The Murder Exchange
When ex-mercenary Max Iversson agreed to provide security for nightclub owner Roy Fowler, he never expected a bloodbath. Three men have been shot, the briefcase Iversson was guarding is empty…and now he wants to know why. So begins a dangerous hunt for answers that will take him into direct conflict with Detective Sergeant John Gallan, who is investigating the mysterious death of one of Fowler’s doormen, and toward a confrontation that neither is likely to escape unscathed.
The Business of Dying
Cynical and jaded, Detective Sergeant Dennis Milne earns money on the side by doing what he does best: punishing the bad guys. But this time he’s been duped and instead of blowing away drug dealers, he kills three innocent men, setting off a war of morality that could leave him broken, or worse…dead.
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“I love this book...it blasts through the London underworld like a cigarette boat on the Thames.”---Lee Child, bestselling author of Persuader
“Murderous thugs, heartless babes, bent cops, sex, sadism...compulsively readable.”---Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Manages to adhere to the best fair-play traditions of classic murder mysteries while spinning a highly untraditional tale.” ---Publishers Weekly
“Taut, gripping, disturbing---a most assured and original debut.” ---Reginald Hill, author of Dialogues of the Dead
“Impressive…Nicely plotted and briskly paced, with a voice not unlike James M. Cain’s in Double Indemnity.” ---Kirkus Reviews
“British author 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
Simon Kernick’s The Business of Dying, The Murder Exchange, and The Crime Trade have all won him popular and critical acclaim. He was recently shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best British thriller of 2005. He lives with his wife and two children near London, England.