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London Calling: Inspector Carlyle, Novel 1 | [James Craig]

London Calling: Inspector Carlyle, Novel 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 James Craig (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 01-28-14
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 01-28-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Better than good"

    "London Calling" has attracted more than its share of negative Audible reviews, as opposed to positive Amazon reviews, or even reviews in newspapers, such as a strongly favorable one in the Washington Post. Usually when this happens, it's because a poor narrator ruined a good story, but the narrator here is wonderful.

    Yes, it's violent, but far less so than more police thrillers, where the victims are nearly always women who are prey to terrible men. Here, the "victims" deserve some kind of punishment, exposure for their deeds at the least.

    I didn't find this story offensive. By my lights, it's very well written, with a great central character and a fast-moving plot. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to other titles in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Alison
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom
    6/25/13
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    "I couldn't finish it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This audiobook was very dark and the violence graphic - not my cup of tea and not easily skimmed over as each victims murder was treated to a gratuitous blow by blow description. The storyline hops between time periods as the author attempts to put flesh on his character, thus creating a detective who is unappealing and in need to a good shake. I was left with a storyline I had no desire to see resolved and a main character I had no interest in.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Craig again?

    Absolutely not.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Jameson’s performance?

    The narration was unimaginative and at times, stilted. I found it an uncomfortable listen from the first.


    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    5/27/13
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    "Gritty.."

    London Calling is definitely NOT your run of the mill crime novel, Inspector Carlyle is a plodder, a square peg in a round hole, he's not very nice, complacent and impotent to the powers that be who surround him.
    I found his inner monologues and observations wry, crude, witty, strangely insightful and honest, also very cynical. This point of view was refreshing and the rude tongue in cheek dark humour had me chuckling.
    It does meander and jumps between every mundane thought he thinks to titbits of of London historical facts that entertained.
    The politics and very real social hard truths are inescapable and strips bare the nastier side and selfishness of human nature, it kind of left me rather depressed, but still morbidly fascinated as sadly even though amplified in the novel is sad but true.

    Some might be uncomfortable with our murderers point of view as they are graphic and I could not help but grimace and twinge in sympathy.
    What was new for me is that I could empathise with the murderer I wanted the protagonists all to suffer, just maybe not in the way the murderer wanted.

    I'm in two minds about this début that even though I found the subject matter distasteful it will stay with me for a long time,..

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gordon
    Egremont, United Kingdom
    7/6/13
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    "Disappointing debut"

    I look forward to coming across a new author and enjoy political crime, but this one did not make it. Carlyle himself comes over quite well as do some of the Cambridge educated politicians, but the violence was too graphic and the sex was there to shock but just became repetitive. Seemed like a copy and paste job after a while.
    His method of showing why Carlyle is isolated as a detective by time-hopping, worked well, but I don't think I will be following this series

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • FRANCIS
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    2/15/14
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    "Really not worth reading unless you like porn!"
    What disappointed you about London Calling?

    I have 27 books from audible and this is the first book that I find myself embarrassed when reading - the description of sex scenes / gay sex exploits is really unacceptable


    What could James Craig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut out the sex and focused on the story!


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my credit back for this?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    1/27/14
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    "Drivel, poorly read and dreadfully constructed"
    What disappointed you about London Calling?

    The novel claims to give an account of class in modern England but fails to notice that class is no longer an issue but for a few alienated journos. The failure to notice that gentlemens' clubs all now admit women is but a small sample of how poorly it was researched.


    Has London Calling put you off other books in this genre?

    Detective fiction has become the de rigeur form of the modern novel. If handled well it can do a lot. If handled with all the aplomb of a comic for eleven year old boys it cannot and can never please.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did his best to make the novel sound like a boys' own comic but his failure to check out how to pronounce words like Pakenham made his reading sound even more trivial than the book itself.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None whatsoever.


    Any additional comments?

    Why do you publish so poor a writer?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    1/17/14
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    "Please don't bother, awful."

    Did not get past the first hour of this terrible book. I am a big crime thriller fan, this book brings the genre into disrepute. The quality of writing is pretty dire, some of the characterisation is just stereotypical and totally unbelievable. The violence and graphic sex scenes are so poorly written that I began to think the book was a very poor dark comedy.
    The narrator would be fine narrating a children's book, but not a gritty thriller. There are so many fine crime thrillers available on Audible, I beg you not to consider this terrible offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    10/12/13
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    "dissapointing"

    just could not follow this. too disjointed gave up at chapter 5 .maybe I am too used to the likes of Mo Hayder and TF Muir

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carolyn
    Wellingborough, United Kingdom
    9/14/13
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    "Rather two dimensional and stereotypical"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although I quite enjoyed the book and liked the character of the policeman, I really felt that the posh, privileged, boys from a private school and university who had their circle of underlings beholden to them - enough to do whatever is asked, even when they are all adults, a bit hackneyed.


    Would you recommend London Calling to your friends? Why or why not?

    It was an OK read and I enjoyed it and would recommend as a light, holiday-type read.


    Did Joe Jameson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes, the reading was good, his accent, tone and intonation really matched each character and mad when come alive


    Could you see London Calling being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes, I can, but it would be like so many others...... I haven't bothered to cast it In my mind, which I usually do with most books.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • joanna
    penarth, United Kingdom
    7/29/13
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    "Pathic"
    Would you try another book written by James Craig or narrated by Joe Jameson?

    No to author. Yes to narrater


    What was most disappointing about James Craig’s story?

    Pathetic


    Which character – as performed by Joe Jameson – was your favourite?

    Dom


    What character would you cut from London Calling?

    All others.


    Any additional comments?

    Upset at wasting my time and money

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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