Summary

Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer." The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself - with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan. Is Riordan really such a great detective - or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect - to the wall?
©Copyright 2012 Josh Lanyon (P)2012 Josh Lanyon
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5 out of 5 stars
By Josie on 22-08-13

Great story and audiobook

This is my first Adrien English story by Josh Lanyon and i loved it. Chris Patton's narration was superb, his tone dry and witty, he is just perfect. I can't wait to listen to them all.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Culwen on 15-05-17

Captivating, thorough and keeps you guessing

This tale is very descriptive and the voice acting is very good and distinguishable. It kept my attention by guiding me through details of the location, of the protagonist's thought process and thus it does well to convey how Adrien felt in a situation like his.

The plot is original, the characters were unique and interesting. It's quite easy to flow through most of the book. Really, really enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony Squared on 26-11-12

A Good Mystery, Well Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Fatal Shadows to be better than the print version?

No, the are equally good each in their own way. What's remarkable is that Lanyon's skillful writing translates so well into the audio medium. He puts precise, witty dialogue on the page that gives each character a distinctive personality and voice. All that comes across vividly in Chris Patton's skillful vocal enactment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Adrien, of course; an sympathetic, quirky character who is, as another character says, "something of a wise-ass."
After Adrien, the most complex character may well be Riordan, the enigmatic, macho homicide detective.
But Adrien's faux-French black restaurateur pal Claude is right up there.
And let's not forget Adrien's overly-doting socialite mother, Lisa.

Which scene was your favorite?

I suppose the very last one, where Riordan says,"This won't be easy, Adrien," causing Adrien to smile.
Makes you impatient for a sequel.
But the scenes where Adrien tries to communicate with Angus, the Goth temp store clerk, are hilarious.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The most appropriate would be the two lines from the Elizabethan dramatist that give the story it's title:

"Our acts, our angels are, for good or ill
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

But for today's audiences you'd have to dumb it down to something like:

"SHADOWS FROM THE PAST CAN KILL!"

Any additional comments?

If you like a an exciting, romantic mystery, written in a literate and witty style, this is the story for you.

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kimberly on 27-11-12

Awesome Audio!

Would you listen to Fatal Shadows again? Why?

Yep! The story was quite compelling and the narrator did an excellent job.

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

Oh yeah. It was a slow build on mystery, yet things kept happening in story to keep the interest going. This audio actually sets a pace that slows you down to get the full impact of the storyline..No rushing through like you do a book, especially when it starts to get suspenseful. Things you might miss while reading are picked up while listening to an audio version.

What does Chris Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good voice characterizations. Not a drone!Actually brought the characters and story to life.

Any additional comments?

Would love to hear the rest of the series done by Chris Patton.

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