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Depraved Difference (A Detective Shakespeare Mystery, Book #1) (Detective Shakespeare Mysteries)

Depraved Difference (A Detective Shakespeare Mystery, Book #1) (Detective Shakespeare Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

J. Robert Kennedy
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Would you help, would you run, or would you just watch?

When a young woman is brutally assaulted by two men on the subway, her cries for help fall on the deaf ears of onlookers too terrified to get involved, her misery ended with the crushing stomp of a steel-toed boot. A cell phone video of her vicious murder, callously released on the Internet, its popularity a testament to today’s depraved society, serves as a trigger, pulled a year later, for a killer.

Emailed a video documenting the final moments of a woman’s life, entertainment reporter Aynslee Kai, rather than ask why the killer chose her to tell the story, decides to capitalize on the opportunity to further her career. Assigned to the case is Hayden Eldridge, a detective left to learn the ropes by a disgraced partner, and as videos continue to follow victims, he discovers they were all witnesses to the vicious subway murder a year earlier, proving sometimes just watching is fatal.

From USA Today bestselling author J. Robert Kennedy comes Depraved Difference, a fast-paced murder suspense novel with enough laughs, heartbreak, terror and twists to keep you on the edge of your seat, then knock you flat on the floor with an ending so shocking, you’ll read it again just to pick up the clues.

Available Detective Shakespeare Mysteries:

Depraved Difference, Tick Tock, The Redeemer,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1345 KB
  • Print Length: 565 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB8OJE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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USA Today bestselling author J. Robert Kennedy has written over one dozen international bestsellers including the smash hit James Acton Thrillers series, the first installment of which, The Protocol, has been on the bestsellers list since its release, including a three month run at number one. In addition to the other novels from this series including The Templar's Relic, a USA Today bestseller and #1 overall bestseller on Barnes & Noble and #6 overall on Amazon, he writes the bestselling Special Agent Dylan Kane Thrillers and the Detective Shakespeare Mysteries. Robert spends his time in Ontario, Canada with his family.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful surprise! 13 July 2011
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I bought this book for my kindle because I like a crime thriller and it was cheap. I was hooked from the beginning, the two storylines were fascinating, I did not see the finale coming and can honestly say this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I will be looking out for this author and eagerly awaiting the next book. I was surprised that the author decided to self publish to keep prices down for readers and applaud him for this. If you are debating whether to buy this book or not I say 'go for it', you will not be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 11 Dec 2011
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Excellent fast paced thriller, i initially didn't realise it was American so fans of British crime writing shouldn't be put off. Look forward to next one and would be happy to pay a bit more. Well done
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treat 18 April 2011
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Being new to self-published books at ridiculously low prices, I started this book with low expectations - proof again of how wrong I can be! This is a great read, fast, furious, with more dead bodies than a holiday weekend in Midsomer.

As the blurb says the main story is about revenge killings of people who stood by and did nothing while a young woman is murdered. But it's also a look at how the internet and media can turn brutal crime into entertainment and the impact that can have on the people involved.

The two main characters, reporter Aynslee Kai and Detective Hayden Eldridge are both attractive, likeable people. Aynslee's crush on Hayden is very well handled and provides plenty of humour to act as a counterpoint to the darkness of the main plot. No spoilers, but yes, I was genuinely surprised by the ending.

Off now to check out the author's other books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, A must read for crime fans 17 Oct 2011
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Totally hooked from the first few pages.

Without giving anything away, there are two stories running side by side here, the main one being about the witness' to a brutal murder are now being murdered. The other one is a kidnapper keeping young girls locked up in a cellar. Eventually, the two stories collide and my goodness what an explosive ending!

This really has to be one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. Although we find out (if you havn't already worked it before then) who one killer is, the second one really took me by surprise.

I actually went back a few pages because I thought I had mis read something, but no I did have it right.

Will definately be looking for more books by J. Robert Kennedy and if they are as good as this I will quite happily pay a lot more than 86p for them!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont hesitate to buy this book 21 July 2011
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If your reading these reviews to help make up your mind if you want to buy this book then dont hesitate !
Fast, gripping and well written I could not put this book down ! The Twist was great and totally unexpected !
Cant wait for the Sequel !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !! 3 July 2011
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Compelling story from start to finish.

This book explores two seemingly unrelated crimes. The first is a tale of revenge on the witnesses of a violent and unprovoked public murder, surprisingly done in that my sypathy was with both the initial victim and those who, for reasons of their own, did not act. The second is the story of missing women, held captive by an unkmown assailant. Towards the end both tales are expertly drawn together to shock and surprise in equal measures. I for one did not see the climax coming.

Det Shakespeare begins the journey as a washed up cop, lazily biding his time until retirement. He is slowly transformed and we are given a glimpse of the man he was, and may yet still be, laying the path for a sequel.

I will definitely be looking forward to the next installment !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great page turner I could not put down. 1 Mar 2013
By Babsso
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Having now read a few of this authors books I am totally hooked. I love this imperfect hero and all his hangups. The story is great based around the murder of a women and the people who witnessed it and did nothing. Every action has a reaction of equal proportion and the reaction to this event makes a gripping story. If you are thinking I dont know this author I wonder if its worth it then buy this book and all the others you will not regret it. Like me you may well find you have found a new author to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!! 10 Jan 2013
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I have not read anything by this author before but I will read everything by him from now. What a truly amazing book. I was hooked from page 1. And the twist in it had me saying "Oh my god no!!!" out loud. Such a well written book. Looking forward to reading the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I love twisty thrillers,and this was as twisty as it gets.I'm also pretty good at working out the plot and about half way through I was confident I had this sussed and was just... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angie T.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by joe
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the bunch (the three Det. Shakespeare novels that is)
This book is fast paced and thrilling. As you progress through it, you will experience Hollywood style scenes that would look awesome in a movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P R Desai
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked
Bought this first book it was cheep hooked first page bought his next two can't stop reading I will buy all his books never dull kept me wanting more first class
Published 11 months ago by inga
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recommendation
My friend discovered this author in tree book form and highly recommended his Detective Shakespeare series to me as we have identical taste in books. Boy was I glad she did. Read more
Published 15 months ago by I Love New York
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
As I've never read any of this author's books, it took me a little while to get used to the jumping about mid-chapter style of his. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I must get myself organised and review books as I read them. This one was finished about a month ago and I'm reading the reviews and paging back through the book to remind myself... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Galning
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Like other reviewers, I am new to this author and bought the book based on those reviews. Am I pleased I did! Read more
Published 20 months ago by JackiG
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I enjoyed this book from start to finish greAt value for your money and will read more from this writter
Published 21 months ago by michelle baldwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay read
Not at all bad but didn't always keep my interest. Found parts difficult to bother with and other bits rivetting.
Published 21 months ago by Caroline Northrop
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