Ghost in the Machine [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Rankin for the Xbox generation"

"a well thought out and well conceived police procedural. The fact that we see events unfold through the eyes of one of the lowest cogs in the policing wheel makes for a refreshing change."

The first book in a series of Edinburgh-based police procedurals starring DC Scott Cullen, which feature social media at its dark heart and has been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

Detective Constable Scott Cullen of ...

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Overview

"Rankin for the Xbox generation"

"a well thought out and well conceived police procedural. The fact that we see events unfold through the eyes of one of the lowest cogs in the policing wheel makes for a refreshing change."

The first book in a series of Edinburgh-based police procedurals starring DC Scott Cullen, which feature social media at its dark heart and has been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

Detective Constable Scott Cullen of Lothian and Borders has only been three months in CID as a full DC. He is assigned a Missing Persons case which has stretched his uniform colleagues. Caroline Adamson - a young, recently divorced mother from Edinburgh - has disappeared whilst on a date.

The more Cullen digs into her disappearance, the more he unravels her private life. Who was she on a date with? What happened during her divorce from Rob Thomson? As Cullen's own private life gets messier and the relationship with his DI deteriorates, Caroline's body turns up and he finds himself hunting for a ghost in the machine.

Book one of the Scott Cullen series.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045100175
  • Publisher: Ed James
  • Publication date: 4/16/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,303
  • File size: 392 KB

Meet the Author

Ed James writes crime fiction novels, predominantly the Scott Cullen series of police procedurals set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians - the first five are available now, starting with GHOST IN THE MACHINE which has been downloaded over 280,000 times and is currently free.

Ed lives in the East Lothian countryside, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, with his girlfriend, six rescue moggies, two retired greyhounds, a flock of ex-battery chickens and rescue ducks. He now writes full-time but previously worked in IT, where he wrote mainly on public transport.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    T

    The author asked for a review of this book. I have some advice instead. Clean up the language, make some of the characters likeable, and leave some of the drizzling details out...not at all interested in bathroom habits, either.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    I made it just past halfway. Never got really caught up in the

    I made it just past halfway. Never got really caught up in the story or with the characters.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    I was totally surprised by this excellent police procedural. My

    I was totally surprised by this excellent police procedural. My first by Ed James and certainly not my last.. Very well written and one you can't put down. I highly recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Ok

    Too much descriptive verbage. Characters could have been fleshed out alittle. No need to describe every drink. I stuck with it til the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    Should have tried writing in English and first person

    Good plot ruined by lousy grammar and confusion as to who what talking or narrating. Would have been much better in first person and without all the colloquialisms. I can't believe an educated person would end a sentence with "likes".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    New mystery writer to follow.

    I really enjoyed this book with a lot of fascinating characters and a great mystery. With all the slang from Edinburgh, I'm very happy to be reading an ebook, so I can easily look things up on google, because most of them were not in the dictionary. I enjoyed this enough that I plan to purchase the rest of the novels in the series. I can't say for sure there were no editing errors, but I didn't notice any and usually, I find even a few really annoying.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Story line by itself was good. A lot of Americans will be turned

    Story line by itself was good. A lot of Americans will be turned off because of the British lingo. I certainly didn't care for it but the story line had me hooked. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Good mystery!

    The storyline was good. However, the British (or Scottish) slang was difficult to understand.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    I think I found a new favorite mystery series. Scott Cullen is l

    I think I found a new favorite mystery series. Scott Cullen is low man on the totem pole but top bulldog when it comes to figuring out what really happened. Great characters, sense of. Place and twists and turns. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    A very interesting mystery.

    I'm no great shakes as a book critic or reviewer. All I know is I read the book and I liked the book. I really liked this book. The new (to me) slang was also fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    3.5 Stars

    Very good story but as an american I did not know what some of the words & phrases meant. That did not detract from my enjoyment of the book, just caused me to pause for a moment or two. Characters were good but could have been fleshed out a bit more, a good mystery and enjoyable read. Will get the next one! 3.5 Stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Good read

    good story. Keeps you thinking till the very end. One suspect after another and they really didn't do it. Can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Blech

    Blech. I made it about a third into the book. Just didn't capture my interest. I spent way too much time trying to figure out what some of the British phrases meant to me as an American.

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    Interesting

    interesting book

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Rather Fascinating

    This takes place in England where DC Scott Cullen is on the case of missing person Caroline Adamson, a recently divorced mother from Edinburgh in his area of Lothian and Borders. He is really conscientious about his job, which is fairly new to him, since he has only been doing it for three months. People who like to solve puzzles should like this. I think that I would enjoy reading another book by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Must read

    Very well written criminal mystery. Kept me guessing and engrossed to the end.
    This will make a wonderful series.
    Looking foreword to the next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Ghost

    This book was amazing Well written and kept this readers attention all thru to end Highly recommend!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    ok

    ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Ed james

    Loved the book cannot wait for next one been snowed in for a month n it made for great reading thank you

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