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Jack in the Box (Brock and Poole Mysteries) Hardcover – December 1, 2008


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  • Series: Brock and Poole Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727866907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727866905
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,383,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When a body is discovered chained inside a burning box on Ham Common just outside London, Detective Chief Inspector Harry Brock is first on the scene. It’s a horrific way for a person to die, and Brock believes it has all the earmarks of a gangland hit. Identifying the victim is difficult, but for once, Brock gets a break—a young woman reports her boyfriend missing, and it soon becomes clear that said boyfriend is indeed the unfortunate victim. As Brock and his sidekick, Dave Poole, investigate further, they find that the trail leads into the seedy world of porn films and nude modeling. There are so many twists and turns in the case that even the normally unflappable Brock and Poole find themselves frustrated and floundering. With its devilishly clever plot, engaging characters, and authentic details of police operations, this is another fine entry in a respected British police procedural series. --Emily Melton

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"DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seek the killer who, not content to stab his enemy to death, squeezed his corpse into a wooden box and set it aflame. Murdered Fulham artist Jack Harding specialized in nude figure paintings of the women he was sleeping with. His flatmate, model Sasha Lovell, and Dominic Finch, the photographer friend who introduced them, both had excellent reasons for wanting him dead. But a second murder tied to the Volvo Estate sedan that picked up what became Harding's unofficial coffin from the woodworker's persuades Brock and Poole that they're dealing with a farrago of professional criminals: Italian imports wanted for murder back home, ex-lags who'd do anything to avoid going back to prison, self-identified scrap-metal dealers with colorful pasts, exotic dancers willing to provide convenient alibis along with the customary physical relief. The entire cast acts so suspiciously, in fact, that Brock arrests three of them for murder in three separate incidents on a single day. When at last a long list of felonies is assigned to interchangeable villains, one of Harding's birds supplies the perfect punch line: "And to think that I lived with a murderer. Two, in fact."" --Kirkus Reviews, 1st October 2008

"DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seek the killer who, not content to stab his enemy to death, squeezed his corpse into a wooden box and set it aflame. Murdered Fulham artist Jack Harding specialized in nude figure paintings of the women he was sleeping with. His flatmate, model Sasha Lovell, and Dominic Finch, the photographer friend who introduced them, both had excellent reasons for wanting him dead. But a second murder tied to the Volvo Estate sedan that picked up what became Harding's unofficial coffin from the woodworker's persuades Brock and Poole that they're dealing with a farrago of professional criminals: Italian imports wanted for murder back home, ex-lags who'd do anything to avoid going back to prison, self-identified scrap-metal dealers with colorful pasts, exotic dancers willing to provide convenient alibis along with the customary physical relief. The entire cast acts so suspiciously, in fact, that Brock arrests three of them for murder in three separate incidents on a single day. When at last a long list of felonies is assigned to interchangeable villains, one of Harding's birds supplies the perfect punch line: "And to think that I lived with a murderer. Two, in fact."" --Kirkus Reviews, 1st October 2008

"DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seek the killer who, not content to stab his enemy to death, squeezed his corpse into a wooden box and set it aflame. Murdered Fulham artist Jack Harding specialized in nude figure paintings of the women he was sleeping with. His flatmate, model Sasha Lovell, and Dominic Finch, the photographer friend who introduced them, both had excellent reasons for wanting him dead. But a second murder tied to the Volvo Estate sedan that picked up what became Harding's unofficial coffin from the woodworker's persuades Brock and Poole that they're dealing with a farrago of professional criminals: Italian imports wanted for murder back home, ex-lags who'd do anything to avoid going back to prison, self-identified scrap-metal dealers with colorful pasts, exotic dancers willing to provide convenient alibis along with the customary physical relief. The entire cast acts so suspiciously, in fact, that Brock arrests three of them for murder in three separate incidents on a single day. When at last a long list of felonies is assigned to interchangeable villains, one of Harding's birds supplies the perfect punch line: "And to think that I lived with a murderer. Two, in fact."" --Kirkus Reives, 1st October 2008

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DCI Harry Brock is called to the scene of a burned corpse discovered by the fire brigade after being sent to put out a small litter fire. Brock’s side-kick is DS Dave Poole and the two make an interesting pair. It’s a rather routine police procedural. What makes it above average is the interplay between Brock and Dave.

Ison was a Scotland Yard detective for some thirty years and his expertise is apparent. As are his often sarcastic opinions of the state of the current British justice system.

Good story with lots of false leads. Unlike his Hardcastle series, it’s set in a modern world, rather than around WW I.

Perfectly paced audiobook nicely read by Damian Lynch.
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