Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2015
DD ISBN 9781101913468 $25.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2015
DD ISBN 9781101913475 $95.00
The irascible detective Backstrom is in the process of trying not to kill himself. He’s under strict instructions to stop drinking, get more exercise, and vary his diet—all of which makes him irritable, a state of mind that is expertly delivered by narrator Erik Davies. The detective specializes in thumbing his nose at political correctness. His sardonic inner monologue, laced with sarcasm against women and foreigners, will have listeners laughing—maybe in shock—at his frankness. Davies uses a neutral style for the narrative and deftly portrays a diverse range of secondary characters, including Somali refugees and Swedish police. He manages capably with the Swedish names and places, adding even more authenticity to the story. M.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2015]
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