Everyone knows football is a matter of life and death. But this time, it's murder.
Scott Manson is team coach for London City football club. He's also their all-round fixer - he gets the lads into training, and out of trouble, keeps the wags at bay and the press in his pocket. But now London City manager Joao Zarco is dead, killed at his team's beloved stadium at Silvertown Docks. Even Scott Manson can't smooth over murder... but can he catch the killer before he strikes again?
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A believable story
A less than engaging hero, card board cutout women,boring clumpety clump plot and the author failed to mention one of Alex Ferguson's other triumphs in extra time the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup Final and of yes - a real turn off was the mention of the author of the book in the body of a novel.
putting the the final draft of the book in the circular file
Did this book even have an editor? So much boring repeated stuff.
I gave up just before the end and have no idea nor do I now care who murdered the Portuguese manager. By the time the author was to tell us the answer to the question, this reader/listener had certainly lost interest in the answer. And to think he created Bernie Gunther. I could weap!
"I don't follow soccer but I liked it a lot"
A good mystery. The author did not get so caught up with creating a "who done it" that the ending was impossible to believe.
"Great mystery but even better football story"
Phillip Kerr's Bernie Gunther stories are grat reads,but I like his other novels even better. As an American who knows more then he needs to know about American football, I learned a great deal about English football and the Premier League. The mystery is very interesting and realistic. Kerr doesn't fall into the nonsense endings so many mystery writers rely on now with over the top unbelievable twists. I hope Kerr does a mystery about American Football there is so much money and corruption to explore.
"Philip Kerr, the C-word and football"
I love Philip Kerr, his cynical humor, the stories, his heroes. This novel is the first I've read that's not set in or around war. Instead, it's deep in the world of football, or soccer for those of us who are American. I'm not into soccer so I don't if the facts are right but it's a veritable assemblage of historical facts and events from soccer in the 90' and early 2000'. It's fun.
Kerr's main characters have always had, to put it mildly, a deep appreciation of women, especially those who can selfishly and creatively gratify their men. There's so little give back that it's a wonder the hero often finds himself abandoned.
I have a problem with Kerr's liberal use of the C-word to insult women and men alike. It's an ugly, sexist word, perhaps the most degrading insult a man can use. To delete that word, used hundreds of times, would be the one thing I would gladly change to improve the book.
"Being a football lover not enough"
Narrator was not good--doesn't give you a chance to like the lead character
A very simple minded mystery tagged on to an obsession with Premier League football. I'm a fan of the latter, but lots of that couldn't save the weak story. Regret my credit. But other reviewers seem to like it....
"Great 'window' into football"
I just love the way Kerr weaves the story and the inside into the world of the current football. As a football fan I was very intrigued by the story and hope for more to come with the Scott Manson character - the Bernie Gunther of football.
Great narration by Andrew Wincott.
"A Well Constructed, Enjoyable Whodunit"
Recommended to fans of the Bernie Gunther series and those who just enjoy Mr Kerr's ability to immerse the reader in a setting.
The protagonist, Scott is quite likable, but I think the main character might have been the game of football (soccer).
I don't think I have, and so can't say whether the accents presented, which sounded spot on to my American ears, we're for this performance only or his natural speaking voice. The reading definitely added to the ambience in this book where ambience is central.
I did go "Hah!" at a point when a female character made what I found a strange and lewd statement. There's certainly passion and feeling on display, but this book was not designed to wring the listener dry.
I would draw an analogy to Nightwing by Martin Cruz Smith. In January Window we have a stand alone novel by an author with a popular series primarily about a detective in an iconic setting. Renko and Gunther are among my favorite characters in fiction. Kerr brings us here into Premier League soccer's world as thoroughly as Smith transported us to a Hopi reservation. There are nits one could pick about the plot, but I don't feel that serves any purpose in this forum. Overall I was very pleased to experience anorher Philip Kerr novel and look forward to his next effort, whether or not any Nazis are amok among the pages.
"For fans of Premier League Football."
An enjoyable tale for all English football fans. Seeing behind the curtain of a Premier league football club makes the murder mystery plot seem almost unimportant. I enjoyed this book very much.
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