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The Circus (An Inspector Carlyle Novel) by [Craig, James]
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3.6 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
Book 4 of 10 in Inspector Carlyle (10 Book Series)

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The fourth in the bestselling Inspector Carlyle series. When the body of journalist Duncan Brown is found in the back of a rubbish truck, Inspector Carlyle is thrown into the middle of a scandal that threatens to expose the corrupt links between the police, the political establishment.

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James Craig has worked in London as a journalist and as a consultant for almost thirty years. He lives in Covent Garden with his wife and daughter.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1104 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090K07ZY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Craig's latest Inspector Carlyle novel is a whirlwind of frenzied activity. The plot is a barely disguised parallel to a topical issue embellished by the author into a complex web of intricacy. At the hub of this is a phone-hacking scandal but the author uses this cleverly to spin the rest of the story. Characters enter (and leave) the scene thick and fast, most having relevance to the goings-on. Carlyle is at his irascible best. His boss, Commander Simpson, sums him up as 'having the ability to get results only matched by for his capacity to be immensely annoying and totally unmanageable'. Clearly not a team player. With little sleep and often working into the 'fifty shades of grey'! winter evenings Carlyle opens one can of worms after another.

Existing on a diet of caffeine, cake and whisky, Carlyle and side-kick Sergeant Joe Szyszkowsky are thrust into a series of incidents involving multiple murders. The Prime Minister and other high-profile government officials are hell-bent on self-preservation and winning the next general election. Sorting out the phone-hacking mess seems to be a potential vote-puller. An investigation is set up, 'Operation Redhead' !!, questioning journalists from the tabloid 'Sunday Witness' and its affiliates, including its managing director, Sonia Claesens, who works for the Zenger Corporation under the umbrella of the global 'New Media Conglomerate'.

The multitasking Carlyle is under pressure to sort out the spate of murders without causing any undue fracas. The fact that this may inciminate involvement with the Metropolitan Police (including the commissioner), politicians, journalists and the Zenger corporation, all with self-interests, adds a considerable degree of difficulty to the investigation.
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The outline of the phone hacking plot will feel very familiar. There's also an auburn haired, female newspaper editor and a horse riding PM to be found in the pages of this book. I actually found these details a little too familiar and this distracted me from an otherwise very sound plot with an amazingly high body count. I rather like Inspector Carlyle, the over working detective with an over high caffeine intake. However, I am not so sure about 'The Circus'. That is why I am only giving it 3 stars. For me it just does not quite merit a fourth star. A pity really. The underlying plot lines are sound and very relevant to current events. It is a decent read so 'The Circus' is not a book that I plan to delete from my Kindle in the near future because I will go back to it again.
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I really enjoyed the rest of Inspector Carlyle novels but this
one is awful. I don't know what the story is about I got totally
bored with the different design labels mentioned. And was fed
up with him drinking coffee and eating pastries. I do hope the
next one has more of a story line
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I have only recently found Inspector Carlyle series of books and have enjoyed the characters of both the Inspector and his fellow officers, the story lines are up to date with the present political affairs and the police force methods of working, the hard facts of life in the criminal world are softened by Carlyle's family and his own out look about his working life.
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I've read the previous Carlyle yarns and enjoyed them. No change here. The characters are believable and interesting. I find it attractive that the author allows his prejudices full reign through his characters and the plot. The plot is topical and is Mr Craig's take on what lies behind recent London headlines. So, an excellent, pacy read and a refreshing escape from anodyne PC wooden characters. The crooks are evil, the cops are not much better, moral ambiguity everywhere except with our shabby hero. Don't miss it.
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this is not a new book was previously sold under the title of The Circus do not be fooled into thinking it is a new book
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This was a gripping read with interesting main character. (How soon to him being on TV?)
However, I fear that the topicality will mean that it loses its appeal when the current issues (e.g. phone-hacking, today's politicians) are out-of-date. That and the (for my taste) excessive sex and violence led me to give it only three stars.
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the series appeals to me as I like my policeman to appear human with normal feelings and failings.This continues with the series.
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