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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (28 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552155357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552155359
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best first thriller I have read since The Day of the Jackal, and that was a long time ago. With one mightly bound Tom Cain has vaulted over Archer and Grisham and stands close on Freddie Forsyth's tail" (Wilbur Smith)

"Audacious, authentic, full of tension and tradecraft... maybe it's true and maybe it isn't, but either way it is a great thriller read" (Lee Child)

"The most audacious and timely thriller in years" (Daily Mirror)

"Fast-moving, cleverly constructed and very readable" (Daily Mail)

"Like the Bourne movies meets Frederick Forsyth" (Guardian)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug. 2008
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Carver is the guy who makes `accidents' happen to bad people. This allows us to like him because although he is an assassin, he only kills people who deserve it.
In an interesting development, the author cleverly links in the death of Princess Diana and has Carver set up as the instigator of her `accident' who then goes on the run as he realises what he has been tricked into doing and tries to keep alive as the bad guys attempt to silence him.

This reminded me of Robert Ludlum's Bourne books - tradecraft, being on the run, not knowing who to trust etc etc and for most of the book I was really enjoying this. The Princess Di thing was clever and it was certainly fast paced. Having said that it dropped off in the second half and it felt like the author was not quite sure where to go, Carver starts a relationship far too easily with the Russian Alix and starts to get a little sloppy, Jason Bourne would never let a woman distract him! Having said that, it ended in a way I found unusual so that was refreshing.
So overall a three star but could easily have gone up to four with a little less of the doe-eyed lovey stuff. Having said that, I have found it interesting enough to buy the follow up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mrB on 13 Sept. 2013
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This is the first in a line of books about a new hero, not an out and out "do gooder" but an assassin who kills folk for money. I've no problem with that if they deserve to be killed. If you like the Spider Sheperd or Jack Reacher series of books then you'll love this. Highly recommended, now I'm off to read the other Sam Carver adventures!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sons Of Odin on 8 Jun. 2014
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Put simply, if you're a reader of crime/military/action/espionage/any sort of fiction then you need this book in your collection.

The subject matter lent this debut novel from Tom Cain extra heaviness but the story and main character of Sam Carver put this book firmly in the classic territory. It's got everything you would want from a novel of this genre.

Multiple locations / cat and mouse / baddies / conspiracy / involvement of real world agencies / a central character who isn't just a superman but a human being.

You don't have to sign up to be a believer in some new 'Reacher clone' action hero franchise, just get this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Siltone on 11 Oct. 2014
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I expected to get blown away by this debut novel by Tom Cain - especially having read all the plaudits attributed to The Accident Man. However, I was left disappointed by this so called 'audacious and timely thriller' (Daily Mail).
In its favour, it is an easy read and the suggestion that there was more to the death of Princess Diana makes for a fairly interesting story. But, for me, there was very little meat on the bones of this tale. The characters lacked depth and the dialogue was rather ropey in places. Much as I tried, I just could not relate to ex-marine Samuel Carver and could not get emotionally caught up in the situations he experienced. An unlikely romance was thrown in for good measure but this still did little to lift the story.
To sum up, I plodded on through all 552 pages of The Accident Man but was left somewhat unfulfilled by a book that initially showed such promise. I can therefore only bring myself to award 3 stars for this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Smith on 10 April 2012
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I have long been a fan of the crime action thriller genre and I love the way Cain re-wrote real events to suit his own purpose. OK so he doesn't actually name Diana, but we all know it was her.

Not only does he spin his own theory as to who was behind her death (it is the most plausible i've heard) he also addresses other populist conspiracy theories.

He does all this in a taut tense novel without ever letting the action slow. You shouldn't like an assassin this much but you cannot help cheering Sam Carver on as he investigates the mysterious people who hired him for this hit.
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By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2011
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Samuel Carver is well and truly set up for a good few more books if 'The Accident Man' is anything to go by.

Mentioning 'set up', of course, leads me straight into the book's storyline where Carver - a sort of (un)authorised assassin has been tricked into causing the death of Princess Diana, believing the main occupant of the Mercedes to be a fanatical terrorist. This factional account works very well and I'm led to believe this format may well happen again in later books. Given that the author is a journalist, I suppose that's not to be undervalued as a theme for current thrillers.

Given Carver's hardline approach to everything, his quickfire involvement with a Russian female operative is rather surprising and, for me, rather spoils the image I was building up in my mind. Of course, we might assume where this will lead but the ending rather puts a dampener on all that.

The story is action packed. We move around Europe with ease as Carver battles it out with Russian thugs, French Security and various members of Britain's MI6 and associated offices. Most of the book is excellent, some is not quite so gripping; Carver seems to go into a backwater for a while, as he falls for the girl. Ah well, nothing changes, I suppose.

I'm certainly keen to read 'The Survivor', the follow-on though I was searching for 'The House of War' as advertised in the back of my copy. Don't believe all you read in a book, it seems - the title has obviously changed. Anyway, I have the next book on my reading shelf and am currently searching for a copy of his third novel, so I must be keen on something to do with Carver.
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