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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. Discover the author everyone’s talking about. 

A mystery which will captivate you till the stunning ending.

A crime wave has hit town. The target is a highly sought-after brand of streetwear called Hybird X, clothing that costs a fortune and resells for unbelievable prices. Houses are burgled, kids mugged on the streets...and finally a young man dies, all for the sake of his shoes. 

Then another boy’s body is found in a pile of rubbish. Meanwhile illegal steroids are flooding the streets. And there are dark movements on the marshes. 

Clothes that people will kill to own.

A shadowy figure called Darke and his teams of young criminals seem to be behind it all. 

Detectives Jackman and Evans must take on a fiendish criminal, while still haunted by Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer they never caught. 

Who is Darke and what does he really want?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will grip you until the shocking ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens whose towns and isolated villages hide many dark secrets. 

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter and Ruth Rendell. 

The detectives.

DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues. 

©2018 Joy Ellis (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Violence against children - caution for sensitive readers

There is shocking violence done to children in this story by twisted characters. It’s disturbing.

The pace and plotting of the story are solid; Ellis is an excellent writer and narration is brilliant.

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Gripping Tale!!

This novel kept me guessing until the very end. Because of my love of Joy Ellis' books, and because I have read all of them, I tried to slow my reading down so I could savour it, but it was so gripping I had to rush to read it to the end . Waiting anxiously for her next novel no matter which series it is.

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Confusing narration

Overall the story was good but the diction was very confusing. The narrator did not skip a beat or leave even the slightest pause between the changing scenarios and characters, in the written work I am sure there would be a paragraph break.

I listen while I am working on mundane projects and had to rewind several times as suddenly there was a change of characters and circumstances that didn't make sense with what i had previously heard. The chapters are read continously as if it is a single paragraph.

If there had just been a second of pause for your brain to compute that we were shifting to a different place it would have been a more enjoyable listen.

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Another Great Detective Story

Loved It. Jackman and Evans are brilliant and the team is fantastic. love these stories

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Mindblowing - Luv Joy’s crimes 👍👍👍

This lady can do no wrong - this book was outstanding ❣️❣️❣️Joy, you never fail to blow my mind and I can’t wait to read the next in the series 👏👏😂😂

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Attention Grabbing Series

I love the books in this series by Ellis. Cannot believe I scored them as freebies. Not usually my kind of books but have been totally engaged in them and will now look for more books by this author. Performances in all I’ve read thus far was also great!! Thank you Audible!!

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Another great story

The more I listen, the more I appreciate the characters. Richard Armitage is a fabulous narrator

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Continued Awesomeness!

I really love these characters. The horrific things humanity does to one another can never be thought of in the general world. However, first responders, investigators and the like all see these things regularly. I pray for all those who deal with horrible circumstances that their hearts remain compassionate and kind, like the character of Marie Evans towards the boy at the end. Please don't let cynicism and distrust reign in our lives.

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love this series ❤

Kept me listening long after I should have gone to bed! The narrator does an excellent job of creating different voices to bring Ellis's characters to life!

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Although I didn't find the main story to be as interesting as previous Jackman and Evans novels it was still well plotted and excellently performed by Richard Armitage.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 2019-11-19

Join the fan club!

I think that I was a little bit sceptical about this books premise, so I didn't exactly jump on it when it first came out, a week or so ago... But ever since then, it's been calling to me by My First Name. Who was I kidding?!?? It's a Joy Ellis novel, and a DI Jackman/DS Evan's police procedural thriller!!
I already knew how much I enjoyed Ellis' twisty, plot driven writing, and I'd already fast-tracked her to the top, as one my favorite mystery authors! Another plus? I love all the characters so much so that I almost feel like we're old friends! True to form Audible chose Richard Armitage to tell us this story, and I Looooove Richard Armitage voice acting, he's just a master at his craft, and as far as I'm concerned he is DI Jackman! (It's such a good partnership, Ellis and Armitage). So inspite of any misgivings, I had about the blurb, I took the plunge, and got it! Upon "opening" the audio book, I immediately felt as if I were being embraced by Richard Armitage's warm voice, and I was welcomed back by this close knit group of investigators, like a family member, or at least a close friend, whose always invited to ride along! I Loved, the Book! This story, takes off right where the last book ends, where the team is still feeling the effects of not quite being able to collar the slippery perp, and in fact I think that Ellis may actually be grooming us to accept that character as a Moriarty type arch-villian. There's also plenty of other cases to keep them busy, and us guessing. So grab the Audio book and see if you don't become a member of the Ellis/Armitage fan club! Lol

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  • KLK
  • 2019-11-22

Underdeveloped

I like Joy Ellis. I find her writing light, but entertaining. This one was very disappointing. Characters were not developed, story was not developed.

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  • kaaren cuenca
  • 2019-11-15

Love Richard Armitage narration

Stolen Boys is an excellent story kept me captivated. Love the Jackman and Evens books,

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  • alma
  • 2019-11-13

OMBRE of Misappropration

Joy Ellis's storytelling combines real world issues with the human condition. The gluttony of a material item ,and the wide range symbol given to it by the privilege and the forgotten poor is clearly depicted. The story reminds the reader of the classic tale with a twist. Unfortunately , real life events(in the US with the M.Jordan shoes) show unhealthy need for these items to give relevance(rather than profit).This story is more than the act of thievery. It paints a picture of child abuse, loneliness, and strife. All results in a stolen childhood, peace, love, and trust. The characters are well develop and show an aspect of life's stolen moments and chances. The what-ifs verses the what-is. The description of the police work and camaraderie between colleagues is well written. The debauchery of the villain is clearly written, and generated a genuine disgust. The insight to the mind of each character is interesting . Love the Jackman and Evans relationship. Of course, I would like more but that is my crazy world. Richard Armitage's (aka Jackman)voices are so well done. He is a master.

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  • Jitka
  • 2020-10-11

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Good story, but next time pls put longer gaps between sections. It's confusing sometimes when the story jumps do fast between characters.

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  • Ili
  • 2019-12-14

Cripping

As always incredible narration from Richard Armitage. can't wait for the next installment of Jackman and Evans.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-11-03

better and better

this series just keeps getting better and better...eventually careening to the scorching end with Jackman and Evan's getting what they came here for. With Marie exiting on her bike with Jackman riding behind her, arms wrapped around her waist. together, safe, loved and at ease. cant wait for the next book. Well done Ms. Ellis!

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  • Wally
  • 2020-10-30

Good story!

I had one problem with the story, and it was the editing. A scene was often changed with new characters without a pause. It was a little confusing.

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  • Debbie
  • 2020-03-08

Taking the Clothes off Their Backs

Wow! This one is different, scary and wild. Book five in the Jackman and Evans series makes you think about what young people find valuable and what they will do to get their hands on it. I listened in amazement at The Stolen Boys. Several things were going on, designer clothing that rich kids (and some adults) were willing to maim and kill for, illegal steroids on the streets, and Alistair Ashcroft, the serial killer still on the loose. Another interesting bit was DS Vic Blackwell joining the same station where Jackman and Evans work, and the tense past that Marie Evans had with him. As always, Joy Ellis did a great job with this book, no overt sexual scenes or language, while still keeping you on the edge of your seat, and all the characters I’ve come to love. And the ending, Wow, AGAIN! Don’t miss this one!

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  • Katie Cselovszki
  • 2019-11-24

Yep They Did It Again

Another brilliant story by Joy Ellis brought to life by the incomparable Richard Armitage. I loved getting reacquainted with these amazing cast of characters. This collaboration of Ellis and Armitage has become one of my favorites. I'll be counting the days until the next.

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