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A Fatal Intervention (DCI Tom Caton Manchester Murder Mysteries Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Bill Rogers
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Book Description

It’s the last thing Rob Thornton, up and coming Manchester barrister with a reputation for prosecuting rapists and wife beaters, expects. An early morning knock on the door bringing a warrant for his arrest…on a charge of rape. Within days the mysterious Angelita Covas retracts her accusation, and disappears. Haunted by her disappearance Rob embarks on a mission to find her, and to clear his name. The trail leads to London where Rob is threatened at knife point; warned off in Belgravia; kidnapped and threatened. Worse is yet to come. A series of rhyming text messages arrive, each one foretelling the death of someone connected to him. Rob has a sinister Secret Santa, and the answer lies in subterranean tunnels deep beneath City of Manchester, where Rob comes face to face with Angelita, the truth, and his nemesis. One of them must die; the choice is his!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Caton Books; Third Edition edition (25 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044443OW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

I have written ten crime thriller novels to date - all of them based in and around the City of Manchester.

My first novel The Cleansing was short listed for the Long Barn Books Debut Novel Award, and has just been awarded the e-Publishing Consortium Writer's Award 2011. My fourth in the series - A Trace of Blood - reached the semi-final of the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. All nine have featured in the top ten paid for bestsellers in the Amazon Kindle British Crime Fiction category. Number ten - Angel Meadow - is due out in September 2014.

My novels are part of a series featuring DCI Tom Caton and his team. Part police procedural, part crime thriller. They can also be read as stand alone novels. A Fatal Intervention, although part of the series, is more appropriately a stand alone crime thriller because of the limited appearances of Caton and his team.

Also available is an an anthology of short stories - Breakfast at Katsouris - and a unique book of Short Walks around the city of Manchester - Caton's Manchester - incorporating crime scenes featured in my novels.

Born in London with four generations of Metropolitan Police behind me - my grandfather was a founding member and head of the Flying Squad - I moved North forty odd years ago and fell in love with the people, the countryside, and the City of Manchester. I try to capture the spirit, exuberance, and history of the region in my novels, as well as some of the dark underbelly in which Caton works.

If you would like to contact me please visit my web sites:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many typos 26 Feb. 2012
By janieb
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are far too many typos and continuity errors in the Kindle edition. Are these in the printed version or simply transcription errors? It really affected the experience of reading the book. Mis-spellings, apostrophes in plurals - a pet peeve of mine and very annoying. During the description of the online counselling session, the therapist's name keeps changing every few lines. Does no-one proof read these things? Or is that why they are so cheap? I noticed errors in the other books I have read in this series but this title was particularly bad. I have one left to read and hope the same problem does not recur. I have in general enjoyed the books, but the errors are infuriating.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good low-price crime thriller 15 Aug. 2011
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The first few chapters of this book are a superbly executed description of a man being arrested and processed for alleged rape, which should serve as a salutary warning to any man thinking that casual sex with a stranger is a good idea. The rest of the book doesn't quite maintain the standard, although it is well-written and a good, pacy read.

With the rape allegation withdrawn the central character, a young Manchester-based barrister, is off the hook, but instead becomes hooked on the tragic back-story of the woman who (falsely) accused him. He follows her to London, where he has a series of encounters with nasty people, none of which really go anywhere (the nasty people don't appear again). He also starts to receive some sinister rhyming text messages, accompanied by the murders of people connected with his professional life. Back in Manchester, he eventually discovers who's committing the murders, in a reveal that just (and only just) stays short of the "you didn't guess who the murderer was, reader, because we didn't tell you they even existed until page 436' school of crime writing. Meanwhile (and rather frustratingly), the central mystery the lawyer has been trying to solve remains, basically, unsolved.

Despite that there are still plenty of things to enjoy, including the portrayal of the cagey (and shifting) relationship between the lawyer and the police, and solid detail on police and legal procedure. There are even some nicely handled hints of romance. There's also, however, just a hint of this book being assembled from a series of pre-fabricated modules (perhaps using creative writing software designed to help you assemble novels from pre-fabricated modules), rather than written as a single whole in which characters and story flow continuously.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT a Tom Caton Mystery 19 Jan. 2013
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It actually makes me feel quite sad that I've given this book just 2 stars but I feel altogether duped by it and as such cannot rate it any higher. Before I go on to review A Fatal Intervention as a story I would like to point out that, although I spotted the odd punctuation mistake, I did not experience the level of errors that many reviewers have highlighted. I purchased my Kindle copy of this book on 1st January 2013 so it would appear that the vast majority of the mistakes have been corrected.

Anyway, on to the review... I bought this book, as I suspect most people will, because it is billed by Amazon as well as by the authors own website as the 4th DCI Tom Caton story. IT IS NOT. My progress recorder on my Kindle told me I was 62% of the way through the story before Tom is even mentioned and from that point onwards he appears as an extremely peripheral character, present in very few scenes, with minimal lines of dialogue. DI Gordon Holmes is in the story from the start and appears at various points throughout but for me this is not enough for this to be counted as one of the series.

The story is told from the point of view of Rob Thornton, a barrister who, as the product description says, is wrongly accused of rape before being dragged into spiral of even dirtier deeds. I found the character of Rob thoroughly bizarre. Here we have an educated and supposedly rational individual who, because of his career, is well aware of the procedures and workings of the police and yet his choices and actions throughout the story wouldn't be out of place in a dodgy crime storyline on any of the TV soap operas whose residents seem so determined to mistrust and misuse the police and their associates.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 1 Jan. 2013
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I am reading my way through Bill Rogers's novels, and have greatly enjoyed the first three Tom Caton books. This one is something of a departure, with Caton featuring only as a peripheral character. The problem, I think, is that we are forced to (at least attempt to) empathise with the central character, who is not very likeable, acts like a complete idiot throughout and has strangely selective amnesia (without giving anything away, the plot hinges on his having very improbably forgotten an event in his life).

The dialogue gets extremely tedious and laboured at times (and is Rogers going for the writers' Bad Sex prize?), and there are various incidents that are never satisfactorily explained (multiple thugs tailing the central character when he is in London, for example).

I finished this, but have to say I was glad when we finally got to what passed for a dénouement and all was resolved.

It won't put me off reading more Bill Rogers, but it was not his finest moment.
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