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The Candidate: A Luxembourg Thriller (Kindle Single) by [Pembrey, Daniel]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3692 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GNFLDKM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
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If you have a two to three hours spare and want to be entertained forget TV or the movies, read this short thriller. Nick Thornycroft is working in Luxembourg when he suffers an overnight memory loss, unable to discard this as just an over indulgent night we have all suffered from, he starts to follow his journalist instincts and tries to discover what really happened that night. Who is involved, is it linked to his latest assignment and why can't he remember anything at all? This is a great story full of intrigue and unexpected danger.
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A very readable Euro thriller with a very strong sense of setting. I think it will be interesting to see where Daniel Pembrey goes next on his fictional travels. This is well worth a read, and has shades of Elmore Leonard and other hard-boiled American detective writers. But it's also up to date, with an insight into modern Euro-crime which is all too accurate. Worth a read.
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Daniel Pembrey is an author I've only recently discovered through the Brit Crime literary online festival and this is the first book of his that I've read. It's a novella but packed full of plot. It reminded me of old fashioned spy thrillers and a snowy Luxembourg adds to that overall feel. Nick Thorneycroft wakes one morning to discover that he had entertained a guest the night before but he has no recollection of it and there's only a pair of black knickers as a clue. Rather than just shrugging it off as a lucky escapade, he decides to find out who the mystery woman was. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading his Harbour Master series.
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Hard to put down as the story unfolds, the complex characters play a sinister game indeed. All of this with Luxembourg as back drop, I recognised many many places and there are some I have not visited yet, shall remedy on my next visit. I recommend this book very highly. Great author, I have enjoyed many of his books as I appreciate his writing style.
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Action packed with quite a number of red herrings, then it suddenly stops. The denouement was an anticlimax. It was almost as if the writer had decided that he'd written enough, and it was time to stop.
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Although I've never been to Luxembourg I now feel I have! The book is very atmospheric and the storyline enthralling. If you have a few hours to spare then read it! You'll be surprised how long the story will linger and you keep going back to it in your mind. I'm determine to read more by this author.......
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It does not cease to amaze me how Daniel Pembrey can write a complete, thoroughly thrilling and excellent read in a novella. As such, The Candidate: A Luxemburg Thriller so did not disappoint. Pembrey is fast becoming one of my top authors.
Nick Thorneycroft, previously a sports writer, has been encouraged by his girlfriend, Claire to change careers to an executive recruiter for a payments company, based in Luxembourg. From the first page, I was enticed as the compelling plot develops at a fast pace: at times humorous, at others, sinister.
Nick’s world starts to spin out of control when he awakes to find some ladies underwear in his apartment. “They were black, croissant shaped and instantly recognisable to my male brain. Still, it took me a few seconds to comprehend the scrunched-up pair of women’s underwear on the floor of my dim Luxembourg apartment. The effect s of some spirit, vodka possibly, clouded my vision.” So who was the mysterious owner?
Then enters his apartment, uninvited, his outrageous landlady, Madame Doriot: who treats Nick like a son. Mme and Monsieur Doriot, together with their dog, Mischa play a pivotal part in the thriller through their actions. I found them hugely entertaining but very sensitive and naive.
Privy to highly delicate and confidential information and currently assigned to get a new recruit, a Russian Executive, Yekaterina (Kate) Novakovich onboard, Nick finds he has been dragged into a world of conspiracies, double-crossing and violence. Who can he trust, who can he turn to and where is the mysterious Kate? Why can’t Claire get the message, it’s over? I won’t add any spoilers.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2014
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Nicholas Thorneycroft wakes up in Luxembourg unable to remember the previous night and his female company. This intelligent thriller novella catches our attention from the start.

Nicholas manages to find his landlady's little dog huddled on the apartment building's roof, but cannot find his own office key card. As he occasionally handles sensitive documents, he'd rather not lose it. He begins to suspect that he was drugged.

Luxembourg handles high finance and European projects from its French-speaking low tax base. The location is thoroughly described, from the one English pub to the icy roads on the hill leading down to the Petrusse River and the floodlit castle. Nick is a rounded character who started as a sports writer and now headhunts for a major firm. He's been asked to hire a female Russian banker at several times his own salary. Nick reckons that this glamorous candidate Yekaterina may be the woman who came home with him, while a Russian firm Xanant is considering buying out his own firm. He decides that background research is needed.

Nick's past girlfriend turns up when he's preoccupied; she seems emotionally unstable, and that's before thugs smash down his apartment door. The characters just keep coming, sharply written and believable, as even Nick's own bosses would rather the prospect of bonuses than take their recent hire's word for it that something sinister is in progress. Banking, the author shows us, is multinational, occasionally corrupt and corrupting.

Daniel Pembrey is writing about places and jobs where he has worked, just as he did in 'The Woman Who Stopped Traffic', which is set in California. With his flair for realism and insider knowledge he doesn't just push the door open, he throws it wide to reveal the good, the bad and the dangerous.
I've added a star for the paperback version, which has a final chapter after the end of the Kindle one (which I originally read) that balances the book better.
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