Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Swan Song by John Stockmyer. On the plus side, his relationship with his long time girl friend, Susan, is -- not that bad. His relationship with his more recent mistress, Jamie, is -- not that bad.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Swan Song Z-Detective 6. There's nothing like leaving your readers hanging is there? Usually I dislike endings where I find myself with multiple questions instead of getting things resolved, yet this just No, wait, it doesn't just work, it's absolutely genius. I must admit that I haven't read many of the 'Detective Mark Heckenburg' series, nor have I read them in order.
However, 'Kiss Of Death' was a belter of a read as a standalone. Of course I must have missed out on the basic background of good ol' Heck and Gemma, but seeing as my knuckles went white as I gripped the kindle whilst I was reading 'Kiss Of Death', I have a slight feeling that I will be going back to book one and binge reading them all. In fact, that is exactly what I am going to do - how can I not?! Paul Finch is a genius!!!! Heck seems to have his own set of rules where his job is concerned, especially if it means him being smack bang in the firing line despite being told to step away by his superiors.
Heck's colleagues all know that they have to follow procedures and do things by the book, however Heck's memo with that on seems to have been mislaid I found his bulshyness quite arrogant yet it ended up being quite endearing as his passion pushed aside the arrogance like no tomorrow.
If you're after a story which raises your heart rate, keeps you glued to your seat, makes your jaw hang open like you're pretending to be a fish, as well as gripping hold of things like you're about to fall off, then 'Kiss Of Death' is PERFECT for you. Don't shoot me here, but I wasn't overly keen on the book when I first started reading it. It took me at least 30 odd percent before I was able to lose myself in Heck's powerful persuasion's and Paul Finch's gripping storyline - I felt that the pace was too slow to begin with which ended up making the hook a lot slower to do its job. However, once the book surpassed the 30 odd percent mark, I became gripped by what my eyes were reading.
It's gruesome, I won't lie, but yet again Paul Finch makes it work! The more of 'Kiss Of Death' I read, the faster the pace became and the more intense the situations within the storyline became. There was so much to keep focused on, I couldn't help but feel as though my head was turning in every direction to keep up with Heck and the gang as they attempt to take on another, well, gang.
No, I'm not complaining either! Despite my earlier reservations, 'Kiss Of Death' ended up surpassing all of my expectations, making this one of the best books I have read so far this year! I am so pleased I ignored my earlier thoughts as what a cracking literally , spine tingling, chilling, and utterly, utterly suspenseful read this turned out to be. I've said it once but I will say it again - that ending!!!!!
Paul Finch has certainly got his readers where he wants them, and given the outstanding strength of his latest novel, I will be standing here with bells on waiting for the next book in the series!!! Out-flipping-standing - give this man an award! The complex and convoluted investigation, code named Operation Sledgehammer, brings DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg into contact with a new partner, DC Gail Honeyford, who he worked with, some time ago, whilst on a previous investigation.
Their new mission, as part of the Special Crime Unit, is to track down a number of cold cases and to discover the whereabouts of a vicious criminal who has evaded capture for far too long. This investigation is fraught with difficulty from the offset, and the complic The complex and convoluted investigation, code named Operation Sledgehammer, brings DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg into contact with a new partner, DC Gail Honeyford, who he worked with, some time ago, whilst on a previous investigation. This investigation is fraught with difficulty from the offset, and the complicated dynamics of working with Heckenburg makes for interesting reading.
I have to admit that this is the first book by this author I have read, and so to come into this crime series, at book seven, is perhaps not the best place to start.
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However, Kiss of Death works really well as a standalone novel, and whilst I have perhaps missed some of the more subtle references, particularly around Heck's complicated relationship with his boss, DSU Gemma Piper, there is no doubt that the overall complexity of both the plot and the characters works exceptionally well. Heck's rather maverick approach, and his often unorthodox investigative methods, help to give the story a realistic edginess. The author writes with a credible authenticity which comes from his time as a police officer and also as a script writer for one of our most popular TV police dramas.
This shows in the fine attention to detail and his clever ability to control a complicated plot without ever losing sight of the bigger picture. Kiss of Death is a very visual story, and is certainly something that I could, very easily, see played out as a TV drama, it has definite style and would work, really well, in terms of pace and tension.
The book concludes with a whopper of a cliff-hanger which I am sure will make regular followers of the series gasp out loud; it certainly leads the way for Book 8. Jul 10, Annette rated it it was amazing. Heck is part of a team, tasked with investigating some very high profile criminals who need to be found and convicted. He cannot get over them, yet he is not sure if she feels the same way as she she is very interested in a new and rather good looking copper on her team.
This is an adrenaline fuelled, fast moving story. Wherever there is danger, Heck is in the thick of it. He does not think before he acts and this leads him into a great deal of trouble. The best bit of the book is the end, not because I was pleased to have finished it but because it was so exciting and it was set in the area of Hertfordshire where I live so I recognised all the roads! The closing scene was a real cliffhanger and I cannot wait to get my hands on Book 8 to find out what happens next!
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If you enjoy thrillers you will definitely love this series. Jul 16, Kath rated it it was amazing. Oh my goodness!
I've only just finished this book and I am done. Still reeling from that ending!
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Before I go on though, I will just mention that, although the main story is self contained, please do take some time to really get to know Heck et al and go back and start from book one and play catch-up. He is a bit of a complex character and some of what motivates and drives him, although touched on briefly here, does maybe need a bit more explanation to really get to know the real Detective Oh my goodness!
He is a bit of a complex character and some of what motivates and drives him, although touched on briefly here, does maybe need a bit more explanation to really get to know the real Detective Mark Heckenburg of the NCA SCU. Reflecting what is going on in the real world, there are rumours of cuts to the Force and, as our story begins, it becomes apparent that the future of the SCU is threatened. To try and ride the tide, the SCU teams up with the Cold Case squad choosing 20 of the most evil fugitives to track down and bring to justice in the very aptly named Operation Sledgehammer.