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Bitter Almonds & Jasmine: an electrifying and explosive modern detective thriller (PI Daniel Beckett Series) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08MCDRPTM
- Publisher : Opium Den Publishing (December 1, 2020)
- Publication date : December 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1394 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 565 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,457 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Bitter Almonds & Jasmine is brilliantly written. If you have not had the pleasure of being introduced to Daniel Beckett, mysterious private investigator, you are in for a treat. He is ingenious, suave and quite the ladies man. Actually all his characters in the book have such unique and interesting personalities.
This book is full of intrigue, dry witty banter and lots of twists, one twist in particular was very unexpected. Piper has a gift for writing that is so detailed and visual. Sometimes when his characters are having a conversation you feel like you are right next to them or a fly on the wall. And every book that Piper writes I can visualize being either on the small or big screen. When is someone going to give this man a show of his own!
If you are looking for an intelligent, imaginative and somewhat shocking read this one is the one.
As always, Piper’s novels are filled with intoxicating characters and he divulges mounds of fascinating spycraft, so much so that one wonders if he was a spy himself or at least worked in intelligence.
In Bitter Almonds and Jasmine, Beckett is convoked by a beautiful former intelligence colleague to help on a case, setting in motion the unmasking of a mindbogglingly horrific international sex trafficking ring for the rich, powerful and famous. At first, the reader is skeptically aghast, but as the story develops it becomes the more and more convincing. These days, one can hardly tell fact from fiction anymore and this theoretic scenario pushes that envelop.
The writing is seamless, with brilliant characters each uniquely enchanting and organically utilized for enticing exposition. Piper also has a gift for tying everything together with a poetic flourish at the end, leaving nothing to chance. All this delivered with incisively hilarious wit. Oh, and talk about twists!
My addiction to this series remains unslaked, I can’t wait for the next one!
There is so much action and edge of your seat suspense, along with murder, violence, and beyond horrific events, balanced with humor, lust, and revenge.
The writing was reminiscent of one of my favorite authors back in the day, Sidney Sheldon! That's quite an accomplishment! I'm anxious now to read more of this author's work! If it's anywhere close to the caliber of this book, they will be starting extraordinary reads!
Extremely well done, and highly recommended!
Lots of action, and it covers child sexual slavery. Enlightening.Each book has Beckett and different topics and fun interesting reading. Escape with a book!
Top reviews from other countries
I love books and reading is my pleasure. I read a lot, across many genres, and no barriers are erected to what I try. I like versatility. And I like books that push boundaries and make you think. That’s how I came across Mr Piper, many years ago, whilst searching for something extraordinary to read. And boy, did I find it in his books.
I have to come clean and tell you that I have read all of Mr Piper’s previous Daniel Beckett based PI books, and I’ve found that I’ve adored each one that little bit more each time. His latest offering ‘Bitter Almonds And Jasmine’ is undoubtedly his best yet. If I hadn’t have had so much work on my plate, this book would have been finished in a day. As it stands, despite my massive workload, this only took a few days to get to the denouement. I raced through the pages that almost catch alight from the heat and velocity of action and passion.
In Daniel Beckett PI, Mr Piper has crafted the most alluring, captivating and brutal badass the literary world has seen. He’s a babe magnet, knowing exactly what those gorgeous woman want; he knows the ingredients of perfumes, lingerie design and haute couture fashion; he recognizes locks, safes and guns instantly; he’s an art, interior design, wine and food connoisseur; he speaks a mind-boggling number of languages with effortless ease; he has the face and body Adonis would kill for; he’s chummy with the nefarious and shadowy; he understands the inner operations of international security agencies and he can kill with a single well aimed punch in a second, well, okay may be two. Such a character makes you literally begging for more…
All of Mr Piper’s books take you on a twisting (and twisted) journey of discovery, written in first person, you’re in the mind-space of Beckett as he unravels the truth of case he’s investigating. This type of writing pulls the reader in so forcefully that you don’t want to come out of Beckett’s world and this was the principal reason I was still reading at 2 am, despite having early morning vid-meetings. I simply couldn’t let go of the pages. The term ‘unputdownable’ is banded around like confetti in book reviews, but Bitter Almonds And Jasmine is the VERY definition of this word. It is the reason ‘unputdownable’ has been invented.
The storyline is dark, chilling and so very plausible it causes the reader to reassess the view of the world around them. Not to give away any spoilers, but Bitter Almonds and Jasmine follows an initial investigation of a high ranking foreign diplomat by a friend of Beckett’s working in a unit within the security services. It transpires that this friend is also a former colleague from Beckett’s mysterious past, and someone whom he holds a closeness and deep affection, and probably, love for (although that isn’t explicitly said). The friend, during her investigating, uncovers something so fundamentally devastating that its exposure would rock the very foundations of government, if not society itself. She brings Beckett in to help her, and this is when the story picks up a lightning pace, with Mr Piper introducing some delightfully decadent individuals - ballsy, intelligent and beautiful women, who, of course catch Beckett’s eye. One of them, Francie, an American working as a PI in London, is a wonderful character whom I warmed to instantly. I adore this kind of character. No nonsense, risqué and funny-as-hell with it. She’s the perfect balance to Beckett, and the scenes with her portray her unflinching, feisty attitude and acid-tipped sharp tongue, matching Beckett’s, and making them a terrific duo. I can only imagine how phenomenal this book could be if it was made into a movie. Truth to say, I already had that movie running in my head with visceral definition as I devoured each page.
The subject matter of child pornography is handled with a sublime sensitivity, and although the very fact of this focus is disturbing, it is perhaps, what isn’t said, but implied that delivers the horrific punch to the gut. Mr Piper is a superb writer who has mastered the fact that less is most definitely more!
What makes this book (and all the others that Mr Piper has written) such a joy to read is the off-handed, sarcastic humor of Beckett, and his ability to turn situations to his advantage, despite them seemingly to be intractable, with suggested dark and ominous outcomes. In Bitter Almonds And Jasmine, although there is a heavy darkness permeating through the book by the scumbag villains and their truly horrendous activities, there is also a balancing lightness by the unwavering courage and tenacity of the hero Daniel Beckett.
If you’re looking for an unmitigated blast of continuous adrenalin-pumping action fused with intriguing, passionate and completely addictive characters, then you’ve found it in Bitter Almonds And Jasmine. And if you haven’t read Mr Piper’s earlier books (Kiss Me When I’m Dead, Death Is The New Black and Femme Fatale), I suggest you look them up. They’re all too good to miss. I recommend Bitter Almonds and Jasmine unreservedly, and urge you to get Beckett on speed dial, meet up with him and let him whisk you away from mundane and ordinary – you’ll be pleased you just let go!
___Beckett becomes enraged when a longtime colleague is murdered for witnessing a child-pornography shindig.
___The author describes the ogres who exploit children: "Something happens when men of a certain type get wealth and status and it often ends up manifesting itself in activities like this. After all the striving, you finally reach an immoral nirvana where anything goes, and consequences are a thing of the past. You are above everything and no one can touch you."
___But this scam isn't a product of criminals per se. It's run by a black ops section of government. The author examines the old conundrum of secrecy for the sake of national security: "How can it be illegal when it comes from the very top? This is outside legality and illegality. Beyond good and evil, to quote Nietzsche. Besides, what the government say and what they do are two different concerns, as I’m sure you’re aware. It’s just that there are some things that the public are not ready to know about. Some things that they’re simply not bright enough to know about."
___Other than this the author has little to say about our current myopia of nation states. He offers no solutions other than the integrity of his resourceful private eye.
___Daniel Beckett follows several leads. At one point, he seeks the services of another PI. He finds an attractive sister of a famous porn star. Together, the sexy duo coaxes the black ops out from their government camouflage. That's when the fun begins.
___An intoxicating read. Recommended: 4.4 stars.
My advice: take a big breath before reading Bitter Almonds and Jasmine! But it certainly deserve a five star!