The Bone House

Brian Freeman, read by Joe Barrett. Blackstone Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12 hrs., $29.95 ISBN 978-1-4417-8045-4
Past crimes, hidden secrets, mysterious murders, unknown villains, a plucky heroine, an innocent man condemned by circumstance, and a likable, witty, eccentric detective—all the ingredients for a propulsive page-turner are present in Freeman's new thriller. The frequent surprises are smartly enhanced by the crisp, slightly satiric delivery of narrator Joe Barrett, whose smooth, slightly wise-guy twang is nearly a voice double for film star Christian Slater's. Protagonist Mark Bradley, an ex-schoolteacher fired without cause for a rumored affair with teenager Tresa Fischer, is on vacation with his wife when he becomes the main suspect in the murder of Tresa's younger, wilder sister, Glory. Freeman has designed a complicated puzzle, and while all the pieces fit, keeping track of them could have been a challenge to the listener. Fortunately, Barrett's emphatic rendering of the events, along with his distinctive character voices, makes the ordeal of audio backtracking totally unnecessary. A Minotaur hardcover. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/30/2011
Release date: 03/01/2011
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 342 pages - 978-0-312-56283-0
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Compact Disc - 10 pages - 978-1-4417-8046-1
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