A Private Business : Hakim and Arnold

  • by Barbara Nadel
  • Narrated by Paul Thornley
  • Series: Hakim and Arnold
  • 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is London 2012 and Stratford in the East End is at the centre of the world. But next to the Olympic Park are some of the poorest and most crime-ridden streets in the city. PI Lee Arnold and his assistant, Mumtaz Hakim, run a detective agency in a community fraught with conflict and tension. Approached by a frightened woman, they start to investigate her stalker. But soon their enquiries turn in a far more sinister direction.

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What the Critics Say

"A compelling new series." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A gutsy tale well-grounded in local colour." (The Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A new set of characters, but just as gripping!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Anyone who has enjoyed Barbara Nadel' s other books is likely to enjoy this. Featuring two new detectives, and set in London in the recent past ( the lead up to the Olympics), this gentle thriller is nonetheless quite gripping and is an intriguing start to what I hope will be a great new series.


What was one of the most memorable moments of A Private Business?

There were many, the mysteries around visiting the new church building; moving objects; mysterious actions etc. but the climax was particularly gripping.


What does Paul Thornley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Paul Thornley is a very good narrator who brings the plots to life in an interesting and gripping way, allowing the listener to build clear mind pictures.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Private Business can never truly be private ... someone, somewhere knows your secret; but who? How will it be used?
Trust no-one!


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- Cathryn Small

Not impressed

Would you try another book written by Barbara Nadel or narrated by Paul Thornley?

I kept trying with this book but could just get into it. I don't know if it was the cockney geezer accent, or the God complex, but it didn't work for me. Disappointed


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- Mr STEVEN PEARSON

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2013
  • Publisher: Quercus