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Talking to the Dead

A Novel

Bingham, Harry

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Talking to the Dead
Rookie cop Fiona Griffiths, on the cusp of breaking her first big case, uncovers a dire conspiracy that takes her into a dark underworld that threatens her with her own personal demons.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 0345533747
Characteristics: 337 p. ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: Talking to the dead


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Feb 23, 2014
  • Minkelina rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A terrific read and one I could not put down. I'm looking forward to the next in this new series.

Feb 10, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" Fans of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander will cotton to the heroine of British author Bingham's highly entertaining U.S. debut, Det. Constable Fiona Griffiths . . . " Man oh man, but I wish every time a novel takes place in some country in Scandinavia (but not Sweden) or else the main character is a woman, they make some completely arbitrary, incorrect comparison to Stieg's character, Lisbeth Salander - - NOT! ! ! A police procedural but with a vulnerable, in certain respects, unique woman detective, who catches all the breaks, it seems from this story? Well written, not bad, but, NO LISBETH SALANDER, for God's sakes! (The emotional parallels between Detective Constable Griffiths' life, and the case she was working on were deftly handled.)

Sep 12, 2013
  • sjhy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I thought the plot was well thought out however the 'places' where Fiona went & her actions were often inappropiate. I am sure the male contingent of the police force found her a pain to work with & she would not have lasted long in the real world.
After 4 days of reading & finishing the book I felt drained mainly due to trying to keep up with the lead characters shennagins on the job & in her personal life.
I do agree that it was a bit long.
I would like to read another book by the same author & see how it compares.

Aug 11, 2013
  • athena14 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too many strong men step in to rescue our scatterbrained heroine. That her idea of aftercare for severe mental illness is being on-again, off-again lovers with a former therapist shows her lack of common sense and his lack of integrity.

Jul 14, 2013
  • anfieldfan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked the main character in this book and the story was compelling. I do think the book could have been shorter as it did ramble on a bit. Also, it seems all new police/detective stories have lead characters who have some disease or issues and I think that's being overused. But I look forward to the next book in the series if there is one.

Jul 11, 2013
  • calvoer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a police procedural wannabee. I started to give 2 stars, but threw in another because the author does start out very well with clever writing and interesting cast of characters. I thought for 50 pages I had found another Lynda LaPlante, But then. For almost the entire novel, we stay in the heroine's head, which proves to be a very weird place to be. The action begs belief as DS Griffiths behaves more and more inappropriately and bizarrely, which in real life would get her fired instantly from police work if not worse. Here, her superiors and romantic lead nod benignly as she fulfills every impulsive whim that enters her head, including breaking & entering a suspect's house and stealing from him. Then develops a fond relationship with him. As the plot struggled along distractedly, trying to find definition amongst the heroine's personal drama, I lost interest.

What has happened to the mystery novel? Is mystery dead? I hear deep writers are trying the crime genre to jack up sales, but they just don't get what makes a good mystery tick. And we end up with dreck like this book.

Apr 30, 2013
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I am thrilled to have found a new thriller series to fall in love with. I just hope the author doesn't 'cure' the lead character too quickly, as I love the detectives with a personnal quirk, and this one is great. Her psych history makes her believably sympathetic to victims, alive & dead. Also, good for the European writers who keep shining a light on the horrid abuse of East European women by prostitution rings.


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