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This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00FA12DA4The body of a young Pole working in Cardiff is pulled from the River Taff. His tongue has been amputated in some sort of ritual. More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking. But what is it that links allThis is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00FA12DA4The body of a young Pole working in Cardiff is pulled from the River Taff. His tongue has been amputated in some sort of ritual. More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking. But what is it that links all the deaths together?When the evidence points to one of the city’s criminal and the involvement of a gangster from Poland Marco faces the challenge of gathering evidence from a close knit and secretive community.And why do the Polish Secret Service seem to be interested?When Marco finds himself entangled emotionally its impossible for him to think clearly. In search of an answer Marco travels to Poland only to find himself implicated in a murder and hoping he can avoid another. Racing back to Cardiff he hopes he has enough to unravel the case and arrest the perpetrators....

Title : Speechless
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ISBN : 25436816
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Number of Pages : 297 Pages
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Speechless Reviews

  • Alcornell
    2018-11-23 15:41

    It is plotted well and involves a complex investigation which involves the murders of a group of Polish workers; there are links to Warsaw, the Polish underworld, human trafficking, and the Russian mafia. It is however overcomplicated by sub plots re: local burglaries, an unexplained rivalry within the local police and political interference. To add to the clutter there were also references to the detective's messy personal life. All of this made it difficult to follow in places..though the story was overall a strong one. I thought it was good stuff for a movie, which I might have had an easier time following.

  • Richard
    2018-11-16 17:21

    This is a competent police procedural set in modern day Cardiff told in the first person by DI John Marco.It is plotted well and has a complex investigation which involves the murder of a group of Polish workers and appears to have links back to Warsaw, the Polish underworld and the Russian mafia. It is perhaps overcomplicated by sub plots around people trafficking and local burglaries but it does aid the story in part regarding a rivalry within the local police and political interference. Indeed many references are about the newly formed South Wales Police indepently set up and answerable to the Welsh Assembly.I enjoyed the writing and unpacking of the detailed investigation but much of the elements within the story are familiar and better done elsewhere. I felt overall it lacked some originality; it was predicable in part and the thrills were less thrilling and the mystery less intriging. Basically we have the reformed lead officer after a failed marriage; little work life balance to the point he has forgotten how to interact with his son and of course he is a recovering alcoholic.Although the range of characters introduced all have a function and will enable a series to develop around them it seemed heavy at times and blurred the drive of the story. Indeed I wasn't caught up in the story to the point of becoming anxious over the lesser players, whether they lived or died. Infact almost like a James Bond novel who immediately felt certain relationships were doomed and lives destroyed due to association with the protagonist, DI John Marco.In short I enjoyed the story sufficiently to want to read more of this author's writing. In a more focused narrative and straightforward plotline his writing skills would be better represented in my opinion. I would look for more originality but one has to admit in this crowded genre there will be some overlap of creativity and a sense of familiarity in any crime novel.

  • Theweebarrell
    2018-11-27 16:51

    I really enjoyed this book and so annoyed I didn't discover Stephen puleston sooner. Look forward to reading other books by him

  • Cheryl Hendricks
    2018-12-08 18:22

    I thought the book was a little hard to get in to at first but once the story got going, it became more interesting. I liked that it took place in Wales. I guess human trafficking takes place everywhere today.

  • Tony Parsons
    2018-12-03 22:38

    Detective Inspector John Marco (Wales P/D) went to investigate the drowned victim Michal Dąbek (electrical components factory, Four Seasons doorman, former Polish Special Forces) that was found floating at the Taff (Millennium Stadium). Dr. Paddy MacVeigh (pathologist) told John his tongue had been cut out. Kamil Holter (Polish, Michal gay lover, electrical components factory) came to the Queen Street police station.Alvine Dix (f, CSI manager, Wales P/D) & DI John Marco were at Michal apartment. Frankie Prince (gangster/boss) owner of Four Seasons (club) name came up. Michal tongue was found in a locker in the factory where he & Kamil worked. Sergeant Boyd (Boss, Wales P/D), Superintendent Spencer Cornock (Wales P/D), Detective Inspector Dave Hobbs (Wales P/D, duty inspector) & Terry (Wales P/D) worked at the Queen Street police station (Cardiff) also.Jim White (Four Seasons club manager) informed John Michal (doorman) Leon Ostrowski (factory/clubs, former Polish Special Forces) was also murdered.Later Lech Balinski (Polish, Russian Mafia, assassin) name came up.Colonel Victor Laskus (Poland military Diplomatic Liaison) came to talk with DI John Marco. What would Dagmara Sobczak (f, Polish) reveal to DI John Marco?Gerek Kalka (factory/clubs) is found dead. Next stop for DI John Marco is to see Frankie Prince.Maria’s (Leon‘s fiancée) body was found floating in the Bristol Channel water.John went to visit Maria’s roommate Zuzanna.Anna Best (Romania, Amnesty) was missing. What would James French & Aaron French (19, James son) show John? Dagmara Sobczak was killed.Whom is behind these heinous crimes? #1 beer Peroni. My paternal great-great grandparents were Welsh. My egg donor mom was from Leeds.I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written who-dun-it crime book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great who-dun-it crime movie, or mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Story Cartel; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • A Reader's Heaven
    2018-12-03 16:37

    (I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)A quiet Sunday morning for Inspector Marco...A routine call about a body in the river in Cardiff...But when he discovers the dead man’s tongue has been amputated Marco realises it’s nothing but routine. More murders in the Polish community take Inspector John Marco and his team into the East European immigrant community and the murky world of people trafficking.But what is it that links all the deaths together? When the evidence points to one of the city’s criminal and the involvement of a gangster from Poland Marco faces the challenge of gathering evidence from a close knit and secretive community.And why do the Polish Secret Service seem to be interested? When Marco finds himself entangled emotionally its impossible for him to think clearly. In search of an answer Marco travels to Poland only to find himself implicated in a murder and hoping he can avoid another.Racing back to Cardiff he hopes he has enough to unravel the case and arrest the perpetrators.This book is closer to 3.5 stars...This book started out really well - set in Wales (don't get that every day), dead bodies, amputated tongues, hints of organised crime...and I was thinking that this was going to be a cracker of a story. And, as far as the plot went, it was just that. Plenty of twists and turns as Inspector Marco plies his trade within the confines of the law, as well as the addition of human trafficking, this story races along and doesn't let you down.The main issues I had with the book were twofold (and these are just personal things, not a criticism of the author or his work) - there were far too many characters early on while we are trying to get a feel for the story and setting. I had to stop every so often and think about who was who and how they were involved.The other issue was the Polish names. I gave up reading Tom Clancy years ago because of all the Russian names and this book was kind of the same. No fault of the author - just I couldn't make a connection with characters whose names I couldn't pronounce :(Overall, a very good mystery and I am now keen on finding more of his work.PaulARH

  • Andrew
    2018-11-18 15:36

    Marco is forced to miss a day out at the football with his friends, why? Because he is called to investigate the discovery of 'a floater in the River Taff'. This is the start of a story set in Cardiff. Marco being, Detective Inspector John Marco, a Detective inspector in the South Wales Police Service. The floater being police slang for a body, in this case Michal Dąbek who turns out to be a Polish factory worker.In the style of a true whodunnit, there is a rapid set of questions for which Marco and his sidekick, DS Boyd Pierce must find answers.Why is Dąbek's body found with his tongue in his pocket?What lock is opened by the key found with his wallet?What is the link with the Four Seasons night club, and it's owner Frankie Prince?When a second body, that of Leon Ostrowski is found, what are the links between the two Poles?The book is littered with interesting accounts of how an investigation must proceed within the constraints of acceptable police protocol. How will our detectives make progress without treading on the toes of other investigators with differing interests.Throw into the mix possible links to people trafficking, the suggestion of serious organised crime and concerns from a Welsh Assembly member. Then another body from the Polish community is found, then a fourth.Interspersed within the plot there are some moments of humour involving the social lives of Marco and Boyd. Where does Amnesty International fit in?Is the ending predictable? You'll have to read it to find out! Suffice to say it kept me gripped to the end. This would make a great TV Drama. Well worth reading if you want a crime story with a fast pace.

  • Ralph
    2018-12-07 20:27

    This is the first book in the Detective Inspector John Marco series, but it’s the second time I’ve encountered the character. While a novel in another series by the same author, the Detective Inspector Drake mystery series, I witnessed an encounter between the two policemen. Both men serve in the Welsh Police Service, Drake in the picturesque north and Marco in the more industrialized south. Neither man was impressed with the other. DI Drake may not have been impressed by DI Marco, but I was.DI Marco, who acts as his own narrator, is an edgier character, a bit more fiery, a little less refined. He’s not above head-butting an obnoxious cousin at a family gathering or ruffling the feathers of a self-important retired Wing Commander in the posher district of Cardiff. That he’s Italian may explain part of it, but he also hasn’t had any alcohol in over a year.When a worker from Cardiff’s Polish community is found floating in the bay, his tongue cut out, it propels Marco into a dangerous investigation involving human trafficking, prostitution, and blackmail. He walks a path beset with dangers, including thugs, well-heeled criminals and assassins with paramilitary training, not to mention self-serving politicians, the entitled elite, and his own police bureaucracy.The writing is crisp, the setting gritty, and the plotting complex. It was a very enjoyable introduction to the series, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

  • Philip Bailey
    2018-11-16 17:44

    Hidden in a page no one reads as a small blurb in some newspaper, or maybe one of those Television weekend special reports when 90% of the nation is tuned in to a sports event are the sad stories of human trafficking. Most newscasts make no mention of it as other more relevant issues such as a dog rescue or a fire at an apartment two thousand miles away from where you reside, or some candidate’s meaningless promise to make things right take precedent. But human trafficking is alive and thriving. More aptly referred to as the slave trade. Innocent children snatched from the streets or sometimes sold by their poverty stricken parents to become someone’s sex slave. And not just children, adults too are sold, to provide low cost labor to enhance the profit of some corrupt being who possibly spreads the wealth to corrupt officials who look the other way. This is a story filled with the twists and turns, the torture, the terror, and the tragedy of these unwitting beings. Some are mere immigrants, legal or otherwise trying to eke out living. They are in practically every country but the story takes place in Wales and centers around the lives of those who are captive and those who make the effort to render justice. A well written plot provides the reader with a thought provoking five-star story.

  • Carlin
    2018-11-18 15:48

    Good crime thriller with a flawed protagonist, the first in the projected Inspector Marco series. Set for the most part in Cardiff, Wales, Inspector Marco has caught a grizzly case where a Polish immigrant has been murdered and his tongue cut out as a warning to the Polish community to keep quiet. With several more murders, human trafficking from Eastern Europe, political pressure, and other complications, John Marco is not deterred from seeking the murderer and a Cardiff kingpin behind, and profiting from, the trafficking of young women. He is not a model policeman, he's been sober less than a year, chain smokes, cheats on his girlfriend, and neglects his responsibilities to his young son (to the disgust of his ex-wife and his traditional Italian parents). This is a mystery in which the reader knows the solution early on but justice cannot win out till all the evidence is found (and legally admissible!). Against the background of a Welsh police system only "devolved" from England's system a year before, the story shows the difficulties inherent in the UK's nationalism pulls and its struggles with European immigration. I enjoyed the book in spite of the grizzly murders; it kept me on the edge of my seat till the end. I definitely will read more by this author.

  • MK
    2018-11-14 23:41

    ~ NO SPOILERS BELOW~Speechless was a book that was trying to become something and fell short. It tried to entrance the audience with a complex plot involving Polish murderers, a big time gangster, Russian Mafia, human trafficking, but alas the readers see almost none of this. The book is littered with other subplots, and even an instance of an unnecessary romance. Due to this the author doesn't get a chance at resolving the actual investigation and the readers are given a clean dust-under-the-rug version of what happened. The book tried very hard to be complex and bring in a serious topic but it seemed too much for the author who seemed to be ignoring it altogether. For others who have read crime novels like the Millennium trilogy can recognize what a good plot that was in regards to the human trafficking issue despite it being a subplot in Millennium and the main plot in Speechless.The ending is less than satisfactory, the author simply rushes through, there is no climax, any "action" or even close to solving the mystery is in the last 80% of the novel (I own a Kindle). The story took too much on, more than it could handle resulting in a lackluster read.

  • Charles Ray
    2018-12-05 19:25

    When Detective Inspector John Marco of the Wales Police Service in Cardiff gets an early morning call about a body found in the river, he thinks it’s a routine drowning. But, when it’s discovered that the body has had its tongue removed, he realizes that it’s anything but routine. When another body is found with the tongue removed, Marco finds himself up to his hips in a case involving the close-mouthed and thoroughly intimidated Polish community in Cardiff, prostitution and human trafficking.Speechless by Stephen Puleston is a riveting crime story that takes the reader from the seamy underworld of Cardiff’s working class neighborhoods to the posh mansions of the city’s upper crust, and then to the dangerous back streets of Warsaw, as Marco chases a merciless criminal whose trademark is removing the tongues of his victims. At the same time, he has to navigate the perilous bureaucratic waters of his own department and his own personal demons.Crime drama at its best, with some of the strongest character development I’ve seen in the genre since Robert B. Parker’s Spenser novels.

  • Linda
    2018-11-18 15:39

    I liked DI Marco but I like Inspector Drake better. These are well written police procedurals taking place in Wales which adds a nice twist. I think Marco is struggling to be recognized and he has given up his alcohol but now he is struggling with cigarettes. His ex-wife wants him to spend more time with their son. His boss wants him to solve the murder but to not step on anyone's toes. Hard to do on both counts. Marco and his assistant Boyd seem to get the job done and that's what matters. I'll stay with the series and have just bought the prequel, which is really a novella and doesn't add to Marco at all but the murder is still good. If you like police work solving murders, you'll like DI Marco.

  • Vanessa
    2018-12-08 21:28

    I don't even know where to start. The main character is just badly written, I've never disliked so much a policeman like this one.Personally I don't think he solved the murder, everything just fell on his lap. Bad decisions after bad decisions. Each chapter feels like a new story, there's no continuation, there's no "feeling" in the whole book. I also picked up what it "looks" like(I'm probably wrong) an anti-european tone(i.e.: they come from eastern european countries to steal our jobs) however it's contradictory taking into account DI Marco is from Italian descent. The plot is there however there are too many points hanging loose. I did not connect with this book hence my rating.

  • Jay Williams
    2018-11-19 15:30

    This is an outstanding police procedural with well-defined characters and precise descriptions. It has entertaining interactions between the characters and good focus on details when appropriate. The plot has twists and turns as the clues are developed and the bodies pile up. Once the action starts it is a difficult book to put down. It has more double agents than a cold war spy novel, and it shines a light on the growing issue of human trafficking. Several twists in the ending were completely unexpected.

  • Carolyn Carlson
    2018-11-25 23:49

    Kept my AttentionMystery set in Wales about a detective. Sometimes seems to have more free reign, then other times gets called for tedious things. But overall, would read others in series. Passionate character, few typos-only a few, not enough to ruin immersion in story, written in British English-did not bother me but I have read other books written in this manner. Recommended.

  • Tatiana Lammers
    2018-11-21 17:45

    A rather fast paced novel about a police detective trying to juggle a multiple murder case and his messy personal life. This police procedural has detailed description on solving crimes of an international crime ring, including human trafficking and murders. Numerous twists and turns, and the detective trying to beat the clock to save people and solve the case make the plot gripping and interesting to follow.

  • Michael E. Murphy
    2018-11-21 23:35

    Slow Moving and transparent I read a great deal of law enforcement novels, always searching for the next exciting author. Puleston was a complete waste of time. The storyline was an old tale and held no suspense, the attempt at horrifying the reader failed with sloppy writing about tongues, and the personal life of the lead detective was so cluttered that it pushed the reader away from the story.

  • Heather Love
    2018-12-11 18:33

    Another detective series with a good plot... Set in Wales it is an interesting read. I read it quite quickly, about trafficking and the Russian Mafia working with a typical want to be rich quick gangster type in Wales, who got out of his depth. I gave this a three as the style of writing is rather clipped, descriptive but didn't take me there like a C J Sansom novel. Not sure, the writing style lacked style and depth. However, taking this into consideration it was a good read.

  • Susan
    2018-11-14 21:46

    Another detective who doesn't eat, sleep or exerciseCould be a good series except it's hard to believe any cop could function well without food or sleep. The main detective isn't very likable, treating his son and girlfriend poorly. He also makes very bad decisions, probably from the lack of sleep! As often the case, the book is poorly edited.

  • Sharon Storm
    2018-11-15 18:45

    Stephen Puleston is good at explaining complex suspense plots. This story includes human trafficking and extortion. The details about John Marco's personal life were distracting, but it was a nice diversion from the heavy parts of the story to read about his favorite sports team. Lots of characters to keep straight. I prefer the Ian Drake series, but would read more in this series too.

  • Liz Wood
    2018-11-25 21:29

    Sounded interestingFast paced action and some interesting characters do not make up for an inadequate plot. What (I assume) were supposed to be twists in the plot were more confusing than fun to follow, and I really had to work at it to make the "logical" sequence out of the story.

  • Tocci
    2018-11-14 20:35

    Welch DetectiveAn interesting insight into the workings of a foreign police force, the story is full of colorful characters and Intrigue. It was fast reading, and t h e hero, Detective Marco, 'speaks' with a humorous self-depreciating tone. The climax and ending is well developed. On the whole, this is a detective mystery a notch above the usual.

  • Patricia Moren
    2018-11-30 19:43

    A down to earth detective story based in a Welsh City. It addresses a major problem in the UK with the influx of Asian and Eastern Europeans who see a womens role and place in society rather differently. It is a well constructed story which proceeded well to the climax. Interesting storyline.

  • Judy
    2018-11-23 18:37

    Not quite as good as the three Iain Drake novels, this series is set in Cardiff, Wales. The detective is John Marco and he is not ever going to be as memorable as Drake, not is Cardiff as developed as a location as Northern Wales is in the other series.

  • Tracey Chananie
    2018-11-24 19:47

    Blood, guts, gore, a couple of good old Anglo Saxon swear words, murder & human trafficking! A good length book with normal people characters who are battling with normal people problems. Took me 6 hours to read!

  • Melissa
    2018-12-11 16:28

    Had a harder time with some of the English terms than I thought. Caught on to what it was saying, but having to stop and think about what a word was referring to took me out of the story a bit. Otherwise, great read. I would read more by this author.

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  • Joyce flohr
    2018-11-28 20:43

    Didn't like it and stopped reading it and sent back without finishing it

  • Joan
    2018-11-22 20:49

    I just couldn't get into this one; I read 14% before abandoning it.