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The Dispatcher [Kindle Edition]

Ryan David Jahn
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)

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'To call Ryan David Jahn's new novel a fast-paced thriller is a bit like saying David Haye can box a little, or that Alex Ferguson is good at man management... If you only read one book tomorrow, make it this one.' --Dylan Jones, editor of GQ

'There are books that slyly creep up on you, books that seduce you, books that wheedle their way into you and books that play on your mind so much they deliver stark realisations when you're not even reading them. When you're driving to work, for example, and the nuance of something a character says suddenly alters everything you think about them, causing you to cut up the unsuspecting Nissan Altima on your right. And then there are those books that almost force you to put your feet in the starting blocks, place your fingers on the polyurethane, cock your head and wait for the gun. `The Dispatcher' is one of those books. To call Ryan David Jahn's new novel a fast-paced thriller is a bit like saying David Haye can box a little, or that Alex Ferguson is good at man management . . . This is the first book I've read in two years that has caused me to sit up until the early hours to finish it . . . I guarantee that if you pick this up, then everything else in your life will immediately be pushed to the margins, and when you've finished you'll resurface as if from an especially corny dream sequence - dazed, confused and with a thin layer of cold sweat on the back of your neck. I read `The Dispatcher' in six hours straight, from gun to tape. Which made me think of a twist on the traditional potboiler ad. If you only read one book tomorrow, make it this one.' --Dylan Jones, editor of GQ

`It is safe to assume that US crime thriller writer Ryan David Jahn will not become an ambassador for his country any time soon ... This being a Jahn novel, it's the set-up for a cross-state chase that feels like it should be unspooling in the grainy grind house footage of a 1960s fleapit cinema. The breathless pace virtually demands a single-setting read . . . Over the past few years a new generation of crime writers has come perilously close to recreating the jaded mindset of the classic noir thrillers, but no one has succeeded quite like Jahn . . . The author leads the new noir pack with a series of palm-sweating situations that pay homage to the classics of the genre while feeling entirely fresh - in a mean, lean, unclean way.' --Financial Times

`At times violent, the action of the book reflects the anguish and desperations o kidnappers, rescuers and Maggie's loved ones, and is played out against the vast, empty deserts of Texas and California, ending in a tense, thrilling showdown. Jahn has written a real page-turner, well crafted with convincing characters and an involving plot based on how far people will go for their family.' --We Love This Book

`Ryan David Jahn made some waves with his debut Acts of Violence, and new book the Dispatcher has smalltown cop Ian Hunt taking a routine call only to hear the voice of his teenage daughter, who was snatched from her bed seven years earlier. A blood and bullet-strewn chase from Texas to California ensues'
--The List

`Jahn is the fastest rising star in the ever-competitive crime fiction world and The Dispatcher is his third novel. It exhibits all the strengths of the previous two, and then some. He is more a poet than a disciple of the hard-boiled, giving us one brutally swift, ultra-smart line after another. The characters live and breathe in all their wickedness, helplessness or determination. And then there are the plots...talk about page-turning.'
--Book of the Week, Daily Mirror

`Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's tales of vengeance, The Dispatcher is an impressively accomplished performance that never strains for mythic power but nevertheless acquires it.' --Sunday Times

`The Dispatcher, which reads at a cracking pace, is a one-sitting, fist-in-mouth read.' --Guardian

`Any novel that takes its epigraphs from Beckett and Nietzsche is hardly going to be a barrel of laughs. Sure enough, Ryan David Jahn The Dispatcher is devoid of humour but full of violence . . . Cue a breathless, bloody chase all the way to California in which the second meaning of the title - the killer - comes to the fore.' --Sunday Telegraph

"The phone rings. It's your daughter. She's been dead for four months." From that compulsive hook Jahn delivers a nerve-shredding thriller with plenty of energy and a tight plot'
--Big Issue

'Where the plot requires some suspension of disbelief with one convenient act of discovery and where our understanding of what made Henry and Beatrice as they are unexplored to a satisfying degree, Jahn's The Dispatcher is near pitch perfect. This is human life as we dare not imagine it can be, packaged in an adrenaline-pumped storyline and one that will leave you with your lower jaw resting on your chest. I don't believe anyone else is offering Jahn's insight and style of writing today, so if you can stomach it, do try him out and make sure you allocate sufficient hours to read in one sitting. This continues to be outstanding work from Jahn.'
--Itsacrimeuk blog

`Jahn creates a series of palm-sweating situations that pay homage to the classic noirs while feeling entirely fresh.'
--Financial Times Life & Arts Books of the Year

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Ian Hunt is the police dispatcher for the small town of Bulls Mouth, East Texas. Just as his shift is ending he gets a call from his fourteen-year-old daughter, Maggie.



Maggie, who has just been declared dead, having been snatched from her bedroom seven years ago. Her call ends in a scream.



The trail leads to a local couple, but this is just the start of his battle to get his daughter back. What follows is a bullet-strewn cross-country chase along Interstate 10, from Texas to California.



The riveting new novel from the acclaimed author of Acts of Violence and Low Life is a brilliantly original, blood drenched thriller, about the lengths a man will go to for his daughter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230755968
  • Publisher: Macmillan (27 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00545QG6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California. He finished school at sixteen, worked several odd jobs, and spent time in the army before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked in television and film for several years.

He published his first novel, the CWA John Creasey Dagger winning Acts of Violence, in 2009, and has since published three others, Low Life, The Dispatcher, which was long-listed for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and The Last Tomorrow. Translation rights to his works have been sold in twelve languages.

He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife Jessica, a beautiful four year old named Matilda, and two dogs, Truman and Paul.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thriller gorefest 1 Sept. 2011
By Rosslock VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For some strange reason I never really bond that well with books that are written in the present tense (IE: 'Ian walks to the door' as opposed to 'Ian walked to the door'). I think for me a book tells a story of something that has happened, rather than is currently happening. It always takes me longer to get into a book written in this way.

However, once I got over that minor reservation I did get stuck into this book. Based on the synopsis I was expecting a thriller in the Harlan Coben style. Daughter has been missing for years, suddenly reappears and it all takes a while to find out what happened.
Not so with this book. It starts off that way, with a sudden phone call from said missing daughter. But very quickly it becomes clear what has happened and the book becomes more about getting said daughter back. And through a very convenient plot development involving - off all thing - dachshunds, the father is quickly on the trail of the baddies.

And this is where the book goes from thriller to gorefest. A father who conveniently is not afraid to use massive force, guns everywhere (isn't living in America convenient if you are in need of a gun or two), and blood all over the place.

So if bloody action is your thing, this is a book for you. However if you are after a more subtle plot that does not rely on convenience and luck too much look elsewhere.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jahn does it again! 10 July 2011
By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Well- what can I say? The genius of Jahn is in evidence again in this new thriller which again is distinctly different to his first two books. In a lesser author's hand this could easily have been boxed in with the Harlan Cobens and Linwood Barclays but thanks to Jahn's depth of characterisation this is altogether a more meaningful read. I loved some of his little descriptive flourishes, the injection of some brilliantly dark one-liners,and the sheer wretchedness of emotion that Ian Hunt goes through with his trail of broken relationships, his physical and mental turmoil, the disappearance of his daughter and the breaking of his own personal moral codes in his desperation to get her back. I don't think I've ever disliked anyone as much as Henry Dean, a sadistic man who feeds off the weakness of his wife Beatrice to justify his inborn propensity for violence and his utter disregard for those he perceives as getting in his way. As always with Jahn and his background as a film-maker the setting and episodic nature of the novel would easily lend itself to a movie and it does have a very Coen-esque smalltown feel to it with the extreme evil of Dean pitted against the morally tortured Hunt (great character name as this is his raison de-etre during the course of the book). A powerful and affecting book that rises above the bog standard thriller and really does investigate the symbiosis of good and evil at the heart of the human condition.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright but over-praised by critics 16 Oct. 2011
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I got a heavy flavor of the Denzel Washington movie, Man on Fire, while reading this book. The central character's daughter Maggie manages to make contact during a short-lived escape attempt after 7 years of imprisonment with her kidnappers, Henry and Beatrice. This kick-starts a chain of events, culminating in a cross-state chase to rescue her. During this chase Ian, her father, fights with horrific injuries and it is pretty much only his grim determination that carries him through.

The action is slow to start, but builds to a very frantic finale. I really found the lack of action at the start of the story quite frustrating. Ian spends a reasonable amount of time sitting about letting the local police faff around after Maggie makes her snatched phone call to 911, where he works as a dispatcher. It's only after a chance encounter with a dachshund chewing on a portion of skeleton that anything really happens... and once the action gets started, you'd better have a strong stomach.

I think that the way the bloodshed is described here is very gritty. The whole book feels as if the author was writing it with a movie screenplay in mind - he has meticulously described shots to have the maximum impact, and the style is very removed from the characters too (as you might expect from a script?). It would probably make a good movie, if Man on Fire hadn't already stolen the niche for "wronged man viciously dishes out justice to rescue a little girl while trying not to pass out from his injuries".

It was entertaining, and if you haven't seen Man on Fire, then you'll find it fairly original. I think men would probably go for this more than women, just based on the violence. It's a little like Tarantino in some places for violence. I don't think I'll put any more thought into this story though... it wasn't that complex or innovative... it was just ok for me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fast paced with an emotional punch 1 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this on the daily deal but would recommend anyone to pay the full price.
It's a real page turner and anyone with a daughter reading it will join the protagonist on his journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent crime read 12 April 2013
By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The Dispatcher is a decent slice of Americana. All of the crime prerequisites are checked off here, intrigue, twists, decent characterization, and heartstopping moments of suspense.

I dont think there anything paradigm shifting in here but it rattles along at a fair pace and doesnt let up at all.

A good poolside read.
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