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Eaves the police utterly baffledWith the race on to catch the killer both men find themselves caught up in a nightmare where the most innocent action can cost the highest price In this nail biting crime thriller Chris Simms draws us into the shadows that lurk behind the city’s shiny new exterior then plunges us into the mind of a madman. My second Chris Simms book read out of order as is my terrible habitThis one is set around the time of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 a time and place I am very familiar with He evokes the atmosphere and locations really wellThe timeline of the book is different it jumps between time periods which helps to paint a vivid picture of the characters and the events which overtake themThe story rolls along at a good pace the characters are involving and the timeline jumps tie up the plot nicely One or two elements felt a little forced but taht didn t detract from the book overall Cheating for the Chicken Man lurk behind the city’s shiny new exterior then plunges us into the mind of a madman. My second Chris Simms book read out of order as is my terrible habitThis one is set around the time of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 a time and place I am very familiar with He evokes the atmosphere and The Last Runaway locations really wellThe timeline of the book is different it jumps between time periods which helps to paint a vivid picture of the characters and the events which overtake themThe story rolls along at a good pace the characters are involving and the timeline jumps tie up the plot nicely One or two elements felt a On Tidy Endings little forced but taht didn t detract from the book overall

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Killing the Beasts

Manchester 2002 The Commonwealth Games are coming to town and the city is alive with possibilities Caught up in the commercial feeding frenzy is Tom Benwell account manager at an advertising firm The pressure is getting to Tom – too many deals to make and lies to tell and the passion for his job is waning Meanwhile his friend DI Jon Spi. There was essentially something a bit awry in the writing of this novel The idea I found uite interesting and in many ways relatable than all the standard maverick cop tracks down twisted criminal genius evil murderer crime thrillers there are and I appreciated the Manchester setting too though this did date the book somewhat in how it was so strongly grounded in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the cityHowever I found much of the aspects of this novel that was not directly plot to be flawed Simms describes a cast of mainly unlikeable characters with plenty of words but no colour there is description for verisimilitude but this just came over like information as opposed to there being any element of humour any beautiful language any attempt to go much deeper than the immediately relevant I m sure that as this is a very early book by the author he will surely have improved his craft with time but for me this missed the mark overall It was however a reasonably uick read I don t think I could have cared much longer for the cast of unpleasant druggies thieves vacuous women and fuck ups for much time The Last Runaway lies to tell and the passion for his job is waning Meanwhile his friend DI Jon Spi. There was essentially something a bit awry in the writing of this novel The idea I found uite interesting and in many ways relatable than all the standard maverick cop tracks down twisted criminal genius evil murderer crime thrillers there are and I appreciated the Manchester setting too though this did date the book somewhat in how it was so strongly grounded in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the cityHowever I found much of the aspects of this novel that was not directly plot to be flawed Simms describes a cast of mainly unlikeable characters with plenty of words but no colour there is description for verisimilitude but this just came over On Tidy Endings like information as opposed to there being any element of humour any beautiful Flat World Navigation language any attempt to go much deeper than the immediately relevant I m sure that as this is a very early book by the author he will surely have improved his craft with time but for me this missed the mark overall It was however a reasonably uick read I don t think I could have cared much A House of My Own Stories from My Life longer for the cast of unpleasant druggies thieves vacuous women and fuck ups for much time

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Cer is on the fast track showing a commitment to the job that borders on obsession or so his girlfriend Alice tells himThen in the aftermath of the Games a series of brutal killings shatters the city’s new found spirit Jon Spicer gets the case Each victim has been murdered in the same bizarre and grotesue manner yet the lack of motive l. I find it uite boring to read a book that ends up being close to what I expected it to be that s why I generally don t like book series so when an author manages to surprise me I tend to value it a lot Chris Simms totally astounded me with his novel Killing the Beasts My rating is very high mainly because of the surprise factor actually because of three surprise factorsFirst of all the structure of the book is delightfully unusual There are two threads one is uite a standard police procedural DI Jon Spicer searches for a serial killer who has a weird and distinctive modus operandi in murders of women The other thread does not have much of a crime component it is about tribulations of Jon s friend Tom who is in the building wrap business and struggles to cope with much increased demand for his services before the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester UK In fact the non criminal thread tends to dominate a large portion of the novel Of course an experienced reader knows that the threads will somehow merge at the end And they do but in an utterly unexpected at least to me wayThe novel undergoes uite a drastic metamorphosis toward its end It is no longer what it seemed to be in the earlier parts And I found the sudden switch of premise even delightful Sort of like an operatic aria capping a mundane techno music performanceThe third surprise cannot be divulged without spoiling the mystery I can only say that it involves uite a common every day item and that it in a sense illustrates the foreshadowing aspect of the Chekhov s gun principle The item appears uite early in the novel then its appearances proliferate in a mystifying way and finally it plays an absolutely essential role in the denouement If not for the various surprises Killing the Beasts would be a mediocre novel I had uite a hard time focusing on the boring non criminal thread involving Tom and his wife The various surprises made the early pain worth bearing Four stars Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, lack of motive El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro l. I find it uite boring to read a book that ends up being close to what I expected it to be that s why I generally don t Fragonard Art and Eroticism like book series so when an author manages to surprise me I tend to value it a The Monarchs Are Missing large portion of the novel Of course an experienced reader knows that the threads will somehow merge at the end And they do but in an utterly unexpected at Touchstone least to me wayThe novel undergoes uite a drastic metamorphosis toward its end It is no Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding longer what it seemed to be in the earlier parts And I found the sudden switch of premise even delightful Sort of Love is Blind like an operatic aria capping a mundane techno music performanceThe third surprise cannot be divulged without spoiling the mystery I can only say that it involves uite a common every day item and that it in a sense illustrates the foreshadowing aspect of the Chekhov s gun principle The item appears uite early in the novel then its appearances proliferate in a mystifying way and finally it plays an absolutely essential role in the denouement If not for the various surprises Killing the Beasts would be a mediocre novel I had uite a hard time focusing on the boring non criminal thread involving Tom and his wife The various surprises made the early pain worth bearing Four stars


10 thoughts on “Killing the Beasts

  1. says:

    There was essentially something a bit awry in the writing of this novel The idea I found uite interesting and in many ways relatable than all the standard 'maverick cop tracks down twisted criminal genius evil murderer' crime thrillers there are and I appreciated the Manchester setting too though this did date the book so

  2. says:

    Detective Inspector Jon Spicer is working on Operation Fisherman investigating a gang of car thieves when he responds to a call for help from a Community Support Officer A woman has been murdered and because there is a prologue we already know pretty much how but we don't know why And despite the prologue we don't know whodunit As the first detective on the scene Spicer or 'Jon' as Simms prefers to call his leading man

  3. says:

    I think a big thing that influenced how much I enjoyed this book was the fact that I didn't realize the two plot threads wer

  4. says:

    Follow DI Jon Spicer in this crime thriller set around Manchester People are very busy in Manchester with the opening of the XVII Commonwealth Games in 2002 when a body is discoveredOkay this story is set in 2002 but do not let that put you off People remain the same the world over and what we have here is a gritty urban drama This story is not dated although you should ignore all the smoking in enclosed public spaces w

  5. says:

    I find it uite boring to read a book that ends up being close to what I expected it to be that’s why I generally don’t like book series so when an author manages to surprise me I tend to value it a lot Chris Simms totally astounded me with his novel “Killing the Beasts” My rating is very high mainly be

  6. says:

    Simple to read The only two problems was that I had figured the murderer and the endings of the sub plots car thieving before the author had spilled the beans Also the ending was uite abrupt and didn't tie the knots with Alice and Nikki not sure if it's just a boy thing with Nikki though The one chapter focusing on this character an

  7. says:

    In the end the overall story was three stars worth but the moments of 'The Californians' sketch level obsession with Manchester roads and glut of shop names combined with the poorly edited pacing and weakly built out location jumps

  8. says:

    My second Chris Simms book read out of order as is my terrible habitThis one is set around the time of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 a time and place I am very familiar with He evokes the atmosphere and locations really wellThe timeline of the book is different it jumps between time periods which helps to paint a vivi

  9. says:

    I found this book while looking for new authors So often when looking for something new you find something not so good That was not the case with this book The plot was very original which I won't give away as that would definitely ruin this book There were many twists and turns I didn't see coming that kept me reading late into the

  10. says:

    Good detective thriller I really liked reading the internal thoughts of someone decending into schizophrenia Truely terrifying stuff The end wasn't a complete surprise and there were enough other side stories that I wasn't completely certain who the murderer was until the very end Definitely reading the next one