Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft audiobook

Loyalty: A Novel

By Ingrid Thoft
Read by Rebecca Soler

Penguin Audio

The Fina Ludlow Series: Book 1

12.06 Hours Unabridged
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The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees—which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a bit of a black sheep. A law school dropout, her father keeps her in the fold as the firm’s private investigator, working alongside her brothers. Juggling her family of high-powered (and highly dysfunctional) attorneys, the cops and Boston’s criminal element is usually something Fina does without breaking a sweat. But when her sister-in-law disappears, she’s caught up in a case unlike any she’s encountered before.  Carl wants things resolved without police interference, but the deeper Fina digs, the more impossible that seems. The Ludlows close ranks, and her brother Rand and his unruly teenage daughter Haley grow mysteriously distant from the family. As Fina unearths more dirt, the demands of family loyalty intensify. But Fina is after the truth—no matter the cost.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2014 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel

Selected for the July 2013 Indie Next List

The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees—which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a bit of a black sheep. A law school dropout, her father keeps her in the fold as the firm’s private investigator, working alongside her brothers. Juggling her family of high-powered (and highly dysfunctional) attorneys, the cops and Boston’s criminal element is usually something Fina does without breaking a sweat. But when her sister-in-law disappears, she’s caught up in a case unlike any she’s encountered before.  Carl wants things resolved without police interference, but the deeper Fina digs, the more impossible that seems. The Ludlows close ranks, and her brother Rand and his unruly teenage daughter Haley grow mysteriously distant from the family. As Fina unearths more dirt, the demands of family loyalty intensify. But Fina is after the truth—no matter the cost.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Loyalty, Ingrid Thoft’s strong debut, is gripping, and Fina Ludlow, the black sheep of her male-dominated family of ambulance chasers, elevates it to a must-read. A seductive combination of sass and smarts, Fina reminds us just how hard it is for women in a male-dominated world without ever giving an inch. Loyalty reminds me just how great a PI novel can be. This is the start of something big. Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author
“Ingrit Thoft returns the female detective to the heart of the hard-boiled tradition: hard-drinking, hard-loving, moody.” Sarah Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author of Body Work
Loyalty’s Fina Ludlow is my hero. If I were in a bad spot, I’d want her at my back. Don’t miss it. Catherine Coulter, # 1 New York Times bestselling author
What starts, in Thoft’s dazzling first novel, as a missing-persons case for Boston PI Fina Ludlow—the search for her sister-in-law, Melanie—swells through layers of familial secrets, lies, and betrayals to something approaching Greek tragedy....Readers will be eager to see more of smash-mouth Fina, a hard-boiled throwback equally comfortable shooting from the hip or the lip. Publishers Weekly (starred)
Thoft’s promising debut introduces a significantly flawed but tough new PI and offers up compelling suspense, while the smooth prose keeps things moving right along….This mystery wrapped in family drama should please fans of contemporary suspense of the more hard-boiled sort. Library Journal
In her debut novel, Ingrid Thoft gives us Fina Ludlow, the newest private eye to prowl Boston’s mean streets. Fina returns the female detective to the heart of the hard-boiled tradition: hard-drinking, hard-loving, moody. Writer Ingrid Thoft has given her a dysfunctional extended family that rivals the Ewings of Dallas fame, which adds a dimension not often seen in the PI novel. Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author
(Fina) Ludlow has the shrewdness of her parents and siblings but she has compassion, too. Fans of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries will enjoy this engaging debut. Booklist 
“Gripping…A seductive combination of sass and smarts, Fina reminds us just how hard it is for women in a male-dominated world without ever giving an inch. Loyalty reminds me just how great a PI novel can be. This is the start of something big.” Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of Killer View
“Kinsey Millhone, you’ve got competition. The pistol-packing, trash-mouthed PI Fina Ludlow, daughter of a famous Boston personal-injury lawyer, is equally at home on construction sites and in four-star restaurants as she traces a missing sister-in-law…The sizzling Fina kicks it up a couple of notches, in Loyalty. A-.” Entertainment Weekly
“Dazzling…Readers will be eager to see more of smash-mouth Fina, a hard-boiled throwback equally comfortable shooting from the hip or the lip.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Thoft’s promising debut introduces a significantly flawed but tough new PI and offers up compelling suspense, while the smooth prose keeps things moving right along…This mystery wrapped in family drama should please fans of contemporary suspense of the more hard-boiled sort.” Library Journal 
“(Fina) Ludlow has the shrewdness of her parents and siblings but she has compassion, too. Fans of the Kinsey Millhone mysteries will enjoy this engaging debut.” Booklist
“This debut work promises Ingrid Thoft a successful future…Narrator Rebecca Soler captures Fina’s hard-boiled and moody side while also making clear the character’s enjoyment of her own sex appeal…Soler portrays Fina as saucy and sexy and is also excellent at playing the wide range of male characters. Overall, Soler makes Fina a person you want to meet again. And because this book twists and turns until the very end, some listeners may want to re-listen right away.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Ingrid Thoft

Author Bio: Ingrid Thoft

Ingrid Thoft, author of the critically acclaimed novels Identity and Loyalty, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Her interest in the PI life and her desire to create a believable PI character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 12.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English