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The Candidate: A Luxembourg Thriller (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Pembrey
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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WHEN HEADHUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED (a concise, pacy read): Nick Thorneycroft is a British headhunter working in Luxembourg. His company asks him to recruit a high-flying executive for the company's Russian business. The best candidate turns out to be smart, beautiful... and mysterious. Soon the effects of Russia’s political upheaval, and the arrival of an ex-girlfriend who won’t leave him alone, make Nick’s Luxembourg life increasingly perilous; worlds collide in this gripping, atmospheric tale.

"A very readable Euro thriller with a strong sense of setting. This is well worth a read, and has shades of Elmore Leonard and other hard-boiled American detective writers. But it’s also up to date, with an insight into modern Euro-crime which is all too accurate." Katharine Quarmby, award-winning writer, TV producer and journalist


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3692 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GNFLDKM
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Growing up in Nottinghamshire - beside Sherwood Forest - Daniel Pembrey loved to invent stories. Some Daniel wrote down ... but before he knew it, a business career had taken over: financial analysis, an MBA and ten years spent in the business development team of a US West Coast Internet company. These experiences would provide settings and ideas for his fiction.

Daniel is most drawn to psychological suspense stories, especially those with a strong sense of location. He has set stories in Silicon Valley and Seattle, South Carolina, Luxembourg and Amsterdam. Inspirations include D.H. Lawrence, Raymond Chandler, Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin and Scandinavian crime fiction.

When he is not writing, he loves to read, travel and meet interesting new people. He occasionally writes non-fiction articles for The Times, and he is on Twitter, @DPemb. To receive occasional email updates and offers of free exclusive content, please sign up at www.danielpembrey.com.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short thriller 24 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you have a two to three hours spare and want to be entertained forget TV or the movies, read this short thriller. Nick Thornycroft is working in Luxembourg when he suffers an overnight memory loss, unable to discard this as just an over indulgent night we have all suffered from, he starts to follow his journalist instincts and tries to discover what really happened that night. Who is involved, is it linked to his latest assignment and why can't he remember anything at all? This is a great story full of intrigue and unexpected danger.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shades of Elmore Leonard 26 Nov. 2013
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A very readable Euro thriller with a very strong sense of setting. I think it will be interesting to see where Daniel Pembrey goes next on his fictional travels. This is well worth a read, and has shades of Elmore Leonard and other hard-boiled American detective writers. But it's also up to date, with an insight into modern Euro-crime which is all too accurate. Worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Snow Globe' of Europe - Luxembourg 22 April 2015
Format:Paperback
This novella is a perfect candidate (no pun intended) for what might be called a #lunchtimethriller. It is fast and pacey and can be read over a lunchtime period.

Nick Thorneycroft is a headhunter working in Luxembourg. He has been shoe-horned into his position by his girlfriend Claire, who, now that he is living in the city full of ‘monuments to money’, she is blowing hot and cold. Irksome, because they have technically ended their relationship.

He is tasked to tie down a Russian woman to work on the company’s Eastern European and Russian ties but he soon discovers that there is a bigger picture, that extends way beyond the confines of little Luxembourg.

The book opens one Sunday morning with Nick appraising his apartment and finding a pair of women’s knickers on the floor, a mark on his neck that isn’t quite a love bite and a depleted memory of the night before. Where is the line between reality and his growing paranoia?

It is a well written piece where the Luxembourg setting is strong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Hard to put down as the story unfolds, the complex characters play a sinister game indeed. All of this with Luxembourg as back drop, I recognised many many places and there are some I have not visited yet, shall remedy on my next visit. I recommend this book very highly. Great author, I have enjoyed many of his books as I appreciate his writing style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Eileen
Format:Kindle Edition
****.5 Rating 4.5/5
It does not cease to amaze me how Daniel Pembrey can write a complete, thoroughly thrilling and excellent read in a novella. As such, The Candidate: A Luxemburg Thriller so did not disappoint. Pembrey is fast becoming one of my top authors.
Nick Thorneycroft, previously a sports writer, has been encouraged by his girlfriend, Claire to change careers to an executive recruiter for a payments company, based in Luxembourg. From the first page, I was enticed as the compelling plot develops at a fast pace: at times humorous, at others, sinister.
Nick’s world starts to spin out of control when he awakes to find some ladies underwear in his apartment. “They were black, croissant shaped and instantly recognisable to my male brain. Still, it took me a few seconds to comprehend the scrunched-up pair of women’s underwear on the floor of my dim Luxembourg apartment. The effect s of some spirit, vodka possibly, clouded my vision.” So who was the mysterious owner?
Then enters his apartment, uninvited, his outrageous landlady, Madame Doriot: who treats Nick like a son. Mme and Monsieur Doriot, together with their dog, Mischa play a pivotal part in the thriller through their actions. I found them hugely entertaining but very sensitive and naive.
Privy to highly delicate and confidential information and currently assigned to get a new recruit, a Russian Executive, Yekaterina (Kate) Novakovich onboard, Nick finds he has been dragged into a world of conspiracies, double-crossing and violence. Who can he trust, who can he turn to and where is the mysterious Kate? Why can’t Claire get the message, it’s over? I won’t add any spoilers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars absorbing 4 Feb. 2014
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Well written thriller. Daniel has slowed the pace of his writing to good effect. You now get to know his characters.
I would have preferred a happier or more satisfying ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you expect!!! 27 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first Kindle single I have read. I have always shied away, believing it would be difficult to get character development with limited pages. But I was wrong. I found this an interesting, intriguing story. Nick Thorneycroft is a British head hunter who is pursuing an executive for the Russian business. Nothing is in this story as it seems, which I loved!
The pressures of the job are immense, but are not helped by Nick's out of hours escapades, which leave him with vague memories of bringing a woman home. Who is it? The candidate the company is chasing, or an ex-girlfriend? A short, sharp, quick but satisfying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 21 Jan. 2014
By RayMac
Format:Kindle Edition
Terrific, kept my attantion till the end and then what an
ending - I wasn't expecting that !!
I was gifted the book through NetGalley
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't read anything else this week then read this!
Although I've never been to Luxembourg I now feel I have! The book is very atmospheric and the storyline enthralling. If you have a few hours to spare then read it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Geraldine
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
Title sounded good but i cant even be bothered to finish this book it is too boring and a really crap read sorry
Published 5 months ago by Verena Weilguny
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read. I wanted to keep on reading without ...
Another good read . I wanted to keep on reading without trying to guess the ending
Published 6 months ago by ANNIE60
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking novella set in an unfrequented crime location
Took The Candidate on my recent travels to Europe and what a fab read that was! Pembrey's writing offers such a great sense of place and carefully well drawn characters! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jacky Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars A taut, gritty, whip-smart novella in which Pembrey ...
A taut, gritty, whip-smart novella in which Pembrey deftly mashes up a timely geopolitical thriller with a psychological whodunit, and then distills the result to its essence.
Published 7 months ago by Dan Mayland
5.0 out of 5 stars review: the candidate
OK so i just want to start off by saying that i really like this book.

I think this book is a great book, yeah its a short book, but i think its still brilliant. Read more
Published 9 months ago by abbie123
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The Candidate is a well written, well-paced novella. It is said the best things come in small packages. This proves it.
Recommended.
Published 10 months ago by D. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...
29/04/2014
I received another copy of this book, which was slightly different and with another extra chapter, by the author in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Khushnuma
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
No plot, no pace, weak in all areas. A literary car crash. Luckily a free book as you will not want to pay.
Published 12 months ago by susan graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly layered plot leaves subtle clues which contribute to a...
'The Candidate' is an enthralling political thriller set in Luxembourg. Nick is a recruitment head hunter although in a previous life he enjoyed a successful career as a sports... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jolliffe
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