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The Killing Pool: Detective Fiction (Dci Billy Mccartney 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Sampson
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Detective Chief Inspector Billy McCartney discovers a headless corpse in the scrubland close to Liverpool docks. The slaying carries all the hallmarks of a gangland hit – a message from the underworld to snitches, cops and rival gangs.

One mile away, a girl staggers into a run-down bar, dazed and confused. The bar’s owner, a career criminal called Shakespeare, cannot get a word out of her.

DCI McCartney is all too well aware that the clock is ticking. The body was one Kalan Rozaki, youngest brother of a notorious crime family – except Kalan is no criminal. For almost a year his brothers have been under full-time Drug Squad surveillance as McCartney slowly closed the net on their heroin trafficking. McCartney’s chief informant on the case is someone with insider knowledge of the Rozaki clan’s operation...their newly deceased baby brother, Kalan.

McCartney’s investigation into Kalan’s murder peels back layer after layer of a decades-long dynasty of drug smuggling. Each revelation plunges McCartney back into the dark heart of an unsolved drug crime that weighs heavy on his soul. He wants to catch the Rozakis – badly – but he wants the shadowy men behind their drug empire even more. The closer McCartney gets to Kalan’s killer, the closer he comes to facing down a lifetime’s torment.

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"Kevin Sampson’s astringent novels takes us to mean streets of Liverpool; his language has all the demented idiosyncrasy of Elmore Leonard, with the interlacing of cut-throat humour barely undercutting the omnipresent menace. Things have changed since Raymond Chandler's day -- now British crime writers are quite as tough as the Yanks." (Barry Forshaw Independent)

"This is tough and uncompromising stuff which may not be one for the faint hearted, but if you like your crime fiction with killer twists and shout aloud reveals, then The Killing Pool is just the book for you. DeathBecomesHer chose this without hesitation as her crime novel of the year 2013." (CrimeFictionLover)

"Atmospheric thriller… Sampson is adept at keeping [the character’s] voices distinct throughout a pacy novel, with its complicated plot that is tense from beginning to end." (Liverpool Post)

"The final few paragraphs are as magnificent as they are unexpected. You will put this book down with a sense of dizzy wonder" (Sachin Nakrani)

"A ferociously compelling slice of Scouse Noir." (James Walton Reader's Digest)

Book Description

Detective Chief Inspector Billy McCartney must face his nemesis in this new crime thriller from Kevin Sampson.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1731 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (21 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Pool 27 Mar. 2013
"The Killing Pool" by Kevin Sampson.

I will not bother writing a Synopsis in this review; if you would like to know what this book is about, read the description or the fantastic review on here by Raven posted on 20/03/13 as that nails every aspect of the book's content. This review is merely about my interpretation and enjoyment of it.

I have never written a book review before but felt compelled to as people NEED to read this book!

Bearing in mind that I had fell out of love with reading and have struggled to have any form of literature captivate me in the last three or so years, this book has come at just the right time. Books were taking me six months to finish, reading "a few pages a night" became a chore rather than a pleasure.

It was with great `pleasure' however that I began reading `The Killing Pool' by Liverpool author Kevin Sampson. From the moment I read the first few pages, I was enthralled, lost in the dirty, seedy side of my hometown. I honestly found it difficult to put the book down. I'd read until my eyes were stinging, then as soon as I awoke, the first thing I'd reach for would be this book to continue where I'd left off the night before. I finished it in three days.

The story is set in three timelines (1984, 1997, and 2012). The `1984' story being one of the most thrilling pieces of writing that I have ever read. I felt like I lived that story. Culminating in the final scene in a restaurant in Chinatown, I was wholly consumed by the storyline and for the duration of those pages, nothing else mattered in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a Mersey-tinged Philip Marlowe 30 Mar. 2013
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Massively enjoyed this from Kevin Sampson. The book pulses with the sights, the sounds, the energy and the language of the city it's set in - not for nothing dubbed the Pool of Life.

Actually, the real meaning of Liverpool is from the Welsh - dirty water - and this crime thriller doesn't hesitate to plunge us right into the seedy, perhaps unchangeable side of this teeming port. The cast of characters: smack-addicted detectives, Kurdish-Scouse crime families, a poetry-quoting old dandy-villain named Shakespeare is rich with reality, never sentimentalising, but never quite losing hold of the humanity either.

I guess crime afficionados would have a long row about whether this is noir or hardboiled, police procedural or thriller. I'll just settle for saying it's compelling, engaging, breathlessly-paced, vivid. And **** brilliant. MORE!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great dark read with a shuddering twist 10 April 2013
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Picked this up after getting into Sampson's 'Stars are Stars'... It's a different beast altogether but even though its more of a genre read.. it's a belter!

McCartney is a unique crimefighter... just how unique is revealed at the end in a gobsmacking way. All the characters and the locations reek of authenticity. Not much more to say other than I hope there's another McCartney on the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Pool by Kevin Sampson 29 April 2013
A body is found in Liverpool,the victim of a brutal murder. The victim is the youngest brother of a notorious crime family but not part of the family business. The victim has information on his family's activities and reports to DCI Billy McCartney who must find the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Was it Kalan's brothers,was it another crime organisation? McCartney must use all of his experience to get to the truth before it is too late.
This is a fantastically paced,stark and brutal thriller set in three different eras, the mid 80s',late 90s' and present day Liverpool. A definite must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Brit Stieg Larsson? Or the Scouse Spiral? 7 April 2013
I've read The Killing Pool three times in 6 days. I'm now onto my fourth re-read and am still reeling from the brilliance of the book and the genius of its ending. Even though I know what's coming, those final few pages still knock me out, and each re-read reveals layers and clues I hadn't previously spotted. With its complex plot, urgent narrative drive and dark sexuality, this book calls to mind a British 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'. Yet, as great as the Larsson books are, The Killing Pool is something else again. With a forensic unpeeling of a modern, multicultural city's underbelly in all its socio-political nuances, this brilliant noir thriller is more of a Liverpool-set Spiral.

The latest series of the Parisian cop drama placed feminist issues to the forefront. From Layla Ozbek, the Kurdish matriarch at the head of a splintering crime family and Sophie Mazerat, the idealistic anarchist right through to Laure Berthaud herself, each female character found themselves threatened, subjugated and, often, humiliated by their male counterparts. The French title for this series translates as "cogs", and it's the interlocking narrative cogs of The Killing Pool, as well as its subtle but very central feminist through-line that invites the comparisons with Spiral.

What both do superbly is shine a torch into the darkest corners of a modern, multi-ethnic city. The main plot of The Killing Pool revolves around DCI Billy McCartney's attempts to break up a sophisticated Liverpool-Kurdish drug cartel. The masterminds behind this heroin ring are the Rozaki brothers, and McCartney is days away from nailing them. As the dragnet closes in on the Rozakis though, McCartney is called to a crime scene.
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Published 2 months ago by Gary Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Hugely looking forward to the other 4 in the series. Best he's written? Might well be.
Published 9 months ago by PJ Sturdee
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
Have been following the authors books since Powder and found this to be as enjoyable. Easy to read and enough twists to hold your interest
Published 11 months ago by T. MACIVOR
1.0 out of 5 stars avoid avoid
absolutely hated this book.
I got to page 20 before slinging it to the other side of the room, this portrayal of liverpool was insulting to the people who live there, I know... Read more
Published 13 months ago by terri the cook
5.0 out of 5 stars killing pool
Very interesting and intriguing well written book keeps you on your toes right to the very end very enjoyable read
Published 13 months ago by carl whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Boss
Very tense book with a cleverly crafted plot line . The opening chapters are very crucial to the ending which is outstanding. Read more
Published 22 months ago by huyton fattie mum
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read
A tense page turner with a few twists and turns along the way. Gets to the heart of the ugly underbelly of Merseyside!
Published 22 months ago by Honest man
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
his best so far . i would have given up on him until i read Raven's review v supra. Read it . the book itself makes some demands on the reader especially the opening sequences... Read more
Published 22 months ago by john H
5.0 out of 5 stars Sampson at his very best.
Kevin Sampson continues to improve as a writer and The Killing Pool is arguably his best book yet. The realistic character portrayal is Sampson's trademark but the twists and turns... Read more
Published on 2 Sept. 2013 by Paul Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars A great page turner, or whatever the Kindle version of that is.
A slow boiler at the start but once its gets going it's a belter. Great twists and turns, you don't know who to shout for until the very final chapter.
Published on 20 Aug. 2013 by Barry Higgins
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