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KILLER INTENT: A Zoe Ball Book Club choice Hardcover – 25 Jan 2018
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“A must-have read of 2018” -- SUNDAY EXPRESS
“An Irish Independent ‘Top Tips for 2018’ pick”
“A compelling combination of political drama and lethal action. There are echoes of Michael Dobbs’s House Of Cards but there is more derring-do in Kent’s twisty tale, which has all the makings of a best-seller” -- DAILY MAIL
***** “An astute, cleverly plotted and scarily plausible conspiracy thriller with plenty of twists” – The Daily Express
“Let’s hear some applause from thriller fans! Yes, a new star has arrived with a humdinger that could keep you up all night. I was hooked from the start. The first chapter drips with cold sweat … packs a storytelling punch, rather like early Jack Higgins” -– Peterborough Evening Telegraph
“KILLER INTENT is not only considered but cleverly layered, unpredictable and best of all really great fun to read… My advice: Put it on your “must have” list for January.” -- LIZ LOVES BOOKS
“An absolute knockout debut novel from Tony Kent and with more of Devlin and Dempsey promised, I for one can’t wait.” -- SHOTS
“A fast-paced thriller that packs a punch” -- CRIME FICTION LOVER
“Wow! Wow! WOW! This book has everything… A #TopReadof2018 – what a superb story by an author who is well and truly on my radar!” -- CRIME BOOK JUNKIE
“I cannot recommend this book enough, definitely one to watch for 2018, this will be BIG” -- AMW BOOKS
About the Author
Tony Kent grew up in a close-knit Irish family in London and studied law in Scotland. He is a top-ranking barrister and former champion boxer who brings a wealth of detail and personal insight to this unputdownable thriller. A regular at London's Old Bailey, Tony's case history includes prosecuting and defending many high-profile, nationally reported trials. Before his legal career, Tony boxed internationally as a heavyweight and won a host of national amateur titles. He is based in London.
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Lawrence’s friend, Michael Devlin, a criminal barrister, alongwith a CNN reporter and the aforementioned Joe Dempsey, are the principal characters and are an unlikely trio to bring down the puppet masters.
The pace takes a while to build up to a rolling boil but once it does, there are few chapters without some action and tension. The different plot strands converge slowly and prove to be highly topical and thought provoking.
I felt that some length could have been trimmed off the opening half of the book but the final quarter was punchy and wrapped matters up leaving a tantalising possibility for further adventures.
This is a fast paced action thriller incorporating elements of a political conspiracy. Explosive action is liberally spread throughout the book written with such competence that I easily see this novel being snapped up for screen adaptation.
Here's to the next one.
But it’s not just a conspiracy thriller. No siree, it showed elements of a criminal investigation without the police procedural behind it. With security services, barrister and CNN reporter trying to solve the suicide/accidental death/murders, it’s something that little bit different which makes it stand out from the crowd.
Tony Kent has created some larger than life characters that as I read, I visualised them playing the story out as if it were on a screen before me!
Who is Michael Devlin? He starts as a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom but he’s no ordinary barrister! He’s got hidden depths and a history to be unravelled. With Devlin’s Irish connection, I began to question what I knew of the history of the Irish tension and The Troubles. Mr Kent cast doubt in my mind as to what I knew. Was this new information a work of fiction or was there an element of truth to what I was reading?
Who is Stanton, this puppeteer of epic proportions? Orchestrating the removal of individuals at the drop of a hat, manipulating “Joshua” and others to do his bidding. He’s a man with power, a dangerous man at that! I had my suspicions as I read but they weren’t dead certs in the slightest!
Killer Intent is a blooming brilliant thriller taking components of spy, conspiracy, legal and police procedural to neatly weave together a fast paced, adrenaline packed thriller. This is a cracking debut from Tony Kent (how is this a debut???!) and I’m really looking forward to reading Marked For Death.
The characters were plausible and likeable, and even if Sarah Truman felt a little bit like a plot device, I warmed to her as the story progressed. Joe Dempsey is a character who could grow and grow, and my only criticism of Michael Devlin is that we didn’t get enough of him in his professional capacity. I thoroughly enjoyed the courtroom scenes.
The antagonists were suitably unpleasant, without being two-dimensional and ultimately their motives felt real.
I get the feeling that this is an author who will grow and grow. I hesitate to compare characters but Dempsey reminds me a little of Mitch Rapp, with Reacher’s conscience and a hint of Harry Bosch’s fondness for doing the necessary by “bending” the rules, whilst Devlin could be a British MIckey Haller. I want more!
I can’t wait for Kent’s next book.
This is a long book, and very well written, full of twists and turns, and the author obviously knows his stuff. I couldn’t put it down and was reading it long into the early hours.
The characters are believable too. I took to them straight away, I loved Dempsey and hope if Tony Kent writes other books he will be included.
Unfortunately the appearance of the author was fascinating and so quick that I failed to catch his name, the title of the book and it's contents.
A week or so, later, it came up in the book section of my newspaper and subsequently gave me all the information that I missed. I promptly bought it through Amazon. The sniper kills deliberately kills a female member of the security services to allow another sniper to kill a leading politician.
An American TV reporter and a military intelligence officer witness the shootings and find themselves sucked in to a world of sinister plots. This is an excellent political drama combined with tons of action. The 'intrigue is utterly fascination. I recommend it for Film treatment.