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A relentless sniper prays on the citizens of New York, a struggling pair of New York detectives are on the case. The stakes are upped continually in what promises to be a gripping thriller but ended up bordering on a farcical comedy to me.
The narration by Peter Berkrot is pretty good, possibly weak on the female characters and had some of the even good characters sounding a little Dick Dastardly. But it's a performance and carries the narrative and many of the characters well.
The story itself starts and builds fairly well in terms of the tension and then touches upon some clever escapism from the sniper. There are some rather dubious police deductions and coincidences but the question of what an elite sniper could do in a city like New York is a very good one.
As things developed I enjoyed the ride in a kind of comic strip fashion rather than a serious thriller. The grand ending sequence sums up what I mean. It's straight out of the Wacky Races so I will absolutely credit J P McLeay with a fabulous imagination but for me this book needs a bit of an advisory that it might not be the most seriously realistic of thrillers . . .
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I really enjoyed this book a lot. This author is new to me and only has one other book on Audible that I wouldn't be interested in, however I will be keeping an eye out for him in the future. This book is an excellent police procedural with another really twisted antagonist.
The two detectives investigating are under an enormous amount of pressure when a sniper begins shooting people in NYC, one person per day. He is excellent with disguises, easily covering a slight facial deformity. He's an excellent shot and he has all of the city afraid to leave their homes as all of his victims are so randomly chosen, or so it appears from the outside looking in. It becomes very personal to Joe (the male detective, his part is a woman, Hannah) when the shooter kills his wife. There are a few times they think they have him but don't. Then they do figure out who but there is no way to prove it and with his antagonistic attitude the detective has a hard time maintaining control. The ending has a good twist that I didn't see coming.
Peter Berkrot does an excellent job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
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14 of 15 people found this review helpful
A sniper starts killing random people at long distance at the same time, just after noon, each day. The Manhattan murders starts with a pregnant woman and then a cop. When Detective Joe Bannon becomes the public head of the investigation, the sniper kills his wife. Later to demonstrate the city is safe the mayor has an outdoor press conference and he is killed by the sniper. The city stays indoors during daylight hours due to fear. As the suspense builds the US president decides to make a speech in public in Manhattan.
Unlucky Day builds in intensity. Then near the end there is an incredible twist. This is an excellent novel with outstanding narration.
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