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The Helper (Callum Doyle Book 2)

The Helper (Callum Doyle Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Jackson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Praise for David Jackson: 'Recalls Harlan Coben -- though for my money Jackson is the better writer' Guardian 'It's a clever device, adroitly executed and fun to read' The Times 'Jackson is looming up in Lee Child's rear-view mirror as a Brit writing superior hard-boiled American crime, and fans will be delighted by the third story to feature NYPD detective Callum Doyle ... The dialogue's tough, the story slick, and Doyle's a hero with likeably rough edges' Peterborough Telegraph 'His superb crime thrillers crackle with the tension that exudes from every pore of a detective whose nose for trouble, fine line in making enemies and penchant for black humour have made him an irresistible anti-hero ... Marked is a deftly executed thriller with a fascinating cop as lead player' Lancashire Evening Post 'Pariah definitely deserves to get a good push behind it as it ticks all the boxes of good crime fiction and has definitely got that 'if you like you'll love ...' opportunity about it as I think it would appeal to fans of Crais, Wambaugh, Child et al. All in all a great debut and a thriller that I will wholeheartedly recommend' RavenCrimeReads 'With twists and turns that will keep you reading long into the night, The Helper is an outstanding follow up to Jackson's debut novel. David Jackson is an exciting new name in crime fiction, and I for one am looking forward to what he'll bring us next' CrimeFictionLover

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A young woman is brutally murdered in a New York bookshop; Detective Callum Doyle receives a call from her killer, telling him he’s willing to give him clues as to the identity of his next victim – but only on condition that Doyle doesn’t tell anyone. And so as the killings continue, Doyle must interpret the ‘helper’s’ riddles in order to establish a link between his victims, and prevent more from being killed – while all the time trying to protect his career, and his family . . .

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for crime fans! 1 Mar 2012
Detective Cal Doyle is back in David Jackson's follow up to his debut "Pariah"! As much as I enjoyed Jackson's first novel I thought "The Helper" was even better!
This time a sick serial killer is playing Doyle, offering him little scraps of info and telling him if he gets everything right he can stop people from being murdered. Unfortunately Doyle agrees to play along and is soon neck deep in dead bodies. The Helper draws the reader right to the side of Cal, trying to help him figure out what the hints mean that are given to the detective by the killer. And also there are some very nice twists in the story that you really don't see coming even if you have a routine reading crime fiction. The less one knows about it before reading the better!
Jackson has a great way of writing and manages to inject some new blood into the genre. For example, the opening chapter is set in a bookshop and is one of the best I've ever read!!
I can only recommend The Helper and its predecessor Pariah to everyone who enjoys a nail biting pageturner for entertainment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the next..... 22 Mar 2012
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Two books, two excellent reads. Can David Jackson maintain this standard? My worry is the Doyle family life will intrude too much. Thriller readers do not mind a break from the action but not when it takes up too much of the book. However, that is my fear and it must not take away from an excellent and slightly unusual storyline to the extent I was getting somewhat frustrated by the killer playing Cal. An excellent twist at the end setting up another book. Great new addition to the thriller writer 'must read' list.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read it in one sitting... 29 Feb 2012
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This is the second outing for David Jackson's New York Detective Callum Doyle, and I hate to say it, but it's even better than his first one (Pariah). The difference with this one is that we get some insight into the mind of the killer throughout and he's a fantastically sick character! I'm not going to give too much away, I'm just going to say that I read this late at night and into the early hours. In one sitting. Without taking a breath. Terrific.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bet you can't work this one out! 30 May 2012
With more twists and turns than snakes on a Waltzer, this is the compelling and equally well-crafted follow up to Jackson's astonishing debut `Pariah'. Once again featuring Detective Callum Doyle what starts out with a seemingly unprovoked attack on a mousy bookshop employee escalates into a great serial killer thriller. As the killer's murder rate escalates with varying methods of despatching his hapless victims, what appears to be a fairly random series of murders escalates into the very real threat of a serial killer stalking the streets of New York with a very specific reason for choosing the victims he does, leaving Doyle mystified by the link that he alone is sure exists and finding himself with his own personal hot-line to said killer. Punctuated by moments of great wry humour mostly at the expense of the cast of clowns that seem to be the stable of Doyle's fellow police officers, Jackson once again balances the tautness of the central investigation with a good dose of New York mordant wit. There is an absolutely terrific reveal at the end which caught me off-guard priding myself as I do as one of those annoying readers that guess the ending and just the right injection of pace that you as the reader (like `Pariah') are striving as much as Doyle to get to the bottom of this rooting-tooting mystery and seeking to unravel the clues in parallel with him. Along with a neatly conjoining plot woven around the aftermath of 9/11 and a mother's search for her daughter, this is certainly a more than entertaining crime thriller that wrong foots you at every turn. My only point of dissent would be the seemingly harmonious atmosphere of Doyle's home-life but maybe that's just because I personally prefer my detectives to be a little more personally tortured to add another facet to their character but this is a minor quibble and should not detract from the overall satisfaction gained by Jackson's excellent plotting and well-drawn cast of characters. Can't wait for the next one...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful second outing 23 Mar 2012
After reading PARIAH, Detective Callum Doyle became one of my favourite characters from all the books I read last year. Following on from that, THE HELPER is one of those books that you dive into and feel excited about welcoming old friends back. A killer is letting Doyle know who will be murdered next - can Doyle work out the clues and if not, whose death will be on his conscience? Somehow he always seems to land himself in trouble through no fault of his own. The plot is full of clues within clues, mistakes made by killer and detective, and I enjoyed working it all out. The book is so authentic and David writes with humour but can turn on the emotion in a matter of seconds. THE HELPER is a fast paced book, twisting and turning at every chapter, with a very clever ending. Bring on number three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Having read first 'cry baby' quickly followed by 'pariah' and now the helper, I think I 'overdosed' on Doyle. I loved the story and was curiously and frustratingly following the 'quiz' along with Doyle and his so called 'helper'. However I did get a little distracted by Rachel & and Amy this time (Doyle's wife & young daughter) I am pleased to be able to report that the author already realised and cry baby the 4th book with Det. Doyle puts the family back into the background and not 'key to the story.
I have reduced my rating of this book to 4*'s simply because for me, my pulse did not race quite as much as my other Doyle encounters.
I do however look forward to his next adventure in 'marked '
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The second book I have read by this author. ...
The second book I have read by this author. The plots are a little bit unbelievable , and far fetched, but still worth reading.
Published 8 hours ago by Marian McGinley
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth losing sleep for
I read this straight after Pariah as I enjoyed that so much. This was a really good read, but to start with it had similarities to Pariah. Read more
Published 4 days ago by S. Ivory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star story
Brilliant as always - Callum Doyle never disappoints !
Published 4 days ago by Pollyanna
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read.
Disappointing read. After reading Cry Baby I played catch up on the Doyle series and this was not as good. Good storyline but didn't understand Doyle's one man crusade. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Moira McManus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 14 days ago by Dee dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from David Jackson
This is the second David Jackson book I have read, and although it should have been the first of three it made no difference reading it out of order. Read more
Published 17 days ago by L A Brock
3.0 out of 5 stars The helper
I gave 3stars good story but have read better from the same author .would recommend it to family and friends
Published 18 days ago by maureen ives
5.0 out of 5 stars Very graphic but very readable.
I've found a new author I like as much as Deaver. I don't how Doyle gets away with the things he does and still stays on the force, but keep going!
Published 29 days ago by Marshy's missus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Helper (Callum Doyle 2) by David Jackson
Once again I have read a brilliant story, full of twists, turns, lots of suspense and a damn good plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karrie D
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have loved all David Jackson books and I can't wait for the next one to come out.
I got them on my kindle so cannot pass them on to all my friends who I have told about his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bo stornoway
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