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When a Red Light Shines (DCI Jack Edgerton series Book 1) by [Wilson, David]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1625 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Link Books Ltd; First edition (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A00BCIY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was a little disappointed with this novel. Basic premise of political/crime thriller appeared promising but I felt some plotlines were a bit obvious and cliched. Relationships were sometimes unconvincing. One of the characters, Jeremy Labelle, became, on a few occasions, Jeffrey Labelle. Sorry, this is just sloppy editing.
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I found it hard to get through this book only sheer determination kept me going . I hate giving up on a book .
The story was long winded and a bit disjointed . Not really exciting enough to keep me turning the pages. I don't think I would struggle through the second book unless it was much better written than this one
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I wish I had paid more attention at the start of this book. When a plot line is set in "Constitutional Hill" at the top of the first page, you have to wonder what else might be coming! Cold weather described as "artic conditions", a character "dosing off to sleep", and seven people hailing three London cabs (you would only need two)but in the next line "plodding through the snow" to their destination are just a few of the irritations.

I agree with Lucky Luke's comments that the awful, stilted language used between characters detracts hugely from the flow of the story - which is a great shame. The concept behind the book is decent - it just needed to be better told.

I do not think I will be reading part two any time soon.
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This book failed on a number of reasons. The writing is not brilliant but some of this could be put down to the editing process. The main issues for me centre around the characterisation. Many of the characters are unconvincing and are stereotypes of what the author thinks they should be. The macho detectives; hard drinking and full of bravado; the glamorous female junior detective who becomes, quite improperly, the girl friend of the divorced senior detective. (Probably a sackable offence.) The good and bad politicians with assorted drink problems etc etc etc.

As the plot unravels, the main villain simply rolls over when the police arrest him..."I have been waiting for you...' he says as they burst into his house. This despite him having killed several people. Very strange...

I will not be reading any more in the series; sorry.
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Corruption at the heart of the British establishment, the Russian mafia and a determined detective form the basis of a potentially exciting crime thriller. Unfortunately, it reads as though it has been written by an 11-year boy....

The prose and grammar are so basic and stereotypical that it drove me crazy - you can see what is coming at the end anyone, so I didn't bother to read past about 60% on the Kindle.

Will not be looking out for Part 2.
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I thought this wasn't going to grip me having read the reviews, but must say I couldn't put it down. Read it for yourself and take no notice of what others say. I thought it was well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like a good conspiracy and I did like the leading characters. Makes a change to have a good boss, as usually in crime stories they are always griping about something. I look forward to the next one.

I'm always searching for good British authors, can't stand American crime, too gung Ho!! I think this author will go far and it was a nice long book to get my teeth into.
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This debut crime novel has a great contemporary theme, a protagonist who is bound to endure, and a strong sense of setting. Don't be deceived by the gradual build up. This is on slow burn, and when it catches fire there are bodies, and twists, and turns aplenty. The police procedural element is very strong, as you'd expect from a former police officer who served with both The Met', and Greater Manchester Police. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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As a retired police officer I'm used to numerous inaccuracies in novels featuring the police. I can usually manage to overlook them if the story is gripping, well written and with a decent plot. Unfortunately this book doesn't score in any of those categories and I cannot believe an ex policeman actually wrote it. Dire doesn't do it justice. I gave up half way through despite having nothing else to read.
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