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Simon Kernick
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1 Jun 2005
When Operation Surgical Strike, a police sting designed to catch Colombian drug traffickers in the act of selling a large consignment of cocaine to undercover police officers in a Heathrow hotel, goes horribly wrong, suspicion quickly falls on one of the officers involved: 'Stegs' Jenner. But Stegs is no ordinary undercover cop. Something of a maverick, with a chequered disciplinary record, he's always lived life on the edge. With his close friend dead in the shoot-out, he now determines to go it alone. Enter DI John Gallan and his partner DS Tina Boyd, part of the Serious Crime Squad investigating the murder of ex-gangster turned informer Slim Robbie O'Brien. Slim Robbie had helped Gallan and Boyd set up the operation and is now dead too, shot with his mother in his council flat in Islington while events at Heathrow were taking place. Meanwhile Stegs Jenner is working to his own agenda, developing a plan he's been thinking about for a long, long time. Revenge, he decides, is a dish best taken very, very cold. But is he the man the police are after? As Gallan, Boyd and DI Asif Malik inch ever nearer to the man responsible for the Heathrow shooting, they uncover a murderous conspiracy that will take them to the heart of one of London's most notorious criminal gangs. What they cannot know is that they've also embarked on a collision path that will lead one of them straight into the rifle sights of the enemy.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Books; New edition edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552150657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552150651
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. However, Simon's big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was selected by Richard and Judy for their Recommended Summer Reads promotion, and then rapidly went on to become the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime. To find out more about Simon Kernick and his thrillers, please visit

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"Kernick generates a potent cocktail of thrills that makes contemporary London feel like Dodge City."

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They play. You pay. A race-against-time thriller by the UK Harlan Coben. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
This is Kernick's third book, and he is back on familar territory. The dark and murky (more on that later) side of the London crime scene. Having read his first two books, I had been looking forward to the publication of The Crime Trade perhaps a little too much. Despite the anticipation, I have to say, that Kernick has come up with another winner.
Stegs Jenner's wife gives him a hard time. His superiors in the Police do as well, but he takes these knocks and comes back fighting. Of course he needs a bit of help from the odd drink, and occasional recreational narcotic, but this all adds to the realism. Sherlock Holmes is a long time dead !
In one section, I was laughing out loud on the Tube, before 7am, at the poor sod's predicament, such is Kernick's ability with dark humour and characterisation.
Some of Kernick's others characters are superb. The aptly named 'grass' Trevor Murk, will sicken you. The menacing "Strangleman" Grant, will make you look behind you even more on a dark night. These and more add to what is a highly recommmended dip ino the dark side of London's crime trade. With some excellent twists, and a carefully constructed story, this is one of the best books I have read this year. Highly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked Again 26 July 2010
Having started with `Relentless' I am now working my way back through the Kernick back catalogue. Chose The Crime Trade (& The Business of Dying, see separate review) for a 2 week vacation in Florida and easily finished both books as once again I was hooked by an intriguing plot and exciting style of writing. The Crime Trade provides another `3d' experience as you see the developing plot through the eyes of good guy cop DI Gallan and anti hero Stegs Jenner. Some really good twists and turns as ever and thankfully events do not develop by any `by the numbers formula', challenging the reader's emotions by the end as to who's side to actually take and cheer for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great shoot-out 19 Dec 2006
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This is my third reading of a Simon Kernick novel, following The Business of Dying and A Good Day to Die. The other two focus on leading man Dennis Milne but in The Crime Trade he only gets a passing mention because this tale is told from two perspectives: in the first-person narrative of DI John Gallan, and in the third-person narrative mainly involving undercover cop Stegs Jenner. It's not unusual to mix first- and third-person perspectives, but I'm not an enthusiast of the method, preferring a writer to stick to one or the other. The limitations of each are well documented, and the reasons for mixing it up easy to understand, but in this case I feel that the main justification was a lack of confidence (on the part of the author) in the leadership qualities of John Gallan. Could he carry a story on his own, all told from his perspective, such that he would have to appear from every page? No, he couldn't, and in the end I don't know why Kernick bothered with this mix, as he might just as well have told the entire story in the third person.

Having got that off my chest, I enjoyed the story, the first half more than the second although the shoot-out at the end was very skilfully crafted. Having previously read an enjoyable but dark and complex thriller by John Connolly, I quickly found myself turning the pages of The Crime Trade with ease, with a reluctance to turn out the light for some much-needed sleep. The `love interest' was not very interesting at all and felt like just another piece of token romance between cops found in many crime thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving, great story 9 Sep 2013
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Working my way through all Simon Kernick books and thoroughly enjoying them all. Just wish I could find a definitive chronological list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Another clever book! 28 July 2014
By Kim
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I can honestly say that I am now addicted to every book Simon Kernick has wrote. I started off the wrong way and read his latest book but I've had to backtrack right to book one. Fantastic and clever writing with bits of humour here and there which really make the book better. For a thrilling and intelligent read I recommend to all. I also love the fact that nearly all the books follow on to the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great story; want to rad others 6 July 2014
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The book is well written, a page turner to the very end. Would recommend to anyone who likes crime thrillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the crime trade 12 May 2014
By Yvonne
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typical simon kernick pacy and gripping could not put it down very good thriller writer highly recommrnded insight into the criminal world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Kernick Does It Again !! 19 Jan 2014
By jonboy
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Once again, a book you can't put down ! An excellent plot that twists and turns on every page !
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5.0 out of 5 stars first class crime thriller from the master
Yet another brilliant crime novel by Simon Kernick. The way he develops the characters makes them so believable. Really brilliant
Published 16 days ago by Johnno Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars another great story from a great author
This is a fast paced gritty piece off writing from the london criminal and police world, master author simon kernick delivers a punch with all his books and this is no exception
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up to standard
Loved it (both now and when I read the paperback several years ago!!!!)
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Simply brilliant! I'm so pleased I stumbled across this author. I have loved every book of his I've read. Every one is as good as the next. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Walker
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Very good start then slowed down now it's picked up the pace again.I haven't quite finished it yet but I can't wait to see how it finishes.
Published 10 months ago by Fred Cassinelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
It is of no surprise to find as in his earlier installments that "The Crime trade" centers around the ganglands of north London where the good guys tend to mix quite well with the... Read more
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