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Victim of Compromise by [Johnson, Luke]
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  • 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
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British author Luke Johnson (a penname of Keith Jahans) formed Peatmore Press as an on-line magazine in 1996 to publish and promote his writing. In 2008 he left his microbiology job at Defra’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency and established Peatmore Press as a Limited Company the following year. He has published several books - novels and non-fiction – and VICTIM OF COMPROMISE introduces his fiction to the ebook readers in the US. He lives in Woking, England.

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?
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Victim of Compromise by Luke Johnson gets off to a fortuitous start when the dead body of a young woman is found in a hotel. Such is the opening scene that starts off this British mystery. A solidly written story right from the start, Johnson does a commendable job of describing the somewhat bumbling yet kind of competent lead detective in Ray, the man in charge. With a killer on the loose, time is of the essence and Ray is on the job to find the killer. Effectively written to convey the many roadblocks that are present in an investigation, and with deft character development, Johnson is an efficient and lucid mystery writer. With a fast moving plot,scintillating murders and sexual complications, this novel will keep the reader engaged until the satisfying ending.
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From the first few pages I was reminded of the old crime stories, like those from Raymond Chandler. But this time set in England in 1995. Luke Johnson has done a masterful job of creating tone and interesting characters. He’s got a great ear for dialogue too. Johnson has done a great job of depicting a hard-boiled detective by the name of Raymond King, a perceptive Seamus that you know wot be able to stop until he has solved the murder mystery.

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.
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I found “Victim of Compromise” an easy, relaxing read that pulled on your curiosity as to who committed the crimes. Our main investigator – Raymond King – shows himself to be very smart and swift in handling this investigation that has many twists and turns. The story keeps you engaged right up to the very last sentence of this novel and readers will find it to be very satisfying.
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Victim of Compromise

Luke Johnson

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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