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Sudden Impact

By: William P. Wood
Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
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Publisher's Summary

Bestselling author William P. Wood spins this dark, riveting tale of a beloved Sacramento cop killed in a bizarre accident, and the hunt to track down his killer - a fast-paced thriller of murder, deceit, haunting pasts, and one man's dangerous scheme to fight for those he loves.

Ensor is no ordinary cop. He's a hero, winner of the Medal of Valor, devoted family man and coach, helping at-risk kids. But the driver who struck him down and didn't stop isn't ordinary either. He's Judge Frank Stevenson, up-and-coming member of the bench, also devoted to his wife and daughter, involved in charities and good works. In a split second he did something completely uncharacteristic that changes his life and the lives of everyone close to him.

Terry Nye is a couple of weeks from retirement as a detective, head of Major Crimes. He's trying to pack thirty years of bloody experiences and hard lessons into those two weeks for his new partner, Rose Tafoya. Rose is a young detective, smart, more than a little ambitious, but also insecure. Together she and Nye are a powerhouse team. He's determined to find Ensor's assailant, and he's going to make sure Rose doesn't make the same mistakes he did, especially the unforgivable one that has come back to darkly haunt him after Ensor's accident.

With the city in turmoil after Ensor's death, the hunt for the cop killer rushes ahead relentlessly. The guilty and innocent are sucked into the intense investigation - and everyone will realize that their lives can change in the blink of an eye.

©2014 William P. Wood (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"No one writes a better police procedural than Bill Wood, and Sudden Impact is his best one to date - lucid prose, meticulous legal detail, and unforgettable characters struggling in various moral quandaries. Terrific, unputdownable stuff." (John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Juror and The Hunt Club)

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I kinda hate Nye right now

its a good story. Intense told from Nye & The Judges point of vue. well done. here's where it gets sticky for me. the ending.
there's joint liability in this story cop no cop. it was an accident. I dont condone hit & runs but its an accident. the price paid was too high.
If I had paid for the book I would've returned it.
I'm going to listen to 1 more Nye & Lafoya book to hopefully rinse out the bad taste. I guess we shall see.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It kept my interest throughout the entire story and remained suspenseful to the end. The narrator did an excellent job of performming each character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I actually liked two - Terry Nye and Rose Tafoya. They worked well as a team, keeping the investigation interesting and suspenseful.

Which character – as performed by Anthony Haden Salerno – was your favorite?

I can't pick just one. He did an amazing job performing each character, so it's hard to pick.

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

I didn't have an extreme reaction, but the book kept my attention from beginning to end. When it finished, I decided to go get more books by this author.

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Can't get through it

Didn't like this at all. It's the way it was written imo. Like I said, I didn't finish it, but what I did get through wasn't very enjoyable.

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so so

the story would have been a lot better without some of the trite dialogue and police stereotypes. I think part of that was because of the way the narrator presented the different characters. the plot twist at the end was weak and anti-climactic. the father-in-law was presented as a bumbling idiot who wielded a lot of power in the city and that really caused a problem with the plot as did this vague character who came out of nowhere and suddenly had power over the situation.

I will say that I stuck with it till the end though I really did consider abandoning it for many of those reasons.

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Tough listen

Slow predictable aggravating Not my favourite book tough to listen to would not recommend Bad

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Decent story, not so much the narrator

The story was pretty decent. I liked the characters, I liked the build up of the incident and the following investigation. The conclusion was a nice ending to a tragic story for everyone. No one wins, and although it’s unfortunate, true is life. The narrator on the other hand, was something to be desired, I didn’t unfortunately. His Character voices were a bit overdone in a sense and fell flat for me. The main male detective’s voice was cartoonish and came across as extremely phony sounding. The emotions on the other hand we’re not conveyed very well for the situation that each character was in.

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Absolutely Great!!!!!

There were so many characters and that narrator did a AMAZING job with each one!!!

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impact

Good book. I didn't like the ending much, tho it was one way to end it.
Kept me trying to figure out what was happening.

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Unusual story

This was not really a mystery. It was more an investigation where the listener already knew whodunit. It was the infolding of the unavoidable repercussions that held my interest. A study of human nature, justice & the inexorable hounds of hell & heaven that chase us down to end.

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Hang with this book you’ll find as I did a great book

Wasn’t sure about narrator as totally new to me.

He turned in a great performance and I will look for more of his books as narrator

Story started out not compelling but turned in to can’t stop listening

Recommend as a top 20 of the 250 + audible books

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