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Publisher's Summary

Was the biggest case of his career the worst mistake he ever made?

Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan stopped the serial child-killer dubbed "Mister Whisper", earning himself a commendation, a drinking problem, and a broken marriage in the process.

Now, he spends his days working in Glasgow's Major Investigations Team, and his nights reliving the horrors of what he saw.

And what he did.

When another child disappears a hundred miles north in the Highlands, Jack is sent to lead the investigation and bring the boy home.

But as similarities between the two cases grow, could it be that Jack caught the wrong man all those years ago?

And, if so, is the real Mister Whisper about to claim his fourth victim?

A Litter of Bones is the explosive debut crime thriller novel from JD Kirk, an exciting new voice in Scottish crime fiction.

©2019 Zertex Media Ltd (P)2019 Zertex Media Ltd

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Not bad at all

A good first in a series. The ending was a little obvious, the bad guy apparent from his first appearance, but on spite of that, it was a well paced, enjoyable listen. The characters were well written and some were even likeable. I look forward to more from the author.

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  • Bllsth
  • 2020-07-01

High hopes dashed: not just a little bit of child and animal torture

I had high hopes for this series - Scottish crime story with a great narrator - but there is excruciating detail of animal torture and child cruelty in this first book.

Do normal people actually like to read that kind of inhuman horror? And do normal writers like to describe it? I’m not looking for Mrs Marple but geez

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  • Dr. William J. Kass
  • 2019-08-02

too much violence/too little character/story

The characters in this book, especially the lead, Logan, seem one dimensional, maybe 1 1/2. There is too much gratuitous violence against children and animals which seems to be intended to manipulate reader-emotion to justify police violence and aggressiveness. There are also a lot of chase scenes which made me think someone might be writing for a camera rather than a reader. At the end of the day, the villain is dispatched even though he was clearly a victim whose story deserved more, IMO. These crime novels don't need to be true, but, as someone said, they should be plausible. With complex characters, almost any story line can seem plausible but because these characters are so shallow, the story line faltered. I doubt I'll be keeping an eye out for a second book.

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  • L. Beach
  • 2019-09-26

Pretty good story; Fantastic narrator.

This was very good. The protagonist is immediately likable and interesting, but at the same time a no-nonsense cop. The story developed at a good pace and the ending was not terribly predictable, although I did feel it was a little rushed. Like they went from clueless to A-ha! in 30 seconds and then everything just tumbled together in a hurry.

I didn't find it to be any more gratuitously violent than any normal police drama on TV, (E.G. Bones. There is some SUPER gross stuff on Bones and this book doesn't even come close to that level) Murder generally produces a corpse. So you can pretty much bet on there being at least one dead body in a murder mystery. If that's a problem, maybe this isn't your genre.

There was NO sex, gratuitous or otherwise and this I greatly appreciate. It's rarely important to the plot anyway, So refreshing not to have the male detective trying to get with the female detective or vice versa. Instead, they focused on solving the actual crime. Amazing.

But if I'm being 100% honest, the narrator sealed the deal for me. He could have been reading from the dictionary and I would have listened to it.

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  • Mimi
  • 2020-04-20

Loved it

I read all the bad reviews, particularly about the narrator. I listened to the preview & seemed it deserved a chance. Maybe it's because I'm American & love accents from 'across the pond'. Likely I don't hear the fault. If so, it's a blessing because I truly enjoyed the narrator. One aspect was over-the-top gruesome for me; don't know how long it will take me to un-see the visual on that. Not at all regretting the purchase & look forward to the rest of the series.
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  • Donna
  • 2019-07-21

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This one goes up on the top shelf.
Excellent plot, rich writing, narration perfection - held my attention without let up. Detective novels don't
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  • Karen
  • 2020-03-11

Too cruel for my taste

The story is good but I couldn’t finish the book because of aspects and incidents of cruelty that I found to be unbearably disturbing. If I remember I will avoid this author in the future.

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  • Chris Soothill
  • 2019-07-21

I hope this is just the start of a long series

DCI Logan is a tremendous character. The story moves forward at a good pace. It's engaging from start to finish. The narration was especially good. I'll be looking for the next book to hit audible.

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  • Yankee Bookworm
  • 2019-09-16

Thought I would like it more than I did

I'm a fan of Brit detective mysteries and expected to like this book more. The main character needed more development I think. Hard to say exactly what it was about the book that didn't fully engage me. The story line was thoroughly done enough, but there was just something missing. Not sure I would read another installment, assuming there are more.

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  • Diane
  • 2019-08-27

brilliant

loved this book, great characters, narration, storyline, the lot. Suspenseful with surprises and really creepy at times, brilliant writing a really gritty story. Logan is my new hero he just nudged Jack Reacher out of the way let's hope the next one is as good.

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  • William Davis
  • 2019-07-31

WOW!!!

I think I have a new favorite crime writer. This book has everything--mystery, humor, some great characters, a fast pace, and just the right amount of thrill. Can't wait for the next one.

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