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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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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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On the Edge of my Seat

Everyone is reeling right now in our world wide “New Normal” but to be carried away to a wonderful world of storytelling Thank God we have the pen of Joy Ellis. Her richness of characters matched the incredible performance of Mr. Armitage is making living in isolation as this pandemic overwhelms a journey to a world I can easily escape to and literally I have heard the gulls, smelled the marshlands I have longed to visit. Thank you for the journey and the good old fashion story telling that lifts us up and away as we listen.

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  • 2020-03-10

Like each novel better!

So many red harrings and side plots, so satisfactorily dealt with. Keep them coming, Joy Ellis!

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Another great one!

Excellent, Another great addition to the series! I can't get enough! Armitage really makes, Ellis book come to life.

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another great story

really enjoyed this book! well written and read! glad to hear the ending and for the characters to move on

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jime01
  • 2021-04-26

Good but more predictable than previous

I really enjoy the Jackman /Evans books, but this one was quite predictable. Still worth the read though.

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  • Mariangela Morfisa
  • 2021-04-22

Best Jackman & Evans ever!

Jackman and Evan’s archenemy, the psychopath Alistair Ashcroft, comes back for his revenge, as he had promised. Being a Patient Man (the title eponym), he devised a very intricate plan. The plot unravels in a thrilling crescendo as Ashcroft strikes innocent people with the sole intent to torment Rowan and Marie, and with them, their team too, in particular a young copper just promoted to detective. Despite the tense climate, the author cleverly finds the way to develop personal and family relationships of several characters, perfectly combining daily life and police investigation and giving depth to the story, which therefore isn’t just a procedural drama as it deepens into the human aspect. The final scene – maybe just a little too short after all the building – offers a last surprise with the intervention of unforeseen allies who help to solve the situation in a quite unexpected way. And Marie is priceless when she takes her revenge on Ashcroft for her beloved Hayabusa!
The other famous Fen-based detective Nikki Galena is mentioned several times, so my hope to see a crossover between these two series flies high! Well, a girl can always dream, right??
Richard Armitage's performance is flawless, he does wonders with his voice, giving each character something unique that distinguishes them from one another at once, and he never just "reads", but he truly "acts". He's the ultimate narrator!
So far, this is my favourite novel in the Jackman & Evans series, and I’m already looking forward to their next investigation!

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  • Rose
  • 2021-04-17

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It was disappointing to be constantly bombarded with guns are terrible, gun people are bad, guns make people do bad things. If he did not have the gun he would not be so bad. I get it that some people just don't like guns but people do terrible things everyday and never touch a gun.