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Publisher's Summary

From number one best-selling author Joy Ellis, a totally absorbing mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

A mystery which will captivate you till the dramatic ending.

Jackman and Evans’ most dangerous enemy is back to finish things off.

The domestic bliss of Detective Inspector Rowan Jackman, of Fenland Constabulary, doesn’t last long. His old nemesis, serial killer Alistair Ashcroft, is back in town and ready to tidy up unfinished business.

Ashcroft sends a sinister text to DS Marie Evans. His opening move in what will prove to be a lethal game of cat-and-mouse. Yet for all his taunts, where is he? In a county crawling with police on the lookout for him, Ashcroft is nowhere to be found.

Everyone Jackman cares about is in danger. Alongside the hunt for Ashcroft, however, normal police work must continue. The separate thefts of six pigs, a thoroughbred stallion, guns and some oil lead Jackman’s crew to the notorious Lorimer family, ruled over on their farm by the fearsome matriarch Rachel.

Meanwhile, a seemingly routine break-in at the home of gun-club owner Kenneth Harcourt quickly becomes more complicated when the man long held responsible for having killed Harcourt’s young daughter in a hit-and-run is shot dead in a car park - by a sniper. A killer is on the loose in the quiet streets of Saltern-le-Fen, and he isn’t going to stop at claiming one life. But why is he focusing on young Kevin, so close to promotion to detective?

And the sniper, like Ashcroft, takes to taunting the police: they’ll never catch him, they need to respect him, they shouldn’t be sidetracked looking for their old adversary.

In a stunning conclusion, Jackman and Evans race against time to catch the sniper and track down their deadly adversary. A lethal game with a very patient man. Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you listening until the shocking ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens whose towns and isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

©2019 Joy Ellis (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Does not disappoint

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Richard Armitage does an excellent job of the characters and the dialects.

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Consistency

Enjoyed the story with the exception of measurement consistency. Story based in the United Kingdom, using Pounds for currency. The United Kingdom is metric. Therefore, fuel and mileage should be in litres and kilometres, not gallons and miles.

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Fantastic 👏 Story

Great story with lots of twists and you will fall in love with Jackman And Evans and the Fens

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The narration was impeccable and the story was a real page turner so to speak. Just a good detective story I enjoyed with my 13 year old

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a right page turner. keeps your interest throughout until the end of the book! recommend the series

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best one of the lot

all these jackman and evans books are really great to listen to. they are well written but also really well read. the narrator makes a big difference with audible books and richard armitage is perfect.

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Great series!

This series is an enjoyable read. The characters are relatable, the narrator is easy to listen to & there are sudden unexpected twists. Good book!

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Great second act!

This was the ending to a couple of books back. It was great to finally have an ending to a very sick and twisted character.

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Great book and narrator!

Everything on this audio book was outstanding. I loved it and strongly recommended it. Great ending.

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The storyline is lacking, it feels kind of dull. The police characters are made to seem not very bright. The climax is also lacking.

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  • Larry
  • 2020-02-28

Jackman & Evans have a problem with guns.

This was not up to the usual excellence of the series. That is with the exception of Richard Armitage who is always great. As a treatise on gun violence, it really does not work. The unarmed detectives and constables just stand by as shooters pick off one target after another. Both Jackman and Evans apparently hate guns so much that they will not arm themselves to protect themselves or the public. Moreover, the idea that a lone shooter could evade an army of police in a town without about 10 people beggars belief, as does the scene after scene where the police make themselves and their friend targets.

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-03-05

Another winner by British author Joy Ellis

THE PATIENT MAN is novel 6 in the Jackman and Evans police procedural series. I'm getting a bit tired of DS Marie Evans' hero worship of DI Rowan Jackman. It's an excellent suspense thriller but I still prefer Ellis' Nikki Galena series. Narration is good.

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  • David
  • 2020-04-04

Slow

This could have been a short story - much of the material focuses on personal issues of characters, which failed to invoke interest, at least on my part, and the villain seems a caricature from a 'thirties movie, complete with twirling mustache and hissing snarls. I recommend the DC Smith 'King's Lake' series for an excellent British police procedural peppered with delightful dialogue, and laugh out loud humor as the calcified bureaucracy stumbles over the efforts of those trying to get the job done.

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  • Dan E.
  • 2020-02-21

Not as good as the rest of The series

Although I have truly enjoyed the other books in the series. In regards to the firearm aspects of the story it has the feel of someone writing on the subject they know very little about. This book lacked an authentic feel. Again I have enjoyed many other books by the author just not this one

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  • K. Berg
  • 2020-04-07

Don't hesitate

I hesitated based on the smattering of mediocre reviews. I really thought that the gun stuff was going to be overwhelming or distracting after the other reviews. I wouldn't have even noticed it if I hadn't read reviews. It was a great finishing up of the Ashcroft story line and has some definite stings in the plot. I will admit that I cried at least twice. I am pretty attached to the team. I liked it for sure.

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  • Dorothy Darby
  • 2020-03-15

Favorite

This my favorite audible series looking for next Jackman adventure ,this suspenseful truly a suspenseful detective story

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 2022-02-28

Great villain

The story worked well and I really enjoy Archer as a villain. The characters are strong and the storyline was interesting enough

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2020-02-21

Wonderful!

Another amazing book by Joy Ellis. I’m sorry I’ve finished it.

Oh boy! This was a thrill a minute. Maybe because I was anticipating such terrible things. Every time a police officer left the building I worried about them. Ashcroft is one evil character.

I loved the inclusion of Rory in the story and the mentions of Nikki.

I was a tad disappointed in the final confrontation. But, overall, a splendid book. The narration by Richard Armitage is the absolute best!

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  • alma
  • 2020-02-19

Be Patient and Trust Your Journey

Another wonderful story from Joy Ellis. She manages to weave a crime drama with glimpses of humanity. As with her earlier stories, the crime drama brings focus on the human variable that is most important. Love the interplay between the characters and they are true to form from earlier stories. Jackman and Evans interactions are my favorite. I agreed with a comment the serial killer made about these two(won't spoil it for future listeners). I appreciate the humanity shown by various characters despite their social position or capabilities. I hope there are more stories ahead.

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  • Robyn
  • 2022-08-13

So good!!

I highly recommend this whole series, but the last three books in this series have been the best of them all. Also, let me just say that Richard Armitage has the most heavenly voice!! Absolutely love his narration, and if these books are ever made into movies, he should definitely play the part of Jackman.