The Guy Who Died Twice: A Detective D.D. Warren Story

The Guy Who Died Twice: A Detective D.D. Warren Story

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Sergeant Detective D. D. Warren confronts the strangest case of her career in this exclusive eBook short story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

A USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller!

D. D. Warren was pretty sure she'd seen it all. Then a man walks into police headquarters, attempting desperately to convince the squad that he's dead. Explaining to him that he's very much alive, they finally send him on his way...and then hours later, he turns up actually dead. And it's on D. D. Warren to figure out how and why the dead man died...twice.

Plus: An early look at Gardner's next riveting thriller, Never Tell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721387533
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Detective D. D. Warren Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 491,293
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Lisa Gardner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels, including Look for Me, Right Behind You, Find Her, Crash & Burn, Fear Nothing, Touch & Go, Catch Me, and The Neighbor, which won the International Thriller of the Year Award. She lives with her family in New England.

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The Guy Who Died Twice: A Detective D.D. Warren Story 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
toReadistoEscape 6 months ago
This was a cute short story. It was not extremely exciting or engaging. In the begging of the book, it was a little comical. The reader will feel like they are in the middle of a clue game. If you like Agatha Christie you will like this short story. I received this galley from NetGalley.
JamieS More than 1 year ago
Thank you Netgalley for the ACR. Quick read but kept me interested...hadn't read any other DD Warren books--but it wasn't necessary. Enjoyed very much
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Renwarsreads More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, it was short like a novella and a lot lighter than the usual D.D. Warren stories. It's still a murder mystery but some parts are almost comical.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Lisa Gardner and expecially, the DD Warren series. I was pleased to see a new book, although being a novella or short story, it did not have the twisting, detailed storyline that I have come to expect. Saying that, this was a quick, fun story. The story is written in two timelines, albeit, twenty-four hours of each other. The actual crime and investigation and DD sharing the story with her husband and having him guess what happened. It starts off when a man stops by the police station to report his own murder, because he was convinced he was dead. Despite DD and the other Detectives explaining to him that he was very much alive, he remained insistent that this was not the case. After a bit of research, he was released into the care of his family. Then a couple of hours later, they receive a call from the patient’s wife, as her husband has been found dead in bed – with a knife in his back. A rick man walks into the police station claiming that he is dead. He is adamant, even though the police insist he is very much alive. His wife is called and sends the chauffeur to pick him up. He is returned home, only to end up dead, with a knife in his back a few hours later. This is a locked room mystery, as the only people in the house were his wife, doctor and staff. Can DD and her team determine who the murderer is? This is a very short story, but Lisa Gardner was able to pen an interesting mystery, introduce some new characters and keep the interest in the DD Warren stories piqued while waiting for the next novel in the series. If you are a Lisa Gardner fan, especially a DD Warren fan, you will want to read this quick story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book to read upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
The Guy Who Died Twice – Lisa Gardner I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review. I have long been a fan of Lisa Gardner and the DD Warren series, so I was ecstatic to see this new book – I was quite surprised to see it was a novella – I had been hoping for a full length DD Warren special, but this who-dun-it, was still a lot of fun to read! It starts off when a man stops by the police station to report his own murder, because he was convinced he was dead. Despite DD and the other Detectives explaining to him that he was very much alive, he remained insistent that this was not the case. After a bit of research, he was released into the care of his family. Then a couple of hours later, they receive a call from the patient’s wife, as her husband has been found dead in bed – with a knife in his back. A man of family wealth, the victim had been ensconsed in a large home with several caretakers also on the premises, including the chef, the manservant, the gardener, the maid, the driver, and the doctor, along with the victim’s wife. As DD interviews each individual, each story is the same, the victim was generous, respected and loved by his staff. But some inconsistencies come to light…and DD must use her wits to determine who the killer really is… A quick read from a fabulous author!! Highly recommend!! Can’t wait for more short stories (and long) in the DD Warren series!!
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D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
This is a great who-done-it novella to read if you’ve never read a book by this author before, though I have and I can tell you they’re all fabulous. This novella captures Lisa Gardner’s more lighthearted writing style, introduces you to the very competent squad she works with every day and you will also learn a little about her home life too. I really enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek storytelling between Detective Warren and her husband as they sit quietly while drinking wine and discussing their day; as if a day in the life of a homicide detective could ever be as entertaining as this particular day turns out to be. I read a complimentary copy of this book provided by Penguin Group Dutton through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining novella with classic Clue like feel to it. Great fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was fun guessing along. A great read.
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LawladyCase More than 1 year ago
Light, quick and comical. What a great short story! D.D. Warren tells her husband about the weirdest case of the day as they relax over wine. In flashbacks interspersed with the telling, the story of the man who came to the police department to report he was dead ends up dying is disclosed. It is written in a humorous and easy to read style. The characters are all fun and intriguing. Each of the suspects has a secret to hide. The book offers shades of the game of Clue. The mystery is solved in true Colombo fashion. I loved this book. I am typically not a fan of short stories or novellas but this one may change my mind. The writing is tight, quick and comical. The characters are well developed even in such a short time. Readers of Lisa Gardner books will get a fix of D.D. Warren until Never Can Tell is released. Others who are not familiar with this author will become fans after reading this gem. I received an ARC by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion or ratings of this book.
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
A man walks into a police station insisting he has been murdered. With a record of mental issues, he is sent home. Less than nine hours later, he is stabbed to death in the Guy Who Died Twice. Detective D.D. Warren and her partner investigate the man’s murder. Arriving home that evening, D.D. walks her husband Alex, a police crime scene analyst, through the crime. Together, they solve the mystery. There are plenty of suspects, means and motives here. The Guy Who Died Twice is a fun chance to play armchair detective with only an hour or so time invested. This is an easy way to see if the D.D. Warren series is for you as it can be read as a standalone and clocks in at less than 90 pages. 4 stars! Thanks to Dutton Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
KelsieAL More than 1 year ago
The Guy Who Died Twice is a very entertaining short story from established author, Lisa Gardner. Gardner reveals the story in a series of flashbacks, with the primary character, police detective D.D. Warren, relating the details of her most recent case to her husband. The entire story takes place in just one day. Detective D.D.Warren brags to her husband, a police crime scene analyst, that she has just solved the “strangest case”. Apparently, the couple has an ongoing competition for the strangest police case. The LaToile case is definitely far from routine and may deserve the title, “strangest”. Adam LaToile walks into his local police station and declares that he is dead. Of course, the detectives think Adam is delusional. Strangely enough, two hours later Detective Warren receives a phone call from Adam’s wife reporting that he is now, indeed, dead. Warren and her partner arrive at the LaToile home to find that Adam has been murdered. The home is well-secured, so everyone there, Mrs. LaToile, the household staff and Adam’s doctor, is a suspect. Detective Warren cracks the case through the process of elimination, but the twist that reveals the killer is unexpected. As a fan of Lisa Gardner, I expected and received a great read. The characters and plot are brilliantly developed in the short span of the story. I recommend this short story to all fans of a good mystery. Even readers that shy away from shorts will find this one worthy. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy. However the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
MeganLeprich More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was a super fast read at only 96 pages but I love how Lisa Gardner can pack so much information and interest into such a short story. I have read and loved everything she's written and I loved this book as well. This whole book is told while Detective D.D. Warren and her husband Alex are sitting on the couch together after work and dinner, drinking a glass of wine to unwind after putting their son to bed. D.D. says she has the top most strange case and she isn't kidding, earlier a man came to her precinct claiming to be dead. As D.D. and all her partners could plainly see he in fact was still alive they began to question the mental competence of the man. After talking with him for awhile they send him home and hours later get called out on a dead man, the same man who that morning claimed already to be dead. Is the man psychic or is really possible for a person to die twice? I loved how this book was written and how she gave some many details in such a short story. The whole book went back and forth between D.D. and Alex sitting on the couch and hours prior when D.D. was working the murder and it had plenty of entertaining characters. The whole time you're wondering which of the couple's hired help committed the murder or was it the wife that did it. I myself had no clue who the murderer was until the very end and there was a huge plot twist I didn't see coming. Great, great read as always by the amazing Lisa Gardner.
MonnieR More than 1 year ago
Generally speaking, I shy away from short stories. But once in a while, especially if it's coming from a favorite author, I relent. Recent releases by Dean Koontz and Jonathan Kellerman come to mind - short stories they wrote as lead-ins to upcoming books. In fact, I've even read a shorty by this author, who's also on my list of favorites -- albeit one co-written with M.J. Rose for the anthology "FaceOff" a few years back (an outstanding compilation that I highly recommended, BTW). So when I got a chance to read an advance copy of this one, I didn't hesitate. I'm actually glad it's very short, because I really didn't want to put it down and could finish it in one sitting. As it begins, Detective D.D. Warren is at home with her crime scene analyst husband Alex and their son Jack after a day that began with a very much alive man coming to the station to insist that really, he's very much dead. Believing him to be a bit deranged, the cops send him home. That belief turns upside down a couple of hours later, though, when they get a phone call: It seems the man was on the right track but spoke a bit too soon. Now, his claim is official - and the knife in his back is a dead giveaway that someone else helped him prove his point. Sections of the book shift back and forth from the after-work discussion to the police station and the beginning of D.D.'s day, from announcement of the man's death to the progress and conclusion of the investigation. Much of that takes place inside the man's ostentatious home, wherein live the man's widow and several exceptionally well-paid servants - all of whom are suspects. Because everything happens in such short order I can't say more without giving away too much, but it's all cleverly written with overtones of the game of Clue: We know it was a knife, but was it the chef in the kitchen? The doctor in the bedroom? The wife in the sitting room? In the end, I'm glad I didn't put money on my chosen culprit; had I done that, I'd be eating ramen noodles for the rest of the week. After the case wraps up, readers can take a peek at the author's next D.D. Warren book. Me? Thanks, but I prefer to wait for the whole thing and go in cold turkey - but it's there for inquiring minds who want to know ahead of time.