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Publisher's Summary

"He said if he hadn't heard from you by high noon today, he was going to strap on his six-guns and ride back into town. So I think you should call him, Charlie. Call him before you come home."

Charlie Hills, former desk sergeant at Kings Lake Central, is in trouble. He hasn't told Smith, his old friend and sparring partner, but someone has, and now the two former policemen are about to embark on a difficult and potentially dangerous search for the truth. For one of them, it could be life-changing.

©2021 Peter Grainger (P)2021 Tantor

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  • 10-27-21

I have missed DCI Smith

As always, this book was great-DC has not lost his touch, even if he is not working for the police. The story was quite good, the tension was palpable. I hope there are more to come!!

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Grainger and Jackson have honed DC into a masterpiece!

I have been a fan of Peter Grainger since the beginning of DC’s exploits. I have all of them in kindle and audio versions and revisit them often. No one else but Jackson can play him and this book is, I think, Jackson’s finest performance in the series. Pure Smith this time with pertinent smatterings of the rest of the crew. Grainger has masterfully steered Smith into new and enduring territory and it’s great stuff. Carry on I say and get on with it! I can’t wait all year!!!

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Another superb story by the masterful Peter Grainger wish perfect narration by the incomparable GildartJackson

Peter Grainger never disappoints. I am so thankful for this fabulous series. Wonderful complex characters, engrossing complicated storylines that both entertain and educate. These books are favorites that I listen to -or read - again and again.
While I enjoy both the Kindle and audible versions, the delight of the audible versions is truly remarkable. Mr. Jackson’s reading of these novels brings them vividly to life, capturing the humor, the intelligence and the drama with exceptional skill and nuance. Bravo to brilliant author and extraordinary narrator.

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So good to have DC back!

I’ve enjoyed the Kings Lake Investigations books in the meantime, but there’s no doubt that DC is the godfather of them all. The narrator delivers the deliberate and sardonic character of the protagonist so well, I could believe he is DC. I hope there will be more!

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Keep writing Mr Grainger

I cannot get enough of these stories. They are simple but thorough in their reasoning and procedural descriptions. The are full of humour and the characters are always fully developed.
Up there with Ian Rankin and Adrian McKinty.

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Fabulous!

I loved this! But I love DC and this entire series. Even though his former colleagues make cameo appearances, DC is the focus of this latest by Peter Grainger. The intelligence of these books together with the dry wit combine to form a terrific read. Gildart Jackson’s narration makes it an excellent listen.

Bring on more.

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Gildart’s reading saves it.

I’ve read/listen-to every Smith book , and while I love the characters; this time the writing truly was disappointing.
Lots and lots of “fill”, too little actual story.

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Welcome back DC Smith

Such a wonderful, retired police inspector with his dry humor in full swing, with a great complex story.. really hope he and the other Lake characters .. DC Freeman made a brief memorable appearance, live long , long lives courtesy of Peter Grainger’s pen

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Fabulous

Fabulous book, both author and narrator. I love this series. Humor and narrative are exquisitely rendered.

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More please!

When we last saw DC, er David, It seemed as if his last chapter may have been written. Not so! With The Truth, the door to a return of our favorite detective sergeant, or PI, appears to be wide open! Peter Granger’s masterful detective is wonderfully realized by the enormously talented Gildart Jackson. Bravo gentlemen!

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  • 11-21-21

Superb

Peter Grainger is my favourite author with David Smith being a fabulous main character. The Truth is a wonderful read and my favourite book of the year. How clever to bring him back in a new role with the comedic element ever present in the form of his struggle to come to terms with technology. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • 11-03-21

Love these books!

I have loved this series since the very first one! Intelligent and captivating writing combined with a gripping plot and the excellent narration of Gildart Jackson. I like where the author is going with now retired DC and look forward to the next book .

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  • tjdud
  • 10-30-21

Didn’t disappoint!

Fantastic storyline. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Thank you. Brilliant narration as always. Hope there are more in the series. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-28-21

Smith is fantastic

Entertaining. funny and surprising... all without the need for blood and gore.

Can we have more please?

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  • Jane
  • 03-05-22

Not disappointed!

Once again, an excellent read and sorry I’ve finished it. I’ve read all of Peter Grainger’s books and would strongly recommend reading them in order as you get to know the characters well. Also he refers back to past episodes, so it adds to the enjoyment. Excellent characters and settings that can easily be imagined also add to the pleasure of these books, as well as good plots. The reader is one of my three favourite at all times and I have listened to hundreds. Highly recommended.

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  • Simon. Kindall
  • 02-04-22

Brilliant as always

If you have not read/listened to any of the previous DC Smith books (I highly recommend you do) the beginning of this book is a little slow but persist as it gets really in to, how will DC get on without him being able to get back up. Will this be the start of a new career for him and not just a one off? Well DC fans will say yes we hope so. Can't wait for the next book and the next book in the Lake series too.

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  • 12-15-21

The Truth

interesting story, had to concentrate to keep up with the story. Hope David comes back working with the Divers. The books are too good not to continue with the stories!! The reader is brilliant!! Thank you for giving me hours of interesting stories, both with DS Smith and now in this book! Anna C

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  • 12-10-21

The Truth

Another great story by Peter. l love the way the story unfolds and the characters are portrayed. looking forward to the next in this series.

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  • joanieB
  • 10-30-21

Another winner

Great story and beautifully narrated. DC’s transition from detective sergeant to private eye perhaps. Can’t wait for next book.

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  • Janey
  • 02-13-22

Brilliant!

It was like coming back to an old friend! Your narrator is excellent, I listen to lots on Audible and Gildart Jackson is the best ever! Can't wait until the next Kings Lake episode is on Audible so I can catch up with Cara Freeman and Chris Waters. So are we going to have DC continue as a PI. Are they all further going to come into some sort of conflict in the future!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-21

Wonderful series

Wonderful series Peter Grainger and Gilda give me so much enjoyment the author and the narrator complement each other

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  • 11-06-21

The Truth

As usual I enjoyed hearing another of DCI Smith's cases.
I enjoy how Peter Grainger are read , pleasant accent.