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A Detective Under Fire: A Mystery Hardcover – February 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312316577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312316570
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,221,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Few, if any, contemporary writers are as entertaining as the remarkable H. R. F. Keating' Len Deighton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

H.R.F. Keating is well-versed in the fiction, and non-fiction, worlds of crime. He was the crime books reviewer for The London Times for fifteen years, as well as serving as the Chairman of the Crime Writers Association and the Society of Authors. His repertoire is expansive and includes the well-known Inspector Ghote serires. He lives in London.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
She started her career in London's Metropolitan Police Force but quickly realized women, in subtle ways, were discriminated against with no chance of advancement. She took a job on the Birchester Police Force and rose up the ranks to become Detective Superintendent. The media find her fascinating, dubbing her the "Hard Detective" because of her strong stance on getting the criminals off the streets and into a cage.
She is temporarily assigned by a senior member of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to investigate the Maximum Crimes Squad. This elite special force of police officers deal with a Columbian drug lord who has just taken over the people smuggling business. Harriet Martens is to see how high up corruption goes in the Max but she faces one obstacle after another as the men and women try to stonewall her.
The author has toned down the protagonist's strident speeches thereby making her more approachable and likeable. Her investigative methods are easy to follow and eventually yield results because the heroine is tenacious and determined. A DETECTIVE UNDER FIRE is a very fascinating police procedural in which teamwork and trust in your comrades get the job of placing the criminals behind bars done.
Harriet Klausner
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By Srdjan Pesic on May 20, 2014
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H.R.F. Keating, a bard of traditional, erudite British mystery, after 26 novels in Indian inspector Ghote series, started a new series with Det. Superintendent Harriet Martens. With heavy heart and hearty disappointment I disliked the second entry in the series "A Detective in Love". Too many amorous innuendoes, and too little mystery. I am glad to report that this book is much better. Funny ,with a gorgeous turn of phrase and a pretty good puzzle to top it with. Such a joy to read last few books by this dearly departed master of old-fashioned, but not dated British mystery.
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