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Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park [Kindle Edition]

Simon Conway
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'A gripping, genre-bending fusion of police procedural and political thriller, it pulls the reader into a story of murder and betrayal amid a conspiracy to develop military bio-engineering. Conway . . . writes with verve and an insider's confidence . . . The questions raised by the story . . . linger long after the reader turns the last page.' (The Economist)

'Its ever-shifting boldness is exhilarating, as he blends detective fiction, bio-thriller, political and adventure ingredients and sets his closing chapters in the mountains of Georgia.' (The Sunday Times)

'Vivid and atmospheric from its opening lines, ROCK CREEK PARK sweeps us into a fantastic yet fully realized world, fusing the political thriller with a murder mystery as enthralling as it is complex. Replete with engaging characters and engrossing scenes, this is one novel where the pages seem to turn themselves. Simon Conway is a serious talent.' (Richard North Patterson)

'A terrific read. ROCK CREEK PARK does for Washington what Gorky Park did for Moscow. Bring in the readers, scare the tourists.' (Matt Frei, Channel 4 New Correspondent)

'With ROCK CREEK PARK, Simon Conway has succeeded where many longtime Washington D.C. writers have failed: he has delivered a bristling, stomach-knotting Beltway murder drama in which the capital city's timeless connivances are expertly captured. This is Conway's best and most imaginative book yet.' (Robert Draper)

'As a writer with an apartment overlooking Rock Creek Park, I can testify to the dead-on accuracy of Simon Conway's portrayal. As a veteran Washington journalist, I can attest to his perfect-pitch rendition of the smug insider world of DC power players. And as a lover of thrillers, I can confess that I was hooked (or, more accurately, addicted) from the moment the first body popped up in Rock Creek Park.' (Walter Shapiro, Washington, D.C. correspondent)

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The new pulse-pounding thriller from the 2010 winner of the CWA Steel Dagger Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444727761
  • Publisher: Hodder (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Conway was born in California in 1967, educated in Britain and studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
He served in the British army with the Black Watch and the Queens' Own Highlanders. After leaving the military he worked for The HALO Trust clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Eritrea and Sri Lanka.
As Director of Landmine Action he set up survey and ordnance disposal projects in Western Sahara and Guinea Bissau as well as successfully campaigning for an international treaty to ban cluster bombs.
He is currently living in Washington, D.C. with his wife the Channel Four News Correspondent Sarah Smith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, Gritty, and hard to put down. 18 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of Conway's Novels, and have thoroughly enjoyed them, this being no exception. The plot was fast paced, the characters very good, and I found the whole book very difficult to put down. I was curious to read this novel, as on he face of it, a detective thriller, was a departure from his previous novels, however it was a thoroughly good read, and I would recommend it. I look forward to his next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable thriller 14 April 2013
British ex-police officer Harriet Armstrong discovers the beaten body of a young woman while out night-jogging through a snow-gripped Rock Creek Park in Washington DC. From that moment we embark on an exhilarating thriller which mixes politics and science with deadliest violence. The body is found just yards from the home of Senator John Cannon. Investigator Michael Freeman soon becomes suspicious not least because he and Cannon once served in the same military unit, albeit in different wars. Is there a particular reason why Freeman has been picked to investigate the murder? What is Cannon at such pains to hide? The murderer, though, is clearly out of control. More corpses follow and Freeman follows the trail of blood to Germline BioSciences, a cutting-edge research facility funded by the American Government. By the time that Harriet (or Harry) is hired as bodyguard to the niece of the Russian exile Dr Markoff who directs the facilities, the coincidences have become too much for Freeman. The pace steps up a notch.

There is a huge amount going on in Rock Creek Park - political machinations, genetic science, post traumatic military stress, sexual domination and relationship upheaval. There is much to commend the thriller, quite apart from its exciting, blood-pumping plot, not least the characters of Harriet and Freeman. These two people, each suspicious of the other, are thrown into a situation outside their control, both having to deal with domestic difficulties and both soon facing enormous danger. While Freeman attempts to understand his relationship with fellow police officer Maja, Harriet is coming to terms with her desire to have a child - a need that makes her vulnerable to the affection of the vital young niece of Dr Markoff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edge-of-your-seat stuff 25 Mar 2013
Part police procedural, part spy thriller, part apocalyptic sci-fi - but all of it absolutely brilliant, seat-of-the-chair entertainment - Conway's latest is a book that defies pigeon-holing, and is far, far more satisfying as a result. The body of a beautiful young woman is discovered in Washington's Rock Creek Park near the property of a powerful politician and a world-weary, ex-special forces cop is given the unlovely task of unravelling the crime. The hunt for the killer takes the reader from the drug-blasted ghettoes of DC, via the covert palaces of US power to the lawless badlands north of the Caucasus and unveils a secret all the more horrifying for it's absolute plausibility. Don't expect to sleep much after beginning this book. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet 21 Jun 2013
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I've read a number of Conway`s book, which are generally good but this is his best yet - he has found his stride. He always situated his characters in borders, people of certain loyalties in plots on the edge of the possible. Here the just possible works well enough to make you ponder on the subject in a fast moving adult thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A read you shouldn't miss!! 23 Mar 2013
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For anyone who enjoyed a great book don't miss this one. Rather different to Simon Conway's previous novels, but just as enjoyable and highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Octane thriller 10 Dec 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I love a thriller that takes me on a journey and since we lost Michael Crichton, believable science that keeps the journey moving have been few and far between, that is of course until I read this book by Simon Conway that delves into the mystery of the manipulation of the human genome.

Here within this book you get a high octane thriller mixed with some cracking prose, some wonderful manipulation of the human state and when added to an arc that keeps you glued from the start to the finish, really makes this a book that was a lot of fun to read. Great stuff,
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Favourable reviews of books by "The Economist" have been hit and miss for me in the past, but I would say I agree with the recent positive words in respect of this book.

This is a well-written novel which plays with a scary scientific theme - namely, the possibility that humans can be altered, by using certain animal genes, to be either providers of pleasure and/or fiercer fighters. The two main protagonists are a former soldier (Michael) who is now a policeman, and a former British policewoman ("Harry"), now based in the States, who secures a temporary job as a bodyguard. Their lives sort of come together as she discovers a brutalized body, while jogging, and he is called in to investigate the murder.

The science - to this layman, at least - was well-presented and reasonably easy to follow without being intimidating. And Conway does very well in developing the story components, which also include political shenanigans, and building both tension and excitement. His experience in the military shows and there is a lot of edge-of-the-seat stuff here. A little more colour in the characters may have been helpful though.

There are some unlikely story components and these become much more regular as we move towards the end. In fact, the last fifth of the book, which is spent in the Caucuses in the former Soviet Union, was too over-the-top for my liking and thus watered down my enjoyment of the novel. I also struggled, at times, with sudden changes in the predicaments of some of the characters.

Happily, no Kindle typo or formatting issues to report.

In short, I very much liked the writing and the creative plot, but was less enthusiastic about the licence the author took towards the end. That said, there was certainly enough there to look out for more by Conway. 7/10
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