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The Circus (An Inspector Carlyle Novel) [Kindle Edition]

James Craig
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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The fourth in the bestselling Inspector Carlyle series. When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment.

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When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector John Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment and the hugely powerful Zenger media group.

Hunting down Brown's killer, Carlyle finds himself going head-to-head with his nemesis, Trevor Miller. A former police officer turned security adviser to the Prime Minister, Miller has dirty money in his pockets and other people's blood on his hands. Untouchable until now, he is prepared to kill again to protect his position - having failed once already to dispose of Carlyle he is not prepared to slip up again...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 514 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (25 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090K07ZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Carlyle in Life's Circus 29 Jan 2013
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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James Craig's latest Inspector Carlyle novel is a whirlwind of frenzied activity. The plot is a barely disguised parallel to a topical issue embellished by the author into a complex web of intricacy. At the hub of this is a phone-hacking scandal but the author uses this cleverly to spin the rest of the story. Characters enter (and leave) the scene thick and fast, most having relevance to the goings-on. Carlyle is at his irascible best. His boss, Commander Simpson, sums him up as 'having the ability to get results only matched by for his capacity to be immensely annoying and totally unmanageable'. Clearly not a team player. With little sleep and often working into the 'fifty shades of grey'! winter evenings Carlyle opens one can of worms after another.

Existing on a diet of caffeine, cake and whisky, Carlyle and side-kick Sergeant Joe Szyszkowsky are thrust into a series of incidents involving multiple murders. The Prime Minister and other high-profile government officials are hell-bent on self-preservation and winning the next general election. Sorting out the phone-hacking mess seems to be a potential vote-puller. An investigation is set up, 'Operation Redhead' !!, questioning journalists from the tabloid 'Sunday Witness' and its affiliates, including its managing director, Sonia Claesens, who works for the Zenger Corporation under the umbrella of the global 'New Media Conglomerate'.

The multitasking Carlyle is under pressure to sort out the spate of murders without causing any undue fracas. The fact that this may inciminate involvement with the Metropolitan Police (including the commissioner), politicians, journalists and the Zenger corporation, all with self-interests, adds a considerable degree of difficulty to the investigation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I have only recently found Inspector Carlyle series of books and have enjoyed the characters of both the Inspector and his fellow officers, the story lines are up to date with the present political affairs and the police force methods of working, the hard facts of life in the criminal world are softened by Carlyle's family and his own out look about his working life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A topical and amusing police procedural 27 Feb 2013
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I've read the previous Carlyle yarns and enjoyed them. No change here. The characters are believable and interesting. I find it attractive that the author allows his prejudices full reign through his characters and the plot. The plot is topical and is Mr Craig's take on what lies behind recent London headlines. So, an excellent, pacy read and a refreshing escape from anodyne PC wooden characters. The crooks are evil, the cops are not much better, moral ambiguity everywhere except with our shabby hero. Don't miss it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another of a good series 2 Mar 2013
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the series appeals to me as I like my policeman to appear human with normal feelings and failings.This continues with the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Inspector Carlyle's Best 17 Jun 2013
By TonyM
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I have enjoyed reading the other books in the series, but this is my least favourite so far.
If you've read the others, then don't be put off, this one feels a little more disjointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time for the Carlyle 1 Mar 2013
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This is good,to start with,there was to many characters,but it all came together.-------Thanks good novel.
Im off to buy more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Topical page-turner 28 Feb 2013
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This was a gripping read with interesting main character. (How soon to him being on TV?)
However, I fear that the topicality will mean that it loses its appeal when the current issues (e.g. phone-hacking, today's politicians) are out-of-date. That and the (for my taste) excessive sex and violence led me to give it only three stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Circus - don't bother 12 Mar 2013
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This was one of my less inspired purchases. James Craig obviously appeals to some readers but I found his book tiresome and implausible. In particular, I disliked his habit of specifying exactly what type of clothes a character was wearing, or type of television was being viewed etc. This struck me as an attempt to show off his knowledge of, especially, luxury items but added nothing to the text. Although there was a rather muddled plot line it was obscured by a variety of poorly conceived subplots. Finally, not one of the characters, particularly Carlyle himself, had a single redeeming feature that would appeal to the reader. All-in-all then, a very poor effort.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars An earlier book when the series was still quite strong
The pace of this series - I think it's book 8 out now - is such that it has lost much of it's lustre. Read more
Published 20 days ago by tpryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 25 days ago by Mrs S L Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read.
Published 1 month ago by boxer dill
4.0 out of 5 stars Re. THE CIRCUS
took a little time to get into the story theme but when i
one got into it the story was most enjoyable
Published 3 months ago by S.C.Warburton
2.0 out of 5 stars A car crash of unnecessary detail and complex sub-plots.
"A Cracking Read", said Radio 4, but it did little to entertain me and everything to irritate me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by markinapub
4.0 out of 5 stars I did like this
I do like the Inspector Carlyle series, he is well thought out, more truth in him than in some other books.
Published 3 months ago by Oldsparky
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't try so hard
Having previously enjoyed the previous outings of John Carlyle I wanted to give this one a go. However this one failed to sparkle. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marc Whiffen
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different
James Craig is a new author to add to my favourites list. Inspector Carlyle is all you hope for in a fictitious inspector made all the more readable given his obvious lack of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by julie stone
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not Craigs best
too much use of real events reworked into a novel. Sorry Mr C not your best, just read 'A Man of Sorrow' which redeems you.
Published 6 months ago by BigD
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read.
Is it me or is James Craig becoming a bit too readable? As fas as airport literature goes it is fine. That being said I have just downloaded another. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joff Ward
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