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Picasso Scam, The (DI Charlie Priest) [Paperback]

Stuart Pawson
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7 Mar 2011 DI Charlie Priest
Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is the kind of officer who likes to get on with the job, though his unorthodox ways have held him at inspector level for a record-breaking length of time; however Priest does get results. When Charlie suspects a now-respected businessman, with a background of extortion and GBH, of involvement in an international art fraud, he's taking on an enemy with friends in high places. But Charlie can be persistent to the point of recklessness and, once he's realised that there's a link to the lethal doctored heroin that's striking down the local kids, no threat will stop him...

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY; Reissue edition (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749009330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749009335
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Charlie Priest, a sort of Yorkshire Inspector Morse, is a likeable hero. There is plenty of flair in the plot and it all gels magnificently' Yorkshire Post

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Stuart Pawson had a career as a mining engineer, followed by a spell working for the probation service, before he became a full-time writer. He lives in Fairburn, Yorkshire, and when not hunched over the word processor, Stuart likes nothing more than tramping across the moors, which often feature in his stories. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start 28 Feb 2007
By Manda
A great start to a very enjoyable set of DI Charlie Priest novels. Plausable story lines with nice "one liners" that make you smile and occasionally laugh out loud. Highly recommend these books to anyone looking for a good read.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Charlie Priest! 27 April 2011
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This is the first book in the Charlie Priest series and the first I have read. I have been trying to get hold of a copy for ages (I like starting at the beginning of a series) but have not been successful until I found I could download it on my new Kindle.

Charlie Priest is a policeman, an inspector somewhere on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border, an area I know well. Charlie is one of us. He is not driven. He is not a loner or a maverick. He is a bloke with a job which is mostly interesting and enjoyable but sometimes not. He is a rarity among fictional detectives in that he not only gets on with his colleagues, but also likes and respects his boss. He is unattached but not bitter (at least not very) and there is more than one candidate for his affections.

The crime at the centre of the plot is intriguing and you want it resolved, but the real interest lies in Charlie and his colleagues and all the peripheral detail of their lives. It is that makes you want to read on to the end, and then get the next book in the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Introduction to Charlie Priest 20 Oct 2009
Having just unearthed the Charlie Priest Mystery books, i thought i would read the first novel to see if i would like the series of books by Stuart Pawson.
The books are easy to read, the plot lines are simple, told in one story idea, no two or three strands, which can be confusing.Nice local plot lines, mostly believable, although in the first book a lot of things happen to our detective in a very short period of time.
Will it make me buy the next book in the series..yes it will.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hesitant 23 Nov 2004
I have read several of Mr Pawson's books in the past 'Chill Factor', 'The Limestone Cowboy' and 'Laughing Boy' all following the exploits of Inspector Charlie Priest and whilst i have enjoyed them all, i found a couple of weaknesses with this one. For one thing i did not think the plot was particularly well-developed. Several strands appeared and disappear with little development and the ending i found a trifle abrupt and a bit contrived. I also found with this book, that the prose style that is so confident in the other volumes is a bit hesitant in this one. However in saying that i have enjoyed the series thus far and this will not put me off reading any others in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Picasso Scam 1 July 2013
By Mr P M
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Read a Charlie Priest novel at random by chance and decided to go for the start of the series. Not dissapointed. Also first "purchased" e book for Kindle. That must be the quickest (And simplest) way to buy on line I have discovered!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Picasso Scam 5 May 2012
By Raye-Jo
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This started quite slowly but never boring and had all the humour that I love with Stuart Pawsons books. As I am now reading the last of his books I shall be sorry not to be going to bed with DI Charle Priest any more. A really great read and a great author. Try reading his books and get hooked like me, and Stuart if you should read this, please get writing more crime novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Picasso Scam 26 Mar 2012
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The was the first DI Charlie Priest novel I read and it was great. I only found it because it happened to appear in my Amazon recommendations - so thank you, Amazon.

The Picasso Scam is not the conventional kind of whodunnit crime novel. The crime at the centre of the story is an art fraud (as indicated by the title) which leads DI Priest into the murky world of drug smuggling and corruption in high office. The twists and turns of this complex case drive the plot, rather than the need to find out who did it.

Priest is an engaging, very human character to whom the reader easily warms and identifies with. The narrator's humour is splendid and appropriate for the tone. The sub-plots are an integral part of the narrative and are linked by theme to the main plot - the real tragedies which lie behind drug addiction. The author also appeals to the reader's senses and creates a vivid sense of place. I have no criticisms of this book and can thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Picasso Scam 1 Oct 2010
Brilliant! Even though there is serious crimes involved, the one liners are excellent, environments like the police create an atmosphere where jokes are said, some not PC are shared, I will definately read more of Stuart Pawsons books, I recommend anybody to read this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detective story from Yorkshire!
The book arrived promptly and very well packaged. This was my introduction to DI Charlie Priest. I found it very engaging and funny. Read more
Published 3 months ago by minty
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing read
Not too violent or sexy just a good way to idle away a few hours without getting too heavily involved
Published 4 months ago by Dekka52
4.0 out of 5 stars The Picasso Scam
Although this is the first book this isn't the first one I've read of the series and for that reason I thought it wasn't one of the best of the series, however it was a great... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cretwer
3.0 out of 5 stars As always want to know the ending
Not the best I`ve read of Stuart Pawson. A bit jumbled up with several investigations. But I will always read what Stuart Pawson has to offer.
Published 15 months ago by Derek Trundle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
At first I did not know if I would enjoy this book as it was written in the first person and had a humour element to it ( which I don't normally go for). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nigel M Richardson
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst crime debut novels I have read
Pawson's "The Picasso Scam" was first published in 1995, but feels like something from a much earlier era - try 1955. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jl Adcock
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good yarn
I found this a good read which rattled along in a pleasant manner and although not quite "un putdownable" it was entertaining and had only a slightly incredible ending -... Read more
Published 19 months ago by reluctant cyclist
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
I'd never come across this author before and downloaded the book just by chance. I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 21 months ago by spider
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to the series
I really enjoyed this book. The story was fast paced and well plotted although a number of threads in the story, including the ending, were dispatched a little abruptly. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. W. Lees
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly thrilling
The book plodded along with no excitement, little storyline. I purchased books 1 and 2 at the same time and wish I hadn't as the second book was no more exciting than the first. Read more
Published 24 months ago by jenny.a.cooper
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