I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Boat Man: A Thriller by Dustin Stevens
Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Crime
Published by Author on May 10, 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Charles Constant
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Detective Reed Mattox, just three months removed from the death of his partner, has turned invisibility into an art form. Switching to the K-9, taking over the graveyard shift, moving to a farmhouse miles outside of Columbus, his every move has become predicated on putting as much distance between himself and the outside world as possible.
That distance is shattered though when bodies begin turning up in The Bottoms, the poverty-stricken section of town he is assigned to patrol. Grisly, horrific scenes start to pop up in the middle of the night and the overburdened precinct has no choice but to put Reed on it.
Now operating far outside of his comfort zone with a Belgian Malinois for a partner that attracts attention wherever they go, Reed is forced to unravel the murders, taking him clear across the city and back years in time, to an event that some very influential people will do anything to keep buried...
What I thought of this book.
The Boat Man was an interesting suspense thriller involving a K-9 Detective.
Detective Reed Mattox has become really good at being invisible after the death of his partner. He now works the graveyard shift with his K-9 partner, Billie, preferring to be alone. It suited his needs and he enjoyed working that shift. Then he gets a call about a body and goes to check it out and finds one that is mutilated.
They have no real clues to go on and then another body is found the same way. Because nobody wanted to mess with things in The Bottoms, they put him in charge and he is soon way out of his comfort zone. As he starts to investigate he starts seeing a pattern as they have the same tattoos, etc.
He starts to investigate into a group of young men who were kind of like a gang and that all of a sudden seem to disappear a couple of years ago. In their mouths was a coin, it was the coin from the story about the Ferryman who would bring your soul to the afterlife. As he keeps investigating others start dying and he is soon racing against a killer to try and find out who else is in the gang and try and save them before the killer gets to them.
I really liked Reed, he is a great investigator and not afraid to dive into something that nobody wanted to talk about. I loved his K-9 dog, Billie she sounds like she is a huge dog because others are a bit afraid of her at first. (I looked up pictures of this bread and they look a little like a German Shepard but different. Some of them did look rather mean so I can see how some might be uncomfortable around them.)
The Boat Man was a face paced crime novel and I know I am not supposed to like the killer but I really couldn’t blame the guy for doing what he did. Even Reed could understand his reasoning even if he couldn’t agree with it and would do what he could to take him down.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one and will be trying more from this author and continuing this series.
This was my first time listening to Charles Constant and I thought he had a great voice for this type of novel and did a great job.
Audio rating: 4 stars