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- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
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Speechless: A gripping serial killer crime thriller (Detective John Marco crime thriller Book 1) (Detective Inspector Marco) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Puleston deserves great credit for D.I. Marco, a man like rebus who occasionally bends the rules and procedures to get results in this cleverly constructed crime novel. Read morePublished 8 days ago by MrPiccolouk
Having read and enjoyed Brass in Pocket, I was interested to read about another of Stephen Puleston's detectives. DI Marco is the main character, some flaws (as always! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dee Bolton
Having read and enjoyed the prequel to the Inspector Marco series, I was pleased to find in this first book a well rounded very human story, exploring the emotions of the main... Read morePublished 1 month ago by PG Print and Office Services
I love Stephen Puleston's books. They are a great read & keep you guessing till the end. I received Speechless for review & so glad I did, another great novel you'll not be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Louise Cooper
I enjoyed this very much, I stayed up late to finish it as I couldn't put the book down ! It is well written and has a very good plot. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Margaret A. Jones
I really enjoyed this book. This is the first time I'm reading Stephen Puleston and I like his style. Book number 2 with DI Marco is on my list to read now.Published 1 month ago by Ness75
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