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A Dance of Ghosts (Pi John Craine) by [Brooks, Kevin]
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"Unputdownable and riveting." (Mo Hayder)

"A superb plot, fantastic characters and brilliant writing." (crimesquad.com)

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An utterly convincing and utterly compelling crime debut from a major new talent.

'A Dance of Ghosts is unputdownable. Riveting.' Mo Hayder

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1239 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004URRYZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very good read from Kevin Brooks. His first adult novel certainly sets a standard for debut UK crime story telling.

'A Dance of Ghosts' is not - for a change - based around the workings of a police investigation but rather the investigations carried out by a fragile PI, John Craine who carries on where the police left off.

Craine does, naturally, have a very troubled past and this comes back to haunt him as he searches out the killer of a prostitute, seemingly the same person who savagely attacked and killed Craine's wife sixteen years ago.

As the story unfolds, we learn this cannot be the case despite some 'fixed' evidence put into play by a very bent copper. It is this amalgam of takes on the search for the killer which develops throughout the story, helped in no small part by a young computer whizz who can do anything, anytime, anywhere and leads to a gripping finale. It is, however, this finale which leaves me a little short of awarding full marks. Even so, there is plenty in the book to like. The dialogue is excellent, the characters seem as though they just might exist in real life (well, maybe not the computer guy but what do I know?) and there is very little wasted space on unnecessary backgrounds. The author tells us what we need to know and it works well.

I look forward to the author's next adult book (though on the basis of this novel maybe I'll catch one of his children's books and see what my grandchildren think).
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By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 17 April 2011
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Exploring several themes including justice and revenge, love and loss and the nature of family, Kevin Brooks debut (adult) novel is an atmospheric thriller in which the past intrudes on the present.

Using a number of conventional thriller elements, Brooks nonetheless manages to conjure up an intriguing and involving plotline. John Craine's character is beautifully judged, and the supporting cast are given sufficient depth to add to the interest, while leaving no doubt where the main story lies. The only jarring note comes with the main villain who I felt strained credibility a little too much.

The writing is excellent, particularly when conveying Craine's ongoing despair at his wife's murder, and the pace of the plot is beautifully judged with various strands come together for a surprising ending, which also leaves open enough of those strands for a follow up book.

Kevin Brooks is a welcome addition to the thriller genre and I will look forward to seeing where he can take the next book, which I hope will continue John Craine's story.
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I like this foray into adult literature - not that it really seems much different from Kevin Brooks' Young Adult novels.

Full of suspense and tension and twists and turns. So, I cringed and squirmed in some parts, but I'm a wimp and I still can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens next.

Reminds me a little of Ian Rankin's Rebus. Only Craine isn't a detective inspector
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i dont know what to say. it was brilliant i couldn't put down! i liked it so much that i was even walking around reading it! although there is the odd bad word i would highly recomend this it is an absoloute page turner i even read it in two days which is pretty good consisting that this a 407 page book.if you like suspense the odd hardcore bit of violence this book blows every other suspence / thriller out of the water althogh i thought th ending needs a bit of work although who cares? i still absoloutly loved it! i highly reccomend this book!
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As other reviewers have commented Kevin Brooks sees fit to sprinkle his debut Adult thriller with "industrial language".To a point this didn't bother me as it added to the gritty reality of the book.Having said that about halfway through what might otherwise have been a conversation between 2 people quite interested in getting to know each other more intimately read almost like "Romeo and Juliet with tourettes" OK so John Craine,Brook's leading character,is a hard bitten PI but suddenly his love interest grows rather a foul mouth as well and it's all a bit much.Thankfully after the Derek and Clive bit (showing my age,youngsters are advised to Google)the language is toned down a touch and the story continues apace...as they say in proper reviews.
A Dance Of Ghosts is an easy read and reminded me very much of Simon Kernick's style,excellent characterization,full throttle action and a suspension of believe required to enjoy it properly,there are numerous "you can't be serious" moments throughout the book but again that's something it shares with Mr Kernick's excellent books and he hasn't done so badly.Brooks has very free-flowing writing style and I whizzed through this book very quickly,it was dark,quirky and full of deeply flawed but interesting characters.I enjoyed it enough to want to read the later books in this series,hopefully Mr Brooks will have noted comments here and toned down the swearing in those,i wasn't shocked,it just got very boring.
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I usually steer clear of private detective novels. But I was given this book by a friend and decided to read it. I'm glad I did because I enjoyed it. It's a gripping story with an interesting central character who goes in search of a young woman who is missing. The book is fast-moving and the plot is convincing. Maybe I should read more private detective books!
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