo
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Summary

Winner of the The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize 2022

In this explosive thriller of bad choices and dark crimes, Detective Levine knew his transfer was a punishment—but he had no idea just how bad it would get.

Cooper, Nebraska, is forgettable and forgotten, a town you’d only stumble into if you’d taken a seriously wrong turn. Like Detective Thomas Levine’s career has. But when a young woman is found lying in the snow, choked to death, her eyes gouged out, the disgraced detective is Cooper’s only hope for restoring peace and justice.

For Levine, still grieving and guilt-ridden over the death of his girlfriend, his so-called “transfer” from the big city to this grubby backwater has always felt like a punishment. And when his irascible new partner shoots their prime suspect using Levine’s gun, all hope of redemption is shattered. With the case in chaos, and both blackmail and a violent drug cartel to contend with, he finds himself in a world of trouble.

It gets worse. The real killer is still out there, and he’s got plans for Detective Levine. And Cooper may just be the perfect place to get away with murder.

©2021 by Tariq Ashkanani. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Narrator Ryan Jordan McCarthy keeps listeners guessing in this fresh take on a police drama.… McCarthy portrays Levine in a brooding, deep voice, enhancing the bleak, dark tone of the story. His energetic narration moves the short chapters of the story along swiftly…. Listeners who are in the mood for unlikable flawed characters and atypical storytelling will be rewarded with an unexpected twist. Narrator Frankie Corzo makes a brief but effective appearance.” AudioFile Magazine

“With Welcome to Cooper, Tariq Ashkanani announces himself onto the crime fiction stage with a dark thriller set in the cankered heart of modern small town America. As Detective Thomas Levine navigates murder, corruption, and his own dark past, the plot lays bare the hidden world of violence and greed overtaking the American dream. A taut, uncompromising, and starkly visceral ride.” —Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series

“A tense, noirish, pacy thriller where nothing is as it seems right up until the chilling conclusion. An exciting new voice in crime fiction.” —John Marrs, bestselling author of The Good Samaritan

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Gripping Story, Brilliantly Narrated

Welcome to Cooper is very different from what I tend to listen to (sf / fantasy) but I found the story thoroughly gripping with narration that fitted the tone and pace of the book perfectly.

Absolutely worth a listen if you enjoy the genre or if, like me, you fancy something a bit different!

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  • 02-02-22

couldn't stay focused

I just couldn't stay connected to the storyline. I had to rewind too much to try to regroup. Except for the foreign accents, the narration was all the same, and made it hard for me to follow who was talking. Not one I would recommend.

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  • 24-10-21

Doesn’t flow well

I listened to maybe an hour. The story is all over the place and hard to follow.

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  • 04-10-21

New Writer

I love to try new writer. Didnt make it pass an hour but the writer should keep trying. Im sending it back.