Review by: Morgan HobbesThe Art of Dying - A Ray Hanley Crime Thriller - written by Derik Cavignano was both disturbing and thoroughly enjoyable to listen to. A twisted serial killer is on the loose, disfiguring the victims... the first you meet early on that sets the tone for what's coming. Intertwined with this is a brewing Irish vs Italian Mafia war.
Set on the mean streets of Boston, this is a gritty crime thriller that stomps on the gas and doesn't ease off. There is a LOT of graphic horror in this book, violence, mutilation, sexual abuse, so be warned.
In this story, a lot is going on with plenty of crooks and cops to keep you guessing about how the story is going to unfold. The story is solid, with albeit some heavy character tropes, but overall they work well.
It was a little too much on the graphic horror side of a crime thriller for me, but I'll be damned if I couldn't stop listening. Cavignano sucked me right into this story, and I hated having to turn it off.
Narrated by Peter Berkrot, his gruff, gravelly voices giving the cops a real, gritty Boston feel. I wasn't a big fan of his little kid voices, but the other voices were solid. Quality was excellent, professional.
Overall, this was an enjoyable crime thriller. Not quite my cup of tea (a Boston joke for ya) with some of the extra-violent parts, but a well-written story that kept me hooked.I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.