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The Hangman's Companion (Jim McGill series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Flynn
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Book Description

Always a good sport, Jim McGill, the first private-eye to live in the White House, agrees to accompany his wife, the president, to London to be her escort at a dinner given by the queen—yes, the one who lives in Buckingham Palace. Problem is, he’ll have a week in England beforehand, while the president attends a G8 meeting, with nothing to do.

Then a client comes to McGill, the daughter of a former Chicago cop McGill knew but didn’t like when he was a captain on the CPD. McGill’s former colleague went to Paris to scatter the ashes of his late, French-born wife in the Seine. While tending to that solemn obligation, the former cop managed to get into a brawl with and kill France’s national sports hero. The guy from Chicago claims he was only saving a blonde woman from being beaten by the Frenchman, as French law actually required him to do. Only problem is, the blonde has disappeared.

The former cop’s daughter asks McGill to find the woman and save her father.

Beats glad-handing the locals in nearby London, he decides. He just has to wrap up the case in time to get to dinner with the president and the queen.

ForeWord Magazine called The President’s Henchman “marvelously entertaining.” Its sequel, The Hangman’s Companion, is even more fun. With a French accent.


Product Details

  • File Size: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Stray Dog Press, Inc. (September 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042P5DFG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Must Read! November 3, 2010
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I loved this book! It is fast-paced and full of action. The main character, Jim McGill, is a detective with a great sense of humor and a quirky attitude. It is a sequel to another amazing book called "The President's Henchman". Both books kept me reading late into the night, not wanting to put the books down.

This character's unique perspective is that he is the husband of the President of the United States, so you get international intrigue, diplomacy and current events thrown into the mix - which works beautifully!

I have read all of Joseph Flynn's books and not one has ever disappointed me. I am so glad to see 6 of his novels as ebooks, maybe more! Get out your Kindle and start reading!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the new Joseph Flynn thriller! December 26, 2010
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Jim McGill, the first private eye to live in the White House, is back! In his second book, The Hangman's Companion, McGill joins his wife, President Patricia Darden Grant, on a trip to the G-8 Summit in England. But while Patti is busy with affairs of state, McGill is across the channel in Paris. A former Chicago cop McGill knew from his days on the CPD, has been charged with murder. The only way for McGill to get his client off is to find the only witness, a missing blonde. His search is aided by a State Department security officer, Gabriella Casale. Together they face British soccer hooligans, a band of gypsy conmen and a giant brute known as the Undertaker.

Once again, Flynn has written a story filled with action, a moral center and thoroughly enjoyable characters. I loved the locale, the memorable French characters such as Magistrate Pruet and his bodyguard Odo. I only hope this is but the second in a long-running series!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps getting better December 8, 2010
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This is a page turner. "The President'S Henchman" was excellent and this is even better. A great read on it's own, the two books mesh totally. If you like one, you will love the other. Fast paced and great characters make this the best two book series I have read in years. Thank you Joseph Flynn! I will keep my eyes open for the next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Read... Great Characters and Settings October 28, 2011
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Joseph Flynn has created a great character series that peels the curtain back on what life would be like for a 'regular' father, husband and former police officer who's wife becomes President of the United States.

He creates vivid scenery and settings, and takes the time to develop characters making you feel as if you are along for the adventure. But unlike a lot of other authors, Flynn isn't content with just having one plot twist and popping in to see how the other mid-major characters are doing throughout the book, but instead he has multiple twists/developments affecting not just Jim McGill, but his wife (the President), his ex wife and children, his investigative partner, and the surrounding cast... and these periphery plot twists are so well developed that you feel as if there are two or 3 complete stories entwined as one.

While The Hangman's Companion is certainly a good book as a stand alone novel, it continues to develop the character of Jim McGill, and really leaves a reader anxiously waiting for the next installment of life as the First Husband + President's personal 'henchman'.

A very enjoyable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Implausible May 15, 2013
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Overall, the writing is OK, but I don't think I'd read another by this author. Here are my gripes:

The premise is laughable.... the female US President's husband, a former Chicago policeman, continues to run his private investigator business, actively taking on cases, both in the US & abroad....& he manages to travel without the Secret Service? Huh?! He goes off to Paris to work a case while she's in London for business?

Spoiler alert: The British Prime Minister grabs the President's butt while the leaders of the G8 are walking toward the press, ready to make an important announcement, & she manages to use the martial arts skills her husband taught her so she can put the Prime Minister out of commission & make it look like an accident? Where were all the Secret Service & foreign security personnel while this happened? The other leaders behind the PM & President didn't notice any of this? No matter how much of a jerk & a sexist the PM was, would he really stoop to something as juvenile as copping a feel of the US President's rear? Puh-lease!

There are essentially 2 mysteries/stories going on in parallel, neither relating to the other, so it was sometimes hard to follow -- made more difficult by the fact that I was struggling to keep my attention from wandering. I am not sure why I finished the book.

He used the word "henchman" so many times that I cringed each time I saw it on my Kindle screen. It reminded me of a child who has just learned a new word & finds uses for it in nearly every conversation, whether or not it really fits in or is used correctly. Give it a rest!

There are many errors in the French that's sprinkled throughout the book. The author is obviously not bilingual, but could he at least used a dictionary or had a French speaker proofread it?

I got the book for free, so at least I don't feel I wasted any money, just time. Save your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Characters March 3, 2014
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This is the second book in the series and I am enjoying it as much as the first! I really like the characters in this book and can't wait to read the next one. You won't be disappointed - it is an easy read. You get to know the characters and you will root for them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Flynn Book
James J McGill does it again
Published 1 day ago by John E. Unger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was interesting and keep you guessing on who do it
Published 3 days ago by PETE DEMASSARI
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read!
Published 3 days ago by Royce Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Flynn continues to sizzle
Once again a book about the President's Henchman offers a great story along with a diverse cast of characters. Each one offers something special to the story.
Published 4 days ago by Gerald Shapiro
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, just not a terrific one
There were three intertwined stories. The tension would build up in one and then they would switch. I could never get to the point that I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jean Langer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it immensely.
Published 14 days ago by Bette Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and war
I enjoyed the way Flynn continued to make family first for all parties involved. It was interesting to have the screen set in Paris and showing all of the problems that can come... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim McGill series is great.
Second Jim McGill series book I've been reading. Good read, good charecters, mild action.
Published 1 month ago by Robert J. Mcgrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and compelling
Very good character development, with several plots going on at the same time. I appreciate the low level of vulgarity and modest approach to other subjects as well. Engaging.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love the James J. McGill series. The plots are good, the characters are good but can't the author write them faster.
Published 2 months ago by wil
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