The Killing Pool: Detective Fiction (Dci Billy Mccartney 1) Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
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"Kevin Sampson’s astringent novels takes us to mean streets of Liverpool; his language has all the demented idiosyncrasy of Elmore Leonard, with the interlacing of cut-throat humour barely undercutting the omnipresent menace. Things have changed since Raymond Chandler's day -- now British crime writers are quite as tough as the Yanks." (Barry Forshaw Independent)
"This is tough and uncompromising stuff which may not be one for the faint hearted, but if you like your crime fiction with killer twists and shout aloud reveals, then The Killing Pool is just the book for you. DeathBecomesHer chose this without hesitation as her crime novel of the year 2013." (CrimeFictionLover)
"Atmospheric thriller… Sampson is adept at keeping [the character’s] voices distinct throughout a pacy novel, with its complicated plot that is tense from beginning to end." (Liverpool Post)
"The final few paragraphs are as magnificent as they are unexpected. You will put this book down with a sense of dizzy wonder" (Sachin Nakrani)
"A ferociously compelling slice of Scouse Noir." (James Walton Reader's Digest)
Detective Chief Inspector Billy McCartney must face his nemesis in this new crime thriller from Kevin Sampson.See all Product description
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of Leisure ( Criminally under -rated ), but this a dark book , darker than a Burzum gig in Tromso
I think it is going to be a series , I can't wait , INSPECTOR MORSE IT AIN"T
I will not bother writing a Synopsis in this review; if you would like to know what this book is about, read the description or the fantastic review on here by Raven posted on 20/03/13 as that nails every aspect of the book's content. This review is merely about my interpretation and enjoyment of it.
I have never written a book review before but felt compelled to as people NEED to read this book!
Bearing in mind that I had fell out of love with reading and have struggled to have any form of literature captivate me in the last three or so years, this book has come at just the right time. Books were taking me six months to finish, reading "a few pages a night" became a chore rather than a pleasure.
It was with great `pleasure' however that I began reading `The Killing Pool' by Liverpool author Kevin Sampson. From the moment I read the first few pages, I was enthralled, lost in the dirty, seedy side of my hometown. I honestly found it difficult to put the book down. I'd read until my eyes were stinging, then as soon as I awoke, the first thing I'd reach for would be this book to continue where I'd left off the night before. I finished it in three days.
The story is set in three timelines (1984, 1997, and 2012). The `1984' story being one of the most thrilling pieces of writing that I have ever read. I felt like I lived that story. Culminating in the final scene in a restaurant in Chinatown, I was wholly consumed by the storyline and for the duration of those pages, nothing else mattered in the world.
The 1997 and 2012 stories are more settled, steady reads and introduce the main character (DCI Billy McCartney) who you just know that you are going to read a lot about over what could be a whole series of crime thriller novels. This being a very complex character that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
I am very much looking forward to the sequel and will be booking the day off work following the release date as my life will no doubt be put on hold again throughout the duration of my reading.
This could be the platform for a long series of crime novels as all the characters are extremely interesting and complex and would have great stories to tell, for example - I'd love to read: "The Rozaki Brothers rise within the Liverpool underworld", "Alfie Manners: Toxteth '81", "DCI McCartney: The 1984 to 1997 files", "The story of Evan Portius Kavangh Esquire (aka Shakespeare)". I could go and on.
By far the most enjoyable book I have ever read. I really can't recommend it enough.
I got to page 20 before slinging it to the other side of the room, this portrayal of liverpool was insulting to the people who live there, I know as I come from there.
The plot line was clunky and unbelievable.
Quite why the publisher felt it was a good idea to promote this badly written piece of rubbish is beyond me, I shall not be buying any other books by this author is this is his idea of good fiction
Actually, the real meaning of Liverpool is from the Welsh - dirty water - and this crime thriller doesn't hesitate to plunge us right into the seedy, perhaps unchangeable side of this teeming port. The cast of characters: smack-addicted detectives, Kurdish-Scouse crime families, a poetry-quoting old dandy-villain named Shakespeare is rich with reality, never sentimentalising, but never quite losing hold of the humanity either.
I guess crime afficionados would have a long row about whether this is noir or hardboiled, police procedural or thriller. I'll just settle for saying it's compelling, engaging, breathlessly-paced, vivid. And **** brilliant. MORE!
McCartney is a unique crimefighter... just how unique is revealed at the end in a gobsmacking way. All the characters and the locations reek of authenticity. Not much more to say other than I hope there's another McCartney on the way.
This is a fantastically paced,stark and brutal thriller set in three different eras, the mid 80s',late 90s' and present day Liverpool. A definite must read.
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