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Summary

Stegs Jenner has always lived on the edge. No ordinary cop, he's never happier than when he's working undercover, consorting with criminals and fighting to bring them to justice. But suspicion falls on him when he strikes out on his own and the operation he's involved in goes horribly wrong. 

DI John Gallan and DS Tina Boyd are called in to investigate. What they cannot know is that their enquiries will take them both into the heart of one of London's most notorious criminal gangs - and one of them into the rifle sights of the enemy.

©2004 Simon Kernick (P)2005 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"Simon Kernick uses every trick in the book to keep the action breakneck." (Time Out)

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Great first book in series.

This is the first book in the series featuring Tina Boyd and her work, and life partner, John Gallon. I enjoyed the story, which was clever, even if at times I thought I hadn't completely got to grips with exactly what was going on. Ultimately, I discovered I didn't need to know every single little detail. I knew who was wearing the white hats and who had the black hats on, (or so I thought!). As an introduction book to a new series I thought we got enough of a taster of Tina and John to work out if we were going to find a connection to them and if it was enough to take us to the next book and onward. With a fast moving plot and cracking dialogue, I certainly want to see where this series goes and will definitely be buying the next one. Dave John provides excellent narration. My only complaint, and I say this all the time, and it's absolutely nothing to do with the quality writing, is why can't publishers make it very clear that this is the first, (or second or third etc) in a series? Why doesn't the title say, "The Crime Trade - Book 1 of the Tina Boyd series", so we know what we're getting into. I HATE it when I buy a book and it transpires that not only is it part of a series, it's book 3 and I'm then forced either to buy books 1 & 2, or start with 3 and read through in a haphazard fashion. It's incredibly misleading and quite shabby practise. OK, rant over, this is the FIRST book in the series and well worth investing in.

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I’m confused?

Help I’m confused,what just happened? The ending well I think it’s ended !!! Very convoluted ending

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Story just fell apart half way through.

Started off believable but began to lose its way by chapter 20 where it all started unravelling into farcical nonsense. As a Londoner I found the narrators attempts to make this story any better quite laughable, in fact I wondered if this was meant to be a comedy, with Dr Who's Darlex invading in places. By chapter 30 I was really struggling to continue but stuck with it begrudgingly to see it out. This is the 2nd book I've had by this author and I am not planning to listen anymore. It reminded me of reading Mickey Spillaine paperbacks when I was a kid.

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Excellent tale

A convoluted tale with many twists and turns between undercover cops and criminals. The excellent Tina Boyd plays a key role. The only negative point I would make is that the story is to,d via two main characters, Steg Jenner’s and Gallon. The former uses the third person, the latter the first person but the way the story u rolls it can be confusing as to who is speaking. Part from that I really enjoyed the book and the narrator did a good job with the various accents.

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Utterly Fantastic

I have listened to lots of Simon Kernick stories and have come across Tina Boyd after John was killed. I was always keen to hear their story from the beginning.

Dave John is a great narrator, it was my first time listening to his voice and I was really happy with how he expressed the characters opinions and voices. I would be happy to listen to his voice again.

I was also very happy to hear him, completely explain every angle and how every person deceived or set up the other person. I was not left wondering about any character.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great listening experience.

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Disappointing

I have been a fan of Simon Kernick for quite some time and he has always left me on the edge of my seat and can’t wait to keep listening.
But this one just doesn’t get going nothing like any of the other books I’ve enjoyed
The narration is also not up to Paul Thornleys great delivery
Sorry this one is not for me

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superb!

brilliant narrator who made the story come alive. gripping story line and some interesting characters thqt makes you want to read/hear more

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Excellent Narrator

A good story set in London with guns, drugs, thugs and police. The story got a bit confusing at times as to who was who and which side they were on - need to listen a couple of times more to get it all sorted out. The narrator had the London accents down to a ‘tee’ (or the lack of them).

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Geezer crime romp.

Enjoyed Dave Johns' geezer narration. Stegs Jenner is an interesting character and would like to see what happens next to him. Story does rely on your London geography.

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Very good

Having read Relentless, I looked forward to reading its forerunner. I enjoyed it very much. The only downside for me was that I almost lost track of the many characters. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime fiction.