Search Results: "Graham Ison"


BOOK REVIEW

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"Brock's not half as smooth as he thinks he is and not nearly witty enough to get this case airborne."
DCI Harry Brock (Make Them Pay, 2013, etc.) investigates the murder of an accountant and the disappearance of his wife. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S BURGLAR by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Hardcastle proves himself as irascible as ever in a case providing more humor than detection."
Divisional Detective Inspector Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Actress, 2007, etc.) is dismayed to find himself rusticated when Surrey's V Division can't cope with an aristocratic murder. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE'S RUNAWAY by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"Readers who enjoy watching the irascible inspector browbeat his subordinates may enjoy Ison's latest entry, which offers precious little in the way of detection."
A wayward teenager spells trouble for Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Collector, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAKE THEM PAY by Graham Ison
Released: April 1, 2013

"Brock and Poole's latest outing makes you want to phone Inland Revenue and complain."
DCI Harry Brock (Gunrunner, 2011, etc.) eats, drinks and makes merry while investigating the murder of three con artists. Read full book review >

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WHIPLASH by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Solid as ever, though it's fair to point out that Ison's civilized procedurals are to Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series as cricket is to a blood sport."
When a pair of homicidal sadomasochists confront DCI Brock (Light Fantastic, 2004, etc.), it's the copper who holds the whip hand. Read full book review >

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JACK IN THE BOX by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"More lively and intricate than Brock and Poole's recent cases (Lost or Found, 2008, etc.), though it's hard to stay interested in exactly which malefactor ought to be convicted of what."
DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seek the killer who, not content to stab his enemy to death, squeezed his corpse into a wooden box and set it aflame. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE'S OBSESSION by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"The war may have turned lives upside down in Hardcastle's London, but nothing ever changes in the personal battle against miscreants of all shapes and sizes."
Divisional Detective Inspector Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Mandarin, 2009, etc.) is back to his favorite sports: chasing murderers, rousting prostitutes and harassing his long-suffering sergeant, Marriott. Read full book review >

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LIGHT FANTASTIC by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Another solid police procedural from Ison (Working Girl, 2002, etc.), long on authenticity if a bit short on nuance."
Passion ignites murder and bares sordid secrets in a posh London neighborhood. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S MANDARIN by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"Irascible Hardcastle's talent for dogged legwork and his equal contempt for his superiors and his underlings figure just as strongly here as in earlier entries (Hardcastle's Armistice, 2005, etc.)."
The murder of a civil servant sparks an investigation whose tendrils spread into the murky world of World War I espionage. Read full book review >

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HARDCASTLE’S ARMISTICE by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"A neat job of police work and people so interesting you'll want to race through Hardcastle's second case (the first being Hardcastle's Spy, 2004) without even a break for teatime."
Ison (Whiplash, 2004, etc.) unleashes the considerable skills of irascible Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle to solve the case of a murdered prostitute. Read full book review >

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WHISPERING GRASS by Graham Ison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 2006

"Brock (Light Fantastic, 2004, etc.) and his multicultural crew are thorough and methodical, although not as edgy as Ison thinks."
Like Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle (Hardcastle's Armistice, 2005), DCI Harry Brock and DS Dave Poole seem to specialize in catching villains who prey on London's lowlifes. Read full book review >