This is a review of the audio version of High Crimes by William Deverell Narrated by Steve Scherf, Maggie Scherf.
I picked up this audiobook on the strength of Needles (Deverell's first book, also narrated by Steve Scherf), which I listened to a few weeks back. That was an interesting book, good enough for me to go and get the other two available on audio.
High Crimes is a great story, particularly when read by Steve and Maggie Scherf. I listen to a lot of audio books and I didn't realize how bland some of them are, most being read with only light inflections (if any at all) to distinguish between the characters. If you enjoy audio books, then pick this one up, simply as a demonstration of how books should be read. It's easy to distinguish the characters, the accents are incredibly well done, and the reading clear and a pleasure to follow.
High crimes is the story of Pete Kerrivan, an old school Newfoundland smuggler. The story starts with he and his crew being acquitted (on a technicality) of smuggling marijuana into Canada, thereby earning the distinction of being targeted by RCMP Inspector Harold Mitchell, who will stop at nothing to put Kerrivan behind bars. Kerrivan's problem is that, while he was freed, the boatload of marijuana was destroyed, and Kerrivan had bought it on consignment ... so now he owes a Colombian drug lord a boatload of money. So he hatches a scheme to smuggle in the biggest load of marijuana ever brought into Canada. Mitchell believes something is going to happen and plots his revenge, bringing the US Drug Enforcement Agency in to the plan. From Newfoundland to Colombia to Miami to Newfoundland, it's a question of who is leading whom, and on what merry chase.
The ending is completely unexpected and after you get your breath back, you realize how fitting it is.
Great book. Fantastic reading. 5 stars.