A Dark and Broken Heart

  • by R. J. Ellory
  • Narrated by Robert Slade
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How long can a man escape judgment? A dark and atmospheric thriller from the award-winning author of A Simple Act of Violence.
Vincent Madigan is charming, resourceful, and knows how to look after himself. The only problem is that he's up to his neck in debt to Sandia - the drug king of East Harlem. One heist will free Madigan from Sandia's control and give him the chance he needs to get his life back on track. But can he evade justice for his crimes? Or will his own conscience be his final undoing?

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Gripping from start to finish

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dark and Broken Heart to be better than the print version?

Don't know, as haven't read the print version, but the narration was excellent. Each character was brought to life.


What other book might you compare A Dark and Broken Heart to, and why?

Bits were similar to Raymond Chandler's work. The central character is a flawed tough guy, but he's seeking redemption/ salvation.


What about Robert Slade’s performance did you like?

Well paced, easy to listen to. He kept me gripped listening when I should have been sleeping as I was engrossed.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final chapter is amazing with twist on twist, right to the last sentence.


Any additional comments?

This is gritty and hard edged but truly believable. Enjoyed every moment.

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- Vicuña

Do you trust the cops?

This really got you thinking - straight out of the starters' gate you are told, the cop is bad and he killed people. However, as the story unwinds, you find yourself feeling sorry for him and hoping he can have a happy ending. You feel a bit unsure as it's as if your morals are being tested, which is the sign of a good, thought provoking book.

Vincent is a cop, he's in trouble and in debt. His heist goes wrong and now Mr Big wants it sorted.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-05-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks