The Terrible Business of Salmon & Dusk


Read by Myke Bartlett

(4.5 stars; 42 reviews)

Theo Braithwaite, failed actress and worse waitress, is a stranger to London. In a single day, she loses her job, her boyfriend and quite possibly her mind. When she meets part-time thief Kilbey Salmon, Theo finds herself drawn into an unseen world populated by history’s rejects and runaways. Kilbey, alongside the rockabilly-obsessed Nero Dusk, is attempting to eke out a living stealing things that have already been stolen and finding people who don't want to be found.

Kilbey and Nero's capers will drag Theo through the forgotten parts and people of London. She will be hunted by ancient sects, carnivorous shadows, cannibalistic butchers and off-duty policemen. Along the way she'll meet the Eternal Footmen, blow up Hammersmith Bridge, reach the end of history and quite possibly disappear completely.

If Theo is to survive, she'll need to get her life sorted before all of our futures catch up with her.

Part film noir detective story, part fantasy adventure, part East End gangster tale, The Terrible Business of Salmon & Dusk reveals what happens when life takes you off the edge of every map.


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Chapters

1. The Grey Men Read by Myke Bartlett
2. Pale Ghosts Read by Myke Bartlett
3. The Last Train Read by Myke Bartlett
4. The Grieving Girlfriend Read by Myke Bartlett
5. The Albion Read by Myke Bartlett
6. Nation of Shopkeepers Read by Myke Bartlett
7. The Thief, The Butchers and The Wardrobe Read by Myke Bartlett
8. An Open Book Read by Myke Bartlett
9. Breakfast at the Greasy Spoon Read by Myke Bartlett
10. Close of Business Read by Myke Bartlett
11. Retracing Her Steps Read by Myke Bartlett
12. Terror At Tesco Read by Myke Bartlett
13. A Life of Diminishing Returns Read by Myke Bartlett
14. You Are The Quarry Read by Myke Bartlett
15. A House on the River Fleet Read by Myke Bartlett
16. Nobody's Daughter Read by Myke Bartlett
17. Seconds/Thoughts Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 18: A Handful of Nothing Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 19: You Never Wash Up After Yourself Read by Myke Bartlett
20: Strange Cargo Read by Myke Bartlett
21: Black's Proposal Read by Myke Bartlett
22: Black Magic Read by Myke Bartlett
Church of Chaos Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 24: Voices in the Darkness Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 25 Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 26: The Disappearance of Nero Dusk Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 27: Tempus Fugit Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 28: Everything In Its Right Place Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 29: End of the Family Line Read by Myke Bartlett
Chapter 30: World's End Read by Myke Bartlett

Reviews

urban fantasy novel of a sort


(4.5 stars)

Well written and easy to listen to. The plot is ingenious and has to be followed if to be believed - of course it's a fantasy with colloquial language of the London back street. Some deep elements in the story show the author having fun with the philosophy of life as well as the absurdity of his plot. enjoyed would listen again.


(0 stars)

I agree wholeheartedly with the post earlier about the *capital P* Prose in this novel. Getting a print copy of this work would be about the best thing I could think of. I seriously make CD's of HtDC and give them to anyone who is remotely interested in an audiobook. ...


(0 stars)

Nearing the end of the story now, and am thoroughly enjoying each chapter. Theo, Kilby and Nero are wonderfully quirky characters drawn from life's seamy underbelly out into the light of day. Still not sure how all will turn out. Love this book! So glad there's more from this author ...


(0 stars)

I love it. It seems to be carrying on torrid affairs with both Douglas Adams's Dirk Gently and Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere," and that is a wonderful thing. I was absolutely hooked by "She was wearing a life with someone else's name on the tag, itching at her neck." The writing ...


(0 stars)

What a full on wonderful book! Three cheers and kudos for Myke's powerful, imaginative, fantastically original story. There is nothing off-the-shelf here, nothing but a new and enthralling take on the everyday here-and-now, but with such twists! Amid and amongst us is a dark and dysfunctional society, which can see ...


(0 stars)

Just finished chapter 1 and I just wanted to stop by and leave this comment....I am hooked. It has the makings of a great detective novel. I cannot wait to get started on Chapter two. I noticed this is a series. Thank Goodness. You just found yourself yet another fan. ...


(0 stars)

My preference for fast paced crime thrillers led me to overlook this novel when I first came across Podiobooks, but I am delighted I found Myke's unique work here. I have just listened to the first 3 episodes in quick succession and am blown away by his brilliant storytelling, imaginative ...


(0 stars)

the story is long but its impossible to be bored as he always conjures up an unexpected and interesting twist. the reading was excellent. not since Shantaram has a reading voice been so captivating. and the incidental music was well chosen and extremely well integrated. now for electricity