Search Results: "Jeffrey Ashford"


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AN ILLEGAL SOLUTION by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 23, 1991

"Twisty ethics and well-drawn characters mark this as one of the author's better efforts, and Brent's downbeat love life, his changing attitude toward his partner and his work, are compelling enough to warrant a second book, maybe even a series."
A slim, dour examination of the flip-flop nature of right and wrong, from the veteran author (A Conflict of Interests, etc.) of moral enigmas. Read full book review >

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MURDER WILL OUT by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Fans of the sunny Mallorcan mysteries Ashford writes as Roderic Jeffries (An Enigmatic Disappearance, above, etc.) will be happy to know he can put the screws more tightly to Keen than he'd ever dream to doing to Inspector Alvarez."
Constable Mike Keen, whose wife has just walked out on him, is in no mood for trouble. Read full book review >

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THE PRICE OF FAILURE by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 29, 1998

"This time out, Ashford (The Bitter Bite, 1996, etc., etc.) applies the screws to his sympathetic cop with irresistible relish."
At first it seems like a simple case of kidnapping. Read full book review >

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LOOKING-GLASS JUSTICE by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A perfect evening's entertainment."
This latest sardonic fable from the prolific Ashford (The Cost of Innocence, 1999, etc.) jumps from Freetown to Fretstone to link two unlikely heroes: masterful Esme Lynch, who's smuggling stolen diamonds from Sierra Leone, and hapless ad writer Dick Frayne, who's married for money and is now paying the price. Read full book review >

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THE COST OF INNOCENCE by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

Ashford, who must sit up nights thinking of new traps for the unwary (Loyal Disloyalty, above, etc.), pits Alan Ryan, whose car has evidently struck and killed old Gwen Yates, against Keith Tyler, the cousin of Ryan's wife, who borrowed Ryan's car but swears he wasn't involved—guaranteeing a waking nightmare for anyone unwise enough to lie on his behalf to the police. Read full book review >

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AN HONEST BETRAYAL by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Only in the finale, when the criminal rounds on Ballard with a hollowly ironic self-defense, does Ashford's crisp plotting sag."
A day after gunning down Dave Cairnes's criminal rival, Bob Jenner, the assassin, one John Doe, is escaping after a night of hired, heightened sex when his driver accidentally hits and kills young Simon Kerr. Read full book review >

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A DANGEROUS FRIENDSHIP by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Serviceable low-level work from an old pro (Illegal Guilt, 2007, etc.). Shorn of the nagging moral quiddities that are Ashford's stock in trade, there's not much meat on these bones."
A security officer falls under suspicion when information about targets ripe for robbery is leaked from his CID office. Read full book review >

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THE BITTER BITE by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 18, 1996

"Though short on surprise, Ashford's 32nd thriller (Judgment Deferred, 1994, etc.) is gripping from the opening scene; the author knows everything there is to know about this sorry lot."
The police know who raped Penelope Hurst: Edward Burrell, a malcontented electrician working on her parents' London house. Read full book review >

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LOYAL DISLOYALTY by Jeffrey Ashford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1999

"It's only when the police step in that things get predictable."
Someone is using a series of stolen dogs to lure unsuspecting women into the back of his car and rape them, and the someone is stuffy parvenu Thomas Walker-Jones, who owns Royal Motors and secretly has an interest in a convenient wrecking company called Jones and Son as well. Read full book review >

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JUDGMENT DEFERRED by Jeffrey Ashford
Released: June 24, 1994

"The plotting may be mechanical, but Ashford (An Illegal Solution, 1991, etc.) is efficient as ever in showing the raw pain of his grimly compromised coppers."
Stung by loneliness after the desertion of his wife, Sandra, and by fears for his daughter Kay, Constable Toby Ash works feverishly to identify the rapist-killer of seven young girls in the English town of Molsham. Read full book review >

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TWISTED JUSTICE by Jeffrey Ashford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1993

"Intellectually interesting, but the plot borders on the outlandish."
On the night terrorist Roger Illmore escapes from the Torring Farm prison and heads for a place to hole up until he can flee England, young Andrew Stone, tiptoeing out of his girlfriend Joanna's house, has the bad luck to catch a glimpse of the fleeing prisoner. Read full book review >