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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015851
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Craig is a crime writer living in London. His Inspector Carlyle series is published by Constable. For more information, please go to www.james-craig.co.uk.

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A cracking read (BBC Radio 4)

Fast paced and very easy to get quickly lost in (Lovereading.com)

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The third in the bestselling series featuring Inspector Carlyle.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By True Review on 10 Dec. 2012
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Fast Paced Action but Crass Ambience

This is the latest crime novel featuring Inspector Carlyle who has won many fans with his rough-hewn attitude to his job and his instinctive irreverence for authority.

As he jogs through London one evening he comes across a young girl, alone and unhappy. Carlyle sees that she has been handled roughly and is physically bruised. Just then a man arrives to take the child away but she resists and runs off. Carlyle chases her and brings her back but meanwhile the stranger - a posh chap with the attitudes of his class - has vanished.

This sets the scene for the inspector's efforts to uncover a child trafficking sex ring. The girl proves to be Ukrainian and her knowledge of English appears to be limited to a description of the sex act, expressed in an upper class English accent. And then she claims to live in Buckingham Palace.

This, of course, raises the stakes! New characters emerge--a Ukrainian gangster who runs homes for children back home while he pimps them in London, several unsavoury police attached to the special unit protecting Royalty, including a lesbian copper with a foul mouth and a propensity to violence. And of course a minor aristocrat who funds and enjoys sexual perversity.

James Craig is a Scot and perhaps that accounts for his strong aversion to the British royal family and English aristocracy and "posh boys" in general. But his bias is so strong that it colours the book with prejudice. The author does not celebrate the English language; his characters' conversations are coarse and the ambience in consistently seedy. His strength as an author lies in the fact that he maintains a good pace and energy. His fans will enjoy the book but some people will be repelled by the constant crassness. -- Prospero.

Rating: 3 and a 1/2 stars.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By El Becko on 3 Aug. 2012
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I've been reading each Carlyle novel as it comes out, and I'm in danger of becoming a bit of a fan.

Third book in and Craig is hitting his stride, an appropriate metaphor as the London Olympics proper start today.

If you are not familiar with him, then Carlyle is an Inspector from London's Charing Cross Police Station who makes a speciality of upsetting vested interests whilst solving crime. It takes seconds to irritate him, and once irritated his language is choice. He's a second generation Scot, so hardworking and dour but funny in the way that Scot's are - and with plenty of integrity.

Thing is, this time round Carlyle finds a young Ukrainian girl who has been trafficked and prostituted - and whom the system is about to fail miserably. And he takes it personally. His own daughter is a similar age and the thought of this happening to her makes him feel physically sick. So off we go on a very personal journey as Carlysle takes on the East European traffickers, the posh boys and the bent coppers who have united to make this happen.

I think Buckingham Palace Blues is a crap title - but get over it, because it's horribly plausible fiction in parts which rocks along at a pace. Carlysle actually manages to be flirted with along the way - hilariously he's too much a calvanist to flirt back! And women clearly find his love of lost causes endearing. This is a more well-rounded character we meet - and it makes for a very good read.

So to sum up, BPB is funny, pacy and full of grit and splatter. It has a few moments of genuine pathos and lots of rough-house fighting as Carlyle kicks bad guy ass more than is good for someone of his age. In Carlyle's world the system fails people, Community Cops are 'Plastic Policemen' the Royal Protection Squad are bent and social workers are lazy and useless.

What's not to love? This is James Craig's best book so far.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By firminafirm on 20 Aug. 2012
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I have read all 3 of Craigs' books. They are all highly enjoyable and recommended. The only thing which really spoils this book for me particularly, is the use of American phrases throughout - Coke Lite, autopsy, bar tender, internal affairs. Also the poor research into the organisation of the Met - there haven't been desk sergeants for 30 years etc
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Aug. 2012
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As I say, this book is quite good. The characters are a bit stereotyped but the plot is good and moves along quickly.
The only grouse I have is that the main character (Insp. Carlyle) runs down just about every organisation you can think of.ie:
Social Services
Police Community Officers
The Railways
Police in general (and the Swiss police)
Independent Complaints Authority
Heathrow Security
But the biggest moan is about the Royal Family which irked me a bit.
I'm not sure if the scathing criticisms are the author's views or just those of Carlyle.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Shaggy Dancer on 5 Aug. 2012
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This is my first Inspector Carlyle book that I have read and I have to admit that I have came away from the experience with mixed feelings. It started so very well, the inspector out jogging in London comes across a lonely young girl sitting on a wall, having jogged passed her he realises that the girl is on her own and goes back to see if she is OK. His concerns are raised when a man appears while he is there saying that he is the girls uncle when clearly the girl does not know him or wish to go with him...

The story was well written and I quickly settled into what was going to be an excellent read. However the inspectors cynicism and anti-royalty feeling started to wear me down a bit, maybe if I had read the other books first I could understand what was driving these feelings but from my perspective they were being overstated and not really necessary for the story.

Overall I enjoyed the story, though in places I found the storyline was being overstretched and I began to question the actions of our hero. Also I felt that the ending when it came was a bit of a mixed bag with the story continuing tying up loose ends, I felt this could have been tidier.

All in all a good read and I will now look out for the other Carlyle Novels.
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