• Nighthawking

  • By: Russ Thomas
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The new must-listen novel from the best-selling and highly acclaimed author of Firewatching

Sheffield’s beautiful Botanical Gardens - an oasis of peace in a world filled with sorrow, confusion and pain. And then, one morning, a body is found in the Gardens. A young woman, dead from a stab wound, buried in a quiet corner. Police quickly determine that the body’s been there for months. It would have gone undiscovered for years - but someone just sneaked into the Gardens and dug it up.

Who is the victim? Who killed her and hid her body? Who dug her up? And who left a macabre marker on the body?

In his quest to find her murderer, DS Adam Tyler will find himself drawn into the secretive world of nighthawkers: treasure-hunters who operate under cover of darkness, seeking the lost and valuable...and willing to kill to keep what they find.

©2021 Russ Thomas (P)2021 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

"Comparable with the best of Michael Connelly’s Bosch books and James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux novels, and – naturally – Ian Rankin." (AJ Finn) 

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  • Chris
  • 03-02-21

Had a lot to live up to... didn't quite

Firewatching was brilliant - a really tightly written book I couldn't put down, but Nighthawking just doesn't quite match it. There's a bit less of Tyler which is a shame, and his personal backstory narrative which starts early on doesn't resolve (it's clearly being held back for the next book, which is frustrating). But both those things would be fine if the story was as neatly and efficiently plotted as in the first book, which unfortunately it isn't.

Don't get me wrong - I did enjoy Nighthawking and will definitely be listening to whatever's next in the series but it just didn't match the first book. Jamie Parker's narration really did though - he is one of the most accomplished narrators I've listened to, up there with Emma Gregory in terms of the versatility of his voice and his ability to make each character so wonderfully distinct.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-19-21

Confusing

Confusing & boring. Nothing to get my teeth into. Took 3 attempts to get past chapter 3.

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  • Deirdre Kerr
  • 09-18-21

Who dunnit.

Narrator was talented in his delivery. Menacing as McKenna. The complexities of characters (a bit of a struggle sometimes to understand) were characterised by individual slights each of them possessed, each of them livened up, by the story teller. I think I would have struggled to read the book tbh. Enjoyable nonetheless

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  • Andy C
  • 09-05-21

Even better than the first.

It really is, highly entertaining and brilliantly structured. Recommended for anyone who likes their crime twisty but human.

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  • S L Jennings
  • 07-13-21

I need to know

excellent story with twists and turns throughout. I yelped out loud at the ending, such a shocker but I need to know what happened next

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  • Ross Bower
  • 06-02-21

SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT

After such a wonderful debut novel ("Firewatching") I had high hopes and expectations for Nighthawking but was sorely disappointed. As before, the narration was excellent and in no way could be faulted and didn't cause my increasing irritation as I repeatedly tried to engage with this book. Unfortunately after numerous attempts to engage with Nighthawking I have given up. Try as I did to convince my brain that I simply "wasn't in the mood" I'm sorry to say I cannot endure any more attempts - as with another review, I gave up at Chapter 3. Maybe if I had endured more I would have a more encouraging review - I will leave endurance to other listeners. I have given "Overall" two stars, only because it may suit someone with lower expectations than myself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-21

Excellent

If you’re a fan of crime fiction this is a must. Excellent sequel to Firewatching. Great characters. Sad and funny - made me laugh out loud at times. If you know Sheffield you will love it even more. Can’t wait for the third one.