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Breaking Point (DCI Neil Paget Mysteries) Hardcover – June 19, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: DCI Neil Paget Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727866214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727866219
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,970,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

DCI Neil Paget investigates a missing-persons case in this workmanlike entry in Smith's police procedural series (Acts of Vengeance, etc.). Mark Newman, a jack-of-all-trades who aspires to be a journalist, vanishes after a covert meeting in a generic English pub about a potential story. When Paget learns that Newman's informant, Mickey Doyle, has also disappeared, he concludes that someone attempting to conceal the secret that Doyle stumbled onto has killed them both. Paget's team's efforts soon come closer to the truth than the National Criminal Intelligence Service would like, triggering a jurisdictional dispute that threatens to prevent justice for the missing men. A prologue detailing Newman's failed surveillance of a secluded farmhouse leaves little suspense about his fate. In addition, instead of Paget's uncovering the story Newman was pursuing, an NCIS official simply recounts it to him late in the book.
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From Booklist

The latest entry in Smith’s excellent Neil Paget series injects the British police procedural with a real jolt of energy. This time Paget and his team investigate the mysterious disappearance of local handyman and wannabe journalist Mark Newman. When his housemate reports Newman missing, Paget is inclined simply to file a perfunctory “mis-per” report, but when Newman's van is discovered at the bottom of a quarry, and another local man, apparently the last person Newman spoke to before he disappeared, is found dead, Paget knows he has a real case on his hands. After multiple dead ends have been steered around, and just as the case seems about to break wide open, Paget and his team are summarily told to drop their investigation, setting up some genuinely surprising plot twists. In Smith’s talented hands, the procedural formula extends well beyond meticulous description of police work to embrace the kind of plotting pyrotechnics that distinguishes high-concept thrillers. Procedural buffs will find plenty of detail here to please them, but those who enjoy a little Ridley Pearson pizzazz will also be satisfied. --Emily Melton

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suz VINE VOICE on September 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
DCI Neil Paget is busy. He's annoyed when directed to interview a young woman who filed a missing person report on Mark Newman, a young man who hasn't been seen for a few days. But Emma Blake is the Chief Constable's niece, who went right to the top when the Missing Persons unit didn't take her seriously.

Paget finds that Blake is no fool, and believes that something bad may have happened to Newman. Events prove him right. Newman, anxious to make a career in journalism, was last seen deep in conversation at a pub with Mickey Doyle. And Doyle goes missing, last seen being hustled into a car by two strangers. Paget and his team hunt for the two missing men. Until Doyle's body is fished out of the water. The autopsy reveals not merely homicide, but evidence of extraordinary cruelty and evil, and the team is now looking for one or more sadistic killers.

Paget has healed from the horrific injuries he suffered in an earlier case - Acts of Vengeance (WWL Mystery) - and he's now living with a new significant other. However, Paget is no more interesting or likable than before. His love interest, a scenes of crime officer named Grace, is a good match for Paget: she's also secretive, emotionally withholding, and dishonest. Paget's home life with Grace is a (very) minor subplot; she's lying to him and keeping secrets, and he suspects it but can't be bothered to rock the boat by confronting her.

This book doesn't need romantic or domestic diversions, as the plot is compelling and many of the characters are interesting. The police are up against a well-coordinated bunch of criminals who are operating under deep cover.
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