Summary

Can you win an election and cover up murder at the same time? When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. In the middle of a General Election, a murderer is stalking the man poised to be the next Prime Minister.
With power almost in his grasp, Edgar Carlton will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened. Operating in a world where right and wrong don't exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton takes the law into his own hands.
©2011 James Craig (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic reviews

"In this hard-bitten political thriller, the author skillfully portrays Carlyle as a good cop who genuinely struggles with the problems of his job and his lifestyle. Mr. Craig, a former journalist, writes with brutal candor about crimes as vicious as crimes can get.... It says something about the author's capacity for the darkest of humor when his description of a corpse superglued to a car can evoke a chuckle from the reader as police try to detach the body." ( Washington Times)
"As the title of James Craig's London Calling suggests, The Clash should be the soundtrack for this close to pitch-perfect debut introducing Inspector John Carlyle." ( Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
"Craig lards his familiar tale of revenge served cold with enough expository detail for a primer on politics and enough personal background about his hero to insure that his debut mystery won't be his last." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Alison on 25-06-13

I couldn't finish it.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This audiobook was very dark and the violence graphic - not my cup of tea and not easily skimmed over as each victims murder was treated to a gratuitous blow by blow description. The storyline hops between time periods as the author attempts to put flesh on his character, thus creating a detective who is unappealing and in need to a good shake. I was left with a storyline I had no desire to see resolved and a main character I had no interest in.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Craig again?

Absolutely not.

What didn’t you like about Joe Jameson’s performance?

The narration was unimaginative and at times, stilted. I found it an uncomfortable listen from the first.

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4 out of 5 stars
By sharon on 27-05-13

Gritty..

London Calling is definitely NOT your run of the mill crime novel, Inspector Carlyle is a plodder, a square peg in a round hole, he's not very nice, complacent and impotent to the powers that be who surround him.
I found his inner monologues and observations wry, crude, witty, strangely insightful and honest, also very cynical. This point of view was refreshing and the rude tongue in cheek dark humour had me chuckling.
It does meander and jumps between every mundane thought he thinks to titbits of of London historical facts that entertained.
The politics and very real social hard truths are inescapable and strips bare the nastier side and selfishness of human nature, it kind of left me rather depressed, but still morbidly fascinated as sadly even though amplified in the novel is sad but true.

Some might be uncomfortable with our murderers point of view as they are graphic and I could not help but grimace and twinge in sympathy.
What was new for me is that I could empathise with the murderer I wanted the protagonists all to suffer, just maybe not in the way the murderer wanted.

I'm in two minds about this début that even though I found the subject matter distasteful it will stay with me for a long time,..

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Regina on 28-01-14

Better than good

"London Calling" has attracted more than its share of negative Audible reviews, as opposed to positive Amazon reviews, or even reviews in newspapers, such as a strongly favorable one in the Washington Post. Usually when this happens, it's because a poor narrator ruined a good story, but the narrator here is wonderful.

Yes, it's violent, but far less so than more police thrillers, where the victims are nearly always women who are prey to terrible men. Here, the "victims" deserve some kind of punishment, exposure for their deeds at the least.

I didn't find this story offensive. By my lights, it's very well written, with a great central character and a fast-moving plot. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to other titles in the series.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Ian Rowlands on 07-06-18

Stuck with it -- Wish I hadn't: Poor Performance.

Joe Jameson trained for the stage and has narrated a lot of audio books. I'm going to assume this wasn't one of his best. He doesn't get accent or tone of voice right ... unless he's trying for parody. And he was the best of the cast, by a fairly long way. It's a decent story -- The modern day consequence of nasty Cambridge high jinks, and captures the feel of the post-Thatcherite political scene.Sadly the ending is (no pun intended) a cop-out. I like more character to characters, but that might be just me. All in all, OK for beach or in-flight listening. Not worth an Audible credit..

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