Summary

A top police investigative unit breaks an illegal gambling operation in the context of rampant police corruption and drug-fueled gangster violence in the city. Lead detective Jeremy Ryder is a physically powerful, quiet and meticulous investigator. His partner Navi Pillay is a small and exceptionally strong Tamil martial arts instructor, and she provides the speed and physical power to complement Ryder's incisive sleuthing abilities. Together with their other detective colleagues Ryder and Pillay crack open two interwoven criminal operations. There are two key villains. One is a corrupt murderous senior police officer at the heart of the illegal gambling operation and the other is a sinister and violent gangster dealing in drugs and murder. Each of them presides over lesser criminals and each of them controls separate domains of corruption until their paths cross in a spectacular climax.
©2015 Ian Patrick (P)2015 Ian Patrick
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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Oakley on 11-11-15

Haunting and captivating

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

Yes, definitely. In fact I think I preferred the story even more on listening to it than when I read it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Devil Dealing?

There's an unbelievably shocking murder with a devilish weapon. And then there's a tough moment when someone else gets killed too. I won't give it away here.

Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favourite?

Not a question at all - the wicked villain Tabethe

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. It's nice to hear in chapter-size chunks. Good to listen to in the car, too. And in the bath, at night. As long as the burglar bars are reliable.

Any additional comments?

I think the narrator could create more variety in the accents of the characters. I know its not a film or radio drama or stage drama, where one expects that, but perhaps just a little more?

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4 out of 5 stars
By Conrad Listner on 25-10-15

Spine-tingling thriller

Anyone wanting to test whether this totally absorbing crime thriller is exciting enough for their tastes, should fast-forward to the twenty-first minute of chapter two. There they will hear the most spine-tingling, devastatingly horrific example of the thrills contained in this rip-roaring clash between good cops (and some not so good) and evil criminals. The scene in question describes the most terrifying murder I’ve ever heard about or read. With a cruel weapon, too, the use of which I had never previously heard about. What a blood-curdling scene. I wish I could describe it in more detail, but that would be to produce plot-spoilers. I listened to it in bed, which added another dimension to the thrill. I had to look under the bed after that, just to ensure I was safe. This is a really good thriller.

I see from the blurb that the author has some experience in the theatre. It would be good if he produced this as a full-blooded drama, with different actors playing different characters, some music and sounds of speeding police-cars, etc. But I understand that that is not the way in which these audible books are conceived. Unless I’m wrong, audible books seem to each be read by one voice, and the characters are not so much fleshed out as suggested or insinuated with a difference in tone or pitch or whatever. Despite my preference for the full theatre smorgasbord, in this instance it’s great to have the author himself reading. One senses that he knows these characters inside-out. And his accent is hard to place, but different enough from the mid-Atlantic English we so often hear, to be quite exotic and mysterious. And with great clarity of diction, which is really nice. The production seems to me to be immensely professional, sound-wise. Perhaps the narrative slows down just a little too much about two-thirds of the way through, but then it recovers to hit some really exciting high points.

Great to listen to in the car and in bed, both of which I did. Except I was too scared to sleep afterwards.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tshepo Mkhize on 18-11-15

Better than the book

Would you consider the audio edition of Devil Dealing to be better than the print version?

Yes. I liked them both, but the audio is even better.

What did you like best about this story?

Very relevant to the things I know about police work and criminal justice. And I love thrillers anyway.

Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

Could anyone doubt this? The villain. He is so bad. And the narrator gets him perfectly without making him a caricature.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was horrified at the murder on the Tuesday morning. So graphic and terrifying.

Any additional comments?

I think it's a really good thriller and so relevant to modern life.

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17 of 17 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Seagreen on 30-10-15

Excitingly different

What made the experience of listening to Devil Dealing the most enjoyable?

Having read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was wary of trying the audio version. I wondered how one voice could replicate all the fascinating characters, accents, slang words and local-language words in the original text. No need to worry. The author himself reads. Who better to trust with these things? Really enjoyable. And, speaking as a musician, the studio that produced this needs to be congratulated. Great sound.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

There are fantastic action scenes counter-pointed with tender and quite sad moments. And there's a great plot moment when we meet someone we weren't expecting.... better not give it away.

What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

Very clear professional reading, and thank goodness it’s from a South African accent. An American accent here would have been out of place, as would a British accent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very, very sad at one point, for anyone who's ever been a cop or knows a cop. Tear-jerking, actually.

Any additional comments?

If I have one criticism it is that the last third of the book experiences a bit of a lull before it then picks up again (magnificently, I have to say). But perhaps the narration is a bit rushed towards the end. I felt the same about the text version, actually, so maybe it’s a matter of the writer rather than the reader. But that’s really a small gripe. I thought this was gripping and different (excitingly so). Whoever the sound engineer is should be congratulated, too. Excellent quality.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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