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Hallways in the Night

By: R.C. O'Leary
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
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When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead.

A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him think he's bulletproof.

There's no way Remo is going to let a no-name cop arrest him. Especially since the woman in his car has a fresh welt underneath her eye.

For Atlanta Barons owner Ray Manning, the timing of the shooting couldn't be worse. With his oil company on the verge of a financial death spiral, he's running out of cash, and his investment bankers at Cohen, Wolfe are lining up to take full advantage of his situation. He's now in desperate need of the kind of justice that only money can buy.

©2014 R.C. O'Leary (P)2014 R.C. O'Leary

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A really good story

Bec's review Sep 02, 14 · edit
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Read from August 31 to September 03, 2014

This book was gifted to me by the narrator in return for an honest and timely review.

The story grabbed from the beginning, it drew me in and I did not want to stop listening.

Atlanta, Detective Dave Mackno is on the third night of a tedious stakeout in the city. A Porsche is driven erratically through the street, the driver is restraining a woman.

The gripping story begins! The driver of the Porsche is a baseball star, he is aggressive, he and Dave get into a fight which culminates in Dave shooting the star.
The plot flies along and is full of surprising twists and turns through the murky world of politics, racism and the legal system. This book lacked the tedium of the never ending legal intricacies and long winded speechifying that, to me, signifies a legal thriller.
I really enjoyed the ending, which, in itself held a surprise.

The narration by Steven Jay Cohen was excellent, he acts the role of each character in such a way that the listener is easily able to identify each one. His voice has a pleasing rhythm and pace which added to my enjoyment of the story.
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We are introduced to a pair of police detectives,

We are introduced to a pair of police detectives, Dave Mackno and his partner, that work a part of town that few want to. Because it contains much of the poorer population and tends to have crime and violence. Right off the bat we get to witness the racism that both certain police have and their assailants and vice versa.

Then while on a stakeout Mackno decides to investigate a suspicious situation. One that leads into a series of unfortunate events, between Mackno and the best baseball player the town has ever known.

The characters are so impressively deep and colorful. Each time introduces a new player we are treated to a very interesting recap of what makes them tick. This was the driving force of this story. This was so much more than a whodunnit court room battle. O'Leary made me care for all of the characters, to the point of wanted everyone to win in the end.

While everything plays out much like I expected, except for the twist at the end, that even got me. Normally I can see those coming a mile away, but not here. I couldn't stop listening. I needed to know more about the characters, much more than what was going to happen next.

This was my first time listening to Steven Jay Cohen, he didn't disappoint. Even though at first I didn't think I was going to be able to finish the story. Very soft spoken raspy voice, average characterizations. Eventually I started to love the voice and all the subtle nuances, that I do not think everyone would notice. By the end I had to double check that this wasn't actually narrated by one of my favorites, Fred Burman.

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  • K
  • 09-03-14

Just when you think you know how it will end...

Disclosure: I received this audiobook in return for an honest review

Take one professional sports star, a cheating wife, an old school cop, an ambitious district attorney, a late night shooting and what do you get? Those characters and that scenario form the foundation of R. C. O'Leary's Hallways in the Night. Just when you think you know what happened, the story unfolds yet again and you realize everything you thought was true and certain, wasn't. What initially seems straightforward is later found to be multi-faceted and complex. I wasn't sure how the story would end and didn't want to put it down. The narration adds wonderful nuance and ambience to the story. I was impressed by the variety of accents voiced by Mr. Cohen and their authenticity. This was a very interesting listen and I recommend it anyone who enjoys crime / legal thrillers.

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exceptional

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly.

A truly good story... kept me glued to the edge of my seat and kept turning the pages.

The train of the story kept the adrenaline pumping... it made me mad... it made me glad... for being the person I am. In the end justice prevail. truly remarkable that the storyline is so true to our daily society.

I enjoyed it immensely and I would recommend this book to everybody who loves thrillers

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Very interesting

I found this audiobook to be very interesting. It quickly grabbed my attention and I didn’t want to pause it. The narrator does a great job reading this book.

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Really Loved this audiobook

Would you listen to Hallways in the Night again? Why?

I would have a hard time listening again only because it's the type of book that you listen to to find out what's going to happen. It's a thriller so meant for one gripping listen/read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hallways in the Night?

The entire court case. I used to work in a Legal environment so although I found it uncomfortable to read it was very well portrayed.

Which character – as performed by Steven Jay Cohen – was your favorite?

I can't pick. I have to confess to being biased because I'm already a really big fan of Steven Jay Cohen having listened to a series he did earlier and also having been given a copy of this as a gift but I would simply love to be able to tell a story like he does. Steven made the narration disappear and there was nothing between me and the characters each one completely believable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the corruption is a little uncomfortable because it's a little too true.

Any additional comments?

Both the author and the narrator were exceptional. I'm a big fan of thrillers not so much of Legal Thrillers though but this one really held my interest.

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good reader bad storyline

I felt as though I was being lectured about how hard African Americans have it in today's world still. the more the story went on the more it felt that I was being lectured to

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great listen

great book. awesome narration.
interesting and great read/listen. will look for more books by the narrator and the author

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  • DK
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*Review* Timely Police Drama Professional Athlete

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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This is a really really good book. It is also timely here in the year of 2015.

This is a mysterious 'who done it.' Once that is figured out, it is how the court proceedings go on that keeps you interested. What is the right thing to do? How do lawyers behave?

This is about a superstar baseball player versus a lowly cop trying to do his job. I cannot go on without spoiling, as the hits and twist comes fast and from the beginning. An excellent mystery and moral dilemma for several of the main characters. I absolutely loved it and it is not because *I received a copy in exchange for my thoughts and review.* I will continue to seek out this authors work.


Steven Jay Cohen was spot on and all of the performance; whether an old, rough senior or a young cop from the street. There were several main male characters and each one was given his own voice and it was very distinguishable.

Note: strong language

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A court room drama with twists at every turn

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really enjoyed the character of Dave. You could see why he did what he did and you hoped for the best. It was interesting to find out some of his back story and the events that made him the cop he is.

Have you listened to any of Steven Jay Cohen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to this book and then the very next book I listened to was Ted Saves the World, also read by Mr. Cohen. This is a court room drama and the other was more of a YA/New Adult genre book. Mr. Cohen is able to narrate each genre with ease. He is very believable as the characters in each of the books. I would love to listen to more by Mr. Cohen.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the beginning when we meet Dave and his partner Bobby during the heated times of the Atlanta Child Murders in 1979/1980. We see what kind of people they are and thru out the book we encounter more of their back stories. The main part of the book is set in the present day. Dave stops baseball start Remo Centrella and during the course of the traffic stop an altercation occurs and Remo ends up dead. Was it self defense or was it more? We are taken thru a story that involves as the aspects of a tradition thriller. We meet people from Dave's past, Remo's life and the back stories of the lawyers are just as interesting.

I would recommend this book to my friends that enjoy a good solid legal thriller. It keeps you wanting more and Mr. Cohen, as narrator, takes you there.

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  • 08-31-19

love this book

When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead.

A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche
loved this book very much