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Publisher's Summary

A detective tracks a poetry-obsessed serial bomber—meter by deadly meter—in an explosively clever short story by international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.

When an improvised explosive device is found outside a hospital, the understaffed Middleton PD knows it’s up against a pro. No one takes credit for the sophisticated device—all that Detective Jake Sloan has to go on is a poem. The cryptic rhyme surfaced shortly after the bomb scare. But ex-soldier and football player Sloan has never been much of a poetry buff. When a second verse turns up, containing a message in code, he solicits the help of English professor Ciara Hawkins. Together, they rush to read between the lines and stop the countdown to tragedy. But as the clock ticks, Sloan senses that beneath this complex case is a motive that is simpler and more disturbing than anyone could have anticipated.

©2022 Gunner Publications LLC. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not good…not at all

Although this was under 2hrs, I could not finish it. Agonizing, struggling like a 1980s episode of TJ Hooker meets original Batman, with a dismal outcome ( no BAM, or POW to make levity of a mess). The ‘police speak’ is hammy, the flow is all over the road, the characters are cardboard cutouts. It has a not good chunkiness to it, like grit in scallops. Perhaps the short length disables the stories chances of any success from the get-go. I don’t know. I just did not enjoy this one.

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3.5* short story

A well written short story with a predictable twist at the end. It's as if Deaver is just calling in these quickies between his greater works. The stories are like quick snacks to tide you over until you can devour a satisfying full book.

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Terrible audio

This was the worst audio book I’ve ever red. The narrator talked garbled and in a whisper. I was listening while I was driving and I missed so much that I had to read it when I got home. It was also a short story. I never would have paid for a short story. Not very observant of me.

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Needed a better narrator.

I liked the story, but the narrator's continually surprised way of presenting it was very off-putting.

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Very short

It was an interesting premise but it ended about the time I really started connecting to the characters.

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Enjoyable Short By J.D.

Fine little short story by Mr. Deaver. I liked the premise and this is right up there with his novels. If you like J.D's writing I would recommend this book. Aaron Shedlock does a good job narrating.

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Actoon packed short

It's interesting how the author is able to pack so much into such a short story.

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Great story

Enjoyed this very much. I will be looking look for more from this author. Great read.

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Deaver deliverers again!

This story is a great example of Jeffery Deavers work. It pulls you in from the start and has you wrapped around until the very end. Masterful and well done.
Aaron Shedlock does a great cop voice, rugged and strong!
A must read (listen)!

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Excellent but too short

Deaver delivers a great story - as always. But it was too short and maybe there will be more. It is worth listening to, however.

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