Cry of the Needle

  • by Roger Radford
  • Narrated by Nigel Patterson
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When medical malpractice leads to violent revenge, Irish-style....
Kieran Kelly's world turns upside down when his wife's health is devastated by an epidural in childbirth. Incensed by damning evidence of medical and pharmaceutical misconduct, the tormented former IRA hit man plots revenge against those he deems responsible, including a government that doesn't seem to care.
Kelly's quest brings him face-to-face with an alcoholic physician, an altruistic scientist, and a corrupt government minister - but not before the love of a stunningly beautiful but crippled countess makes him question his motives. He meets Countess Magda von Esterhazy at a meeting of a self-help group for victims of the uniquely painful iatrogenic (doctor-caused) disease that struck down his wife. Magda awakens feelings that he thought he had lost forever.
Meanwhile, one of Kelly's targets, scientist Jonathan Tring, finds himself embroiled in the Machiavellian machinations of his boss, the gruff and corrupt owner of a pharmaceutical company, and the man's stunning young American wife. In all the mayhem, Tring, too, finds love - and desperately wants to live to enjoy it.
Cry of the Needle is a searing tale of love and vengeance. Revenge is a dish best served Irish.

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Mesmerising!

Would you listen to Cry of the Needle again? Why?

Yes.This was a pleasure to listen to and worthy of another hearing.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Cry of the Needle?

When wheelchair-bound Countess Magda von Esterhazy tries to avert Kelly's single-minded murderous aim through love and humanity.


What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

He brings each character to life, somehow making them seem real and believable


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

Mesmerising tale of love and vengeance


Any additional comments?

As the Kindle version of Cry of The Needle was one of the best books I have ever read, I was eagerly awaiting the audio book. It does not disappoint. Following his excellent narration of Radford’s Schreiber’s Secret, Nigel Patterson does another superb job in converting Radford’s highly-charged medical malpractice polemical thriller into a powerfully immersive experience. The characters in this story leap out at you, from the revenge-obsessed Kieran Kelly to the Machiavellian machinations of Big Pharma baron, the gruff Yorkshireman Jack Proctor. Nemesis is the name of a game where there are no winners. To sum up in one word: mesmerising!

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- Ann Stanmore

Once started, I had to listen until the end.

What made the experience of listening to Cry of the Needle the most enjoyable?

The story was unusual and I learned about arachnoiditis, a condition previously unknown to me.
I was so very involved with the characters who were so very alive and the plot just galloped along. I couldn't possibly leave it until it ended and even though I knew what would happen, I still had to listen. I despised myself for my full support of violence against reason yet I was manipulated by the author and reader and loved surrendering myself to it.


What other book might you compare Cry of the Needle to, and why?

Stieg Larsson books for the pace of the novel and the spellbinding story telling.


What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

In many ways, his reading seemed to be understating the plot but it made the book so much more compelling. He allowed my own emotions to surface rather than drown them and made the whole experience so much richer.


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

Revenge is sweeter than life.


Any additional comments?

Why is Roger Radford not a number one best seller that we're all talking about?

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-05-2016
  • Publisher: Roger Radford