Boulevard

By Stephen Jay Schwartz
Read by Ray Porter

The Hayden Glass Series: Book 1

9.90 Hours 09/15/2009 unabridged
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Stephen Jay Schwartz delivers an intense, nonstop thrill ride in this shocking new novel about a Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide detective who must find a killer responsible for a series of murders that are directly related to him. LAPD detective and former vice cop Hayden Glass is a sex addict. The addiction has ruined his marriage and continues to complicate every aspect of his life. But regular attendance in Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings has helped keep his behavior from affecting his career. That is, until he suspects that three macabre and seemingly unrelated murders are linked to his meetings and targeted directly at him. The rift between his private secrets and his duty to uphold the law plays out against an ever-shortening timetable in which to save his own life and the lives of the people he loves.

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Summary

Summary

Stephen Jay Schwartz delivers an intense, nonstop thrill ride in this shocking new novel about a Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide detective who must find a killer responsible for a series of murders that are directly related to him.

LAPD detective and former vice cop Hayden Glass is a sex addict. The addiction has ruined his marriage and continues to complicate every aspect of his life. But regular attendance in Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings has helped keep his behavior from affecting his career. That is, until he suspects that three macabre and seemingly unrelated murders are linked to his meetings and targeted directly at him. The rift between his private secrets and his duty to uphold the law plays out against an ever-shortening timetable in which to save his own life and the lives of the people he loves.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Boulevard is raw, twisted, and so hard-boiled it simmers from beginning to end.” Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author 
“Relentless and unflinching, a shocking thriller that dares you to keep reading. Schwartz has created one of the most complex and tortured protagonists I’ve encountered in a long time. A powerful debut.” Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author 
“A terrific police thriller. It’s fast-paced and convincingly told. The streets of LA have never been meaner or seamier. Schwartz is gifted with clear vision and a knowing heart and a way with words. Wonderful.”  T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author
“Schwartz does a fine job of blurring the lines between sexuality and violence, the criminal world and the police world.” Publishers Weekly
“Plot twists and turns plus an unusual denouement make Schwartz an author to watch. Mystery fans who enjoy reading about the mean streets of LA (à la Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker) will devour this.” Library Journal
“Porter sprinkles disturbing details matter-of-factly into his reading, and as incongruities begin to coalesce, listeners realize something isn’t quite right. Porter’s reading of Glass’ thoughts and words betray nothing but nagging wonder, and his delivery noticeably tightens when horrific plot twists take over and the final bloodfest nears with palpable inevitability. Porter steers through the jolting conclusion, finishing the suspenseful novel with a fitting calmness. A compelling and comprehensively spooky reading.” Booklist (audio review)
“The plot of Boulevard is a ride befitting the haunting setting. It’s a blind-folded ride through the streets of Los Angeles in a car with no breaks. You can’t see what’s coming at you but you experience the rush of the ride as it’s happening. Schwartz does an outstanding job of developing place and plot. His characters are dimensional and human…I listened to Boulevard on audio from Blackstone Audio narrated by Ray Porter. The combination of book and narrator was exceptional. One of Porter’s strengths is taking on the role he is reading, chameleon-like. While I’ve enjoyed him reading other crime novels, they don’t impede my ability to envision him as Hayden Glass. He exuded Hayden’s anger and frustration. I think Porter also accentuated the darkness of the novel’s tone. Schwartz and Porter brought Hayden Glass and his Los Angeles to life.” Jen’s Book Thoughts blog

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Author Bio: Stephen Jay Schwartz

Stephen Jay Schwartz spent a number of years as the director of development for film director Wolfgang Petersen. His career includes numerous feature-film writing assignments as well as work for the Discovery Channel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English