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Publisher's Summary

Max Freeman is seeking refuge from the familiar demons of his former life as a Philadelphia police officer in his secluded shack deep in the Everglades. But his self-imposed isolation is interrupted when he receives a desperate call from his best friend, attorney Billy Manchester. There has been a recent string of suspicious deaths - all elderly women, all from a poor neighborhood, and all with sizable and recently sold-off insurance policies - which the police have been unable or unwilling to investigate. Billy believes something sinister may be at work, and so, to help his friend, Max must reluctantly pry where he's not wanted and act like the cop he's trying to forget he was.

©2003 Jonathon King (P)2010 BBC Audio

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Not bad 31/2-4 🌟’s

Just wrote a review then lost it and didn’t want to do it over but I really wanted to give other possible skeptics a heads up!
Suffice it to say it’s a pretty good listen. I was skeptical but since I have allot in common with main character ie cop shot on job takes disability and moves from Philly (I think), to the Everglades in FL where he lives in a camp type dwelling on a river, giving up law enforcement and to reassess life. Which doesn’t last long as he is working with an attorney friend to investigate murders of black women in their 80’s in what the locals refer to as “Black Town.”
I was also hurt on the job in Florida as a cop, moved to another State and was back doing police work by circumstance.

Easy enough to get into being born and raised on the Gulf of Mexico, love the tranquility the sea grants and have lived like him off the beaten path so I could be right on the water with no neighbors.

I almost didn’t get it because of some of the reviews but am glad I did and it was a pick from the Plus Catalogue.... the book deals with the racial issue/s very well considering how insidious the topic can be, one of the reasons I almost passed it by. But if you hate racial slurs as much as I do I believe you will be impressed by how the author handles the issue in today’s world. So don’t not get it because of this issue. Growing up in the 50’s/60’s in FL I am well acquainted with how people felt/feel about race in the South and though it’s changed a “Little” it’s still way too prevalent. This main character seems like me in many ways when faced with that ugly face of racism. Although you know you may never reach some people you don’t hide your discomfort!
You’ll just have to read it to understand maybe but I really don’t think it should offend anyone!
So get it, try it, and let me know what you think with a thumbs up 👍 or a 👎.
Hope this helps a bit.

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Liked "A VISIBLE DARKNESS" a lot....

This book was an "easy" listen, but I found it to be thought - provoking and entertaining.

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I think he was from Philly

Every move Max made was because he was from Philadelphia. I love Philly but it was mentioned far too often.

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Excellent Story Telling!

The story was very good; Nick Sullivan as the narrator made the story 5 stars.

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I'll look for more in the series.

I enjoyed the character and would like to see what happens in the next title in the series.

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Bland police/PI drama

I enjoyed listening to this straight through. Not much mystery or suspense or entertainment but smooth development. Well-read with definable characters. Lots of interaction between blacks and whites which the author highlights somewhat awkwardly. I get the impression this book mostly exists to introduce characters for future books.

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Worth reading

It kept my interest loved the stories line. The nariator was good making it easy to listen to.

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It was ok

My phone gives it 5 stars. Not a bad story. Written well and very good narration. Seemed to have missed some things. Not much to it, but not a bad listen

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Performance Great

Really enjoyed the read. Great performance. Good story and characters. Recommend it. I’ll look for other books by King.

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Not my favorite by Jonathan King.

This was a good story and kept my interest. It was a middle of the road audio book that was worth a listen but not one that I will listen to again.

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