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From Black to Blue (The Blue Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Cox
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Book Description

One of the highest rated police procedurals ever - 26th out of 203,000 books in the Crime, Mystery & Thruller section!

It is February 1985 in east London and probationary Police Constable Chris Pritchard steals five thousand pounds at the scene of an old lady's death. Delighted at first to be out of his dire financial situation, it soon dawns on the young officer that he has committed an act of dreadful dishonesty and he sets out to make amends. Within hours however his complicated private life draws him ever deeper into the epidemic of police corruption engulfing Stoke Newington police station.

Suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, convinced his own arrest is imminent and racked with guilt, PC Pritchard fears his world is about to come crashing in. An unexpected turn of events however puts his true character to the test.

Full of humour and pathos in equal measure, you will not read a more accurate account of 1980s policing.

The author was a police officer who served with the Met for over thirty years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 846 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUQJV26
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jonathan Cox retired from the Metropolitan Police in 2013 and within days he had published 'The Blue Trilogy', a series in which he hoped to capture the atmosphere and attitudes of policing in a by-gone age.

"Make no bones about it .." he says, " just one generation, policing has changed beyond all recognition and the events my books relate would no longer be tolerated. But times were different then, before the advent of CCTV, and the police could get away with a lot more. That said, by and large they were still the good guys, putting their lives on the line for Queen, Country and Joe Public and getting little thanks for it! Unfortunately,that aspect hasn't changed. I believe we served the public more effectively in those days."

Jonathan's career was largely spent investigating police and public sector corruption and so his books tend to slant in that direction. He also completed postings on murder squads, crime squads, a witness protection unit and surveillance teams. He served under seven Commissioners and countless Home Secretaries both in the UK and abroad where his specialist anti-corruption skills were utilised by foreign law enforcement agencies.

Jonathan concludes "Being a policeman was, and still is, the best job in the world. And I was priviledged to work alongside some really great people, some became life long friends, a few, pretty impressive enemies. I wish both every future happiness and success."

The author now works in the City of London investigating corruption and wrongdoing in a large multi-national bank.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Nostrils Ever Find Redemption ? 9 Sept. 2013
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Well Jonathan has gone and done it again , a fantastic read that you will find very difficult to put down.
Prepare to shed tears , firstly of sadness , as mentioned by another review the graveyard reconciliation with Dawn’s mum will have you reaching for the Kleenex. Then of laughter, the culmination of his run ins with the windup merchant PS Key, the cup of tea incident, had me literally laughing out loud with tears rolling down the cheeks.
Without giving too much away poor Nostrils continues his battle to work out where he fits into the MPS and, not realising how much he is suffering from PTSD, does a very bad thing. Once he realises the consequences of what he has done he sets about in his own inimitable way to make everything right . Will he do enough for redemption ?
As ever the wonderful mix of real characters and true stories carefully blended with a good old fashioned page-turner of a story. Faction at its very best ! I look forward to see how Nostrils develops and whether he ever learns to keep his trouser zip done up and think with his brains rather than his balls :-).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent 2 Aug. 2014
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Absolutely love these books and was lucky enough to download all the trilogy last year when they were free.

Entertaining, sad and humorous all rolled into one, wasn't sure what to expect when I read the first one but I am absolutely hooked on them now.

After the sad ending in the first book I did wonder what would happen in the second one but I have really enjoyed it, especially the Punch and Judy bit and the struggles Nostrils is having with Kitty.

Looking forward to reading the last one in the trilogy From Blue to Brown but think I will wait a bit as I don't want them to end. Can thoroughly recommend this trilogy and hope there is more from J.C.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up 18 Mar. 2013
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The second book of this trilogy is darker than the first but still has flashes of fabulous humour to counteract this. A jolly good read, so much so, I immediately downloaded the final book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying this Trilogy! 16 April 2013
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Just finished this second book and it hasn't disappointed. Continues to flow well, the subtle twists and turns remain entertaining and make you feel as if you want to keep reading just one more page! Sexism,racism, homophobia, Masonic secrets and secret liaisons - to name but a few hot topics covered in this great read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Gripped! 21 Mar. 2013
By Leasie
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Unbelievable. I am absolutely gripped on this series. I am reading it everywhere I can, I just can't put this book down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than From Green to Blue 24 Mar. 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised that this was even better than the first book of this trilogy I read it in 2 days. It probably was because I knew a lot of the places mentioned (although from 10 years before the time of these books).
I am now eager to read the last of the trilogy although I am going to try and ration it so I can spread out the experience.
I highly recommend this trilogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 29 Mar. 2013
By Alex
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From Black to Blue follows Christophers life after the emotional events of the first book. With a darker story than the first yet still told with brilliant flashes of comedy throughout. The author writes with a style that just keeps the audience hooked. Will most definatley read the third book soon and would recommend this book to anyone wanting a new series to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great read 3 April 2013
By EdwinaP
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A fantastic follow up to the excellent From Green to Blue. Once again I was gripped and couldn't put it down. The story lines and characters are great; the writing is engaging, funny and very moving. I am now half way through the third book, From Blue to Brown and am gutted this is only a trilogy, would love to read more of Chris' adventures!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!
I absolutely LOVED this book. As a police procedural, it makes you wonder which parts of it are true, and which (if any) are elaborated. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Drawing Pin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by Frederick Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, a real page turner :-)
Published 2 months ago by L TYLER
5.0 out of 5 stars just a good read!!
A simple plain story. No graphic rubbish. Felt very real. I'm going to read the series. Better than anything else I've read this year.
Published 6 months ago by mike hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
Very enjoyable book I have read the first two instalments and can't wait to read the next would highly reccomend to everyone
Published 6 months ago by Miss. Lauren Keens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read hard to put down
Published 6 months ago by Charlie Jarvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read. More please,
Published 7 months ago by Pat Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars which i like. This is a great trilogy
when I started reading the first book in this trilogy, I struggled to get into it, so I put it to one side and came back to it a few months later. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Karenh999
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, a very good book
Brilliant, a very good book.
Published 8 months ago by Doreenh
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first!
Deeper, darker and even more unsettling but still a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging yarn.
Published 9 months ago by Jon Beaumont
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