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Thriller with bloody twists and turns as ruthless killers meet their match in a former SAS hit squad.Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Holland, but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meetThriller with bloody twists and turns as ruthless killers meet their match in a former SAS hit squad.Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Holland, but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meets the glamorous chief of ISP's local bureau, May-Ling.Together they begin to unravel a complex web of corruption. The twin spiders at the centre of this web are the Chan brothers, leaders of one of Hong Kong's most ruthless and powerful triad gangs.The trail of death and mayhem coils across Europe, Hong Kong and South America until all the scores are settled....

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ISBN : 12757322
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The Violin Man's Legacy Reviews

  • Brenda
    2018-12-03 22:08

    When the company Gemtec had a big shipment of diamonds taken in a deadly heist during transportation, ex-SAS soldier Jack Calder and his specialist security firm, ISP, immediately became involved. Their investigations began in Holland where Gemtec was located, but Jack soon travelled to Hong Kong when he realised the Far East connection was deep.When Jack met up with Hong Kong’s ISP chief, May-Ling, he understood how she had attained the high profile she had – her intelligence and immediate grasp of the facts was fascinating. And as the two of them came to discover, the Triad gangs in Hong Kong were part of the whole fiasco. Working with former SAS colleagues, high profile and trusted police and others, Jack and his team strove to find the evidence they needed. But would they? The good people who’d been ruthlessly murdered made it personal to Jack – he owed them…The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seumas Gallacher is a fast-paced, gripping and intense international thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed. If I hadn’t needed a "V" for a challenge, it would probably still be languishing on my kindle – I’m so glad to have read this. And I already have book two waiting on the sidelines! This author is new to me, but I’m impressed with his writing – the necessary ruthlessness, with a gentleness to balance the characters. Highly recommended.

  • Susan Buchanan
    2018-11-30 15:16

    I started reading this book months ago, but I wasn't really in the mood to read a thriller, so only came back to it a few weeks ago. The title and the cover of The Violin Man's Legacy, which has a picture of a gun on it, attracted me initially. I was intrigued as to what violins and guns had in common, as I am a big lover of classical music.I love crime novels and thrillers, so thought I would give this one a go. I particularly liked that it had an international feel and as a keen traveller, I could recognise some of the places that I had been to; Amsterdam, Hong Kong, South America. I especially liked the portrayal of corruption in South America, and found that to be in keeping with what I have always imagined to be the case there.The beginning of the novel is set in Glasgow, of which I a native, so Jack's background and family history starting off in Govan also appealed to me. Of course, this is an area close to the author's heart, too, being himself from Glasgow originally. There is a very poignant moment which connects the violin and Glasgow, but you will have to read it to find out what it is!It's clear the novel has been well researched. Perhaps the author has a related background. The detail gone into with regard to the Triads, the SAS, how operations are carried out, as well as the lengths the SAS go to look after their own is second to none.Plus there's a love interest, in the form of sexy sidekick May-Ling!The almost report-like style would appeal to many, particularly, if I may say so, men (I can think of several family members and male friends who would like this book) If you enjoy books light on description, but solid on narrative, with plenty of dialogue, then this is for you.In my opinion, fans of Lee Child and Jack Higgins would enjoy The Violin Man's Legacy.

  • Stevie Turner
    2018-11-16 19:13

    Jack Calder, ex SAS and a man with a troubled childhood history, now works for a security company, ISP, which is investigating who is behind the ambush of a routine delivery of diamonds from Johannesburg to Utrecht. An injured security guard is certain that the criminals were Chinese. Jack's boss Julian Townsend asks attractive widow and head of Hong Kong's branch of ISP, May-Ling, to help him. May-Ling's informants tell her the diamonds have arrived in Hong Kong and that the two criminal Half Moon brothers, Jonnie and Jimmie, are behind the heist. Jack flies to Hong Kong on the trail of the Half Moon brothers, who for years have evaded arrest, and finds more than he bargains for when he meets May-Ling.A well researched international thriller, fast paced, and with the author's obvious knowledge of Hong Kong. I did get a bit lost a couple of times as there are more characters than my brain could handle all at once, but on the whole it was a good entertaining read.

  • Alana Woods
    2018-11-10 20:12

    This is a well-paced thriller packed with lots to keep an action reader happy. There’s intrigue and violence with just a touch of romance and sex to round the story out.Jack Calder is ex-SAS now working for a security firm contracted to keep a Dutch diamond merchant’s goods safe from a Hong Kong triad doing its best to relieve the merchant of them. The triad isn’t particular who gets hurt or killed along the way. Jack and his colleagues, also ex-SAS, thought they’d left the risky life behind when they demobbed. Going up against the triads soon disabuses them of that idea.Why I haven’t given a five star rating: Firstly, the opening is violent, setting the scene no doubt for what is to come, but it hung in the air for me. It wasn’t until well into the story that it fell into place with another act of violence by the same group. I felt the second incident was enough to illustrate the callousness of the group, the first was not needed.Secondly is minor criticism about the language and dialogue occasionally becoming awkward. When it occurred it jumped out at me in what was otherwise top-notch storytelling.What I liked about the story: There’s lots of shooting and killing but it’s put into context with excellent back stories on the main characters. It’s so good you can forgive yourself for agreeing with them that how they deal with the baddies is justified!I also liked the characters. As far as I know—and you would think you’d know if you had—I’ve never met any SAS types, so I can’t say if these are portrayed as more skilful than those in real life. I’d say not, given the deft meting out of information by the author. They’re at the top of their game, they act honourably to those who deserve it, and they care. They’re well-rounded characters brought to life with a miminum of description. I like that.And except for those minor lapses the story is well told. The narration pace is very fast at times, slowing slightly during exposition but never coming to a halt.I’ll be looking for more by Gallacher.

  • Jane
    2018-11-11 15:58

    Like retired footballers turning trainer, this story is about the professional soldiers, SAS and mercenaries, who retire into the security business, bringing their expertise in organised to the protection of legitimate businesses. The main characters are solitary individuals, often with a personal tragedy in their baggage. This is a very shady world, where instant decisions are made about who dies and how, leaving no time for agonising over the whys and the wherefors. Morally, it’s all very easy, with few attacks of remorse afterwards. Bodies are left for the bin men to collect, and the killers of friends are tracked down remorselessly, just on the margins of legality, but with the connivance of the police.I found myself turning the pages, hoping the characters on the ‘good’ side would not get hurt, and hoping the ‘bad’ guys would get what was coming to them. The action jets around the world, with some nice descriptions, that range from Jack’s poverty-stricken childhood in Glasgow, to the exotic brilliance of Hong Kong. The ends are all tied up in a believable way, leaving the reader with a couple of South American vignettes that stick in the mind long after the story ends. This isn’t a novel that seeks to deliver moral judgements. It’s about camaraderie and friendship. Recommended to anyone who enjoys thrillers with the emphasis on people rather than politics or espionage.

  • Dana Griffin
    2018-11-19 19:50

    This is a complex story I enjoyed reading. The scenes and culture of England, Holland, and Hong Kong are described in such detail and flavor I felt the author must’ve lived there. The writing was crisp and efficient.I gave this novel four stars because the characters could’ve been shown with more emotion. This caused the story to drag at times. Also, the author seemed to think several pages of character’s back stories, even minor ones, were important.Otherwise, I’m glad I found this new author, for me, and look forward to reading more of his work.

  • Barb Taub
    2018-11-16 20:52

    When I was ten, my school was near a reading institute funded by IBM, who offered our class a free speed-reading course. The good result is that to this day I am a superfast reader. The bad result is that I’ve never learned how to read a book any way but straight through to the finish. 496 pages before Emma notices Mr. Knightly? Hell, yeah. 784 pages until Harry vanquishes Voldemort? Bring it on! 1300 pages for Pierre to make it through war, peace, and the truly bitchy Helene? Personal hygiene is overrated, and you can always sleep when you’re dead.I don’t get people who can read a few pages a night and then turn off the light: I’m cranky when I can’t finish a book in one sitting. So I knew it would probably be a mistake to start a new one as I boarded the one-hour train to Edinburgh. But I’d had The Violin Man's Legacy queued up on my Kindle for a while now, and from reading his blog, I already know how entertaining author Seumas Gallacher is.And holy capers! Ten minutes in and we’ve had two flawlessly deadly daylight heists plus a Chinese mob execution. Bodies are everywhere, bullets flying, and millions of dollars worth of jewels stolen. Who you gonna call? Jack Calder and the other dishy ex-SAS (British special forces) team that makes up the security company, International Security Partners Limited, of course. ISP is hired by the gem business, Gemtec, victims of the jewel heist. But for Jack and his colleagues, having a former SAS buddy as one of the casualties makes the assignment personal.I was in the middle of learning about how gem shipments were packaged and couriered when my train pulled into Edinburgh. No problem, because I had to get some paperwork notarized at the US Consulate, and I knew I’d probably have a lot of time to kill while I waited. What I didn’t know was that the polite young man at the consulate door would relieve me of everything I had containing a battery, from phone to keys to [sob!] Kindle. The waiting room had a few wilted children’s books and several glossy magazines extolling the US, but there really wasn’t much on jewel heists or murderous Asian gangs.Luckily, I was meeting my daughter for lunch, and arrived way too early at the restaurant. Score! I pulled out my Kindle and fired up The Violin Man’s Legacy. Jack Calder was on the elevator with the beautiful May-Ling, with assassins waiting in the shadows. The body count was already enormous, and their mysterious enemies had taken all the tricks so far. “Jack put his finger to his lips to signal silence as they stepped out slowly.”An airborne Cheerio hit my Kindle screen. Followed by several more in rapid succession.A few tables over, a young couple had been trying to pacify their cranky toddler and infant with Cheerios. Of course, both started to fuss and then scream, earning the stink-eye from those around. The Cheerio-flinger was pulled down by a red-faced father, while his mother told me she was sorry.Whatever. I turned back to Jack and May-Ling. “Jack took a few seconds to adjust his vision to the difference in the darker area. May-Ling followed several feet behind him. Halfway down from the fifth to the fourth floor Jack saw him, a dark-clothed man, shoulder-length hair, one hand cupping a cigarette, the other inside the fold of his jacket, leaning against the wall. He was hidden in the shadows, captured by a glimmer of light from across the stairwell opening.”Raised voices with American accents intruded, as nearby diners asked the waitress to reseat them. The baby wailed on. Not my problem.By now, Jack had efficiently dispatched his assailant, and it was May-Ling’s turn. “May-Ling reached under the outstretched arm and levered in the classic disarm technique. The man squealed as his fingers released the weapon. The knife slid from his hand and May-Ling caught the handle, spinning the man to face her. With her nose almost touching the attacker’s, she drove the steel upward under the left rib cage and turned it hard. He died in seconds as the metal blade ruptured his heart. Like his partner, he slid noiselessly to the landing floor.”The waitress came over to apologize to me. “No worries,” I assured her. “After four kids, I couldn’t care less about what goes into or emerges from someone else’s child.” Oops. My own child had just arrived, and was giving me a strange look. It was really, really hard, but I managed to step away from the Kindle while we had lunch. (This had nothing to do with the fact that my daughter confiscated it. Really. I’m just that good a mom…)FINALLY it was just me and the ScotRail train back to Glasgow. The rest of The Violin Man’s Legacy was just as satisfying its beginning. As thrillers go, this one is of the it’s-easier-to-shoot-first-and-apologize-later persuasion. The bad guys are so thoroughly, irretrievably bad, and so impossible to bring down through usual legal channels, that it’s not too difficult to suspend one’s usual belief in details like legal arrest and prosecution. Like all good heroes, Jack and his pals never miss their shots or cause collateral damage. Their silenced weapons make only 007-style pft-pffft sounds that would never alert nearby baddies. I just loved every second of it.I don’t hesitate to give The Violin Man’s Legacy five out of five stars. The action was fast-paced, the characters (men AND women) suitably kickass, and Jack Calder—while occasionally broadly-sketched—showed growth and development. Jack’s devastating personal history leads to the title of the story. It also provides counterpoint to his deadly professional persona, giving a complex depth and dimension to his character. My only complaint is that the fragile attraction growing between Jack and May-Ling could have used more development.I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. Maybe not on the train, though…

  • Tony McManus
    2018-11-19 20:07

    An Exciting And Well Written Action ThrillerThe is the first novel in a series featuring Jack Calder, Scottish ex-SAS soldier and hard man. Calder, born in a tough, working class region of Glasgow, is now using his Special Forces skills as an operative with International Security Partners (ISP) a top flight security enterprise founded by ex-SAS Major Jules Townsend, an old and close buddy of Calder.The story opens in Kowloon with a chilling description of how Chinese Triads mete out their justice, putting the reader on notice for the action ahead. We then move to Amsterdam where a gold bullion robbery is quickly followed by a successful diamond robbery; both heists under arms and violent. And as one of the slain security men happens to be an old SAS friend and compatriot of Townsend and Calder, this brings in ISP to investigate the crimes, and adds a personal note; retribution is called for.The boys from ISP quickly determine that the crimes were inside jobs, with a narcotics and Triad connection, and search for the culprits is on. I won’t disclose the plot. But it’s involved and exciting, the hunt taking us from Europe to Hong Kong and the wilds of Chile and Bolivia, involving drug routes, ruthless Triads and peppered with brutal vigilant justice coming out of the barrels of Kalashnikovs, Uzis and MP5s. And that high performance explosive, Semtex, also gets to feature and is nicely used. Yes, the villains get theirs and scores are settled in the most satisfying way.I don’t like the term “page turner” as it implies a reader in a hurry, one who skips paragraphs and even whole sections. I’m pleased to be a slow reader, deliberately so, one who takes his time and enjoys the written word, especially when it’s well done as it is here. This novel is the result of obviously good research. It’s well plotted and in my view ticks all the boxes in the action thriller genre. Flaws? Too few to mention other than I would have liked more tenderness in the romantic encounters between Jack and the lovely May Ling.The narrative is tight, spare and punchy, coming straight from the shoulder with a nice cadence and few wasted words, resulting in a story that moves along at a good, solid pace and builds into a strong climax and denouement. And in today’s crazy world it’s also credible. Mr. Gallacher has done his homework. I should add that it’s a “properly published” work with a publishing house behind it which explains the sound editing. I now look forward to reading #2 in this series: Vengeance Wears Black, already on my Kindle.If adventure thrillers are your thing, you’ll not be disappointed. I recommend it highly.

  • Cathy Ryan
    2018-12-02 17:03

    4.5 starsImmediately likeable and genuine, the main protagonist Jack Calder is ex SAS who now works, with a team of former colleagues, for ISP, an international security company run by their former commander, Jules Townsend. Their task is to investigate deadly robberies involving shipments of precious gems from a Dutch diamond merchant. It gets personal for Jack when a friend and former comrade is a victim of the first attack. It’s soon apparent to Jack these are extremely well organised and executed raids. The resulting investigations in Amsterdam lead the team to the ISP headquarters in Hong Kong and much to Jack’s delight, the chief of that division is the beautiful May-Ling. The evidence they uncover points to a powerful organised crime ring based in Hong Kong and masterminded by the callous and powerful ‘Half Moon Twins’ twins, Jimmie and Jonnie Chan. Their corrupt network reaches far and wide, across Europe, Hong Kong and South America.There’s a lot of interesting information and details about the Triad gangs and the process of shipping gems. The security team take no prisoners and get the job done with their own brand of justice and morality. I don’t know how true to life that aspect is but it’s certainly very conceivable. Jack and his team bring expertise to the job from their years as professional soldiers with the Special Air Service. I love the comradeship they share and the way they interact with each other. It brings a lot to a well thought out and plotted story.All the characters are well written and Jack’s heartbreaking back story gives him extra dimension and is the catalyst that sets him on his career path. The location descriptions are rich and evocative, the action virtually non stop, beginning immediately with a Triad execution and an attack on armoured vehicles carrying gold bullion which is vicious but highlights how ruthless the bad guys are. The pace is good and escalates a lot in the second half of the book with the heightening of the action. I like that everything ties up neatly at the end and all the bad guys get their due.

  • Andrew
    2018-11-13 21:10

    Our story opens with a Triad member being appropriately rewarded by his boss. Having illustrated the kind of bad guys we can expect, we see two ruthless robberies take place in Holland.Our primary hero, Jack Calder, is a former SAS commando who is now working for a civilian security firm. We hear about the demons from his past, from having lost his father as a young boy. I didn’t think this issue seemed to add much to the story other than adding a human element to the character.His boss sends him to Holland to investigate the two robberies and what follows is a straight-forward crime procedural. The thriller part, to my eyes, comes in to play when they start dispensing their own justice.This book is very readable and is essentially a logical see-problem, ask-questions, get-all-the-answers tale. It contains a lot of dialog and exposition related to all the characters congratulating themselves and each other over their pasts, their willingness to help each other, overlooking the law … just about everything, which bordered on extreme.I attempted to read this book several months ago, but the copy I got from Amazon was right-justified and impossible to read. I recently deleted that one and downloaded another copy which had no such issue. It did change font and format at the 40% mark, but nothing that threw me out of the story.I went back-and-forth over whether this is a 3 (average) or 4 (good) rating and decided it is a 3.5. The writing is good, but the story itself (for me) was a little lacking.I read the Kindle Edition (SGC Publishing, July 2011, 247p) which I downloaded for free during a promotion.

  • Alison Jack
    2018-11-24 14:54

    For a while now I've been an avid follower of Seumas Gallacher's highly entertaining blog, and I really didn't know how the self-effacing writer of posts which are either hilariously funny or deeply compassionate could turn his hand to hard hitting thrillers. I still don't know how he does it, but I do know that he succeeds. The Violin Man's Legacy sets its stall out from the very beginning with an opening chapter to make the hardiest soul wince, but the book isn't all blood and gore. There are parts which are brutal, but this underlines that the bad guys are seriously bad; there are also parts in which we glimpse the deepest thoughts and fears of lead character Jack Calder, and we're privy to a tentative love blossoming as the story progresses. I'm thoroughly impressed with Seumas Gallacher's characterisation. Jack is instantly likeable, and we get to know him gradually just as we would get to know someone in the 'real' world. His relationship with close friend Malky is particularly enjoyable to read, and I recognised the author's trademark humour whenever these two characters were together. Jack's colleagues, the people with whom he interacts and even the bad guys all have strong personalities; and the violin man's identity wasn't what I was expecting at all. The Violin Man's Legacy is the kind of book you want never to end; happily there is a sequel, Vengeance Wears Black, which I've already started reading. Thriller fans: check out Seumas Gallacher's books. You will love them.

  • Christoph Fischer
    2018-12-09 13:57

    "The Violin Man's Legacy" by Seumas Gallacher is a solid thriller that follows the investigations into a diamond heist in Holland which may or may not be linked to another crime, but certainly is pointing towards Hong Kong and an organised crime ring there. Jack, working for an International Security company, is leading the investigation with help by various interesting characters, such as May-Ling from Hong Kong and policemen from pre-1997 Hong Kong and Holland.It soon transpires that there are vast connections spanning the globe.The story is fast paced, the writing is strong and the narrative is gripping and engaging. I loved some of the minor characters particularly - almost all of which have been fleshed out with interesting back ground stories and other personal details.Jack himself is the son of the Violin Man in the title, a nick name to do with an odd choice of music. The cold murder of the Violin Man seems to have impacted on Jack, the son, to seek justice on organised crime, Jack is generally a very interesting and well chosen protagonist with more to him than just the tough guy.The plot is thick and well thought through, there is some violence - the book starts with a nasty execution, and there is more to come. A book I would recommend to all of my friends into crime fiction and action packed thrillers. Certainly as good as many Andy McNab books that I have read.

  • John Dolan
    2018-11-11 17:13

    "An Adrenaline-Fuelled Romp"OK, first I must confess I am reading Seumas Gallacher's Jack Calder series out of order - having previously read and reviewed "Vengeance Wears Black". The good news is that it doesn't make a lot of difference as each novel is stand-alone."The Violin Man's Legacy", however, contains useful backstory on Calder, the ex-SAS toughie from Glasgow, and some touching and heart-rending recollections about his father.Otherwise this is an adrenaline-fuelled romp with triads, AK47s, Special Forces vigilante justice, and lots of satisfying ends for the bad guys. Gallacher's narrative ranges across continents and cultures with nary a pause, and I have no doubt if you like a good adventure story you will bomb your way through it fast like I did.The next installment in this successful series is "Savage Payback", recently published. It will be finding its way onto my Kindle soon. Five bullet-riddled stars for this one.

  • Clive Mullis
    2018-12-09 14:59

    The Violin Man’s Legacy by Seamus Gallacher is fast paced, well written with nicely rounded characters. The story revolves around a security company, triads and gemstones. The action starts straight from page one and continues throughout with barely a pause.Ex SAS Jack Calder is the main character in this testosterone driven, all action thriller. However, testosterone filled it may be, but Jack has another side as well. The body count is high, but this book also explores the psyche of Calder and how he comes to terms with the things he has to do. Yes, guns are an integral part of the story, as are violence and greed, but not the only part.An enjoyable page-turning read for anyone who likes their action heroes to have just a little bit of humanity mixed with their machismo.

  • Simon Howard
    2018-11-19 21:02

    With a glut of ex SAS books out there at the moment it takes something special to rise above the rest..... Well Jack Calder has that something special, for such a 'hard' character coming from the world's best he has a surprising depth and pathos about him. This is an incredibly well researched book and you cannot help but feel that the author is writing from some kind of personal experience, but at no point does it become bogged down with the pages filled with globe trotting action.... Throw in a little sex and you have the perfect escape. All in all a great first book and I genuinely look forward to more in the series.

  • Matthew Andrus
    2018-12-04 14:02

    Loved this bookSeumas Gallacher has written one of the best books in this genre in a long time each page captivates the reader, willing you to carry on reading more and more.The story follows one of ISP top employee's Jack Calder in an investigation into 2 diamond hiests in Holland that have unfortunatley lead to the death of one of his former SAS colleagues, Jack is on a mission to bring to justice the men responsible for his colleagues death. Jack is led the globe in search of justice.I couldn't put this book down and am sure you wont too, so go on give it ago and if you love it Seumas Gallacher's follow up book "Vengeance wears black" is also now available from Amazon

  • O. G. Tomes
    2018-12-07 20:16

    Readers, here is an author with a serious multifaceted ambiance that you should take notice of....The Violin Man's Legacy: Fast paced action that grabs you from the very first page mingles with spicy yet tasteful touches of steam to unwrinkle the investigative insights into the corporate world of security. Travel around the world......across Europe, to Hong Kong and South America as this arresting plot plays out. No loose ends here readers and the 'legacy' will warm your heart with its honesty. The characters are well built and sturdy enough to bring the reader back for a second read and a sequel or two!Gallacher, tell us.... is there a sequel in the works?

  • J.J. Toner
    2018-12-10 18:20

    A lively thriller, an original plot, and an enjoyable read. The only problem I had was with the first two chapters, where Seamus introduced two characters that I thought were the main characters, one after the other. Without revealing too much, I can say simply that the main character makes his first appearance in chapter 3. I'm giving it four stars that would have been five if not for those two false starts.

  • Cindy Smith
    2018-11-15 14:18

    Fast paced thriller that grabs you on page one! I felt the trauma experienced by Jack as a child! The story was interesting and I was captured seeing how they figured out the connections between the two major heists. I like the authors characters, they seem real. Globe trotting ex-military men fighting crime and getting justice! The generosity of the ISP (the good guys) is evident in how they treat the victims. Men of honor working together to make the world safe.

  • Eric Gates
    2018-12-02 15:50

    Another crackling read from this author. I quickly realised I’d read his two novels in reverse order, but no matter; this one is a great stand-alone tale in it’s own right. Two deadly robberies in Northern Europe are the detonating factors that whisk the protagonists overseas to Triad-infested Hong Kong then to the Bolivian border for an explosive finale to this fast-paced thriller. Looking forward to reading another by Gallacher.

  • Glen
    2018-12-04 16:58

    I won this novel in a goodreads drawing.When shipments of diamonds are stolen in violent robberies, an ex SAS security officer must find the perpetrators and smash the racket.It sounds exciting, and should be exciting, but the whole story is written in such an understated, matter of fact manner that no tension is generated. It's all like a walk around the block.I think a couple of more drafts, and this could be a good book, but it just isn't there.

  • Marwa
    2018-11-29 19:56

    I would give this book a 3.5 stars. This book was a good thriller which I imagined happening as a movie while reading it. I liked the writing style and it did keep me interested most of the time. However, I did lost interest at a few points which is why it took me a while to read this book.However, I did have the pleasure of meeting the author in Bahrain and had this book signed by him which was absolutely amazing!

  • Frank J.
    2018-12-07 20:14

    Another fantastic thriller staring the ISP folks. This book is set in Europe, Asia and South America and comes with great descriptions of the different locations. This read kept me hooked from the word go. A very quick moving page turner. Looking forward to read much more from the ISP guys and lady..!

  • Leslie
    2018-11-26 18:07

    Pretty reasonable plot and the author kept the pace up all the way through. Dialogue was written in a bit of a stilted way but I suspect that may be regarded as a bit critical. All in all a decent addition to the genre.

  • Ron Culley
    2018-12-05 22:00

    I Enjoyed this book enormously. Gallacher has a fine nose for dialogue and the story line fairly bounds along. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a little mystery in their books or distinctive police novels. I can see why he's such a popular writer.

  • Therese
    2018-12-07 15:09


  • Karen Smyth
    2018-11-15 19:09

    Really enjoyed this as a change to my usual chick-lit.Looking forward to reading the follow up Vengeance Wears Black :-)

  • Angela
    2018-12-08 16:56

    A great story with a complex plot that kept me turning the page. Looking forward to reading the next one.

  • Theresa 'tish'
    2018-11-14 22:02

    fabulous book! would recommend to everyone!! :)

  • Gary
    2018-12-06 19:52

    A good fast paced thriller. I look forward to more by this author. The locales are well done. The characters trend towards stock but the plotting and interactions make it a fun read.