Summary

When medical malpractice leads to violent revenge, Irish-style....
Kieran Kelly's world turns upside down when his wife's health is devastated by an epidural in childbirth. Incensed by damning evidence of medical and pharmaceutical misconduct, the tormented former IRA hit man plots revenge against those he deems responsible, including a government that doesn't seem to care.
Kelly's quest brings him face-to-face with an alcoholic physician, an altruistic scientist, and a corrupt government minister - but not before the love of a stunningly beautiful but crippled countess makes him question his motives. He meets Countess Magda von Esterhazy at a meeting of a self-help group for victims of the uniquely painful iatrogenic (doctor-caused) disease that struck down his wife. Magda awakens feelings that he thought he had lost forever.
Meanwhile, one of Kelly's targets, scientist Jonathan Tring, finds himself embroiled in the Machiavellian machinations of his boss, the gruff and corrupt owner of a pharmaceutical company, and the man's stunning young American wife. In all the mayhem, Tring, too, finds love - and desperately wants to live to enjoy it.
Cry of the Needle is a searing tale of love and vengeance. Revenge is a dish best served Irish.
©2013 Roger Radford (P)2016 Roger Radford
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ann Stanmore on 26-05-16

Mesmerising!

Would you listen to Cry of the Needle again? Why?

Yes.This was a pleasure to listen to and worthy of another hearing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cry of the Needle?

When wheelchair-bound Countess Magda von Esterhazy tries to avert Kelly's single-minded murderous aim through love and humanity.

What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

He brings each character to life, somehow making them seem real and believable

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mesmerising tale of love and vengeance

Any additional comments?

As the Kindle version of Cry of The Needle was one of the best books I have ever read, I was eagerly awaiting the audio book. It does not disappoint. Following his excellent narration of Radford’s Schreiber’s Secret, Nigel Patterson does another superb job in converting Radford’s highly-charged medical malpractice polemical thriller into a powerfully immersive experience. The characters in this story leap out at you, from the revenge-obsessed Kieran Kelly to the Machiavellian machinations of Big Pharma baron, the gruff Yorkshireman Jack Proctor. Nemesis is the name of a game where there are no winners. To sum up in one word: mesmerising!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 17-10-16

Once started, I had to listen until the end.

What made the experience of listening to Cry of the Needle the most enjoyable?

The story was unusual and I learned about arachnoiditis, a condition previously unknown to me.
I was so very involved with the characters who were so very alive and the plot just galloped along. I couldn't possibly leave it until it ended and even though I knew what would happen, I still had to listen. I despised myself for my full support of violence against reason yet I was manipulated by the author and reader and loved surrendering myself to it.

What other book might you compare Cry of the Needle to, and why?

Stieg Larsson books for the pace of the novel and the spellbinding story telling.

What about Nigel Patterson’s performance did you like?

In many ways, his reading seemed to be understating the plot but it made the book so much more compelling. He allowed my own emotions to surface rather than drown them and made the whole experience so much richer.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Revenge is sweeter than life.

Any additional comments?

Why is Roger Radford not a number one best seller that we're all talking about?

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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 10-07-16

Evils of Malpractice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Cry of the Needle is a great story which holds your attention from the beginning to the shocking ending.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cry of the Needle?

A play-by -play of hostage negotiations, British style

Have you listened to any of Nigel Patterson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nigel Patterson is prominent in my audio library because of his amazing talent. In this book he portrays an Irish rogue, a Southern Belle, a Welshman and several English characters. He is truly amazing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The love the Irishman had for his wife and children is very moving. He is willing to die to avenge the wrong that ruined his family.

Any additional comments?

Don't hesitate to listen to this wonderful story about love, the pharmaceutical industry and the power of money. Well worth your time.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Mary Karowski on 28-06-16

Great thriller

Great story well written well narrated. I have it a 4 do to the excessive sexual content. It made it so that I could not listen to it in the car around my kids. The characters and the story were captivating the scenarios had a gritty realism that kept you hooked. The message was clear good and powerful. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review

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