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Long Way Home (Zigic & Ferreira Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Eva Dolan
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A man is burnt alive in a shed.

No witnesses, no fingerprints - only a positive ID of the victim as an immigrant with a long list of enemies.

Detectives Zigic and Ferreira are called in from the Hate Crimes Unit to track the killer, and are met with silence in a Fenland community ruled by slum racketeers, people-trafficking gangs and fear.

Tensions rise.

The clock is ticking.

But nobody wants to talk.

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"A brilliant introduction to a new crime series... The plot is tight, the anger righteous, and the action thrilling" (Metro)

"The modern scourge of people-trafficking is brilliantly described in this ingenious and compassionate novel" (Sunday Times)

"A promising debut that pulls no punches" (Sunday Mirror)

"Thrilling, original, so contemporary it feels as if it was written next year. Brilliant" (Denise Mina)

"Perceptive and intelligent, with the ring of authenticity" (Laura Wilson Guardian)

"An engaging debut... Assured and delicately written, Dolan paints a nuanced portrait of a detective and a city" (Daily Mail)

"A new author to watch... This debut is so impressive" (Matt Thorne Sunday Express)

"Eva Dolan's writing is snappy, confident and sharp as a blade, with a storytelling style that bubbles and fizzes" (Crime Fiction Lover)

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The start of a major new crime series from a CWA Debut Dagger shortlisted author featuring a detective duo from the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2396 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F5W7KG0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eva Dolan is an Essex-based copywriter and intermittently successful poker player. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger for unpublished authors when she was just a teenager, Long Way Home is her debut novel and the start of a major new crime series.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut Novel. Gritty realism at its best. 21 Oct. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow! What a stunning debut novel. I can't wait for the second in the series to get to know Zigic and Ferreira better. They head up Peterborough's Hate Crimes Unit and this story centres around a man found burned alive in a garden shed. All is not what it first seems. The novel focuses on Peterborough's immigrant community made up largely of Eastern Europeans who have come to the UK with promises of work and good wages. For many this isn't the case and as the investigation moves on, Zigic and Ferreira discover a host of migrant workers who are being kept as slaves. If any of the victims protest at their treatment, their punishment is death. This is a political novel, yet still pacy and enjoyable. Eva Dolan's writing is gritty, edgy and takes us to a place we never thought we'd go. Do such things go on in modern day Britain? Sadly, the answer is yes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New and Exciting 27 Oct. 2014
This is a bleak, violent, no-holds-barred crime novel that is exposes the darker side of the issue of migrant workers and their gang masters in the fens around Peterborough.

DI Zigic and DS Ferreira work on the Hate Crime Unit and when a man is burnt alive in a garden shed, their investigations reveal a complex and incredibly violent underworld in a fairly run-down and deprived Peterborough. Both of these Police Officers are from ethnic minority backgrounds, a fact that helps and sometimes hinders their investigations.

Be prepared for some pretty full-on, explicit scenes of cruelty and suffering in Long Way Home, but also be prepared for an extremely well written crime story that explores issues that many of us are unaware of. Eva Dolan writes with authenticity, her descriptive prose is excellent and her two main characters are very well formed. Zigic and Ferreira are complex characters, each with their own complications and distinct story, so different to each other, yet the perfect partners for investigation crime and getting to the bottom of things.

Eva Dolan, Zigic and Ferreira are welcome additions to the world of the police procedure series; new and exciting, great writing, fast moving plot and exploring a theme that has rarely been written about in fiction. This is gritty and real, often uncomfortable, sometimes shocking, but very impressive.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut can't wait for more. 4 Jan. 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Thank you so much to Eva Dolan and Alison Hennessey for the copy of this book to review.
Peterborough is changing. Migrant workers, both legal and illegal, are working in the fields, the factories and the pubs of the town. When a man is burnt alive in a suburban garden shed, it brings an unwelcome spotlight on to that world, and two detectives are faced with investigating a murder in a community that has more reason than most not to trust the police.

So, a debut novel and the start of a new detective series, you may ask, well, do we need anymore? My answer would be a resounding YES especially if they are going to be of this quality and standard. You always know you are onto a good thing when you pick up a book during a spare ten minutes then look up dazed an hour or so later and realise you missed your bus....

DI Zigic and DS Ferreira are the very definition of a perfect yin and yang working detective team - well drawn, intriguing personalities, well rounded backgrounds and sitting well in their surroundings, the reader has two perfect, yet often contradictory, sets of eyes with which to follow the action..

Tightly plotted and intelligently written, with a definite eye towards current affairs, I was intrigued and fascinated by this world of which I know little. There is a high degree of authenticity and an extremely realistic feeling to the whole story. Cleverly done indeed.

In the world of crime and mystery fiction this series is going to be one to watch...certainly when the next one becomes available I shall be knocking hapless book shop goers out of the way in my resolve to obtain a copy...

Happy Reading Folks!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More from Eva Dolan please! 16 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An excellent debut novel - can't wait for more to come in the series.
Having lived in Peterborough, where the book is set, all my life I am familiar with virtually every location in the story and they are accurately portrayed (apart from one tiny little niggle that only a Peterborian would notice - King's School uniform blazers are burgundy coloured, the blue ones are Thomas Deacon Academy). The background of immigrant workers from different countries over the years is also accurately & sensitively handled.
Looking forward to reading more about Zigic & Ferreira.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very promising 30 Jan. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A gloomy look at immigrant workers, criminal gangs and two detectives (both from immigrant families) who try to solve the crimes.
But this is brilliantly written and can't wait for the follow up story. Eva Dolan is a writer to follow
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Eve Dolan's deftly written debut novel is a meaty murder mystery that uses a police investigation to cast a sharp eye below the surface of modern Britain and the barely visible world of its immigrant workers - legal and illegal. Long Way Home is gritty but never grim, realistic but paced as breathlessly as a tightly written thriller. Gripping, involving, sad and quite terrific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended if you like dark crime reads 8 Dec. 2014
By Christine M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is a pretty exceptional perceptive crime read, full of intricate descriptions and wonderful dialogue. It is hard to believe that it is the first novel by Eva Dolan.

The story is set in Peterborough, present day, and features Zigic and Ferreira who work at the Hate Crimes Unit. We get to know Peterborough, with its poverty, migrant communities and racist undertones. Slowly we see how the landscape of a town has changed and the social problem of migrants (legal and illegal), that we so often hear about, has a very human face. Dolan uses the migrant workers and their gang masters, as a backdrop for murder. We get to see how the gang masters make life literally hell for their slaves. The story begins with a suburban shed being burnt down and a body discovered.

I found myself getting very fond of DI Zigic and wanting to know more about him. Ferreira less so.

There is nothing better than a gritty dark crime read, which presents the worst aspects of our society for scrutiny. I hope we get many more novels by Eva Dolan in the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving story with characters I didn't care about
Based on the previous reviews I had high expectations, but was rather disappointed.

Sadly this novel failed for me. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Richard Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed them all
Published 24 days ago by james man der
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly intelligent crime novel that doesn’t baulk at tackling...
A refreshingly intelligent crime novel that doesn’t baulk at tackling some controversial topics, making it particularly relevant for our current political climate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Marsh
1.0 out of 5 stars Grown up writing, 6th form politics
Intelligently plotted, fast paced, rich in detail with a strong sense of place. Dolan is a great writer.

Her debut novel, sadly, is full of bigotry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by veshengro
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel.
Superb debut. Evocative, well plotted, great characterisation. The depiction of the plight of migrant workers seems entirely believable.
Published 2 months ago by Tim Rolls
5.0 out of 5 stars What a conundrum
I finally read this book myself and loved and hated it at the same time. Mind you, I just hated it because it shortened my already challenging nights because I wanted to see what... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A gripping and fluidly written read, I flew through it! The setting is well thought through and the connections between characters deeply believable.
Published 2 months ago by scarlet
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
This book is passable but I failed to bother to finish it
Published 2 months ago by Jillian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first novel
A great first novel - well plotted and dealing with important social issues
Published 3 months ago by snailview
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story keep me reading til late most evenngs would recommend this book.
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