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London Calling (Inspector Carlyle 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Craig
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Can you win an election and cover up murder at the same time?

When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top.

In the middle of a General Election, a murderer is stalking the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. With power almost in his grasp, Edgar Carlton will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.

Operating in a world where right and wrong don't exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton takes the law into his own hands.


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“In this hard-bitten political thriller, the author skillfully portrays Carlyle as a good cop who genuinely struggles with the problems of his job and his lifestyle.  Mr. Craig, a former journalist, writes with brutal candor about crimes as vicious as crimes can get.... It says something about the author’s capacity for the darkest of humor when his description of a corpse superglued to a car can evoke a chuckle from the reader as police try to detach the body.”—Washington Times

“As the title of James Craig's London Calling suggests, The Clash should be the soundtrack for this close to pitch-perfect debut introducing Inspector John Carlyle.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Craig lards his familiar tale of revenge served cold with enough expository detail for a primer on politics and enough personal background about his hero to insure that his debut mystery won’t be his last.”—Kirkus Reviews

So addictive you won’t be able to tear yourself away.”—Library Journal

“James Craig's gutsy, envelope-pushing debut, London Calling, dares to distinguish itself from the rest of the crime drama genre. It is a carefully crafted blend of horror and police procedural that is quite macabre and spellbinding.”—Gumshoe Reviews


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"In this hard-bitten political thriller, the author skillfully portrays Carlyle as a good cop who genuinely struggles with the problems of his job and his lifestyle. Mr. Craig, a former journalist, writes with brutal candor about crimes as vicious as crimes can get.... It says something about the author's capacity for the darkest of humor when his description of a corpse superglued to a car can evoke a chuckle from the reader as police try to detach the body."--"Washington Times"
"As the title of James Craig's "London Calling "suggests, The Clash should be the soundtrack for this close to pitch-perfect debut introducing Inspector John Carlyle."--"Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel"
"Craig lards his familiar tale of revenge served cold with enough expository detail for a primer on politics and enough personal background about his hero to insure that his debut mystery won't be his last."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"So addictive you won't be able to tear yourself away."--"Library Jour

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849015821
  • Publisher: Robinson (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849015821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849015820
  • ASIN: B0051GSSRU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,524 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled Pulp June 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
James Craig shows some talent in this book. His consistant narrative style, and characterizations of heroes and villains alike may be more at home in fantasy and science fiction paperbacks.

Inspector Carlyle is a likeable everyman copper, who knows he's a misfit. Though he doesn't have much ambition beyond his next meal and time with his daughter, he nevertheless takes his job seriously, even when no-one else does. In this introductory novel, he finds himself butting heads with powerful politicians and unruly cell phones. Trying to catch a killer before the bad guys can, he pulls all his resources, from his drug-dealer best friend to his third cup of coffee.

This is not high fiction by any means; it's campy, fantastic, and somewhat pornographic. The ending is forced, and the killers have outlandish motivations, but it's an engaging read for the rest of it. I'd recommend it for those who enjoy a good pulp novel now and again.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable hokum July 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In the end I enjoyed this book. The plot creaks pretty badly in places and James Craig lays his prejudices on with a trowel so it certainly isn't the remotest bit realistic as a picture of any part of British society, but it's decently written and quite fun in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way.

James Craig has created a new detective, Inspector Carlyle of London's Metropolitan Police. I found him a reasonably engaging character, refreshingly unburdened by the traditional Complicated Personal Life, Problems With Authority, Addictive Personality and so on, and I also liked the amiable and straightforward relationship he has with his sergeant. The prose is competent and pacy as one would expect from a former journalist, and the book is easy to read with necessary back-story in the form of inserts into the main narrative, which for me worked well.

The plot and characters are both pretty silly, to be honest, but there is amusing banter, cynical remarks and just sufficient excitement to keep me reading and enjoying it. Craig uses the book to take unsubtle sideswipes at some stereotypes of privileged politicians with no ability but plenty of spin and a colossal sense of entitlement. We also get the predictable pictures of the slimy, careerist senior officer, the bimbo TV journalist, the brutal and moronic police constable and so on. They are all so grotesquely and absurdly caricatured as to be beyond satire, but it's light, amusing stuff, and if you're prepared to suspend disbelief from a very great height and don't mind a rather rickety plot and some pretty graphic and unpleasant descriptions of sex acts, this is an enjoyable, if disposable, read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Twenty-five-years ago, the Merrion Club - a fraternity composed of Britain's future VIPs - went on a drinking binge and committed a heinous crime against a fellow student. Now, someone with a very large knife wants revenge against these eight men. One is Christian Holyrod, Mayor of London, and another is Edgar Carlton, who, according to the polls, will become prime minister in the next election, which is only a few days away. After two men are found butchered, Inspector John Carlyle must find the killer before more VIPs die and the General Election is disrupted.

James Craig's gutsy, envelope-pushing debut, "London Calling," dares to distinguish itself from the rest of the crime drama genre. It is a carefully crafted blend of horror and police procedure that is quite macabre and spellbinding. "London Calling" is a fast-paced mystery that kept me in suspense until the killer's carefully guarded identity was eventually revealed at the shocking conclusion. In the meantime, the death scenes are graphic, bloody and disturbing; likewise the sex scenes are as equally perverse and stomach churning. I was reminded of my beloved Italian gialli of the late sixties and seventies. These gialli are films where a black-gloved killer often stalked and butchered those who are involved with a past crime; usually the victims consisted of gorgeous women.

What was envelope-pushing about "London Calling"? I've never read sex scenes as graphic as the ones depicted in this crime novel. While reading them, I kept thinking, TMI - too much information. I must assume the author was trying to be as realistic as possible, but this realism may lose readers. (One major sex scene is homosexual in nature.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother to Answer August 22, 2014
Format:Hardcover
To be succinct, don’t bother to answer. Unfortunately, this book looked like it was going to be a winner but somewhere in between the covers it lost. DI John Carlyle is one of those people who rubs everyone the wrong way even when he’s not trying. He’s been on the force for over twenty years and he’s not going to go any farther than he has. He does have a good marriage and a young daughter and friends, but his superiors have all written him off.

The book starts off with the anal rape of a drunken man at a college party many years ago. In the present day, Carlyle is called to a murder in a posh hotel. It’s a particularly gruesome one, with the victim found with a knife in his ass. (At this point the reader may be thinking of sending the author for Freudian analysis.) Two more murders follow, one of which finds the victim super-glued to the hood (bonnet) of a car, yup, with a knife up his ass.

The three dead men were part of a group of the top echelon at Cambridge University. All the rest of the group are now “Important People”, two of whom are twins and will most likely be the next Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. From here it gets even more absurd. The ending is just plain unfathomable and then, life goes on. Not a very believable scenario or well written characters. There are seven volumes in the series as of now of which only one has more than three stars on Amazon.

Zeb Kantrowitz zworstblog.blogspot.com
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Working class resignation and integrity clashes with Entitlement
REVIEW: LONDON CALLING by James Craig

This is the newest entry in the Inspector Carlyle series, and the first for me, but I plan to look out the rest. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws
1.0 out of 5 stars not really!
Definitely no Rhebus or even Inspector Alan Banks, Inspector Carlyle is a lazy, incompetent, sugar bun eating, indecisive and excessively irritating disgrace to all law... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patsybee 2
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast moving who did it mystery
A fast moving mystery, that is very British with well developed interesting characters, fast moving action, and surprise ending. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Read all his books one after another!
I like the character of Inspector Carlyle. He sees the world as it is in all its greys. And is able to live with it. The story seems unconnected at times but it all comes together. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ramapati Singhania
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissatisfied
Primarily, the lead character's disinterest in almost everything led to my disinterest. Also, the language and actions of many of the characters (meant to describe a depraved... Read more
Published 10 months ago by tkat
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I have only read part of this book and I may never finish it. It's very slow and I just can't get into it.
Published 11 months ago by Hassan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I got one Inspector Carlyle book to read while waiting for a book by one of my favorite authors to be published. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ReineDeTout
2.0 out of 5 stars Be aware this book is very graphic!
I thought It would be a detective murder mystery but the sex scenes were way too graphic and grisly, and I am by no means a prude. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Christine Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star
As expected another good tale from the pen of James Craig. I really do like his character Inspector Carlyle and the subtle unfolding of the plot.
Published 17 months ago by Jean Rae
4.0 out of 5 stars Good rollicking read
Good opening novel. Nice to see a London setting for a change. A bit sexually graphic in places. Not for the prudish !!
Published 18 months ago by Simon
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