The Great Darkness: Nighthawk Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Cambridge, 1939. The opening weeks of the Second World War, and the first blackout - The Great Darkness - covers southern England, enveloping the city.
Detective Inspector Eden Brooke, a wounded hero of the Great War, takes his nightly dip in the cool waters of the Cam. Daylight reveals a corpse on the riverside, the body torn apart by some unspeakable force. Brooke investigates, calling on the expertise and inspiration of a faithful group of fellow 'nighthawks' across the city, all condemned, like the detective, to a life lived away from the light. Within hours The Great Darkness has claimed a second victim.
War, it seems, has many victims, but what links these crimes of the night?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 46 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 July 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 70,072 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
707 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
3,454 in Historical Mystery
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I had high expectations and I was not disappointed.
It's a crime novel. As story of a murder. Or rather of murder and death and manhunts and investigations. There are multiple, parallel threads and crimes that cross and intertwine. There is a clever who-done-it in there and period detail that is core to the crimes. There’s a cast of varied characters that pop in and out of the narrative and who left me hoping for further appearances, other books, more opportunities to learn of their world. The hero sails through the centre of this darting, complex story holding it altogether and quickly working his way into your affections.
This is an accomplished book. A fun read by any standards, but what really raised it to the level of one of the few series I wait and hope for the latest instalment of, was the depiction of night-time, wartime Cambridge. The quiet, the peace and the danger and the poverty. This is a complex Cambridge. A lovely place but also a real-world location.
I believe the second in the series is imminent and I can’t wait.
I was further jarred by an army captain, which is not a very senior rank, having a red and a blue telephone on his desk. Really? Did they have red and blue, or was it green, telephones in those days? A filter tipped cigarette with a gold band also worried me as filter tips only started being manufactured in Britain in 1935. I really do not think that it was appropriate to mention this as I suspect that they had not penetrated very far into the market by 1939.The author is only a few years younger than me and I am sure that he can remember as a child that most people smoked unfiltered cigarettes
I may be completely wrong in my suspicions. Maybe the author has research and contacts to disprove my assertions. Either way they were jarring notes in an otherwise wonderful novel
I am just about to embark upon the other books by this author, I don't think that anyone who can write like this could put a foot wrong. I was completely immersed in these books and can only hope that he will write more in the series, If you want to be totally immersed in the era and the life of the main characters, if you want a book to take away all the rotten things that are happening in the real world, I suggest you read these books, they are wonderful.
The structure and plot of the book are convoluted but deliberately so and the links finally become clear to the reader and the 'hero' at the end. A fine start in new territory. Well written, structured and plotted. More please!
Detective Inspector Brooke (main character and a curiously enigmatic detective) is a veteran of WW1 and has some incapacitating injuries to his eyes which lead him to prefer working at night or wearing specially adapted specs. The book kicks off when Brooke is taking a nighttime swim and observes some strange things happening on the river bank, involving soldiers. What follows are a number of events, seemingly unconnected, which with Kelly’s deft hand come together, eventually, to a satisfying conclusion. With the skills of Brooke and his colleagues and so many facts about the war, the people and the Cambridge area this is an atmospheric portrayal of those sad times.
Highly Recommended and an exciting start to a new series.