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The Desperate People (Bello) [Kindle Edition]

Francis Durbridge
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Rex Holt — a nice lad, carefree, brimming with over-confidence, is found dead in a hotel room out in the country. It appears to have been suicide but Philip Holt is convinced that his brother has been murdered; and his conviction brings him up against those who cheat, who rob, who go to the utmost lengths to achieve their aim — the desperate people to whom murder is one of the norms of life..


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Book Description

Rex Holt — a nice lad, carefree, brimming with over-confidence, is found dead in a hotel room out in the country. It appears to have been suicide but Philip Holt is convinced that his brother has been murdered; and his conviction brings him up against those who cheat, who rob, who go to the utmost lengths to achieve their aim — the desperate people to whom murder is one of the norms of life..

About the Author

Francis Henry Durbridge was an English playwright and author born in Hull. In 1938, he created the character Paul Temple for the BBC radio serial Send for Paul Temple.

A crime novelist and detective, the gentlemanly Temple solved numerous crimes with the help of Steve Trent, a Fleet Street journalist who later became his wife. The character proved enormously popular and appeared in 16 radio serials and later spawned a 64-part big-budget television series (1969-71) and radio productions, as well as a number of comic strips, four feature films and various foreign radio productions.

Francis Durbridge also had a successful career as a writer for the stage and screen. His most successful play, Suddenly at Home, ran in London's West End for over a year.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073TWCM0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Durbridge's very best 28 April 2013
By Nansorb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Since Francis Durbridge's death in 1998, his literary legacy has been shamefully overlooked by the television companies that once relied so regularly and for so long on his creations. The BBC, however, has continued to feed the insatiable demand for Durbridge's brand of thriller, firstly by releases of all extant 'Paul Temple' radio serials on cassette and CD, and more recently by making fresh full cast recordings from the original radio scripts of the 'Paul Temple' serials. Beyond that, the BBC has also issued several Durbridge novels as readings, some abridged, others unabridged, and 'The Desperate People' belongs to the latter category. It's one of the author's best novels, enthralling, exciting and full of Durbridge's cliff-hangers. I can only hope AudioGO are already planning the unabridged release of 'Bat out of Hell', my all-time favourite Durbridge novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Desperate People 27 Jun. 2013
By SR
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have looked for this story in any format since I was six years old when it was broadcast as a Sunday serial and I remember Thomas Quale in the boot of Philip Holt (Larry Martin was his name on tv) with a dagger in his chest. i was scared out of my wits then. The stars of the tv show Dennis Quilley and Nigel Hawthorne are dead now and there seem to be no videos available apart from Nigel Hawthorne on the stairs in the BBC tribute but Neil Pearson from Behind The Lines fame reads the story well as his dead pan style suits the totally psychopathic people of the title and the frightening encounters in the studio the woods and the flat. Durbridge was a genius of suspense and the plot is still as intricate and fascinating today. I can almost sleep again! Thanks Neil !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flatline 22 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is probably one of Francis Durbridge's devilishly intricate plots, unfortunately Neil Pearson (the reader) here has a very monotonous delivery, which made me anxious to get to the end of the story but not for the most welcome reason. I believe this is a novelization of a 1960s Francis Durbridge tv series and the impression that formed most strongly while I struggled through this audio book is that it probably was a cracking tv programme, but that it fails to translate to audiobook format. My opinion may change when I listen to this book a second time but I thought it unfair to make potential purchasers of this audiobook wait a couple of years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best..... 5 May 2013
By Shirley
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bello are doing Francis Durbridge proud by publishing his books at a reasonable price. This is really my favourite story and recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery story with a bit of nostalgia thrown in. Read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 13 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Another Francis Dudbridge gem. It is always a pleasure to read his mysteries and although I have the paperback it is good to add it to my kindle
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durbridge does it again 16 May 2013
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Another great story from this author with a good plot. It is read well and holds the attention throughout. A recommended listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phillip Holt is a joy to follow 14 Nov. 2013
By Andy
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A new set of characters from Francis Durbridge and all a joy to get to know. A little dated, but that is the genre and a glimpse of the past.

Well read and engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I saw the TV series years ago and wanted to catch up with it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good plots, faithfully read and presented by Neil Pearson
Durbridge ,never fails to hold your attention,very good plots,faithfully read and presented by Neil Pearson. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased with this item
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. P. J. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly topical
I would recomend all of the audio books that I have heard, but then thats me. I think they are great.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Desperate People
If you like Francis Durbridge's stories - you'll like this - all the expected twists, very much of it's time.
Published 17 months ago by p hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Thriller
This is the first Francis Durbridge story I have read that does not feature the Paul Temple character, and I'm very glad I have. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Allen Worcester
5.0 out of 5 stars Why not on DVD too?
I have just ordered this title. I remember the TV serial which was shown on the 5-6 o'clock slot. As it survives in the BBC archives I don't know why the BBC haven't released... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ian from Girvan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favourite Author
My wife and I have already listened to this recording several times and it has so far not failed to help long car journeys pass more quickly
Published 19 months ago by D. Shadbolt
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice light mystery
The story was fine; a nice easy read to pass the time, but the book could do with an edit. There were a number of spelling problems; the girl singer Muffet becomes Mullet in one... Read more
Published 19 months ago by DriverJohn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Desperate People
When you listen to a Francis Durbridge book you just know you are in for some really great entertainment and so this book proved to be. Read more
Published 20 months ago by havn't got one
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