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Integration [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Edger
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***Published June 2011 (Revised February 2014)***

It's 3 a.m. you are alone in bed. A noise wakes you. It is the sound of the front door opening. There is an intruder in your house. What do you do? Confront them or hide?

Mark Baines has been offered one million pounds to carry out a ‘favour’ for a voice on his answer-phone. What is the ‘favour’? Is he prepared to risk everything for the money? Will he actually have a choice?

They will do anything to get what they want.

They won't take 'no' for an answer.

Everyone has their price…

Blackmail, murder, conspiracy and money laundering: Integration is a fast-paced, British, crime thriller set in Southampton.

About the Author

Stephen Edger was raised in London but has lived in Southampton since studying law at University over a decade ago. He is one of the most exciting thriller writers to emerge in the UK in 2011 and 'Integration' is his debut novel. Stephen and his wife Hannah celebrated the birth of their first daughter in November 2010 and it was the early morning wake up calls that enabled him to find the time to write. Stephen works for one of the UK’s largest banks and it is his detailed understanding of the financial services industry that adds authenticity to his work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463620500
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056NY8JK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Edger is one of Britain's up and coming new crime writers.

Stephen is the author of 6 novels and 4 novelettes.
> 'Integration' was published in May 2011 and tells the story of Mark Baines, a young banker who is blackmailed by a strange voice on the end of his phone. 'Integration' spent three weeks on Amazon's Top 100 thrillers list in 2014
> 'Remorse' was published in November 2011 and is about John Duggan, a manager at a local supermarket, struggling to come to terms with recent fatherhood, who has killed his wife or daughter in the last seven days. 'Remorse' spent a week on Kindle's Top 100 list in 2012.
> 'Redemption' is a follow-up to 'Integration' and continues the story of Mark Baines, as he uncovers the truth behind who set him up.
> 'Snatched' was published in October 2012 in controversial circumstances and recounts the investigation into the abduction of a young girl from her school. 'Snatched' was Kindle's most downloaded book in February 2014.
> 'Shadow Line' was published in May 2013 and is a follow-up to 'Redemption'. Three seemingly unrelated incidents (a plane hijacking, office shooting, and suicide bomber in a shopping centre) mark the final case of D.I Jack Vincent's career.
> 'Trespass' was published in December 2013. A young girl witnesses the brutal rape of her mother in 1989; now an adult herself, she hires Private Investigator Johnson Carmichael to prove that a recently deceased convicted predator was the man she saw all those years ago.

Stephen was born in Darlington in NE England but was raised in London. He moved to Southampton to study Law at University but after graduation decided his future lay outside of a courtroom. Stephen works in finance and has used his experiences of the industry in each of his books.

Stephen had an urge to write from a young age and regularly received school reports praising his vivid imagination. He was inspired to start writing in 2010 after being burgled while on holiday in Spain. The trauma of returning to his villa to find it burgled became the inspiration for the first chapter of 'Integration' and the plot developed from there.

Stephen loves to read thrillers, in particular British thrillers. He cites Simon Kernick, Stephen Leather and Mark Billingham as influences though is also a fan of Dan Brown, John Grisham and James Ellroy.

For further information about Stephen and any of his works, please visit You can also follow Stephen via his 'Author Page' on Facebook and as @StephenEdger on Twitter.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, shame about the writing 13 Jun 2012
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The plot of this book is brilliant and very clever. I had no idea where it was going next and it was compulsive reading. It's a shame the writing is so clunky - I'd love to be Mr Edger's editor and found myself almost reaching for a non existant blue pencil all the time I was reading it. It's a measure of just how compulsive it is that, despite that distraction, I can't wait to start reading the next one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a good read !!! 5 May 2012
By Chappo
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Great book with a good plot & an unexpected ending, which made me buy Stephen's follow up book "Redemption". My only criticism is that some of the descriptive passages are a bit "wordy". Apart from that I'd recommend that you give it a go. Well done Stephen Edger, I'll be watching for future output.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conflict 19 Feb 2014
By Aurora TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I feel the need to make it clear at the outset that I enjoyed this story before the next sentence. I found myself in conflict over this book as the rational part of me was arguing than any normal person would go to the police as soon as he heard the message, after all who is going to give you that sort of reward for a legitimate "favour"? At the very least most would have reported their car missing, BUT the book reader in me argued that if he had done that, there wouldn't be any story so of course he couldn't. There were so many points at which Mark could have got out of this if he had just thought things through rationally.
I had so many people lined up to be the bad guys, or at least in cahoots with them, including every one of Mark's named colleagues, and at one point even his girlfriend. Despite being monumentally stupid, he does appear to have some good friends - but will one or more of them turn out to be less than a friend in the long run - who knows? There is a hint of who might be behind it at the end of the book, but is it who we are led to believe it might be? It will take another book to discover that.
I am also in two minds over the ending of the book, part of me loathes it when an author doesn't finish a story properly in one book but leaves us waiting to find out more. As a standalone book the ending is totally unsatisfactory but as a hook into a second book it is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A not bad holiday read 22 Aug 2013
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Having read a mixed bag of reviews, I decided to risk my 99p and download it for reading by the pool on holiday. The story isn't bad despite it being completely unrealistic in places, and for the price you cannot complain. The downsides are the author's tendency to dwell on superfluous detail, factual inaccuracies that highlight inadequate research, and spelling mistakes. It really does feel that this book was published before anyone had read it through. Having said all that, I am currently reading the next book, Redemption. My review of that book however, will not be much different from this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good debut 27 Sep 2012
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I bought this looking for a cheap read not expecting much but quickly found myself unable to put it down! A great plot line full of twists and turns with a very unexpected outcome. Stephen Edger has a great writing future ahead of him if this is anything to go by!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was this proof read?? 19 Sep 2012
By Susie F
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The storyline was enjoyable (although I would have liked to know that there was a sequel at the start) but the grammar was dreadful. I thought if I read another 'was stood', 'was sat' (not in dialogue), I would scream. Also author doesn't seem to know difference between 'there' and 'their'. Thought proof reader or editor or someone(!)would correct these very basic grammatical errors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant novel! 7 Sep 2012
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I really really enjoyed this book! It was a slow burner that compelled me to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the story line and the various characters - who were believable and easy to visualise. Full credit to the author for a cracker - I bought two more of his books on the strength of this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Budget fiction that doesn't disappoint 13 April 2012
By mrmatt
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I'm always nervous about the `budget' fiction that does the rounds on the Kindle Store - I know there's not much at stake, but I've wasted more than a few pounds on sub-standard work. I'm happy to say that Integration isn't in this category - I
it's a good read, well paced and with believable (if very naive) characters. It might not be the most polished work, but it left me wanting more (the sequel is out 1st May) and I will definitely be keeping up to date with Mark Baines.

As an aside, for anyone who has had to sit through anti money laundering training (as I have) this book is a far better way of keeping the training in your mind than any corporate video!
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This book did not appeal to me to much. Just when I thought it was going somewhere it was finished. Better luck next time.
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Love the author's style of writing and an excellent thriller. Will keep you engrossed from start to finish. Very much recommended.
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Good story line. Wouldn't have guessed the ending.Will read the next instalment to see what happens to the main character.
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This book was recommended to me, so I got it to read on holiday. It was fantastic and kept me guessing the whole way through. Read more
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