Phoenix

Phoenix The th April was a bad day for Karen Sharpe the eighth anniversary of something so deeply buried she had hoped to forget it ever happened Each year she tries to cope in whatever way she can Mos

  • Title: Phoenix
  • Author: John Connor
  • ISBN: 9780752863979
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • The 8th April 1996 was a bad day for Karen Sharpe, the eighth anniversary of something so deeply buried she had hoped to forget it ever happened Each year she tries to cope in whatever way she can Most years she turns to booze But this year that wasn t going to work Sometime after midnight Phil Leech, her DS and partner, is executed in a military style killing, whilstThe 8th April 1996 was a bad day for Karen Sharpe, the eighth anniversary of something so deeply buried she had hoped to forget it ever happened Each year she tries to cope in whatever way she can Most years she turns to booze But this year that wasn t going to work Sometime after midnight Phil Leech, her DS and partner, is executed in a military style killing, whilst Fiona Mitchell, his pretty 21 year old informant, ends up on a South Pennine moor with bullets through her face and chest Karen had been due to meet both when drink and memories intervened, preventing her from getting there As the investigation begins, odd details keep forcing Karen to examine her own unclear memories As she follows her instincts, and some very disturbing clues embedded in her own secret history, she must confront her past and act quickly if she is to prevent the seed of destruction planted eight years before from wreaking devastating and brutal consequences.

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    About “John Connor

    • John Connor

      John Connor is the pen name of Tom Winship John Connor recently left his job as a barrister to write full time During the fifteen years of his legal career he prosecuted numerous homicide cases in West Yorkshire and London He advised the police in numerous proactive drugs and organised crime operations, many involving covert activity He now lives in Brussels with his wife and two young children Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.



    637 thoughts on “Phoenix

    • I didn't enjoy this book as much as I think I should have mainly because I tended to get a bit confused with the relationships & connections between various characters. What I did like about it though was the fact that it was set around Bradford/Halifax home ground I recognised a lot of the places.Overall it was a good read with a strong female lead who isn't the usual type of "heroine". I found it a little complicated in parts but I think that was my lack of concentration rather than the bo [...]


    • John Connor's Phoenix is a strange book. Well over a half of the book is an enthralling police procedural. The activities of detectives are described in great detail and I suppose with tremendous authenticity as Mr. Connor was involved in numerous homicide prosecutions over the years and was a police advisor in long-term undercover operations. The action takes place in West Yorkshire, which is well described (well, at least from the point of view of a person who has never been there). The main c [...]


    • PHOENIX - EXJohn Connor – 1st book (UK release)DC Karen Sharpe has a past, one of which not even she seems to have full. When her ex drug squad colleague and his informer are found shot on the moors the safe bet is that a mid league drug dealer had the hit arranged but Sharpe senses otherwise and, realizing she could be part of the mystery, embarks on an attempt to solve the crime without compromising her past. In the end the attempt fails and all comes to a head in a stand off on a lonely mis [...]


    • I found it difficult to work out what rating I wanted to give the book. It was certainly competently and knowledgeably written. The author's personal experience and research shows in the level of detail around police procedures. I also thought that the author handled the narrative shifts between characters extremely well and I was certainly surprised by the full details about Karen's past.What was more awkward for me was that the book felt dense. This was not an easy read and I did find, to a ce [...]


    • This is the first in a series of books about Detective Constable Karen Sharpe. She is a brilliant, difficult cop assigned to a complicated investigation labeled "Phoenix." The moors, towns and cities of Yorkshire in northern England add atmosphere to this excellent police procedural set in 1996. Although the case begins with the murder of Karen's partner and his informant, Irish politics help to stir the pot. Is Karen Sharpe more than she appears to be? I could hardly put this book down as I rea [...]


    • Good police thriller set in Bradford England, the start of a series featuring hard but vulnerable DC Karen Sharpe, who has a mysterious past.I found it hard to keep track of all the different minor police characters so the story was a little confusing and I had to keep referring back to work out what was going on, but the strong characters kept me interested and I'll definitely read the next one.


    • This is a really good mystery with a female lead written by a male. Set in England there are two murders to solve. Drugs, the IRA and other things make this one really interesting. This is the first female detective that is as hard, cynical, and a sexual user of others that I have seen in print. I thought I knew where the book was going, but I did not connect the blatant hint in the beginning pages with the resolution of the mystery. Worth reading another of these if they are around.


    • I read a lot of murder/ who dunnit books and this one seemed particularly dark. I understand murders not a particularly cheerful topic but this was still a bit further. I thought the characters in this book were so real. a lot of the time the cop or investigator is almost faultless but Karen Sharpe was very real and very human with a past haunting her every move.


    • For Thriller readers everywhere.This is an engaging novel which is well crafted by. John Connor. With. Several subplots woven together for the full-on thriller, it is to be recommended as a must for every home library.


    • Karen Sharpe is part of West Yorkshire's CID and is called in to work on the case of a murdered policeman and his snitch. I wanted to like this as it's set in Yorkshire but I found it difficult to care about the main character or the bodies whose deaths she was investigating.



    • This started out like any other detective/thriller and I found it difficult to maintain interest at first, BUT, as the layers to the story began to unfold, I was in!



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