The Murder Exchange [NOOK Book]

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"When ex-mercenary Max Iversson is introduced to nightclub owner Roy Fowler, he senses immediately that the man's trouble. Fowler wants security for a meeting with a group of businessmen who are looking to buy his club. Five grand for a couple of hours' work is too tempting a proposition to turn down, so Iversson, who now runs his own firm of freelance bodyguards, takes the job." "But when he and two colleagues accompany Fowler to a deserted north London industrial estate to exchange the deeds for the money, it turns out to be not so much a
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The Murder Exchange

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Overview

"When ex-mercenary Max Iversson is introduced to nightclub owner Roy Fowler, he senses immediately that the man's trouble. Fowler wants security for a meeting with a group of businessmen who are looking to buy his club. Five grand for a couple of hours' work is too tempting a proposition to turn down, so Iversson, who now runs his own firm of freelance bodyguards, takes the job." "But when he and two colleagues accompany Fowler to a deserted north London industrial estate to exchange the deeds for the money, it turns out to be not so much a double-cross as a bloodbath. Three men end up dead, and Iversson only just gets out alive. Now he wants to know who's behind the killings." "So begins a hunt for answers that will take him into dangerous territory, and also into direct conflict with Detective Sergeant John Gallan. Gallan's investigating the fatal poisoning by snakebite of a doorman who worked at Fowler's club. Leads are scarce and when they do appear, so do the bodies." But Gallan keeps digging away, unearthing in the process a murderous conspiracy that could provide the solution not just to this investigation but to another, more heinous murder that's been lying among the ranks of the unsolved for a long, long time. Unknown to each other, he and Iversson are also heading toward a final confrontation from which neither man is likely to walk away from in one piece.
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Editorial Reviews

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"I love this book. It's fast, hard, and tight and it blasts through the London underworld like a cigarette boat on the Thames." - Lee Child, bestselling author of Persuader
"British author Simon Kernick shows every sign of being a major talent...Powerful prose, tight plotting and a clever fair-play puzzle add up to a remarkable first effort."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Impressive...with a voice not unlike James M. Cain's in Double Indemnity."-Kirkus
"Kernick's debut is compelling, dark and suspenseful."-Booklist
Publishers Weekly
If British author Kernick's second gritty crime novel doesn't quite measure up to his superb debut, The Business of Dying (2003), with which it shares a few secondary characters, it still has plenty of rewards, including two first-person narrators. The paths of Max Iversson, a former mercenary now working as a private security guard, and Det. Sgt. John Gallan, an honest and dedicated officer trying to regain his previous rank as an inspector, intersect after a routine bodyguard job goes disastrously wrong for Iversson, resulting in the murder of his client and the death of the two other hired guards. The body count continues to climb as various members of a vicious London gang with connections to the Balkans turn up dead while Gallan's pursuit of Iversson continues. Both narrators adopt a slightly arch comic tone, which makes the story less dark and less powerful than The Business of Dying, but the clever writing ("he delivered his lines with all the urgency of Roger Moore's James Bond, like he might fall asleep before the end of the sentence") and numerous plot twists will engage many readers. Kernick again manages to adhere to the best fair-play traditions of classic murder mysteries while spinning a highly untraditional tale. The mix of brutality and humor should appeal to Elmore Leonard fans. Agent, Amanda Preston at Sheil Lands. (July 21) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Murderous thugs, heartless babes, bent cops, sex, sadism, buckets of blood: Kernick serves up a second sizzling London broil. Not so long ago, Detective Sergeant John Gallan was Detective Inspector Gallan, his career on the upswing until the wrong punch thrown at a shrewd, manipulative creep resulted in a blotted copybook, a demotion, and a transfer. But John Gallan is a dedicated police officer wherever you put him. And now he's got a lovely murder on his hands, the kind that rouses the bulldog in him, the kind that has savory connections to distasteful people like the deplorable Holtzes, a powerful, ruthless, hugely successful north London crime family clever enough to have passed 20 profitable years peddling drugs and killing 35 victims with nary a conviction. But Gallan has help in his single-minded pursuit of the Holtzes, though he doesn't know it and wouldn't welcome it if he did. Max Iversson, ex-army special forces, has his own reasons for a personal vendetta against the family: payback for a brutal sexual attack on his girlfriend and an unacceptable assault on his person. In the fullness of time, the two pursuits collide explosively. Compulsively readable. As in his debut (The Business of Dying, 2003), Kernick does noir to a James M. Cain turn.
From the Publisher
"I love this book. It's fast, hard, and tight and it blasts through the London underworld like a cigarette boat on the Thames." - Lee Child, bestselling author of Persuader

"British author Simon Kernick shows every sign of being a major talent...Powerful prose, tight plotting and a clever fair-play puzzle add up to a remarkable first effort."

-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Impressive...with a voice not unlike James M. Cain's in Double Indemnity."-Kirkus

"Kernick's debut is compelling, dark and suspenseful."-Booklist

Lee Child
"I love this book. It's fast, hard, and tight and it blasts through the London underworld like a cigarette boat on the Thames."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466825291
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 403,974
  • File size: 365 KB

Meet the Author

Simon Kernick is in his thirties and lives near London with his wife and daughter. His first novel is The Business of Dying.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A good crime thriller

    Former veterans, Max Iversson and Joe Riggs own and operate Tiger Solutions, a security protection firm that provides bodyguards. Thus, when nightclub owner Roy Fowler wants to hire them, Max ignores his internal gut warning system that shouts at him that this guy is trouble and accepts the business because that is what they do for a living and the fee is terrific. Roy needs Max to protect him during a dangerous business deal................................ Taking along two of his better operative (Tony and Eric), Max accompanies Roy to the isolated rendezvous. While, Max checks the joint out, Tony kills first Roy and then Eric, but Max kills Tony. Max flees with Roy¿s attaché case only to later find it empty................................. Detective Sergeant Gallan investigates the murder of a drug dealer who worked security in Fowler's club. However, the persistency begins to pay off when Gallan finds several interesting threads that have nothing to do with the homicide investigation. He comes across a tie between Fowler and the Holtz mob and one to Max. Digging deeper, Gallan has no idea where these clues will take him, but he suspects that he will learn that Max operates on the wrong side of the law.................................... THE MURDER EXCHANGE is a wonderful crime thriller that contains a solid police procedural. The story line, for the most part, rotates first-person perspectives between Iversson and Gallan so that the audience can see what each man is thinking, which at times focuses on the same incident. Though some twists seem too extraordinary, readers will enjoy this strong tale carried off by the sardonic wit of the two lead antagonists......................... Harriet Klausner

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