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The first day that Mannie, newly transferred from Narcotics, is partnered with Nate, the couple catch an homicide: a young girl found strangled in 'Lover's Lane'. A prostitute, she had obviously put up a struggle to survive, her nails ripped and bleeding. Real nails, not artificial. Although Nate, " a broken down cowboy who likes to play detective", is no stranger to dead bodies, for some reason he is strangely affected by the murder and promises the dead girl that he will catch her killer. This book covers the period of several months following, the investigation, the people and Nate's life in general.
This is not a fast paced, blood and glory thriller. Instead, it builds a detailed picture of the lives of all of the protagonists and Nate, in particular. But despite the fairly gentle pace there isn't a moment of boredom in this 13± hour book. The characters might not always be likable, Nate, for example, tends to bulldoze his way through everything and everyone, but they feel like real, plausible people with their own, often selfish, agendas.
Matching the slow, emotionally paced story text, Paul J.McSorley's careful and pleasant narration is pace perfect, reflecting the character of the protagonists with excellent and differentiated voices. He reads with understanding, expression and good intonation. Book and narrator meld into one.
With intriguing side stories, internal departmental conflict and a bullheaded lead character who undoubtedly makes life difficult for others as he sticks to his own personal creed of justice, this book is far more than a simple detection mystery. It is a whole slice of life in a police department and the community.
I was very fortunate in being gifted a complimentary copy of The Tenth Nail, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much - it was simply superb. Ths review is freely given and I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys their thrillers with full blooded characters rather than simple, one dimensional shoot outs and car chases. The thrills are still there, the more gentle action gripping throughout.
Stories like this have generally, one of two things going for them. One, they have interesting characters, ones that seem real and make you want to see what they are up to, or a great mystery, one that just compells you to read on, not knowing what will happen or who the culprit is. This book has both going on, and it is a wonderful ride.
I'll be honest, this is not my cup of tea. I love sci-fi, fantasy, horror and the like but I don't follow real life (seeming) stuff. I deal with a lot of death in my profession (funeral director) and I try to distance myself fro things that can hit close to home. I really don't even watch stuff like police procedurals or murder programs. I am a diehard Holmesian, however, and I do enjoy a good mystery. Still, sometimes a good story comes along and I give it a go regardless of my everyday tastes. I'm glad I did, as the Tenth Nail was spectacular. I also appreciate that the MC isn't a "noble" cop, he is fallible and flawed.
A large part of that success was the narration by McSorely. He slips into the main character like a well worn glove, but still manages to pull off a sexy lady lawyer believably. He continues to impress me everytime I listen, and he was the reason I got this book. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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This book is a great mystery/ thriller . Love Nate and Clare ... And the characters that come into play are fantastically portrayed with written words and the narrator that brought the story to life.
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