Lifeguard, by James Patterson, Andrew Gross, and Billy Campbell (Narrator)
James Patterson and Andrew Gross spin a tale that engages the reader in the guessing game of "whodunnit" from the early chapters to the last few pages. The descriptions of the Miami social scene and the Boston culture of Ned's youth provide vivid contrasts and help the reader understand what would motivate a boy with a teaching degree from Boston University to agree to be part of an art heist. References to Pollock, Monet, Van Gogh, and other noted artists add an aura of glamour to the grisly tale of greed and murder.
The presentation of this book in audio format is artistically worthy of mention. Billy Campbell's narration provides just the right balance of casual observation and agitated intensity. He is able to give the female characters the suggestion of a feminine voice while instilling the voices of the male characters with the innocence and vulnerability or the menace that their actions indicate. Musical accompaniment and sound effects add to the dramatic impact of the reading.
This is a very good story with believable,
sympathetic characters and unpredictable plot twists. References
to noted art works tie the book to the real world, making
the reader wonder about other works of art which have been
stolen and either recovered or lost to the public. What makes
this book great for a road trip is that is even better listened
to a second time, or as Ned Kelly would describe it -- split