Summary

Midnight on a moonlit beach. Six cops execute four thugs after a heinous crime. They are unaware that there is a witness to the executions. Thrilling action explores tactical, ethical, and criminal choices made by officers of the law. A stark image of moral ambiguity underpins their struggle to maintain courageous and precarious control of all-engulfing crime. Plain-dealing cops face scrutiny in an emotional journey through choices made in the day-to-day confrontation with evil.
©2015 Ian Patrick (P)2015 Ian Patrick
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5 out of 5 stars
By Tertius Delport on 30-03-16

Best of the series

Would you listen to Plain Dealing again? Why?

Very clear narration. Good speech. Good accents. Good resonant voice. Excellent studio quality.

What did you like best about this story?

There is a fantastic second-last chapter where there are car chases, shoot-outs, cliff-hanging clashes, and just when you think it's all over, with a lovely denouement, there's another up-tick of excitement in the very last chapter. Beautifully structured. Lovely characters. Great dialogue. Final lines are like music.

What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

Easy, knowledgeable, laid-back and richly resonant.

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

The end of the second-last chapter is very moving. Well, the same goes for the chapter - I forget the number - at the end of Wednesday, where there is a really sad scene involving a woman cop.

Any additional comments?

This is really good from the very first moment right through to the closing moment.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dianne Coultridge on 19-04-16

Best of the three

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

I don't know, really. They're both so good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thabethe the villain is so bad. So, so bad. And so well performed. I love him. If you know what I mean.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The final scene in the park is beautiful, but the scene just before that in the hospital is lyrically beautiful, too. Then the couple of traumatic scenes earlier on. I don't know. It's all wonderful.

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

The Ryder Sanction: cops on the hunt

Any additional comments?

I heard the second book first and then got to the others. It doesn't matter, really. They're all great stories in themselves. But it's nice now to see the thread running through all of them. And the theme. Which I take to be 'what is justice; what is morality, when the devil is in your sights?'

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne on 19-03-16

The best

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

Hard to say. I loved the book so much and now hearing this I love it even more.

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

The opening scene is so brilliant you think it can't get better. But oh boy the second-last chapter is too amazing! And then there's a fantastic final chapter to cap it all. But the second-last chapter is to die for (ha! ha!)

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

The accents, the lovely clear speech: all so real and true to life

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final scene of the second-last chapter. The big guy in the bed. So amazing.

Any additional comments?

My former Vice-Chancellor gave this book a five-star review so I bought it. She was so, so right. It was five stars all the way. Then I decided to listen to the audio-book of the same thing. Now I'll go get the whole series.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Charlene on 09-04-16

Outstanding thriller

If you could sum up Plain Dealing in three words, what would they be?

Justice, morality, revenge

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

The last fifteen minutes at the end of the penultimate chapter is terrifying and cliff-hanging.

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

Tenjiwe is magnificent. What a woman. What a cop. What a marks(wo)man!

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

Both, in abundance.

Any additional comments?

Nice whimsical ending, wrapping up a beautiful thriller.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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