Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£9.24|
Save £3.97 (43%)
A Detailed Man Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
The story is told from the point of view of Ezra Simeon, a seasoned Washington DC investigator. Simeon is sent to the Violent Crimes Unit (homicide) and it is here he picks up the case of an escort girls murder. Essentially the story follows Simeon as he makes links between this and `cold' cases he has seen. The book cleverly explores the relationships between officers and civilians and we see the inner workings of an investigators mind as Simeon works to get to the bottom of the murder.
For a first novel I was really impressed with the writing style; it's easy to read and is more akin to that of a seasoned writer. As a Brit reading this book, I enjoyed getting a taste of America and life as a US cop. It's clear that Swinson has a background in this work and his attention to detail and clear explanations is testament to this.
The book isn't a fast paced thriller, and things don't happen just for the sake of it. It's almost set at a day by day pace which works. I felt tired for Simeon as he describes his shift patterns and sleep patterns (or lack of it).
Despite being about a murder (and gruesome treatment of the body), there isn't the usual gratuitous gore that you might expect. Injuries and case notes are presented in a clinical manner; much as I expect you'd find in a real life crime situation. What you do find is a really considered, well written and well paced book, with all lose ends tied up.
All in all, I found this to be a dark but detailed look at life as a Washington DC Detective and I hope we see more of Ezra Simeon; I feel there is much that could be uncovered with this character, including relationships with colleagues set before this book, and of course how his relationship with Clem develops, if it does.
Sarah Burns, for the Kindle Book Review
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
There are many crime novels out there that are great reads. There is something about A Detailed Man that, to me, placed it above most of the others I have read to date.
It takes place in the DC area, so that is appealing to me. The main detective is Ezra Simeon. When we meet him, we learn that his face is compromised on one side due to Bell's Palsy. He has to wear a patch over one eye to sleep, as it won't close. He drinks from a straw, and still has difficulty keeping food and drink from dribbling down into his beard. While he heals, he has been sent from robbery to cold case.
He finds positive reasons to stay in cold case until he can retire, and he has a good success rate, as he did in robbery. He finds one case that follows him when he is suddenly transferred again after the death of a friend in homicide. He inherits a high profile case of a murdered escort and realizes there are commonalities between that case and the cold case he was working on.
Swinson does a fantastic job of making a reader feel as if this is actually what police work is about. It is not glamorous, cases are not cracked within the time frame of a made-for-TV movie, and the characters are fleshed out.
I was surprised to learn that A Detailed Man is Swinson's first novel.
It definitely rates five stars in my book list!
I was even willing to forget the authors using the names of literary figures of centuries gone by (a pair of partners called Beaumont and Fletcher, a technician called Marvell, and more). Still didn't break the spell of the main character's narration.
I will be one of the first to grab his second novel as soon as it is released.
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Hard-Boiled
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Mystery
- Books > Crime, Thrillers & Mystery > Police Procedurals
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Mystery > Hard-Boiled
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Mystery > Police Procedurals
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction