King Me

CamCat. (Ken Allen Super Sleuth, Bk. 3). Nov. 2023. 7:20 hrs. ISBN 9780744306514. $20.95. M
Listeners are thrown immediately into the action with Crawford’s latest Ken Allen book (after Heroes Ever Die). When Ken agrees to investigate several attempts on the life of famed television show creator R.R. Reynard, he doesn’t foresee Reynard being murdered before the ink is dry on the contract. Stuck in a labyrinthine hotel with several hundred fanatical devotees of Reynard’s sprawling fantasy epic, known for its surprise twists and grisly deaths, Ken will have to rely on his wits to avoid becoming the next target. Tim Campbell plays the hard-boiled detective role to the hilt with a controlled bass rumble that conjures the image of a fedora and trench coat, even when Ken is costumed as a knight. Campbell controls the pace of the narrative expertly, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats through complicated plot revelations and impressively choreographed fight sequences. His voices and accents for the secondary cast range from subtle to sublimely ridiculous in accordance with the character beats, with rarely a misplaced cue.
VERDICT Highly recommended for listeners who want a madcap mixture of Stephanie Plum, Veronica Mars, and Magnum, P.I.
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