Book Review: Hallways in the night by R.C. O’Leary

Posted December 27, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Legal, Review, Thriller / 0 Comments

Book Review: Hallways in the night by R.C. O’LearyHallways in the Night by R.C. O'Leary
Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen
Published by Haywood Street Press on 08-01-14
Genres: Legal, Thriller
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

When a veteran cop attempts to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other ends up dead.
A page-turner from start to finish, Hallways in the Night will take you on a journey from inner city Atlanta to the upper echelons of the State's power structure where back room deals are made in pursuit of the kind of justice that only money can buy.
As the trial date gets closer, the stakes will get bigger in a case where nobody can afford to tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth."

During a stakeout, veteran cop Dave Makno accidentally kills a baseball star. Due to the victim’s fame, the case becomes a scandal in Atlanta, and nothing is what it seems.

As this was not a typical genre for me, it took me a bit longer than expected to get into the story. There were also many characters and quite some side stories to take into account. I found the plot rich and well-paced, and the events interesting and believable. Once I got familiar with the story, this was a book that I could not put down. There were many nuances and layers upon layers on this trial, and once again, we are witness to who really holds the power in situations like this, in which the absolute truth does not matter, as each part is seeking their own truth.

This book also goes beyond the case in question, and touches matters like causality, luck, karma, and about the ramifications of past actions. At some points one can’t help but get caught into the “what if”. I have read that some legal aspects of this book are not completely accurate. As I am not familiar with the legal system I did not really mind this, but the fact that this story trapped me and got me thinking beyond the events told in it, I consider it a complete success.

I could easily see this book adapted to the big screen. It would certainly translate well.

Steven Jay Cohen did a wonderful job, as always, bringing the characters to life by being excellent at transmitting the characters’ emotions. I could almost see the characters sitting in the courtroom and felt what they were feeling. The only minor complaint is that the audio production was not as clean as Cohen’s latest jobs. There were some mouth and breathing noises, especially during the first half of the book that were a bit distracting. The audiobook was recorded five years ago, so bear this in mind.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars