The Cleansing : DCI Tom Caton

  • by Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by Michael Troughton
  • Series: DCI Tom Caton
  • 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Introducing Detective Chief Inspector Tom Caton. Christmas approaches. A killer dressed as a clown haunts the streets of Manchester. For him the City's miraculous regeneration had unacceptable consequences. This is the reckoning. DCI Tom Caton enlists the help of forensic profiler Kate Webb, placing her in mortal danger.
The trail leads from the site of the old mass cholera graves, through Moss Side, the Gay Village, the penthouse opulence of canalside apartment blocks, and the bustling Christmas Market, to the Victorian Gothic grandeur of the Town Hall.
Time is running out. For Tom, for Kate...and for the City.

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Clunky dialogue

Really quite poor. The writing very clunky with unconvincing dialogue, police officers explaining basic procedure to each other and a senior detective who is not familiar with the use of the word ‘driver’ in the sense of ‘force’ or influence’. At one point an officer asks why operating theatres are so called, the response is like an extract from Wikipedia – no one speaks like that…

The main character is repeatedly described as being very PC, but still wonders why another officer chose to join the police when ‘she could have been a model’. Quite bizarre.
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- SimonE

Gripped and transported...

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cleansing to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version (yet). I was recommended this story by a friend, and glad I listened to the audio version, it was refreshing to have the characters brought to life so skilfully.


What did you like best about this story?

I was not familiar with Bill Rogers before The Cleansing, but love crime thrillers and glad to have taken up a friend's recommendation. His characters work for me, the story has teeth, his knowledge and heart shines through...and for someone who lived in Manchester for just under 10 years (and loved it), personally it was wonderful to be transported back to the places and areas I was familiar with.


What about Michael Troughton’s performance did you like?

Where to start? Everything. I'm very familiar with Michael Troughton's body of work, on screen as well as audio, and he has a wonderful way of bringing characters to life, as in this story. He not only doesn't disappoint, he surpasses. His own even inimitable dulcet tones, acting experience, as well as his unerring capacity of breathing genuine life into so many different characters, and producing this work, made this a wonderful powerhouse of narration as well as a rewarding listening experience.


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

Yes it was, but my lifestyle doesn't allow for that, so after an initial 3 hour sitting had to be done in sessions.


Any additional comments?

Overall, good story, strong narration, looking forward to the next in the series of Inspector Caton and trusty sidekick Holmes.(On a related side note, I feel one of the long reviews below overly harsh. As has been mentioned by another reviewer, audiobook narration can be very subjective, so what may work for one person may not be the cup of tea of another, which can be reviewed politely and objectively, as a constructive critique to help others...each to their own of course. I certainly enjoyed it.)

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- Cleopatra's Cake

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-12-2014
  • Publisher: Caton Books Ltd