The Long Man

  • by Rafe McGregor
  • Narrated by David Ian Davies
  • 0 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As he follows and observes an arms smuggling operation while on undercover assignment for Scotland Yard, Chief Inspector Roderick Langham encounters Holmes and Watson from a distance at the village inn. The morning after taking the tour of an archeological dig with the talkative professor Edford, the pedant is found shot dead at the site and the Baker Street duo are on the scene.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Writer Rafe McGregor's short story "The Long Man: A Sherlock Holmes Encounter" is a delightful romp featuring Chief Inspector Roderick Langham of Scotland Yard, who is posing as a stockbroker to investigate an arms smuggling operation. At an inn, where he is tracking his target, he meets a loquacious professor named Edford. His undercover assignment goes awry when the academic is found dead. Enter Dr. Watson and Holmes. David Ian Davies gives an engaging, masterful performance, imbuing each character with a distinctive voice.

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Smart, detailed historical crime fiction

Anyone who caught Mr McGregor's turn-of-last-century crime novel 'The Architect of Murder' will have some idea what to expect here: smart, detailed historical crime fiction, with a powerful sting in the tale.

Here, though, the sting is anything more potent. This is a tale that builds towards a very clever ending, and does so beautifully. That said, the first half is - well, not slow exactly, but certainly meticulous. Bear with it, and bask in the wealth of detail, because there are countless puzzle pieces scattered in there that the impatient listener will miss. Then listen through again and appreciate how neatly put together the story really is.

If that sounds like hard work, it shouldn't. 'The Long Man' has a charming voice, a fascinating protagonist, a guest appearance by two of popular literature's finest creations and more subtlety than many a novel. As if that weren't enough, it receives a superlative treatment from David Ian Davies, who's lent his vocal abilities to many an audiobook on this site. Mr Davies reads extremely well. But more than that, he acts, imbuing each character (and particularly the narrator himself) with a real depth of personality. He also pulls off a remarkable range of accents - in places it's hard to believe this is all the work of a single reader.

In short ... 'The Long Man' is a damn good crime story told wonderfully well.

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- David

Ruined by narrator

What could Rafe McGregor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rushed sentences one into another, awful characterisation, read without any real feeling. Could not finish what might have been an interesting story.


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- Richard Irwin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-05-2009
  • Publisher: One Voice Recordings