Behind Dead Eyes

  • by Howard Linskey
  • Narrated by Kieran Bew
  • 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Behind Dead Eyes by Howard Linskey, read by Kieran Bew.
A Mystery Victim
A corpse is found, its identity extinguished in the most shocking manner imaginable. Detective Ian Bradshaw can't catch the killer if no one can ID the victim. Out there, somewhere, a missing young woman may hold the answers.
A Secret Web
Journalist Helen Norton is about to uncover a massive criminal conspiracy. She just needs the final piece of the puzzle. Soon she will learn the price of the truth.
An 'Innocent' Killer
True-crime writer Tom Carney receives letters from a convicted murderer who insists he is innocent. His argument is persuasive - but psychopaths are often said to be charming....
What is the dark thread running through these crimes?


What the Critics Say

Praise for Howard Linskey: "One of the best new writers around. This is a must-read series." (Mark Billingham)
"Linskey has taken a sharp swerve towards the big time.... He has elevated his writing to a level of complexity and humanity seldom approached by British writers previously. A new name on our criminal horizon." (Maxim Jakubowski)
"This is lacerating fare that makes most current crime fiction look like thin gruel." (Financial Times)
"Brilliant.... This is first class stuff, an unstoppable tale, a real page-turner not to be missed." (Sarah Broadhurst)
"Linskey delivers a flawless feel for time and place, mixed with unrelenting pace." [The Times (Top Five Thrillers of the Year)]
"Immensely satisfying, utterly compelling. Prepare to add another name to your must-read list." (Eva Dolan)


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Customer Reviews

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I like the blend of journalist and police in this series, even if it is a little unlikely. The way the solutions to several cases are uncovered and linked by the different approaches the trio takes makes this an interesting read.

It's not Rebus or McRae, but it's likely to appeal to fans of Rankin and McBride.
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- lisasarcy

Promising story ruined by poor narration

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Unfortunately I had to return this book after listening to the first half as I just couldn't get into it. The story and characters had good promise, but the narration is a disaster. Literally everything is read in the same dreary, emotionless monotone, and every character (including the women) have the same voice (the narrator's), such that it is both a chore keeping up with which character is speaking, and impossible to identify or sympathise with any of the characters. Other reviewers have also pointed out that there are very short transitions from scene to scene, further aggravating the problem. Perhaps if this is re-recorded with a better narrator (one of Steven Pacey's talents, for example) in future, I will reinvest in it.

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- Andy Jones

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-05-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd