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Killing Hope - (Crime Thriller #1 - a Gabe Quinn Suspense Mystery) (Gabe Quinn Thriller Series) [Kindle Edition]

Keith Houghton
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Book Description


"The best killer twist you will ever read!"

AMAZON #1 BEST SELLING CRIME THRILLER

One man stands in the way of countless deaths ...
One man will try to stop him ...
Only one will succeed ...

"Celebrity Cop" Gabe Quinn is back working Robbery-Homicide after a personal tragedy has left him emotionally bare. He's raw, but resolved to catch a serial killer stalking the streets of two major cities. With cryptic clues left behind at each crime scene, Gabe is faced with the seemingly impossible task of piecing together the bizarre puzzle - following signs that point toward a killer whose motive questions everything he believes in ...

'If you could save a million lives by taking one ... would you?'


--- AMAZON UK EDITOR'S PICK -- 150 BEST BOOKS OF 2013 ---


"If you are a mystery buff, you need to get this book!"
- "A Great Summer Read" ★★★★★ Review by 'Dave' (USA)


GABE QUINN THRILLERS SERIES -

Kindle readers have rated my Gabe Quinn Thrillers as some of the best crime, best thrillers and best crime series they have read - comparing them to best sellers by James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Lee Child. Their votes have made my books the #1 best selling hard-boiled and best selling police procedurals internationally. With more than a third of a million Kindle downloads worldwide, the GQ Series has attracted over 980 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon and has featured in Amazon's Top 150 Picks of 2013. My reader fans love Gabe Quinn, likening him to some of contemporary crime's current heroes such as Alex Cross, Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher. He even has his own popular group page on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/gabequinn where his fans hang out and have fun. You're welcome to join us anytime, just don't forget your flip-flops! :)

For more information: keithhoughton.com


"Highly recommend this book to all murder/thrillers lovers ...
a story that will draw you in and keep you wanting more."

- ★★★★★ Review by 'The Kindle Book Review'


GABE QUINN THRILLERS - STATS & FACTS -
  • Over 980 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon
  • Over 320,000 Kindle Downloads Worldwide
  • Amazon #1 International Best Sellers - HARD-BOILED
  • Amazon #1 International Best Sellers - POLICE PROCEDURALS
  • Amazon International Top 5 Best Sellers - THRILLERS | SUSPENSE | MYSTERY
KINDLE STORE - BEST SELLER
  • #1 - Australia (AU) - for 11 days
  • #1 - Germany (DE) - Crime & Thriller
  • #2 - Germany (DE) - English Books
  • #4 - UK - Top 100 for 60 days
  • #13 - Canada (CA)
  • #18 - US
MYSTERY, THRILLER & SUSPENSE - BEST SELLING
  • #1 Police Procedurals - US | UK | CA | FR | AU
  • #1 Hard Boiled - US | UK | CA | FR | AU | DE
  • #1 Mystery - UK
  • #1 Mystery | Thrillers | Suspense - AU | FR
  • #1 Crime | Psychological - DE | FR
  • #2 Psychological - UK
  • #3 Thrillers | Suspense - UK
  • #5 Suspense | Mystery - US
  • #6 Thrillers - US
The Gabe Quinn Bestselling Thrillers Series - KILLING HOPE | CROSSING LINES | TAKING LIBERTY


Editorial Reviews

Review


  • AMAZON UK EDITOR'S PICK -- 150 BEST BOOKS OF 2013

  • Over 555 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon

  • Houghton's often poetic writing style is his unique selling point. His global readership has compared him to the contemporary greats James Patterson, Lee Child, Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, and even likened his suspenseful storytelling to such grand masters of mystery as Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie.
     
    "Highly recommend this book to all murder/thrillers lovers as well as anyone who loves a story that will draw you in and keep you wanting more." ★★★★★ The Kindle Book Review
     
    ★★★★★ "Up there with the greats" Mary Connelly - UK
    "I am an avid reader of the great crime/thriller writers such as Patterson, Child, Connelly, Lehane but this book has to rank as being equal to these great authors.
    The style of writing is every bit up there with top authors. What a gob smacking ending. Absolutely brilliant."


    ★★★★★ "New Hammet/Chandler" Prof. Jon P. Bloch - USA
    "Houghton writes jaw-droppingly well. He has a poet's love of language which he uses to maintain a perfect pitch throughout the tale.
    This is a book that you can't put down not only because the story has you hooked, but because the author simply dazzles the reader with his writing style.
    "
     
     
    ★★★★★ "Do Yourselves A Favour!" Jackie Offen - Australia
    "
    I had this book sitting on my Kindle for a while before I actually read it, I wish I'd known then what I know now, Killing Hope is easily the best book I've read in quite some time. The writing style is fresh, concise and to the point but amazingly still very descriptive, the scenes are set perfectly."

    From the Author


    GABE QUINN THRILLERS SERIES
    -

    Kindle readers have rated my Gabe Quinn Thrillers as some of the best crime, best thrillers and best crime series they have read - comparing them to best sellers by James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Lee Child. Their votes have made my books the #1 best selling hard-boiled and best selling police procedurals internationally. With more than a third of a million Kindle downloads worldwide, the GQ Series has attracted over 980 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon and has featured in Amazon's Top 150 Picks of 2013. My reader fans love Gabe Quinn, likening him to some of contemporary crime's current heroes such as Alex Cross, Harry Bosch and Jack Reacher. He even has his own popular group page on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/gabequinn where his fans hang out and have fun. You're welcome to join us anytime, just don't forget your flip-flops! :)


    --- AMAZON UK EDITOR'S PICK -- 150 BEST BOOKS OF 2013 ---
    • Over 555 Five-Star Reviews for "Killing Hope" on Amazon
    • Over 265,000 Kindle Downloads Worldwide
    • Amazon #1 International Best Seller - HARD-BOILED
    • Amazon #1 International Best Seller - POLICE PROCEDURALS
    • Amazon International Top 5 Best Seller - THRILLERS | SUSPENSE | MYSTERY
     
    "Killing Hope" is Book 1 of 3 in the Gabe Quinn Thrillers series. Although it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel, I recommend reading "Crossing Lines" and "Taking Liberty" afterwards, as this is the best way to experience the overall story arc as it is intended. ;-)
     
    For more information: keithhoughton.com
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    Product Details

    • File Size: 912 KB
    • Print Length: 526 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490413669
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Keith Houghton; (edition 1 - Nov 2011) 3rd revised edition (August 10, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006BZIXZM
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    93 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Thriller A+ January 29, 2013
    By lou
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Considering the number of books I read, one would think I would be a pro at writing reviews...but not so. This is my first Amazon review. I truly enjoyed every minute of this book. There were certain characters developed to the point that you almost felt that you looked through their eyes. The other characters were so humanized that they felt like someone you had once known. I sat in bed reading telling myself "I will go to sleep after this chapter" only to realize, that without my knowing, the sun was starting to rise. I love police thriller/crime novels and have read in excess of 500 of them and this rates in my top 20.
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    135 of 146 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book! January 4, 2012
    By J.
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This book was a whirlwind! Once I was caught up in it, I found that I could not stop reading it. I read the last 100 pages in a white hot fury.
    Gabriel Quinn is a detective with a heart, a troubled heart, but a heart nonethless. I had no trouble at all putting myself in his place. The best fiction causes one to identify with the character.
    This one started slow and then started blasting out unexpected revelations at a blistering pace. I seriously thought I knew who the killer was and then, I was sadly mistaken.
    This is a recommendation for a huge voice in thriller writing. Keith Houghton is the man to watch! Thanks, Keith, for such a great read!
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    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Kept Me Up At Night June 7, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Nowadays, everyone knows the term unputdownable. Well, guess what, this belongs right in that category.

    Keith Houghton has managed to create a work with a great pace, relatable characters and a sense of grit and realism which is not often achieved. In terms of the plot, it will really take you all over the place. This is one of those books where you race with the protagonist, using everything you know to try and solve the thing before he does.

    Still, the crafting of the story is so ingenious that I'm sure many (like me) were surprised by the identity of the true killer. And, if you did beat Gabe Quinn at his own game, then congratulations. You're my new idol.

    In terms of pace, the story is not constrained by traditional lengths of chapters, and I think this unconventional approach has served the book very well. It's a bit long, I'll give you that, but the pacing will actually make you think it's unforgivably short. Character-wise, Gabe is a great protagonist, living and breathing beside an equally-skillful supporting cast.

    Writing-wise, there's really nothing to comment on. Keith Houghton definitely knows what he's doing, and I especially like the Randall Fisk scenes. They really prove how good of a storyteller the author is, and those scenes provide a window which serves both to enlighten and to add depth to the plot.

    Overall, I definitely recommend this to everyone. It's something that stays in your head long after you've reached the end. For avid readers like us, what else is there to aspire for but that?
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    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps You Wanting More! January 15, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I usually read a book in 1 - 2 weeks, since I really only have time to read when I'm on the treadmill a few times a week. When I began reading "Killing Hope" I found myself trying to get in more reading time and I finished it 3 days! The plot was very fast paced but it was smooth as the hunt for serial killer took place in a week of the life of Gabe Quinn, the main character. It was hard to put this book down because I just had to know what happened! A very enjoyable read - anyone who prefers suspense/ crime drama's - this book is for you. Can't wait for the sequel!!! (Carrie)
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    67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!!! December 13, 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I agree with all the other reviews...this book was absolutely FANTASTIC and I LOVED every second of it!!! I had an extremely hard time putting this book down but since I have the Kindle app on my phone, I was able to sneak in as much reading as possible wherever I went.

    I also fell in love with Gabe's character right away. There were so many twists and turns in this book. The ending especially blew me away and had my head spinning! I read a lot of crime thrillers so I usually figure out a good bit of what will happen and how things will turn out. But with this book I had no idea what would happen from one page to the next and I was downright shocked all the way to the end. There were certain points where I just couldn't believe what was happening! The way the clues were laid out had me dying to know how everything would come together. I also really loved the style of writing that another reviewer referred to as movie-like.

    A lot of crime thrillers are good but forgettable...I will not soon forget "Killing Hope!" I can't wait for the next book! It can't come soon enough!!!
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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A definite MUST read! January 29, 2012
    By Dar
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! Fast paced, action packed...page after page. I have found a new author to follow....can't wait to read the next one!
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Hope March 2, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I loved this book! There is an obvious "back story" which makes it seem that this is the second in a series. This makes the reader eager to continue reading to find out more. I was excited to read the next book before I had even finished this one because the author did such a good of letting you know....it's not over! I highly recommend this book to anyone who like a good suspense/thriller.
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow January 26, 2012
    By Kate
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I was skeptical...but the reviews led me to purchase this book. All I can say is thank you!!! What a fantastic, fast paced..never know what is going to happen next thriller. The bar has been set high...can't wait for the next book...
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars awesome reading experience....captivating, twisting
    Great story! Kept an intriguing pace! Could not put this one down. Look forward the next Gabe story to see what happens
    Published 1 day ago by msriden
    5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed enough to purchase sequel 'Crossing Lines'
    Gripping mystery and such a surprise ending...enjoyed enough to purchase sequel 'Crossing Lines'...
    Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    I purchased the audio version of this book which is how I consume a good portion of my books these days, given that I have a fairly long commute to and from work each day. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by B. K. Walker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great!!
    Published 8 days ago by claudia rae fletcher
    3.0 out of 5 stars just so so
    This book doesn't end. Even though it is in a series, if you want any conclusion you won't get it here. Necessary to get book 2 to try to answer any questions. Mystery was ok. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars great book, it drew me in.
    The book started slow, but took off and I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next one, the twist was unexpected.
    Published 12 days ago by Krista Endsley
    1.0 out of 5 stars Killing Hope
    Can't believe I read the whole thing. Lots of death to overcome a stupid story line. Do yourself a favor and pass on this mess.
    Published 14 days ago by lancer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Excellent!
    Published 14 days ago by Robin
    4.0 out of 5 stars I never saw the ending coming!
    Great 1st book. I have always liked a good murder mystery and this one seemed to fit the bill. Enough action to keep me interested and believable characters.
    Published 15 days ago by Susan
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. I would put it in the James ...
    Excellent read. I would put it in the James Pattern category as far as suspense and a real page turner.
    Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
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    More About the Author

    When I was thirteen, my English teacher advised me to write something other than science fiction - since she was fed up with reading my sci-fi short stories whenever she gave the class a creative essay assignment. At the foot of one of these flights of fancy, in bold red ink, she told me I'd never make it as a science fiction writer. It took me thirty years to heed her advice and switch genres. Now my crime thrillers have sold more than 150,000 copies on Amazon alone. Why didn't I listen to her sooner?

    Read more about me and my writing at keithhoughton.com

    -- OVER 150,000 BOOKS SOLD ON AMAZON --
    -- OVER 1/3 MILLION BOOKS DOWNLOADED WORLDWIDE --

    KILLING HOPE, the first book in Keith's bestselling Gabe Quinn Thrillers series, was chosen by the Editors at Amazon UK to feature in their Best 150 Picks of 2013, after it reached #4 in the UK Chart and stayed in the Top 10 for 3 weeks. Each book in the Series has achieved the #1 position in its Kindle categories, internationally, on multiple occasions.

    In early 2014 Keith guest-starred on the Amazon booth at the London Author Fair, working with the Kindle Team, where he chaired group seminars for indie authors interested in Amazon Publishing. Keith's writing style, suspenseful storytelling and engaging characters have been likened by Kindle readers to Dennis Lehane, Raymond Chandler and Michael Connelly. His books sell in 10 countries and have attracted more than 900 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon. His success story has been featured on the Amazon Gateway and in the Kindle Newsletter.

    Keith doesn't write your run-of-the-mill mysteries. He doesn't conform to formulaic storytelling. He shies away from stereotypical characters and doesn't pad his stories with unnecessary waffle. What he gives you are edge-of-the-seat thrillers crammed so full of breathtaking twists and turns you'll need a neck brace and a vacation afterwards. His characters are emotive and his plots are addictive, and his killer endings will leave you gobsmacked and gasping for more. So what are you waiting for? ... Buy this series!

    Join Keith on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeithHoughtonAuthor
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    Keith is an independent self-published author, currently dividing his time between writing a standalone thriller and pulling hair out of the plughole.

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