The Solitary Man

  • by Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by Paul Thornley
  • 17 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chris Hutchinson is a man on the run. Imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Hutch escapes from a British maximum security prison and starts a new life in Hong Kong. Then a ghost from his past catches up with him, forcing him to help a former terrorist break out of a Bankok prison. Or face life behind bars once more.
Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Administration wants to nail the vicious drug warlord responsible fo rflooding the States with cheap heroin. And decides to use Hutch as a pawn in a deadly game.
Hutch's bid for freedom takes him into the lawless killing fields of the Golden Triangle, where the scene is set for one final act of betrayal.

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What the Critics Say

"In the top rank of thriller writers." (Jack Higgins)

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fast-paced criminal thriller

Having not read anything by this author before, I wasn't sure what to expect. This was a fast-paced thrilled set in the murky world of the heroin trade, spanning South East Asia, America, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland. Escaped convict Hutch's new life is destroyed when an old prison comrade forces him to break out another man from a Thai jail. Interwoven with the main story there are horrifying vignettes of the other criminal activities surrounding the drugs trade. This dirty, shocking world was brutally portrayed in the narrative.
Despite the majority of the characters being morally dubious in some respect, the division between the 'good' and 'bad' characters becomes clear and I found myself rooting for one side. I very nearly cheered when my least favourite characters came to a sticky end!
The characterisation by the reader was excellent and really added to my enjoyment of the book. There are so many threads and characters that the use of accents helped bring each one to life.
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- kate

Extremely enjoyable


The plot was good and while I often felt I had a fair idea where it was going next (and I turned out to be right), that didn't spoil my enjoyment because it got there with style. It was almost like you could see the outcome unfolding, like a sports event shown in slow motion, but you were left admiring the way it was achieved and not wishing the author had blindsided you with a plot twist.

I thought a large part of the plaudits for my enjoyment should go to the narrator, who brought the right amount of suspense without over acting it, and had a good selection of believable accents that drew you into the characters and brought them to life excellently. His portrayal of Billy Winter was excellent and he got across just the right balance of nasty piece of work with a silver tongue … a difficult balancing act.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-11-2009
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books