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Speechless: A gripping serial killer crime thriller (Detective John Marco crime thriller Book 1) (Detective Inspector Marco) by [Puleston, Stephen]
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  • Print Length: 297 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
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This is a competent police procedural set in modern day Cardiff told in the first person by DI John Marco.
It is plotted well and has a complex investigation which involves the murder of a group of Polish workers and appears to have links back to Warsaw, the Polish underworld and the Russian mafia. It is perhaps overcomplicated by sub plots around people trafficking and local burglaries but it does aid the story in part regarding a rivalry within the local police and political interference. Indeed many references are about the newly formed South Wales Police indepently set up and answerable to the Welsh Assembly.
I enjoyed the writing and unpacking of the detailed investigation but much of the elements within the story are familiar and better done elsewhere. I felt overall it lacked some originality; it was predicable in part and the thrills were less thrilling and the mystery less intriging. Basically we have the reformed lead officer after a failed marriage; little work life balance to the point he has forgotten how to interact with his son and of course he is a recovering alcoholic.
Although the range of characters introduced all have a function and will enable a series to develop around them it seemed heavy at times and blurred the drive of the story. Indeed I wasn't caught up in the story to the point of becoming anxious over the lesser players, whether they lived or died. Infact almost like a James Bond novel who immediately felt certain relationships were doomed and lives destroyed due to association with the protagonist, DI John Marco.
In short I enjoyed the story sufficiently to want to read more of this author's writing. In a more focused narrative and straightforward plotline his writing skills would be better represented in my opinion. I would look for more originality but one has to admit in this crowded genre there will be some overlap of creativity and a sense of familiarity in any crime novel.
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Having read Stephen Puleston' s previous book featuring Inspector Drake I decided to try this one.
This time we have another detective John Marco based in Cardiff with another good storyline featuring Welsh &Polish gangsters. It turned out to be as good as the first, setting a fast pace which kept me intrigued from start to finish.
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Enjoyed this book. Intriguing storyline. Kept me thinking and trying to work out who was who. Made it even better as it is in an area I know and even mentioned my home town a few times. Liked this inspector better than D.I.Drake. Will have to wait for book two in the series as not expected until next year
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This wasn't bad, but I probably wouldn't say it was good. The story is complex and complicated, and there are far too many characters to easily keep track of. Some of the action is unbelievable, the protagonist flying off to Poland at a moment's notice - not something I think a serving police officer could do in the middle of a murder investigation - and getting rescued from dire situations at the last moment. And I got fed up with the usual desperate home life the protagonist had to contend with. I know that having a flawed hero is more or less essential in these books, but I just found it boring and unnecessary.
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Someone is bumping off members of the Polish community in Cardiff. DI Marco investigates and uncovers a complex plot involving local gangsters and links to Eastern European organised crime. It's competently written with lots of detail about the investigation and lots of plot turns: so why didn't I warm to it?

Partly this was due to the author continually pulling back from letting us get to know DI Marco better. He no sooner starts to have a proper conversation when his phone goes and then - sorry - got to go. Let's continue this later. You don't end up having much sympathy with a man who is continually running away. I'm also not sure whether we need yet another lead detective who is a workaholic with a failed marriage and a drink problem. I would read another of these books but would like to see the great plot combined with more character development.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 July 2015
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I have really enjoyed the Inspector Drake series so I thought I'd give Inspector Marco a go. It has an exciting plot - the murder of Poles in Cardiff linked to people trafficking and organised crime - and plenty of action with the bodies piling up and Marco facing death on more than one occasion. I don't particularly like comparisons between an author's novels as I think they should all stand individually but in this case it is irresistible because I only read this book because I had read and loved the other series.
The first big difference is that this novel is written in the first person which is not my preference. The second is that I don't feel the characterisation is as strong, but as Speechless is more action based maybe it isn't as important. Thirdly, I don't think it is as tightly plotted and seems a bit sprawling in places. Despite these reservations I think Speechless is a good read and don't hesitate to recommend it.
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I enjoyed the Inspector Blake books and assumed ( wrongly ) that this would be of a similar ilk. Wrong. It was drawn out, confusing, lacking flow but most of all credibility. I strongly suggest Inspector Marco applies for early retirement.
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By A L H TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2015
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I enjoyed this book although it didn't offer anything ground breaking it was a good solid read. The protagonist DI Marco is a recovering alcoholic, he has conflict with others at the station, the murders are gruesome with a calling card (in this case tongues being cut out, hence "Speechless"). The police procedure is written about convincingly and the story moves along at a decent pace.

There are enough twists and turns to keep you interested, and the ending is believable. I enjoyed this story even though it does seem to follow the well known formula for police thrillers.
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