Agent of the State: A groundbreaking new thriller by the former commander of special branch (John Kerr 1) Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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'The high-octane action begins on page one and doesn't let up until the end. A top-notch thriller with the unmistakeable ring of authenticity.' (Peter Robinson)
'It's a tribute to Roger Pearce's ability that the plot never becomes impenetrable and there's an uncomfortable authenticity as real-life operations are referenced... a breathless, hurtling page-turner.' (Financial Times)
'Dramatic, fast-paced, codeword-heavy fun.' (Guardian)
'Vividly written and delivering a glimpse of what counter-terrorism feels like, it's a highly promising start from a writer who could well have a big future.' (Daily Mail)
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Mystery/Thriller fiction is getting shorter and shorter. And that's not counting the partials, the "to be continued" truncations now obscenely practiced by some previously admirable writers: Stephen White in LINE OF FIRE, Laurie R King in THE LANGUAGE OF BEES, and Lee Child in 61 HOURS, to name but 3. What's with this?
If you share my frustration with this trend, here's a special treat for you - a book that goes on an on. A real adventure book, this reminds me of the Smiley novels only insofar as Pearce develops all the collateral plot lines in full and crafts his characters as complex individuals, even the baddies.
But the people and the violence are entirely post-modern, not mannered le Carré. Detective Chief Inspector John Kerr is edgy, anti-authoritarian, and flat out psycho-violent, while his loyalty to his team (including a woman who is treated as an equal) is an inspired blend of classical paradigm and gang-think.
The investigations advance because of hard work, not just cyber magic or coincidence. In fact, I can't remember reading a thriller with less coincidence - an excellent absence. The most trenchant element of the novel, however, lies in the observation that, no matter how violently a nation is threatened by its enemies, the greatest danger to the state lies within its own halls of power.
However, I found it irritating that the author decided to portray All the senior female characters in the book as incompetent and only in their positions because of gender quotas. Come on...
With 'Agent of the State' such fears are groundless as it is a well written and excellent read. The story is bang up to the minute, kicks off at a cracking pace and rarely lets up. The characters are human, likeable and well drawn. The writing clearly shows the author's familiarity with the nomenclature and procedures of the police services and this gives the whole story a ring of authenticity
When the sequel appears, as appear it surely must, I will be there clutching my hard earned so that I can soak up the further adventures of D.C.I. Kerr and his chums.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read which was eminently believable.Well written, tight plot, good characters. I will definitely read the rest!!!Published 11 days ago by Down Under
Have read both of Roger Pearces books. Really enjoyed them. Detective in them a bit uncontrollable ,but had a job not to read them in one go. All the characters are good . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elizabeth Young. Liz
What a debut. Tough, gritty, realistic and fast paced. Am really looking forward to the next one, great complex storytelling.Published 1 month ago by J P ARDEN
I really enjoyed this book, one of the best I've read for a while. Well thought-out, well written, action orientated.Published 2 months ago by Keith Beckwith
Very well written, I was gripped from the first paragraph. Characters and story line all plausible. Best book I've read in a while. Can't wait for the next; and the next!Published 4 months ago by Anthony Michael Johnson
Really enjoyed this contempary thriller. It keeps a good pace and the characters are largely beleivable. Will look forward to a second novel with delight.Published 4 months ago by jgriffiths
the first few chapters were not believable,in fact a bit silly. the book then became quite exciting.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Plot was ok, nothing fantastic or very original but good enough to wanting to finish reading it. However at times
I found it a bit boring. Read more