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Publisher's Summary

Meet Rook. A middle-aged philosophy professor with a sarcastic sense of humour, an ongoing rivalry with his highly-strung colleague Jeremy, and a rocky relationship with his ex-wife. But he has far more pressing matters to attend to than domestic disputes and academic feuds. He moonlights as a private investigator.

Armed with a quick, inquisitive mind, an arsenal of philosophic quotations and an addiction to fear, he is willing to embroil himself in any sticky situation which comes his way. His latest assignment involves the Steele family - a set of notorious criminal gangsters. Coming from a world of underhand dealings they do not want to get the police involved when a member of the family is murdered. So they turn to Rook.

Will his philosophical investigations get to the heart of the matter and solve the case? Or will their dark and dangerous world prove too hard to crack?

Steve Attridge is an award-winning screen writer and novelist. His television dramas include Hawkins and The Boot Street Band and his other books include Waking Dreams, Behind Closed Doors and Bottom of the List.

©2013 Steve Attridge (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • 06-30-14

Dark, tight, and wicked fun!

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This is another book that had me from the first paragraph. Not so much for plot twists and turns, but for the Chandleresque character studies and moral dilemmas in the plot. Loved the struggle between the protagonist and his head of department and the outcome of that subplot. Made me laugh!

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I love British whodunnits; this is one reason why!

First of all, I paid $0 as it was in the Audible Plus catalogue. “Philosophical Investigations” is a mystery about a nefarious family dealing with the sudden deaths of loved ones.” The plot and characterizations were deliciously unique. My second listen by Steve Attridge and Michael Fenton Stevens, I can only hope that Audible will make the rest of the Paul Rook series available. An addictive listen and unique investigation into the family tragedy, Attridge and Steven’s grabbed me and held never let go through the five-plus hour mystery. Stevens’ brilliant portrayal of eccentric and clever Paul Rook was spot-on. He proved his narrative talent with each and every character’s varying dialects. As serious as this case may be, there are some welcome laugh-out-loud moments. At a little more than five hours, I had hoped for more. I am craving other complexellent adventures with Paul Rook. (Stevens’ narration is a must; I can think of no other to bring these oddly entertaining characters to vivid life.) Highly recommended. May we have more please? Bravo to all involved in bringing this remarkably unpredictable series to Audible! A sincere thank you. Epic, I say! EPIC! EPIC! EPIC!

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Ready for laughs?

Good times are to be had with Mr. Philosophy Funny, funny, funny, most especially the ending!

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LOVE this character!

I just love this irreverent self (& everyone else)-deprecating character. His is a unique find for me. That combo, in play with his intelligence & dry wit, is the stuff that makes one spray whatever they're sipping without notice. He's one who can blatantly insult another in fine detail & leave them wondering what he just said & how they should take it... if it doesn't go completely over their head. Add the dichotomy of the coward thrilled by danger and interactions with those at their wit's end with his aloof impertinence.... What an incredible find for me!

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Finally, something witty & funny in Audible Plus

I often struggle with British humour but given the reviews thought I would give this one a go... so happy I did.
I just wish there were more available like this one.
Thanks Audible Plus!

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Sarcasm is great

I loved the sarcasmof the main character. I will definitely read others by this author.

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First 6 minutes were A+, the rest missable. The last 10 minutes mean spirited.

I loved the first 6 minutes of this audiobook. Intelligent and opinionated; but, it fell into a boring gangster themed story. The last 10 minutes were simply too mean spirited for my taste.

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Colorful

This is some very fun writing style. Lots of colorful details and entertaining philosophy. Good narration too. Problem is, the crime story itself is not that great and it gets tiring after a while.

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Perfect for your Problematic Dad

Typical insufferable white guy lead. In between being smarter than everyone else and diagnosing women as bitter feminists and cuckolding harpies… actually I don’t know what else he does… HARD PASS.

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I highly recommend

Completely delightful British crime. Ironic, sarcastic, elegant, intelligent, funny, hardly any correct opinion to be found, the protagonist is hilariously out of scale terrible and full of himself, the crooks are in abundance and vulgare to a supreme degree the Britts has specialized in making interesting. My only negative take is that the book is so short. And only one more of this author in Audible!! Many, many more of this author, please. And let MFStevens read them all. He is excellent and adds personalised colours to all of these already colourful people. Prepare to be entertained.

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  • 10-26-17

A fine example of the genre.

If you enjoy intelligent detective fiction that nods knowingly to some of the greats, you’ll love this. As good a mystery as I’ve heard, and performed to perfection.

Can we please get more of the author’s books in audio form?

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