• The Infirmary

  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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The Infirmary

By: LJ Ross
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Publisher's Summary

Introducing the new, unabridged version of The Infirmary by LJ Ross, the author of the international number one best-selling series, the DCI Ryan Mysteries.

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the chief inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. 

As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined.

You can also listen to the multicast original drama starring Tom Bateman, Hermione Norris and Kevin Whately here.
©2019 LJ Ross (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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This is FIRST Book in the DCI Ryan series

Audible have this book listed as Book 11 but it is really the first book in the series and should be numbered 0.5 I have thoroughly enjoyed the DCI Ryan series and especially following his progress and career so imagine the disappointment to find that you are back at the very first book which started the series off. The story is good as is the naration but such a disappointment that it is out of order.

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prequel

this should be book number one in this series. I'm not sure why LJRoss did a prequel in the middle of this series, personally I don't think it was necessary. i didn't learn anything new from it. Saying that, it was good and odd course Jonathan Keeble is fabulous, but the whole time through the book I couldn't help but think, I know how this ends. I typically don't read the excerpts on the next book in this series, I just buy it and listen, I hope there's no more prequel's.

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Read first

If you want to read the series from beginning to all books which I recommend I would also recommend you start with the infirmary which is a prequel to holy Island and I think you’ll enjoy a holy island and the rest of the books better..... that’s just my opinion

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Finally, the Hacker is explained.

A stellar effort by LJ Ross. It fills in some of the backstory on Ryan.

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Ok story narrator not very good

Well if this is really the prequel it doesn’t make me want to listen to any of the other books in this series. Story was predictable right up to the end. Characters uninteresting and the narrator voices were just annoying.

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Out of Sequence

This is really the details of Ryan’s search for the Hacker before his sister is murdered. Her death and his grief at not being able to protect her are described in wrenching detail in other books in this series. I, for one, didn’t need to re-read that part of Ryan’s life. I kept wondering why this story was published as the details of the chase weren’t so enlightening as to warrant another entire book about it. Shame on Audible for presenting this as book 11 in the series.

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What happened to the chronology??

A couple who got married 2 books ago are now not even dating- Ryan was married in the last 2 or 3 books - suddenly Anna apparently doesn’t exist. I thought Natalie was killed on Holy Island. But here she is being killed again! I’m very confused!!

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Titles Out of Order - Disappointed

When I started listening to this book I thought possibly I was listening to the wrong one or that audible had accidentally put the wrong book in this title. I kept thinking I had already listened to this story, but knew I had just ordered it. I decided to look at the reviews to see if others felt the same way and they confirmed my thoughts. "The Infirmary" should be listed as the first in the series. You can imagine my disappointment when the story jumps back 5 years and we already know the final outcome, Not all the characters we now know are included because they are introduced in later books, and many of the relationships between the ones in this story have changed. I am so over 'The Butcher' and want to continue where the story leaves off in book 10. I'm going to ask for a refund and reconsider ordering any more books in this series. I enjoyed the characters and the story line, but can only take so much of one villain.

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Lots more story to tell...

Could have been much more interesting but a lot of detail left out, read like a script for a tv series.

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Prequel misses the mark

This is book 11 in the series. It is a prequel to earlier books. I have enjoyed all the others in this series, but this was too graphic for my tastes. Ready to start #12.

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  • Eleanor
  • 06-16-19

A gruesome prequel.

A great introduction to Ryan and his team. Makes me want to read what comes next but unfortunately I already have!

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  • P Patchett
  • 06-27-19

The Infirmary by L J Ross

I thought this was the next book in the series. For anyone who has read none of the series, start with this book. I had heard them all and was a little perplexed at first. However it is a story that was crying out to be written. It was extremely well written, as usual, and set a gripping and fast pace.
Well done Louise.

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  • Helen
  • 06-22-19

Slightly disappointed

I purchased this as L J Ross book 11 but it’s actually book 0! Just took a while to understand what had happened to all the relationships in previous book! Would have liked to know this before I started listening.

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  • Bernie
  • 02-10-20

Out of sequence order

This is listed as No 11 in the series. But it is not. How disappointing.
Hope I can just return it

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  • Alistar Davies
  • 08-16-19

This book does not make sense.

it should be the 1st book not the last in the series as you know what is going to happen in the end.. I couldn't finish it.

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  • Jess
  • 05-28-19

Wrong Order

Great book as usual but it says its book 11 but it should be nearer the beginning like book 1 or 2.

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  • David
  • 11-23-19

should be book 1 not book 11

I have to agree with the majority of reviews of this book that it should be book 1 in the DCI Ryan series and not book 11. Unfortunately, if you have followed the whole series (and who wouldn't - they are addictive) this book is a disappointment. It doesn't follow on from book 10 - we know all the characters and what has happened to them throughout the previous 10 volumes. Very annoying. Having said all that, it is a great story in it's own right. Very exciting (spoilt by the fact we know what happens at the end)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-19

Too nasty

Overly violent. This story was told in a previous book in the series so it is not new. This should be book 1.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-19

It's not the book it says

gregson is still in charge McKenzie is still single I've listened to this one before disappointed
money wasted

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  • LynneM
  • 01-27-21

Don’t bother buying this

It’s a prequel to the series and should not be listed as book 11. I was unable to finish it as I knew all too well how it ended. I felt uncomfortable and had to stop half way through. I should have returned it immediately. However I was unable to when I tried

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-21

Nail-biter

I loved this story. Quite gruesome but well written, awesome story line abs beautifully abs realistically presented. Fantastic! 🙌🏻

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-21

The story of the Hacker

This is actually the first book of the series, but that's okay. Still enjoyed it and it's great we now have that story in full. After listening to it, I went back and started listening to the series again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-23-20

Confusing

Why is this listed as book 11 when it is set earlier in the series? Very annoying.

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  • Darwin*Girl
  • 12-28-19

Terrifying

Scary, terrifying and wonderful. I can not get enough of this writer. Just so gripping.

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  • Mimosa
  • 09-30-19

The beginning explained ...

Loved going back to the beginning more fully. All the history had been referred to (kind of) but it was good to hear the whole story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-23-19

Horrible

Unnecessary glorification of a sick mind. Not worthy of you LJ Ross. You pushed it too far this time.

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  • Mr Duncan Andrews
  • 06-17-19

The hacker explained.

This really should be book 1. Not 11. However, still a great story apart from the getaway from the hospital. A bit silly to be able to get away. That aside. Enjoyed very much.