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Time to Die (The DI Hanlon Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alex Howard
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Book Description

Detective Inspector Hanlon. She'll break but she won't bend. A woman with a habit of breaking the rules and a fierce loyalty to the few people she respects.

Her boss, Corrigan. Looks like a street copper promoted above his ability. Underestimate him at your peril.

Enver Demirel. Known in the boxing ring as Iron Hand. Now soft and gone to seed. But he would do anything for Hanlon.

Now the kidnap of a 12-year-old diabetic boy has blown the case of some missing children wide apart and the finger is pointing at the heart of the Met.

Corrigan sends in the only cop in his team who would care more about the life of a boy than about her own career. Hanlon.

And then he sends Demirel to spy on her...

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'I loved Hanlon. TIME TO DIE was brilliantly done, authentic and doesn't pull any punches... The story twists and turns its way to an edge of the seat conclusion... scintillating and heartfelt' Lizlovesbooks.

About the Author

Alex Howard studied Arabic and Islamic History at Oxford, and has worked in adult education. He lives in London with his wife and two children. Find out more at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1243 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus; 1 edition (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781857237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781857236
  • ASIN: B00H6V0C4U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex Howard was born in Lambeth in South London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. He studied Arabic and Islamic History at Oxford and Edinburgh University and taught for the British Council in the Middle East and worked in adult education in the UK.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers something a bit different in the genre... 15 May 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.

So. Crime novels featuring new detectives – so many of them out there. Some brilliant, some not bad, some mediocre and some, lets face it, truly terrible. Not often you come across one that has a bit of an edge, a cut above, something a little different. The last time for me was when I read Sarah Hilary’s brilliant debut “Someone Elses Skin” and there was Marnie Rome. Now Alex Howard brings us DI Hanlon – so meet my new favourite detective…

She’s not that likeable. But I loved her. She not always that trustworthy. But you would want her on your side. She has an inate sense of justice and doesnt really care that much for the rules. If you get on her radar beware – yet if you gain her trust and her loyalty she will fight for you until her last breath. It is wonderful to see a strong independant female character that actually is exactly that – warts and all, no need to worry about whether or not she is “feminine” enough in her actions. DI Hanlon is what she is. And what that would be is a marvellous character to follow into a dark and sinister tale of missing children…

This is an emotive story, featuring as it does children in peril, but it is brilliantly done, authentic and doesnt pull any punches. There is an intriguing depth here, over and above a standard “police procedural”, that gives you a real feeling for the people involved, victims and villains alike, somewhere in the middle being the Police force with all its politics and shenanigans. And hovering over it all, kind of like on that magnificent cover art, is Hanlon who’s razor sharp focus cares only about the job in hand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 at most 28 May 2014
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I obviously haven't read the same book as the other reviewers as I found this to be not much more than an average read. I'm sure I've read a similar plot before (Thomas Harris did the pigs much better) but I can't remember what it is, DI Hanlon is a psychopath and would never have passed the Met psych tests never mind be a plausible character and the author's style of writing is not to my taste as I feel he overemphasises things to the point that I kept saying to myself - yes, I got it the first time. I did finish the book but it took me ages as it was fairly clear what was going to happen and the how was not enough to intrigue me and pull me in for a marathon read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of Police! 1 Jun. 2014
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Wow - read this one in one go, could not put down! Thank god no love interest, just get the bad guys, what ever it takes. Amazing that this was a female lead, really impressed with the story line and characters, went looking to read the others in the DI Hanlon series, where are they?? Whens the next book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A brilliant story line with twists and turns that were unexpected, just couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 23 May 2014
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I loved this book and a new female detective that has a lot of spunk and gritty determination that I like.I hope this is the first book of many and I will definitely be reading more of this author's books.I will be looking forward to the next one.I could not put it down and I read it in two days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Read with Solid Prose 20 July 2014
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
What many people tend to forget is that within stories, are that there are more people within the story than just the principle character. They need fleshing out and have to feel real to the people in the background looking into this world. It’s a tricky line to tread and whilst you don’t have much time to get it done without it feeling like your bogging the story down with unnecessary baggage it is still something that has to be done in order to get the tale across.

Whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the lead character here, I did love the way that Alex has managed to generate a whole host of supporting cast that feel as real as DI Hanlon. It also has great pace and whilst the subject is horrific within, its something that helps bring it all back to the reader as real world meets fiction in an intense investigation. It has some solid police work within, the reader is given a glimpse behind the curtain and all round with the dialogue it works very well for me as a reader. Back this up with a solid understanding of prose and all round it’s a cracking read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down 24 May 2014
By Fibee
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Really good read. Loved the characters. Totally believed the story and cannot wait for the next one. I will be recommending this book to friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great first novel 3 July 2014
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First rate characters, the story speeds along at a fast pace. DI Hanlon has earned her place in the list of top police detectives. Can't wait for no.2
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4.0 out of 5 stars a novel that pis the slightly insane but on the side of good against...
I read a lot of crime novels and this one rates among the best. The written style is so engaging that you can see, feel and emotionally react to its core characters. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Gabrielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Well. written
Really good read, fast moving and believable.Character details and build very impressive.
Published 1 month ago by R du Plessis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Better than the first Hanlon book.
Published 1 month ago by nyamandhlovu
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but poorly written
Quite an interesting plot, and good knowledge of police divisions and procedures, but dreadful writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love DI Hanlon this book had me gripped from beginning to end. Fast pace with interesting sub caricatures will look forward to the next book
Published 2 months ago by HandySandy
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner supreme
Exciting from start to finish. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for next in series. Super hero, flawed and great.
Published 2 months ago by oldfrintongal
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! I couldn't put it down
Brilliant! I couldn't put it down
Published 3 months ago by Janet Forder
5.0 out of 5 stars All Action.
Great start to what is hopefully a new series. Incredible leading character in the shape of DI Hanlon, a lady who does it her way.
Published 3 months ago by John William Boundy
5.0 out of 5 stars DI Hanlon - great character
Absolutely brilliant for book 1. Can't wait to read book 2. Makes a pleasant change to have such a superb protagonist.
Published 4 months ago by M A Fleetwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not your average copper!!!
Very different & very enjoyable. Hanlon reminds me of Mallory in the Carol O'Connell books which I love. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MISS JUDITH A SHARP
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