Editor reviews

Bill Ten Eyck gives a riveting performance of Australian writer Sydney Bauer’s best-selling debut crime novel, Undertow. His conversational delivery and warm manner create a pleasurable listening experience. Christina Hayes, the teenage daughter of a US Senator, drowns after a conversation with African American attorney Rayna Martin. Shortly after, Rayna is arrested for murder. Lawyer David Cavanaugh takes on the case, and plunges into a tangled web of lies, blackmail, threats, and violence. Was this merely a tragic accident? Or is something more insidious lurking under the surface?
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Summary

Following an alleged conversation between respected attorney Rayna Martin and teenager Christina Hayes, one of them is dead, the other arrested for their murder. Boston lawyer David Cavanaugh faces his toughest case to date when what appears to be a tragic accident turns into something else entirely. David soon finds that his most dangerous battle is taking place outside the courtroom. Lies, deception, blackmail, threats...and finally the precision of an assassin's bullet combine to create a shocking finale in this suspenseful debut from Sydney Bauer.
©2008 Sydney Bauer (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
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Critic reviews

"Compelling from start to finish." (Richard North Patterson)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Bryan on 14-07-10

Clever story but not such clever writing

The plot is clever if a little hard to believe, but the writing is rather labored with too many adjectives. The book is partially saved, in my view, by the narrator,

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4 out of 5 stars
By Caliope on 29-09-08

Interesting switch

I liked this book. It's pretty well written and read, plus it has an interesting twist on the racial bias so often claimed today. Add to that some teenage angst, a corrupt politician, a pair of decent lawyers, and a truly incompetent ADA, and you have a very good listen.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Ed on 10-12-08

Ten Eyck does a great Jack Nicholson

The most memorable thing about this listen is that narrator Bill Ten Eyck does a dead-on Jack Nicholson when speaking for the evil assistant district attorney. Bauer's characters are hyperbolic and the story strains credulity. Ordinarily that wouldn't doom a novel and it really didn't doom this one. But I think Bauer could have told a more compelling story without creating characters that were hard to fathom. The story wasn't a particularly good one, some of the premises were preposterous but my desire to see "good" prevail kept me listening and rooting. In this classic good versus evil story I also would have preferred a winner-take-most conclusion. I'm not sure we got one. Two stars without the Nicholson impression to keep me entertained.

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