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All the Lonely People (Harry Devlin Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Edwards , Frances Fyfield
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All the Lonely People was the curtain-raiser to a successful eight-book series featuring Liverpool solicitor Harry Devlin and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger. Devlin finds himself number one suspect in a murder case that is far too close to home. The victim is his estranged wife, Liz, who is found murdered in a dingy alleyway. Determined to find her killer and prove his innocence, Harry begins a journey that takes him into the city's underworld and shatters forever his illusions about the woman he loved. Now beautifully presented in eBook format, avid readers of crime will love reading this gripping, well-written thriller.

This special eBook edition contains a range of extras, including:

- An Introduction by Frances Fyfield.
- The Making of All the Lonely People
- Meet Martin Edwards
- Martin Edwards: An Appreciation
- Preview Chapter of 'I Remember You'

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'Martin Edwards writes terrific crime novels about Harry Devlin . . .with bruised emotions, a nice line in self-deprecation and penchant for Mersey low-life' (Marcel Berlins, Guardian )

'Mr Edwards' quietly effective mysteries are a pleasure to encounter' (New Law Journal )

'Harry is a likeable man with a wry sense of humour . . . Good entertainment with no unnecessary frills' (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph )

'The chameleon city of Liverpool has provided a dramatic background for Edwards' Harry Devlin novels, revealing itsefl in all its seediness and splendour' (Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News )

About the Author

Martin Edwards is an employment law partner at a Liverpool firm of solicitors. As well as the Harry Devlin series, he has published many short stories and articles, edited five anthologies and written six non-fiction legal books. He lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 971 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AUK Authors; 5.0 edition (28 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848584520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848584525
  • ASIN: B008732EJC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer whose sixth and most recent Lake District Mystery, featuring DCI Hannah Scarlett and Daniel Kind, is The Frozen Shroud. Earlier books in the series are The Coffin Trail (short-listed for the Theakston's prize for best British crime novel of 2006), The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth (short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008), The Serpent Pool, and The Hanging Wood.

Martin has written eight novels about lawyer Harry Devlin, the first of which, All the Lonely People, was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger for the best first crime novel of the year and has been republished as an Arcturus Crime Classic, to be followed by Yesterday's Papers. The early Devlin books are now enjoying a fresh life as ebooks, with new introductions by leading authors such as Val McDermid and Frances Fyfield, as well as other new material.

In addition Martin has written a stand-alone novel of psychological suspense, Take My Breath Away, and a much acclaimed novel featuring Dr Crippen, Dancing for the Hangman. The latest Devlin novel, Waterloo Sunset, appeared in 2008. He completed Bill Knox's last book, The Lazarus Widow. He has published a collection of short stories, Where Do You Find Your Ideas? and other stories; 'Test Drive' was short-listed for the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2006, while 'The Bookbinder's Apprentice' won the same Dagger in 2008.

A well-known commentator on crime fiction, he has edited 20 anthologies and published eight non-fiction books, including a study of homicide investigation, Urge to Kill.An expert on crime fiction history, he is archivist of both the Crime Writers' Association and the Detection Club. In his spare time he is a partner in a national law firm and posts regularly to his blog, 'Do You Write Under Your Own Name?'

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dev-inely good! 23 July 2008
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Harry Devlin is a Liverpool Solicitor. His estranged wife turns up on his doorstep and stays one night, but in spite of promises to stick around, she disappears the following day and is later found murdered. First the police question Harry, then release him due to lack of evidence. Harry is obsessed by the woman he lost so is determined to find the killer and bring him to justice. This is an excellent mystery thriller and although there is a small amount of legal jargon, the plot is so good that even a legal phobe will be gripped by the book. Read it and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evie 26 Nov. 2013
By evelyn
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A most satisfying read. I enjoyed the journey through Liverpool, both the leafy suburbs and the more seedy streets. The characters were quite diverse and well portrayed. The witty Liverpool banter was a welcome ingredient as we're the references to songs/political events/media characters of the time . A well crafted crime novel, the first in the series. Looking forward to meeting Harry Devlin again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK Read 24 Sept. 2014
By Ann M
This was Martin Edwards debut novel published in 1991. It features Harry Devlin, a Liverpool lawyer, in his hunt to find the killer of his estranged wife Liz. It is well written and moves at a good pace and the plot has plenty of twists and turns. However I never really warmed to Harry as a character and the book felt rather dated. I much prefer the author’s Lake District Series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solicitors --read this book at your peril !! 18 Jan. 2015
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The realistic Liverpool settings are spot on --I worked in this area for 30 years --and give a real sense of purpose and drive to the narrative . There are no false hopes ,just gritty realism yet the book is by no means relentlessly down beat . Strong characters and a good plot line make for a most impressive read .
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent first novel 16 Aug. 2013
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Martin Edwards writes carefully and well. His books are well-researched, and even in this first book it is obvious he had honed his style by consuming the books of those exponents of his favourite genre that he most admired. He is now more than 20 books further down the line, but thanks to e-publishing his whole canon is once more available. He is a "best-selling" author, of course, and lovers of the crime-solving, whodunnit genre should enjoy working their way through his books: to see how his storytelling technique develops as well as to enjoy a carefully-crafted, entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery 25 April 2015
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This is a well-written novel with some good twists and turns as Harry, our protagonist, seeks to work out who killed his estranged wife. It is a somewhat dated novel (early nineties perhaps?), but this does not come at any cost to the reader as the mystery element is strong.

At the same time, Harry is both a person to align with, given his predicament, yet also quite a source of frustration given many of his actions.

A few typos in the Kindle version, but nothing terminal.

Overall, there was enough in this book for me to look for more by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old paperback well worth a read. 14 April 2013
By esme
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Reading the Lakes Stories by this author, saw that he had written a detective series and wanted to start with the original and first book. Never ordered a second hand one before but was very pleased with the quality of the book despite its age and being a paperback and it arrived before the esitmated date. Excellent read and will order more in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable Solicitor 13 Feb. 2013
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This is a classic,and again the detail and research that Martin Edwards puts into his books are second to none.He brings to life the advantages and disadvantages of being a Solicitor in Liverpool, and in particular the circus of the Magistrates court in that city.The story,apart from that is brilliant, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone.It is a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by J V MORLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking good read
Cracking good read. Well written. Gets the sleazy side of life perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good yarn
Published 3 months ago by dragoon
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, will probably look for more
First one I've read by this author, I like it, will probably look for more, Harry Devlin the sort of character I like to read from time to time, and I like the style. Read more
Published 4 months ago by hil
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a short journey
Quite a reasonable read. Don't know if I would buy another though.
Published 4 months ago by JK
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy
Did not like this book and gave up after a few chapters, not written very well in my opinion
Published 5 months ago by Juliette Langford
4.0 out of 5 stars First time I have read any of the Harry Devlin ...
First time I have read any of the Harry Devlin series and was impressed with the plot, knowledge of Liverpool and the way the book kept you turning the pages as the plot twisted... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr David Sains
5.0 out of 5 stars My first encounter with Harry Devlin - it won't be the last
Very well written. Character descriptions are so spot on as the plot slowly developed, I found myself reading on into the night, much longer than intended. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars scouse morse
Heavily influenced by Dexter's Morse in structure and style but played out amongst the seedy underbelly of an imaginary Liverpool, rather than the cloisters of an Oxford college. Read more
Published 5 months ago by janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fit for purpose
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