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The Secret Witness

By: Victor Methos
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of A Killer’s Wife comes the thrilling first installment in the Shepard & Gray series, featuring a young sheriff who teams up with a former prosecutor to stop a copycat killer.

This is Reaper speaking.

So begins an anonymous letter published in a Utah newspaper after a young couple is viciously murdered. Tooele County sheriff Elizabeth Gray leads the investigation into the double homicide, which is eerily reminiscent of a string of brutal killings years ago. When the letter leads detectives to yet another body, Gray calls on an old friend for help.

Former prosecutor Solomon Shepard is still struggling to recover from the deadly courtroom attack that ended his career. He’s been keeping a safe distance from the action, teaching criminology seminars about serial murders and psychopathology—until Gray asks for his help on the Reaper case.

As the body count mounts, Shepard and Gray race to unravel the deranged design of a copycat killer—and find themselves in a face-off with an enemy they never saw coming.

©2022 Victor Methos (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Gripping from the beginning, this audiobook features a well-crafted story delivered by Timothy Andrés Pabon using an ideal mix of fear, remorse, and personal animosity to define characters and scenes. A whodunit at its core, this is also an exceptional psychological thriller that benefits from Pabon's performance, particularly his ability with nuanced dialogue.… Pabon combines a low-key delivery with well-chosen intensity, making this an audiobook that listeners will not want to turn off." (AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner)

"A red-hot suspenser aimed at readers for whom a single serial killer just isn’t enough." (Kirkus Reviews)

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It’s the Ending that gets you!!!!

As a longtime fan of Victor Methos I always look forward to his new releases. As with 99% of his other books, this one did not disappoint me. This one kept me going from start to finish.
I don’t want to give anything away so to briefly sum this up I will say it is the story of a serial killer’s life coming full circle. If you listen to the book you will understand!
Timothy Andrés Pabon does a great job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Too Much

I usually enjoy this author's stories. This one though, not so much. It was far too descriptive to be an enjoyable listen. I did not enjoy his use of animal cruelty in the storyline either. (The killer's mother's cat). I understand that is a sign of disturbance in a sociopath, but the listener doesn't need to hear such descriptive details of such cruelty. The development of the main characters was interesting, and the narrator was very good. I hope the next story in the series is a bit toned down. Methos has a great grasp of words, this one was just a bit too disturbing.

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Think Law & Order…

Several years ago a serial killer, dubbed The Reaper, terrorized a Utah city…then suddenly stopped. Around that same time, former prosecutor Solomon Gray was attacked in the courtroom and left severely injured. When a copycat Reaper begins a rash of killings, Sheriff Liz Shepard solicits the help of her father’s friend to investigate. Together this unlikely team catch the killer…but prosecuting him will be a doozy. Enjoyable story with a surprising ending. Looking forward to more.

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Enjoyable procedural

First in a new series by Victor Methos, this is a mix of police & court procedural with a bit of suspense/thriller from tracking a serial killer. It had a lot of elements that I love from watching Law & Order.

Solomon Shepard is a retired prosecutor that gets pulled into a search for a serial killer by family friend, Sheriff Billie Gray. The familiarity and banter between these two was a comfort in contrast to the stark realities of a town gripped by the resurgence of The Reaper. Solomon’s unlikely friendship with his teenage neighbor, Kelly, was also endearing.

While it was difficult, I liked that Methos detailed the attacks and how the killer worked. Not everything is as it seems and there’s lots of twists and turns to enjoy as well. As with any murder investigation & prosecution - having all the answers doesn’t alleviate the grief and frustration of all involved.

I’m looking forward to more of Solomon & Billie.

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This was my first time listening to Timothy Andrés Pabon and I enjoyed his performance. There are a lot of characters, personalities, and emotions here and he delivered.

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very good

great story I knew the legal stuff was way off but only because I'm a lawyer.

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Good read..

This was a pretty good story BUT it could have been better if the author would EVER bother to tell you what the MC's looked like. Not a clue what Solomon Shepard or Sheriff Billie Gray looked like; fat, skinny, tall, short, hair color, nothing. Had it been a female author she would have spent 5 pages telling you what the MC look like but male authors can't seem to be bothered. It's a shame, really.

No romance and no swearing.

As for the narrator: Timothy Andrés Pabon is a good narrator. His voices and emotions make the story!

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This is my 4th book by this author, and he is not for me unless narrated by a fave narrator and on sale. This story was way too dark for me eg beware chapter 28!! The premise is very good and the outline was good, but although I did finish the story, I don’t think I would buy book 2 should this become a series. Shellys review is a bit better than the story in my opinion. If I don’t want to go back to a chapter or want to re listen again in the future, it gets 4 stars. I purchased this story due to narrator, who did The Blood Thing, excellent narration. Don’t miss it.
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Always a good ending!

Love Victor Methos! I’ve read all his books. Good courtroom story, but it’s always the surprise ending after the ending I really enjoy!

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Couldn't put it down!

The characters were so real, and the plot kept me engaged the whole time. The narration was incredibly well done. I had no trouble knowing whose character was speaking, which made it that much more enjoyable because I could focus on the story and get caught up in the suspense instead of trying to figure out who he was talking about. Loved it.

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What the heck

Such a random story line. I couldn’t tell what the story was about and just listened to the end to see if it made sense. It tied things up but what a mess. By far not my favorite from one of my favorite authors.

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  • MACK BLACK
  • 11-30-22

An unexpected story.

Great Narrator.
Indepth characters.
A very unexpected story.
Worth a listen for crime and Court Room fans.