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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015844
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carlyle is attempting too much and achieving too little and he's upsetting all the wrong people - this time it could be terminal...

About the Author

James Craig worked previously as a journalist and TV producer. Born in Scotland, he has lived and worked in London for thirty years.


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This is the second outing for Craig's London Met detective, John Carlyle, a down-to-earth copper who seems to be constantly juggling more cases than the average plod should be able to deal with. Carlyle's first outing was in London Calling, a launch I somehow missed but intend to put right, if the enjoyment in this second story is anything to go by.

The central plot involves the death of an elderly woman, apparently at the hands of her husband who insists he's innocent. Vague references to a Chilean connection with the case fail to dissuade Carlyle of the husband's guilt. In between he tries to help find a missing child, deal with the stalker of a pretty newswoman, and investigate a nasty drug ring. Not unexpectedly, things take a twist on his main case when he learns the husband is not the killer.

Carlyle is the type of hero to enjoy. He doesn't jump through burning hoops, abseil tall buildings, or shoot an MP5 out of the window in a high-speed car chase. But he gets the job done in an efficient and believable manner while juggling a domestic life with an understanding wife and a teenage daughter beginning to explore the usual adolescent boundaries.

There's a lot about this novel to keep you engrossed and interested. The initial, slightly overlong, references to what happened in Chile could have been best dealt with in a prologue, but that's almost unfair nitpicking in what is a superbly written and cosy yarn. Craig's style, pace and underlying knowledge is as good as anything you'll find in the crime genre. Judging by what lies between the covers of Never Apologise, Never Explain, the Inspector Carlyle brand deserves to sit on the shelves with the best of the modern serial detectives.
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I have just finished reading this book which I bought and read straight after finishing the first, London Calling. Carlyle is a great character - family orientated, jaded and cynical about his job, world weary but still determined to get his case solved in the face of adversity. The plot is excellent in both books and keeps you turning the pages in anticipation of the next twist. I also really enjoy the dry humour throughout - there are a few laugh out loud moments.
My only criticism -and the reason why I gave it four rather than five stars - is that there is so much cut and pasted from the first book which starts to irritate after a while. This is especially noticeable when reading them back to back but I'm sure that readers aren't that bad at remembering characters from a previous book even with a gap between books!!
All in all, a good read and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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I read the first book in the series and whilst I liked it, felt frustrated by the many loose ends and hoped this second book would help to tie some of them up.

However, I find I am actually unable to even finish this second book as I am appalled at the incompetence of Inspector Carlye. Not meaning to spoil the plot in any way, but if only the guy would do his job, answer his phone, follow up leads, not rush off to find food...less people would die and/or go missing.

I understand the need to develop a realistic character, but I find it unbelievable how that this one managed to join the policeforce, much less remain there and become an Inspector. He doesn't seem to care about his job or anything for that matter bar pasteries and taking his daughter to school. I therefore find it difficult to like him myself, which is totally distracting me from the plot so I'm bowing out now.
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I have been eagerly awaiting the next installment of the Inspector Carlyle series and was not disappointed. While I thoroughly enjoyed "London Calling", this new book is an altogether superior novel. The plot is taught and believable, the characters rounded and interesting and the dialogue believable.

In my mind, this second book cements James Craig's place in the upper echelons of British crime writers with Inspect Carlyle worthy to take his place amongst the other great fictional detectives.
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Having read the first in this series, I was sufficiently impressed to read this sequel - but getting through this one was an effort. The characters are well constructed enough, but whenever they are introduced Craig simply seems to have cut and pasted their intro from his first book verbatim. This meant that more than once I had to check that my kindle hadn't somehow malfunctioned and I had skipped back to the first book in error. In addition to this he simply seems to run out of steam a number of times along the journey in writing this sequel. I began to wonder that if he didn't write about Inspector Carlyle suddenly feeling hungry and getting something to eat whether the book might have been about a third shorter, so frequently was this mentioned.
I was frustrated by this lazy writing, the inconclusive ending (again!) and the liberal use cut and paste from the first novel.
I was disappointed by this, as the plots are generally credible and Craig can obviously write when he can be bothered. I can't see me reading another in this series, which is a shame.
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I downloaded this book after reading James Craig's "London Calling". Thinking it'd be at least half as good.

I'm afraid it isn't, he seems to sneer at everything and describe most scenes with a bitter edge. The main character, policeman Carlyle, turns into one of those canteen culture cops we hear so much about.
Without giving too much away he doesn't actually do very much except going around acting as a stereotypical long term copper giving opinions and not protecting the public. It makes it really annoying read.

If you want a decent read get London calling, that's ok, I doubt I'll read one of his again for fear of it being as bad as this one. Shame really cos London Calling I couldn't put down and finished in 2 days.
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