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Time to Die (The DI Hanlon Series Book 1) by [Howard, Alex]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews

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'I loved Hanlon. TIME TO DIE was brilliantly done, authentic and doesn't pull any punches... The story twists and turns its way to an edge of the seat conclusion... scintillating and heartfelt' Lizlovesbooks.

About the Author

Alex Howard studied Arabic and Islamic History at Oxford, and has worked in adult education. He lives in London with his wife and two children. Find out more at alexhowardcrime.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1241 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus; 1 edition (8 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781857237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781857236
  • ASIN: B00H6V0C4U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So. Crime novels featuring new detectives – so many of them out there. Some brilliant, some not bad, some mediocre and some, lets face it, truly terrible. Not often you come across one that has a bit of an edge, a cut above, something a little different. The last time for me was when I read Sarah Hilary’s brilliant debut “Someone Elses Skin” and there was Marnie Rome. Now Alex Howard brings us DI Hanlon – so meet my new favourite detective…

She’s not that likeable. But I loved her. She not always that trustworthy. But you would want her on your side. She has an inate sense of justice and doesnt really care that much for the rules. If you get on her radar beware – yet if you gain her trust and her loyalty she will fight for you until her last breath. It is wonderful to see a strong independant female character that actually is exactly that – warts and all, no need to worry about whether or not she is “feminine” enough in her actions. DI Hanlon is what she is. And what that would be is a marvellous character to follow into a dark and sinister tale of missing children…

This is an emotive story, featuring as it does children in peril, but it is brilliantly done, authentic and doesnt pull any punches. There is an intriguing depth here, over and above a standard “police procedural”, that gives you a real feeling for the people involved, victims and villains alike, somewhere in the middle being the Police force with all its politics and shenanigans. And hovering over it all, kind of like on that magnificent cover art, is Hanlon who’s razor sharp focus cares only about the job in hand.
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 May 2014
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I obviously haven't read the same book as the other reviewers as I found this to be not much more than an average read. I'm sure I've read a similar plot before (Thomas Harris did the pigs much better) but I can't remember what it is, DI Hanlon is a psychopath and would never have passed the Met psych tests never mind be a plausible character and the author's style of writing is not to my taste as I feel he overemphasises things to the point that I kept saying to myself - yes, I got it the first time. I did finish the book but it took me ages as it was fairly clear what was going to happen and the how was not enough to intrigue me and pull me in for a marathon read.
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Wow - read this one in one go, could not put down! Thank god no love interest, just get the bad guys, what ever it takes. Amazing that this was a female lead, really impressed with the story line and characters, went looking to read the others in the DI Hanlon series, where are they?? Whens the next book?
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I loved this book and a new female detective that has a lot of spunk and gritty determination that I like.I hope this is the first book of many and I will definitely be reading more of this author's books.I will be looking forward to the next one.I could not put it down and I read it in two days.
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The trouble with Alex Howard’s fast-paced first book is his barely credible heroine DI Hanlon. She is exceptionally determined, hyper fit and trains and boxes to the point of masochism. She has the emotional warmth and operational efficiency of a chainsaw.He compensates for this extreme characterisation by providing a rich tapestry of varied and interesting colleagues and villains as a foil but ultimately this mix fails to be credible or to satisfy. Having said that if you can suspend your disbelief the plotting is great and the action, if a little extreme, certainly sweeps you along to its grisly conclusion.
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Move over, Inspector Morse! This is a classic police thriller which grabs you by the throat from the first page and doesn't let up the tension until the cataclysmic finale. Plenty of blood, sadism, violence, villains and suspense along the way. The author is interested in many things, and manages to interest the reader, too. Alex Howard can only get better and better -- like his principal character, DI Hanlon, who may remind older readers of Modesty Blaise!

An excellent debut novel which I hope will be succeeded by many more in the same vein.
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A little too much background filling in and bulking the chapters for my liking but a good strong central character made the overall story quite interesting - if not particularly believable. This could be a BBC TV series what with being full of almost every minority in the countryas well, as having the requisite hated establishment figures involved as deviants!
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What many people tend to forget is that within stories, are that there are more people within the story than just the principle character. They need fleshing out and have to feel real to the people in the background looking into this world. It’s a tricky line to tread and whilst you don’t have much time to get it done without it feeling like your bogging the story down with unnecessary baggage it is still something that has to be done in order to get the tale across.

Whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the lead character here, I did love the way that Alex has managed to generate a whole host of supporting cast that feel as real as DI Hanlon. It also has great pace and whilst the subject is horrific within, its something that helps bring it all back to the reader as real world meets fiction in an intense investigation. It has some solid police work within, the reader is given a glimpse behind the curtain and all round with the dialogue it works very well for me as a reader. Back this up with a solid understanding of prose and all round it’s a cracking read.
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