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Publisher's Summary

Introducing your new crime thriller fix: 

Bristol detective DS George Cross, champion of the outsider, the voiceless and the dispossessed. DS George Cross can be rude, difficult and awkward with people. But his unfailing logic and dogged pursuit of the truth means his conviction rate is the best on the force. 

An outsider himself, having been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, DS Cross is especially drawn to cases concerning the voiceless and the dispossessed. Now, Cross is untangling the truth about a young woman who died three days ago. With no fingerprints, no weapon and no witnesses, the Bristol Crime Unit are ready to close the case. 

The coroner rules suicide: the woman had a long history of drug abuse. But her mother is convinced it was murder: her daughter has been clean and sober for over two years. 

DS Cross is determined to defy his bosses and re-open the case, even if it costs him his career. Soon he is mired in a labyrinth of potential suspects—but can he solve the case before his superiors shut it down for good?

©2021 Tim Sullivan (P)2021 W F Howes

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  • 07-15-22

Love this series!

I have grown to love this series and the cast of characters it’s centred around. All three of the books I have listened to have been extremely well plotted and brilliantly narrated, even the change of narrator for book three wasn’t an issue (I’m a bit like George in that respect) I highly recommend this book and indeed the whole series, which I hope will continue for some time.

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Getting better each book

I have to say first that I was thrown for a loop because John Heffernan was not the narrator. Finlay Robertson is not just a different person but narrates completely differently which made George Cross almost seem like a different person. Okay, I got used to it but it took several chapters, and, just like the other books, I listened to it 3 times.
The story is great, the characters become much more familiar, DS Cross's hobby gets more interesting and he seems to be better at normal communication.

Oh, the ending is a killer. I can't wait for the next book.

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Really miss the narrator from the first two books.

I struggled with this one. I nearly gave up on it a few times, but I like the characters and wanted to spend the time with them. I doubt I will listen to the next one unless the original narrator returns. I would read the print version though.

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Great story with a twist

With this 3rd book, I am finally hooked-hope this series continues. Quirky, exacting and sentimental-it’s as fun to follow the detective, as it is the clues!

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Just Excellent

Each book in the DS Cross series gets better and better. Can’t wait for the next

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Another winner

I Love love love this series. Beautifully written and read. Each book gets better. I’m in love with every character.

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One of the best listens of the year

This series just keeps getting better. Great criminal procedural and mystery... but goes way beyond that with character development and interactions. We have enjoyed all before this third book, but each has gotten better than the previous. Very clever dialogues and subtle humor surrounding the context.

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New detective

Always nice to find a new British detective series , DS G Cross is wonderful. Tim Sullivan is an excellent author and Mr Robertson does a great job narrating

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Great Addition To The Series

Just WOW! This entire three book series is a must listen for fans of mysteries. George Cross is someone not many of us will ever come into contact with. His special skills in solving complex cases cannot compare to any writers of our time. I believe Agatha Christie would be honored to have a chance to meet this detective. Outstanding author and I await more stories to come!

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In which we see a lot further into George

Can't get enough of George Cross: I can only hope that Tim Sullivan is writing another right now !

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  • 06-22-22

Superb summer thriller

Superb summer thriller. This is the third in the DS Cross thriller series, but can be read as a standalone. DSCross is fast becoming my favourite detective with his wry sense of humour and quick intelligence. He is on the Spectrum and can pick up on the finer details that others miss. He works alongside a wily partner, who sees his quirks and his genius. They make a dynamic pair, even if DS Cross doesn't reveal much of his suspicions and keeps things close to his chest until he is sure. When a desperate mother approaches the station for umpteenth time professing the death of her daughter wasn't suicide DS Cross gives her the time and space to explain. Dismissed as an ex-junkie whonhas relapsed and died by accidental suicide, DS Cross picks up on one fine detail that doesn't fit. This leads to lots more little inconsistencies. An intelligent, humorous and twisty read. I loved deciphering the clues #thepatient #timsullivan #dccross #dccrossthriller #policethriller #crimethriller #netgalley

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  • 06-22-22

Superb in every way!

The best yet in the series! Absolutely wonderful in every way it had me laughing and crying.
I love how the characters have developed and can’t wait for the next in the series. Brilliant author and the new narrator was also fabulous.

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  • 05-24-22

Best So Far.

I love my murder mysteries. I found this the best by far. The characters are complex but believable. The plot full of enough twists and turns to hold interest without introducing so many red herrings (as some of his peers) to frustrate the reader trying to predict ahead. In short, we are borne along the journey just as the detectives in our book.