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The Dead Can't Talk: Gritty and tense thriller you can't put down Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
An ex Army ex prisoner, and the police woman who arrested him who is currently on sick leave, and isn't sure if she'll return to the force or not. An odd combination you may think, but they work together extremely well. A couple of corrupt cops, a dodgy politician, prostitutes, and general low lives go to make this a brilliant story.
The author certainly knows his way around Hull and the surrounding area, which for me adds to the excitement.
But, and this is a big but. The reason I've dropped a couple of stars is that unfortunately in the Kindle version there are so many typing mistakes and grammatical errors. This must obviously be down to the proof reader if in fact it was proof read in the first place!
However, it was a great read and it won't put me off reading more about Stone and Carver in the future.
I will read his other stories so it hasn't put me off.
The Dead Can’t Talk introduces us to two new protagonists – cop Anna Stone and ex- soldier Luke Carver. They are brought together to look into a murder, and an apparent suicide but all is not as it seems, of course.
Quantrill again gives us a perfectly paced criminal investigation but the tension is greater and the twist and turns are tighter this time. The characters are all typically well drawn, most notably the city of Hull itself. This is a novel of deceptive breadth and scope.
The Dead Can’t Talk is the start of what is sure to be another great social-realist crime fiction series from Nick Quantrill. Highly recommended.
Readers of Quantrill's work will know that the city of Hull plays a major part in his writing. Hull is to Quantrill as Edinburgh is to Rankin - the city itself becoming a character in its own right.
The Hull of the Geraghty novels still exists in The Dead Can't Talk, except Hull is now a city recently crowned the UK City of Culture. This being so, political machinations abound as the city readies itself for the spotlight. At the same time, a bye election - a shoe-in for prospective MP Graham Holdroyd - is attracting all sorts of attention.
Into this arena come Luke Carver - ex-military, recently released from prison, a man of means and determination, a man seeking a purpose - and Anna Stone, a police officer recently put on gardening leave for her an indiscretion at work, and the woman responsible for Carver's incarceration. Anna's sister's apparent suicide several years earlier has always haunted her. and now she has some time on her hands, she is determined to find the truth.
When Carver is framed for the murder of the woman across the hall of the shabby house he shares, Stone and Carver's paths cross once again - each with a truth to lay bare.
And then there is Graham Holdroyd - prospective MP - what of him and the secrets he holds?
As Carver and Stone delve into the murky past of the city, they uncover a web of lies and deceit that goes right to the heart city's establishment.Read more ›
It has a cracking mix of corruption, scandal, old skool vice and murder! The story never lets you go, it stays gripping from the first to the last page.
I had huge hopes for the character of Luke Carver, especially as he is ex-military. my husband served for 15 years and has only been out for 2 years. I felt this was a very honest & accurate portrayal of the difficulties many ex-military personnel face upon leaving the services. The character development, his attachments to the other characters & his attempts to fit into a civvie world is exceptionally well written & the writer has done an outstanding job.
I felt the main plot reminded me of the series band of gold slightly with its glimpses into the world of sex workers. Its scary, dark and gripping!
I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written crime/thriller!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A story that builds from a powerful opening, thrusting the reader straight into a murky world of murder and political subterfuge in Hull. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M MURPHY
A good book sad in places not enough going on for me, like a book with a lot happening not a bad book.Published 5 months ago by misty
Thought this story showed promise but marked it down because of the number of typos and grammatical errors. Proofreading would make a huge difference. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
I bought the book at the book launch (signed!) and its recently made it to the top of my pile!
I loved it. Read more
The start of a new partnership for Nick to explore. A!ways enjoy Nick's ta!es from 'ull, my home town. Well done matey!Published 9 months ago by Mr Graham Jones
I've been a fan on Nick Quantrill since the first Joe Geraghty novel, so knowing that this was a departure, you always have a slight feeling of will it be as good will I like it,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by amwbooks
Well well well.. Hot on the heels of David Mark and his Hull crime novel Dead Pretty, I’ve jumped into a bit more seriously gritty Hull noir. Hull is becoming a crime capital! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christine
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