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A Need To Kill (DI Matt Barnes Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Kerr
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Book Description

Book 3 in the DI Matt Barnes Series.

The body of Marsha Freeman – known professionally as Trudi Jameson – is discovered inside a lockup in Putney. She has been brutally beaten, burned repeatedly with cigarette ends, and strangled with a pair of tights. An ex-model, Marsha had latterly been working as a high-class prostitute, with clients including politicians, well-known celebrities and captains of industry.
All that has been taken by her killer are three pages that have been removed from a potentially career-destroying address book.

The Serious Crimes Unit is given the case, due to Marsha’s murder being the second carried out with the same MO. Both victims were prostitutes and redheads.

Detective Inspector Matt Barnes is assigned to head up the investigation, due in part to his previous success in running down repeat killers.

Matt, and Beth Holder – a criminal psychologist who consults on certain serial and ritual murder cases – are in love, but Matt’s almost fanatical dedication to his work is threatening the future that they both want to share together. Beth is in New York City attending a seminar, and is treating it as time-out to seriously consider her relationship with Matt.

With Marsha Freeman’s address book, video found at her apartment featuring her with clients, and bruise impressions on both corpses that have been made by an embossed ring depicting the head of a wolf or similar animal, Matt and his team begin the task of interviewing Marsha’s contacts, that include more than one high-ranking cop.

Why was Marsha carrying her address book, which is not even in code? And what is motivating the psycho who Matt is convinced will strike again? Is the perpetrator’s name on one of the pages that was torn from the book, or is the as yet unknown killer planning to add blackmail to his repertoire?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1145 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4Y2ZZY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write the type of original, action-packed, violent crime thrillers that I know I would enjoy reading if they were written by such authors as: Lee Child, David Baldacci, Simon Kernick, Harlan Coben, Michael Billingham and their ilk.
Over twenty years in the Prison Service proved great research into the minds of criminals, and especially into the dark world that serial killers - of who I have met quite a few - frequent.

I live in a cottage a mile from the nearest main road in the Yorkshire Wolds, enjoy photography, the wildlife, and of course creating new characters to place in dilemmas that my mind dreams up.

What makes a good read? Believable protagonists that you care about, set in a story that stirs all of your emotions.

If you like your crime fiction fast-paced, then I believe that the books I have already uploaded on Amazon/Kindle will keep you turning the pages.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Need To Kill. 24 Mar. 2013
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A Need to Kill is a thrilling, action-packed finale to the D.I. Matt Barnes trilogy. It is
fast paced, with a gripping plot and strong characterisation. This is my idea of a real Page-turner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I've given this book - and the two others in the series - four stars because these are really well written, tense, dramatic thrillers, the characters well described and Mr Kerr really knows how to build up a story to a denouement. However, I'm also a little unsure because his books are so full of violence and explicit sado sexual horror described in graphic detail that I find it disturbing. He seems to have the ability to enter into a deranged vicious killer's mind and drag us with him. I must own up to skipping a lot of the pages because of this. I would have thought that a writer of such skill as Mr Kerr might have been able to avoid such horrific scenes or at least describe them without going into so much detail. Most of us have unpleasantly nasty imaginations and don't need everything spelled out in bloody detail. Perhaps these books are meant to be allotted under the horror genre and not crime thriller. I am slightly embarrassed, having said all that, that I have read all three of his DI Matt Barnes books, thinking each one would be different, but then he IS a good writer, its just a shame he has a penchant for describing explicit mentally disturbing scenes. I don't think I will risk reading any more of his books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty 5 Jan. 2014
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Need to Kill was the final book in this trilogy featuring Matt Barnes.It did not disappoint ,in fact I found it more compelling and action packed. Michael Kerr is a breath of fresh air with his gritty , honest way of writing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! 13 Jun. 2013
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This read is a must I am so pleased to have discovered this writer and just love the Barnes series have now read all 3!!! Excellent!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aww shame, last in trilogy. 8 Jun. 2013
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Another great read. Very difficult to put down and therefore read again in two days. Only two Michael Kerr books left to read. Just started Deadly Requital and no surprise it's looking good. I hope you have nearly finished writing your next book, Mike! I only have A Reacher kind of guy left to read. Julie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most unpleasant villain yet 18 Mar. 2014
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This is the third in the Matt Barnes series by Michael Kerr and probably the best in my opinion. In Lucas Downey Michael Kerr has created a real monster,probably his most unpleasant character yet.
The only downside for me is that I have failed to do any of the work I needed to do today as I just kept going to the end.
As usual this moves at a frantic rate,and although there is no sense of detecting the culprit as it is known quite early there is still a great sense of tension.
I also continue to worry at Beth's inability to keep clear of the final action
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent storyline 2 Jan. 2014
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Very gripping and graphically written, I enjoyed it immensely and found it difficult to put down once I had begun reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books 1 / 2 / 3 11 Jun. 2013
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Brilliant writer takes you right into the story just remember to duck when your reading, could he come up with a 4th book well let's hope so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Published 1 day ago by Terry Pettit
5.0 out of 5 stars Another thriller!
Well, this one had me on the edge of my seat, walking around, not being able to bear what was coming next. Phew! Not sure I can take another book like this. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mollie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Another great read from this author. The book keeps you wanting to read on although the subject matter is extremely upsetting. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jaws.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book
I really liked this book .well written with a good story .cant w a it to read book number ,

Published 18 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed it! Bought the next one, hope it's as good
Published 21 days ago by Richard Pern
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I have read all three books in this series and have found them a compelling read a true page turner.
Published 23 days ago by a j green
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced thriller
Once I started reading the book, I was unable to put it down and finished it in just 2 sittings.
Published 24 days ago by eagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Lived it loved it. I get lost from start to finish. DI Barnes is so likeable. You want him to win every time. This author draws you in from the first sentence on the first page. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Love Kindle
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Published 1 month ago by Jim Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars just keeps getting better
Absoutley great book page turner, didn't want to put down xx keep them coming must read in order to appreciate the novels
Published 1 month ago by marie the crime reader
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