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A Long Time Dead: A gripping CSI crime thriller (SOCO Roger Conniston Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the start, the book was beautifully paced, carrying the reader through the technical details of the science of forensic investigation. I was impressed how a junior member of the team was used as a focus of explanation that allowed the author to outline the key procedures that underlined the plot.
But don't for one minute think that this is a porting of a dry text book. The characters are well drawn, which enabled me to empathise with them well. Add to that a view of the seedier side and the nightlife of Wakefield and you have an intoxicating mix that floods over the reader. The plot itself is well developed too and although I guessed the identity of the murderer about 2/3rd of the way through, it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the journey. I did, however, get completely surprised by the final plot twist.
I really got drawn into the story and loved the build up to the conclusion, which was very exciting.
Having read this really well written book, I've bought the other two in the trilogy and have started reading Stealing Elgar , the second of the trilogy, straight away.
I would have been very happy to have paid far more than I did for this book and would have still thought it worth it.
I thoroughly recommend this book if you like C.S.I type of books but with a more real and down to earth feel about them. Also I enjoyed it more by having the story set in the UK.
However, the story is scattered, I felt as if I were starting in the middle of a story, with no information about the back story. There appears to be a lack of teamwork, and it seems unusual to have this many "dodgy" characters working in relatively close quarters (as the British would say): one of the crime scene men, a police mental health clinician, and one of the inspectors. I also found the reasoning of the killer to be rather thin, and apparently thrown in at the last moment "to make the story work".
I would consider this one just barely on the plus side of readable. Not reading the next in the series.
The language used throughout the book is really well thought out, descriptive and inspiring. I very much enjoyed it. The author is in this line of work himself and writes with authority. I loved the way the story built gradually and I thought I knew who was to blame but of course, I didn't! The ending is almost a cliff-hanger and although I have started another book, I know I shall very soon read Book 2. The man has a story-telling talent and I love to find another good author!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is only the second time I have ever deleted a book. I just couldn't go on. It had so many English acronyms I had no clue what they were and no there were no explanations. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love to read crime stories, (especially true crime), the story line was very believable and had a good plot to it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shellie Uchtman
I enjoyed the flow, the technical details and the twist. Difficult to put down, so I didn't bother to do so.Published on April 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It took a fair bit for the author to get this book started. The author tried too hard to establish his characters and I am afraid that it didn't work too well. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by derbyfour
What a teaser to end with the typical ???? Will look into reading more from this author. This book made the politics of law enforcement real.Published on October 14, 2013 by Mutleigh
Amazing! I really enjoyed reading this book. A fantastic murder investigative novel. The main character has been set up for a murder he did not commit. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Maria Medeiros
Wonderful book! It's so clear that the author knows CSI stuff like the back of his hand. I couldn't stop reading, even when I was getting a manicure and pedicure at the same time... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Bookluvr
This is another thriller and if you like this type book, you'll really enjoy it. I highly recommend it if you like who dunnitsPublished on September 12, 2013 by Peggy Burroughs
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