Summary

When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is to be no routine investigation. Something about the child's mother troubles him. Maybe it's just the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero's Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face. But he feels there's more to it than that.
Why, for instance, is Superintendent Toby Tench leaving his devious Special Branch footprints all over Cicero's patch? And why does he want the courts to release Jane Maguire on bail after she makes a confession? Tench plays his cards close to his chest, and Cicero finds the odds are stacked against him both personally and professionally.
©1991 Patrick Ruell (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By tinyNorman on 05-01-14

Gritty excellence, beautiful narration.

The story itself is masterfully done. Characters are complex, and the situation reveals itself slowly, with realistic pacing. The narration by Sean Barrett adds another level of excellence. His characterisations are wonderfully done, each distinct voice identifiable and consistent throughout the book. I will definitely look for more by this author, and this narrator.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 23-12-12

A slight disappointment for Reginald Hill

I've listened to several Reginald Hill books now, and have been impressed by the variety of his work. This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I'd suggest going for 'The Woodcutter' or 'The Stranger House' if you're new to Hill - both are great in their own, very different way. This, on the other hand, I'm afraid was quite forgettable...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sherri on 23-11-10

Right on his game

I've always loved Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels. The others usually pale in comparison but then I hadn't met Dog Cicero. This is a thumping great heart pounder of a thriller and the main character has just the right amount of invincibility and vulnerability. The twists and turns don't always work that smoothly but the straight up and down action is terrific. A rewarding listen.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By cristina on 08-11-11

Will be getting another Hill

First Reginald Hill I've listened to. Won't be the last. The story did deteriorate a bit at the end, where all of a sudden the author seemed to scramble to end it -- but it still kept my attention, with enough twists (some a bit too expected) to keep me hooked. I already downloaded my next Reginald Hill -- so obviously this was not a disappointment.

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