Auburn Ride

  • by David Stever
  • Narrated by Bill Lord
  • 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Port City!
Private investigator Johnny Delarosa has seen it all. First as a cop, and now as a private eye. Cheating spouses, embezzlements, and insurance scams are routine. But he meets his match when the alluring, auburn-haired Claire Dixon walks into his bar/office and drops a $20,000 retainer in his lap. She wants the hard-drinking Johnny to find $2 million that was stolen from her mobster family 30 years earlier. But $2 million can be motivating. Old mobsters come out of witness protection to claim their share, and when bodies begin to pile up, and his sexy, enigmatic client disappears, Johnny is taken on the ride of his life; an Auburn Ride. With a wink and a nod to the hard-boiled private eyes of the pulp noir past, the gritty streets of Port City set the stage for author David Stever's first thriller in the Delarosa series.


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You're a good man, Johnny Delarosa.

An ex cop of twenty years, then six years as a private eye, Jonny prided himself on being a good judge of character. But when a beautiful 30-something red head offers him 20,000 dollars retainer with the promise of a further 180,000 when the job is done, he ignores his gut feeling that something wasn't right and takes the job. And opens up a whole can of worms.

For a detective noire character, Johnny has it all: attractive and slick talking, ex cop who remembers the past and knows the bad guys as well as the good, divorced, likes jazz and the ladies and part owns a bar, which doubles as his home and office, with his ex police partner. As Katie (rescued kidnap victim and stunning brunette who decides she wants to work for him) says, "Crazy Raymond Chandler stuff on steroids." Add in a touch of Mickey Spillane...

The book is written in the first person and, Initially, the choice of narrator was a surprise: instead of the usual deep, staccato hard voice, Bill Lord's delivery is softer, pleasant and with good intonation and expression. But almost immediately he just fits the character to perfection. He is Johnny Delarosa. And his voicings of the other protagonists is equally good, bringing them forcefully to life. A great performance.

So, charismatic and colourful protagonists, intriguing story that's hard to put down, good dialogue and humour, all related by an excellent narrator - did I enjoy it? Hell, yes. I was fortunate in being gifted a complimentary copy of Auburn Ride, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much.
A book to be recommended to, and enjoyed by, all detective thriller fans. What are you waiting for? Get it now.
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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-08-2017
  • Publisher: Cinder Path Press, LLC