The Dead Pass

  • by Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by Adam Moore
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hired to find the missing son of retired political activist Moira Doherty, Dan Starkey knows his new case is going to be challenging. Billy 'the Bear' Doherty, a criminal with a nasty drug habit, isn't an easy man to find - his mum is convinced he's been murdered. But when Moira herself is killed, Dan finds himself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse.


What the Critics Say

"He just seems to get better and better" (Ian Rankin)
"Sometimes brutal, often blackly humorous and always terrific." (Observer)


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Customer Reviews

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The Best Starkey Yet

I think Colin Bateman's novels work brilliantly on Audio, Adam Moore's masterful, almost deadpan narration complements the fast paced action and irreverent tone and adds to the humour.
The plot is excellent and weaves in and out of some very very dark places and introduces some very very unpleasant characters, with Bateman making pin sharp points about the current situation in Northern Ireland. Dan Starkey remains as dogged as a terrier and his emotional development still has not progressed beyond about 8 years old, but you're rooting for him from the first moment. There are many many laugh out loud moments which can cause embarrassment when listening on public transport. Marvellous.
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- Sarah

They Get Better and Better

I've read all the other Dan Starkey novels and this is the first I've listened too. I was a bit dubious that it just wouldn't be the same, that the images and voices that I'd created for the characters would be overturned. Yet, I loved it. Every minute of it was as good as ever.
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- Ed Goodman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks