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Kiss Me Quick

Kiss Me Quick [Kindle Edition]

Danny Miller
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A thrilling read. (Buzz Magazine)

Dark and involved. (Daily Express)

Unmissable. (Best)

This unusual and atmospheric crime novel suggests that Danny Miller is a writer to watch. (Good Book Guide) of those books that literally grabs you from page one. (The Week)

Book Description

A twisting and turning noir thriller that plays out like an amphetamine fuelled Greek tragedy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 574 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; Re-issue edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3QRMM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Me Quick 22 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Detective Vince Treadwell is an honest detective - one of a rare few in 1964 London it seems. When he is called to a murder in a soho club, both the club owner and Vince's fellow detective are only keen to get him out of the way so they can sort things amicably out between them, and avoid Vince seeing the money change hands. Stumbling on what he believes is a snuff film, Vince ends up in a coma for three weeks and awakes to suggestions he has made the whole thing up. Sent to Brighton, his home town, to recover (and avoid bad feelings at his station for accusing a fellow cop of being crooked), he is given the case file of a corpse found with no head or hands. Could this be a start of the career in homicide which he covets? The local cops in Brighton do not seem any more accomodating, or less bent, than those he left behind in Soho and nobody seems very keen on his investigating.

This is an intelligently written and atmospheric novel, with a realistic feel for the place and time it is written in. There are truly creepy gangsters, an attractive gangsters moll, drugs, Mods and Rockers fighting on the beach (when asked which he is, Vince uses the real life line uttered by Ringo Starr in the sixties - "a mocker") and a small time criminal who just happens to be Vince's brother. The author rarely uses real characters, but I particularly liked his music impressario, Dickie Eton, who was said to be trained by Larry Parnes and was an almost perfect replica of an early sixties manager. There is a second book in this series The Gilded Edge, which I have pre-ordered. Hopefully there will be many more, as Vince is a great character and this is a very enjoyable setting and era for a mystery series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant New Detective Series 25 Oct 2011
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This is the first book of what looks set to be a brilliant new detective series set in the 1960's. It's the story of London copper, Vince Treadwell, who's sent down to Brighton to investigate what looks like a dead end murder, but turns out to be anything but.

The time period is convincingly evoked, not just in terms of music and fashion, but in terms of the morals and language of the characters. Brighton, too, springs to life. It's where I live and it's impossible now, having read this book, to walk around without thinking that the events described in Kiss Me Quick are anything other than real.

The book's hero, Vince Treadwell, is an excellently realised creation. A cop who's as hard as the villains he's up against, who grew up among them and who knows how they think. He's tough and cool, but with an Achilles heel of romanticism that just might prove his downfall. Think Michael's Caine's Harry Palmer meets Paul Weller as detective. Vince is pretty much someone any bloke would kill to be and a lot of women would like to meet.

The villains he's up against - Jack Regent and Henry Pierce - are nightmare-inducing in their ruthlessness. But they're no cartoon cut-outs. More the kind of professional psychopaths you just pray you never meet.

It's no surprise to read that author, Danny Miller, cut his teeth as a screenwriter. The plotting is intricate and continually surprising. A gem of an ending too. One that leaves you itching for more. This is a real page-turner which will keep you guessing right to the very end. Roll on book two. I, for one, will be snapping it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Danny Miller's debut crime novel, Kiss Me Quick, was deservedly highly commended in the UK Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards, being pipped at the post for the John Creasey New Blood Dagger by SJ Watson's Before I Go To Sleep.
Kiss Me Quick is set in 1960s England, and introduces Vince Treadwell, a young Detective Inspector. Treadwell is first seen falling foul of a corrupt senior officer in London's Soho sex industry, (60s Soho was more known for sleaze that for trendy eateries and clubs). This results in Treadwell's being sent to Brighton on the south coast.
Treadwell is a native of Brighton, and is all too familiar with the power of gangster Jack Regent who disappeared after apparently being involved in a knife killing. His job is to track Regent down in the chaos of organised crime, dodgy heroin on the streets and the riots involving gangs of Mods and Rockers that were a feature of south coast seaside resorts in the early 60s.
Treadwell has to walk a fine line between the criminals he is pursuing, Regent himself, Regent's psychopathic henchman Francis Pearce, his own brother Vaughan, a heroin addict who has in the past worked for Pearce, and Regent's girlfriend, Bobby, with whom Treadwell becomes romantically involved. Corruption within the police force means that he is unable to trust the people who should be backing him: his superiors in Brighton and in London itself. Treadwell is in a dark and dangerous world and must move fast, but with great care.
Miller captures the sleaze and the excitement of 60s Brighton, and the moral ambiguities of a police force that was far less accountable and far less controlled than it is today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic story
I really loved this Book it was fantastic I could not put it down the story line was so riveting I loved it thank you.
Published 7 days ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read
This book starts off well, but seems to loose direction about halfway - and only just keeps on the positive side of credible thereafter. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul H
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cracking read
This book was recommended to me by a retired police officer who said the storey is as if he had re read his own diaries of that period . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. C. G. Nelson
2.0 out of 5 stars A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT
I couldn't wait to get this book after reading all the hype on it in the media. Not only had the novel almost won the John Creasey Silver Dagger Award for best debut crime novel,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling and well written book - recommend.
I thought this was excellent. Thrilling and very well written. The protagonist, Vince Treadwell, make for a really well rounded and realistic character, tough, smart, and very much... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J D Self
1.0 out of 5 stars thrilling
A step back to when the only computer to assist the intrepid detective was his own brain.Exciting and plausible and Gripping.
Published 11 months ago by Tony Pugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Good story line and entertaining delivery. Bit gory at the end for the faint of heart but who would have guessed the relationships!
Published 12 months ago by Donald Walton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for Me!
This book started off well and I looked forward to reading it. It rapidly became a long drawn out yawn. Read more
Published 14 months ago by KSB
4.0 out of 5 stars good holiday read
a good read, especially at 99p via the daily kindle deal. kept me turning the pages and not drifting off and having to re read paragraphs, for me with my very low boredom threshold... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Phil Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars gangsters
Having just read Brighton Rock I wanted to read a modern take on gangster theme.Didn't live expectations- a-bit disapointed.
Published 15 months ago by A. L. Crompton
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