Watchman

  • by Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by Roger Allam
  • 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bombs are exploding in the streets of London, but life seems to have planted more subtle booby-traps for Miles Flint. Miles is a spy. His job is to watch and to listen, then to report back to his superiors - nothing more. The job, affording glimpses into the most private lives of his victims, appeals to Miles. He doesn't lust after promotion, and he doesn't want action. He wants, just for once, not to botch a case. Having lost one suspect, with horrific consequences, Miles becomes too involved with another, a young Irishwoman. His marriage seems ready to crumble. So does his home. But Miles is given one last chance for redemption: a trip to Belfast, which quickly becomes a flight of terror, murder, and shocking discoveries. Can the voyeur survive in a world of violent action?

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What the Critics Say

"Intriguing to compare it with [Rankin's] Rebus books. It's less introspective, but still a must." (Glasgow Evening Times)
"This is a biting and superbly wrought thriller that will enthrall." (Waterstones Books Quarterly)

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Complex spy story

This is a different style of book compared with Ian Rankin's Rebus detective series. It's closer to his style when writing under his nom de plume of Jack Harvey. It's in the same genre as John Le Carre's spy stories and is similarly complicated with lots of twists and turns and many characters which makes it a bit more difficult to follow as an audio book. It's excellently read, which helps, and is a good story, but you have to concentrate and not leave too long a gap between listening sessions otherwise you forget who is a goody and who a baddy.
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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2007
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited