- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 694 KB
- Print Length: 360 pages
- Publisher: Peatmore Press Ltd (15 Aug. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005HFLB4C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Victim of Compromise Kindle Edition
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Luke understands the impact that initiating a thriller with a description of a dastardly deed creates in the reader’s perception. Thus he open page on with - ‘The naked body of a young woman lay face down on the double bed like a discarded doll, a toweling cord wrapped tightly around her neck. "Dressing gown cord," explained Donovan. "The 'otel supplies gowns for their guests. The room's been checked and photographed. Mr. Wallace said everything should be left as it was found till you arrived. The doctor's been and gone, and Forensic are waiting to move in when you've finished." Ray had no idea why he had been summoned. He had only received news of his promotion a month ago and was due to take up his new post in the Serious Crime Squad in two weeks. The previous night he'd been out with the lads from the Flying Squad celebrating his promotion. The evening had started well, then some bastard had put something in his drink. Now his head was pounding and his tongue felt like an old dishrag. He had no track record of leading a murder inquiry. However, investigating a suspicious death was part and parcel of police work, and he'd seen far too many corpses in his career - more than he cared to remember. At least this one was relatively fresh and thankfully there was no blood. "When was she found?" he asked "About nine o'clock this morning, by the cleaning maid."
And so we are off and running on a crime thriller . The synopsis provides an adequate outline for the story – ‘A killer at large – and for the victim there is no escape. It is 1995 and southern England is sweltering in a heat wave. Before he can take up his post in the Serious Crime Squad as a newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector, Ray King is summoned to investigate a murder. The victim is a young woman who is a private detective and former police officer in a suburban town where the local dignitaries have something to hide. The body count rises and, when it appears the case has been resolved, the killings begin again. The novel is a fast-moving account of crime and sexual entanglement that ensnares detectives and suspects in a web of deception.’
Luke Johnson keeps pace with the development of the crime story with a fine balance between events and perception of events as well as the effect the crime has on both the immediate collection of investigators and the progression of the sordid events that follow. Think Alfred Hitchcock. Solid writing here. Grady Harp, May 17
I bought the book on Kindle and noticed the font is reminiscent of old typed pages like you might see some 30+ years ago. I’m not sure if this was done purposefully, but it seemed to add to the old-time feel of the book – thought the events were supposed to take place only in the mid 1990s.
The pacing is quick and the plot is never dull. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention and the pages turning. All in all, it is a fast-paced thriller that is guaranteed to entertain.
This police-procedural thriller opens with a corpse, to which is added other killings, all to be investigated by DCI Ray King and his sidekick Sergeant Donovan. The story moves at a breathless pace as a range of suspects are interviewed unofficially, interrogated officially, and finally either pursued or discarded. Both local politics and Force politics hamper King's enquiries, which lead him into hotel bedrooms, night clubs, seedy bars and a sophisticated garden party. Women figure prominently in the plot, as seducers, comforters, officers of the law and criminals. Indeed, Ray marries a colleague and one lady solicitor acts as part-time call-girl. As the summer heat wave intensifies, both in the streets and at Wellstone Central police station, so does the heat of the investigation. Addicts of fast-paced thrillers, where plot dominates and intrigues abound, will enjoy this one.
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