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A Dark Place to Die. Ed Chatterton. By Merseyside standards it's been some time since a decent corpse arrived on his patch, but now, on a bone-cold October morning, Detective Inspector Frank Keane's wait is over

A Dark Place to Die. By Merseyside standards it's been some time since a decent corpse arrived on his patch, but now, on a bone-cold October morning, Detective Inspector Frank Keane's wait is over. The son of Keane's old boss, the legendary DI Menno Koopman, has been discovered dead twelve thousand miles from his Australian home, lashed to a scaffolding pole on Liverpool's bleak shoreline. It's the start of a vicious cycle of violence spanning half the globe

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A Dark Place to. By exacting local standards it's been a while since the last body turned up on his patch, and Frank Keane has been wondering when the next one would arrive, but on this bone-cold Tuesday morning in late October, normal service looks like it's been resumed. Someone's made a real effort this time, the victim lashed bolt upright to a length of scaffolding pole driven deep into the Liverpool sand and barbecued to a blackened crisp. His back to the still-waking city, the corpse faces seawards, just fifty paces from the turning tide.

He knows little about the man. Considering how well known Gelagotis is on the Goldie, Eckhardt is disappointed he's not better informed. Nor did he know much about Gelagotis's associates. Nor did he know much about Gelagotis's associates fter a moment's reflection, perhaps he's being too hard on himself. Why should he know? Jimmy now circulates in the lofty circles patrolled by Organised Crime and seldom falls under Warren Eckhardt's radar. Warren does know a few things. As an associate of Kolomiets, it's natural that any investigation will want to talk to Gelagotis.

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by Ed Chatterton (Author). This book brings Chatterton to the level of other great British Crime writers: John Harvey, Stephen Booth, and especially Stuart MacBride come to mind immediately. The ending is a wee bit Hollywood'ish, but doesn't spoil the story.

Ed Chatterton is the prize-winning author of more than twenty children's novels (published under the name Martin Chatterton). A Dark Place to Die is his first crime novel and he is already hard at work on the second novel in the DI Frank Keane series. Библиографические данные. A Dark Place to Die: A dark, gritty police procedural - the first in the Detective Inspector Frank Keane series.

A dark, gritty police procedural - the first in the Detective Inspector Frank Keane series. On a freezing October morning, Detective Inspector Frank Keane is called to the scene of a crime on Liverpool's shoreline. The body of what looks like a man, brutally tortured and burned, has been tied to a pole on the beach.

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A dark, gritty police procedural -- the first in the Detective Inspector Frank Keane series. On a freezing October morning, Detective Inspector Frank Keane is called to the scene of a crime on Liverpool's shoreline.The body of what looks like a man, brutally tortured and burned, has been tied to a pole on the beach. With very little evidence to go on, Keane and his partner, DS Emily Harris, rely on their gut feeling that this murder is gang-related and their investigation takes them, once again, into the murky underworld of organised crime. Over in Australia, ex-Liverpool Police detective Menno Koopman -- Frank's former boss -- is enjoying his retirement. He has no plans to ever return to England but when the body on the beach turns out to be his son, Stevie -- whom he only ever met once as a baby -- he knows he has to go back and seek justice for his horrific murder. But there's a fine line between justice and revenge.

Comments: (7)

Thordira
Being Aussie ex English I followed all the geography and loved the intrigue. Very well crafted surprisingly good thriller, will read the next one(s)
Chuynopana
Having been born in Liverpool England and now living in Australia, I found the book to be very accurate in both the descriptions of places and locations. Add to the above that the book has a good story line combined with down to earth believable charactors, and you will have a good and enjoyable read. Recommend this book. Peter Owen
Blackstalker
It kept me engaged throughout despite some of the gruesome torture within it.
furious ox
Opening with the discovery of a body against the desolate backdrop of a windswept beach amongst the naked figures of Anthony Gormley's `Another Place' installation, I was instantly engaged with this dark and visceral thriller. The action pivots between Liverpool with the murder investigation under the auspices of DI Frank Keane, a world-weary but utterly realistic detective and Australia, home to Frank's retired boss Menno Koopman who is forced to return to Liverpool when the victim's identity is revealed. What struck me most was the singular attention to plotting in this book as dual-sited crime novels are not always perfectly weighted between two locations and due to the author's personal experience of life in both locations the authenticity rang true throughout. The story seamlessly moves from one side of the globe to the other as the Liverpool investigation leads to the uncovering of a drugs trafficking operation between there and Australia with the relentless pace giving rise to a gripping read as more than one character finds themselves in peril with Chatterton ratcheting up the violence. Not a read for the more faint-hearted I would warn, but personally I loved the more graphic scenes.

Another enjoyable aspect of the book was the dark and earthy characterisation, with Chatterton unafraid to shock and disconcert the reader at every turn, from the unconventional living arrangements of the wonderfully foul-mouthed Menno Koopman to the brilliantly disturbed character of North who, although clever and extremely well-read, is totally psychotic and takes far too much pleasure in meting out violence throughout the book. Our erstwhile hero, Keane is a very well-realised character and it was good to see a focused police officer with little emotional baggage and a healthy disregard for his superiors (with good cause as it turns out) portrayed so realistically, and equally his partner DS Emily Harris, ambitious and hardworking but sometimes confused as to where her loyalties should lie.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the book with the juxtaposition between the mean streets of Merseyside and the rolling serenity of outback Australia and the violence which permeates both societies. With great characterisation, a well-paced plot and a wonderfully seedy edge to the whole affair this was a gripping debut and I, for one, look forward to the next in the series...
Thordigda
Gritty. Brutal. Surprising at times. Take a Scouse (from Liverpool), mix well with Australia, add in learning the writer's craft through, of all things, "more than twenty children's novels", and what you have in your hands is a book that devours you, and you, it. Chatterton pulls no punches, in either the language or the violence. As a first-time novel, A Dark Place to Die hits it out of the park. This book brings Chatterton to the level of other great British Crime writers: John Harvey, Stephen Booth, and especially Stuart MacBride come to mind immediately. The ending is a wee bit Hollywood'ish, but doesn't spoil the story. Highly recommended.
Shliffiana
The sort of book you wish the author had written 10 years ago so there'd be 7 or 8 more of his works to read. More than a terrific plot, the book is filled with the wonderful use of language that evokes Peter Temple and Robert Parker. Hard to read in places—its unflinchingly honest— but hard to stop, too. Heartily enjoyed.
breakingthesystem
I couldn't put this book down despite its moments of extreme darkness. Being both a Brit (albeit a southerner) who lives in Australia and an artist I related to the plot of A Dark Place to Die on many levels. Ed Chatterton pays great attention to detail and I found myself transported from Liverpool to Australia and back again. He develops his characters well and a morbid curiosity kept me enthralled as I entered the brutal and unfamiliar underworld that Chatterton portrays so vividly. Well worth the read.
From a murder in England, to a rescue in Australia, both retired and current cops work together to shut down a drug organization.
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Mystery
Author: Ed Chatterton
ISBN: 0099576678
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Mystery
Language: English
Publisher: Arrow; First Edition edition (January 7, 2013)
Pages: 432 pages