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Publisher's Summary

Also titled The Drowning Man.

Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him.

© Michael Robotham; (P) W F Howes Ltd

What the critics say

"A thoughtful and subtle thriller, with convincing, three-dimensional characters." ( Publishers Weekly)
"In addition to delivering top-notch pacing, plot, and characters...Robotham also understands that some quests are worth any sacrifice no matter how long the odds of success may be." ( Booklist)
"Ray Lonnen's delivery is full of a snap that reflects both Ruiz's regrets as husband, father, and police officer, and his contempt for his superiors' anger when he raises doubts over a case they would prefer remain closed. Those who relish earthy accents from London's most hardscrabble sections will find plenty of entertainment in Lonnen's performance." ( AudioFile)

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twisty turny tale

just when i expected the solution would be near a new wrench was tossed into the mix. kept my interest til the very end. also love the authors vivid similes (ie /a moustache like a hula skirt).
the narrator also does a great job.

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Cracking Good Mystery-Thriller

The "Detective loses his memory" plot device has been done before, but Michael Robotham does it exceedingly well. 'Lost' presents a very good, twisty mystery involving London Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz trying to find an abducted child who was assumed dead (and for whose murder a pedophile was convicted), after being wounded in a shootout he can't remember.
Psychologist/Sleuth Joseph O'Loughlin puts in an appearance helping his once accuser/now friend to recover his memory and solve the case.. but this is a D.I. Ruiz procedural. Fortunately, it's also a very well-contrived/well-executed whodunit (O'Loughlin fans won't be disappointed).

Narrator Ray Lonnen does an impressive job reading the book. His diction, timbre, cadence, tone, and rate of reading are spot-on. The main drawback to the performance is a dry mouth - occasional swallows and lip-smacks mar the delivery - but Lonnen's superior voice-acting nearly makes up for the deficiencies (emotive, distinctive, and largely free of affected accents). Bravo to W.F. Howes Ltd. on the casting choice and sound quality (although I recommend avoiding earbuds).

This most enjoyable mystery merits 9 stars out of 10. Do not hesitate to spend the Credit.

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  • Janie
  • 2013-07-26

Lost, but far from a loser...

Michael Robotham is not lost and nor is he a loser. I love this book almost as much as I loved his first book in the series, The Suspect. I am sure that if Chrispin Redman, the narrator of The Suspect, had narrated this book too, it would have been that much more perfect. I really like Redman's voice for D.I. Ruiz in the first book - and, yes, I guess it would have been hard to read that way for an entire book as Ruis in the 1st person but it would have been damn good. As it was, Ray Lonnen, the narrator of Lost did a credible job. Michael Robotham is proving himself an accomplished writer with an excellent easy relaxed style that is at once enjoyable but also transfixing. Once started, this book was hard to put down with the twists and the turns that lead the reader to an exciting and unexpected but rewarding climax. I have just purchased number 3 in the series, Shatter, and can hardly wait to start it. I will be interested to see how Sean Barrett, yet another narrator for this series fares.

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  • 2013-10-23

Mixes it up well

Having recently enjoyed listened to the first book, The Suspect, I tried this second book and was pleased to find how well the different point of view worked.
I find the plot device of amnesia a bit of a cheap shot, but it was handled pretty well here. The narrator has an unusual cadence, which really gives personallity to the main character. Will definitely be looking at more in this series.

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  • shelley spriggs
  • 2019-04-12

requires perseverence

struggled. wondered if this was actually a robotham book. Bring back sean barrett. this narrator seemed confused about his character depiction and hens all shallow.