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Talking to the Dead: Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 1 by [Bingham, Harry]
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Book 1 of 6 in Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series (6 Book Series)

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Praise for gripping, atmosphere Fiona Griffiths crime thriller series:

Chilling, atmospheric and so gripping it hurts. You won't read a better crime novel this year

(MARK EDWARDS)

Intriguing and compelling - I love Fiona Griffiths (SHARON BOLTON)

In a word - brilliant. One of the most enjoyable crime novels I've read in a while (JAMES OSWALD)

Compelling and claustrophic, Without a doubt, Fiona Griffiths is one of crime's most memorable heroines (SARAH HILARY)

One of the most interesting and complicated protagonists in current UK crime fiction. Truly unforgettable (MICK HERRON)

Fiona Griffiths is one of the most unusual and engaging characters in British crime fiction. Those who haven't yet encountered Fiona will be drawn into a beautifully crafted world (SINEAD CROWLEY)

Gripping...Fiona Griffiths kept me hooked to the last page and left me hungry for more (RACHEL ABBOTT)

This is on one level an orthodox, if expertly written, police procedural. But the character of Fiona lifts it to an altogether different, extraordinary level. She is childlike, brilliant, courageous and utterly loopy all at the same time - as well as devastatingly real and human and alone...She'll haunt you long after you finish this book, and send you scurrying to find what else Bingham has written. (YORK PRESS)

Fresh and compelling. The best thing coming out of this gem of a crime story is the promise of another (NY DAILY NEWS)

Compelling...a new crime talent to treasure (DAILY MAIL)

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"A cracking, well-executed debut." (PETERBROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3476 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BD9LOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well this is something different! Really well written, character driven, and what a character. Little, feisty, vulnerable Fiona is a fabulous, many dimensioned creation and I loved her. As she says herself, she isn't quite like the rest of us. I won't spoil a moment of your enjoyment by saying how but Mr Bingham really gets inside her particular difference in a very compelling way.. The plot is complex and it works and the story moves along briskly but leaves space for insight and compassion. There are horrific scenes of brutality but there lovely balancing moments of tenderness and triumph. Certainly one of the best crime thrillers I've read and I have already bought the next in the series. Can't wait to read it.
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those of us who like crime thrillers tend to read a lot of them. I also tend to delete a lot of them from my kindle, as not being worth my time. This one is different, the heroine, the secondary characters, the writing... for the record I am an Acquisitions Editor for an independent publisher as well as an author in my own right, so - I know good and bad writing when I see, even if it does have the IMO attached to it...and this is GOOD writing, sharply observed people, surroundings, cities, landscape help make the story even better. I was sorry when the book finished but grateful I found this series late enough that I can go straight into the next one without waiting for Mr Bingham to write it.

Harry Bingham has found himself a heroine worth working with. At times the book was in danger of tipping over into her world, and boring the reader by going on too long about the way she feels, but then something happens and it is back on course, that being Fiona finding her muddled way through the complex and highly unpleasant case she is confronted with. What is outstanding is her reaction to her first corpse. So many books have the detective completely detached from finding a body. (Morse never is... and on that topic, I liked the reference to Morse, shows that the great detective is still right up front in the detecting world!)

Buy with confidence. It's a good book.
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I've read some of Harry's non-fiction before but none of his fiction, and when I read that he wasn't even a big fan of crime fiction before he wrote this, I had my doubts. So he sat down to read lots of UK and US crime, then apparently the main character in this book just started talking to him and it led to the best book he's ever written. Hmm... Not afraid of setting the bar high, Harry! Anyway, he was right to... this is the most compelling and unusual crime novel I've read in a very long time (and I read a LOT). I felt like Fiona Griffiths was talking to me, too. I almost didn't care about the crime, such was the pull of her personality. I also loved the punchy writing style, the setting, and the fact that the minor characters seemed to come to life all by themselves. Also, this is the second book I've read in the last couple of weeks with a first person point-of-view. The previous one was good, but I felt there were a lot of 'I, I, Is' that distracted from the narrative - this doesn't happen in this book. First person seems natural, and it couldn't really be any other way. If I have to add anything negative at all, it'd be to say that you do need to completely suspend your disbelief when reading this - what Fiona gets up to is bordering on the insanely impossible, but then again, that's the exact thing that shapes her character. Can't wait for the next in the series.
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Lots of reviews - lots of superlatives, all of them deserved.

It's hard to write something original in this review, so imagine the work and talent that went into this book, because it's such an original and it's so well written. This author is destined to be a major force in English crime writing, unless you already rate him a such, in which case it's been my misfortune to have missed his debut and the reception that went with it!

A superb creation, I've read two in the series, plus two novellas, and I'm hooked. I shall be buying the rest, one by one and look forward to more.
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A complex heroine with a case that stretches the mind offering insight into the world of prostitution, sex trafficking and the drug trade. When mixed together the world is a horrifying place where the innocent often pay the ultimate price. DC Fiona Griffith's brilliant with a past that has given her unique tools wills put herself in the path of danger to bring justice for the dead and free the still living from the nightmare of hell on earth. Gripping. A vulnerable, gutsy copper, outside the normal mold. Bring on the next book...
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It would be stretching the point to call this a police procedural because DC Fiona Griffiths doesn't believe in teamwork. In fact, her colleagues are seen as more of hindrance than a help. In real life, she would have been sacked (and very probably prosecuted) for some of the things she does, but this doesn't matter when the writing is so good and the central character so compelling. The pivotal scene, when we find out drives Fiona's interest in murder victims is beautifully written. The ending is a bit overblown with no real surprises but I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely read more in the series.
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