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Author: Arthur Hailey
Hours before he is due to set off on a long-delayed and much-deserved vacation with his wife and son, Det.-Sgt. Malcolm Ainslie takes a phone call he would have been better off ignoring. The caller is the chaplain at Florida State Prison, delivering a message from Elroy Doil, the serial murderer Ainslie helped put on the prison's death row. ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780425163863
ISBN-10: 0425163865
Publication Date: 8/1/1998
Pages: 595
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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a good read. pace is good and writing style is easy to follow. enjoy. i did.
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Great book that follows a gruesome murder with surprising side effects to the Miami Police Department. Arthur Hailey is a great writer; develops characters well. Great read.
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Once upon a time, I bought a bunch of books on eBay. They promised to send me a box filled with many different titles, and so they did. One of those titles was Detective by Arthur Hailey.

This is the story of a police detective named Malcolm Ainslie who lives and works in Florida. It follows - roughly - the investigation that is launched when a death row inmate confesses to actually having committed a lot more murders. The police had long suspected this, but they hadn't actually been able to hang the murders on Doil (that's the inmate).

Oh, and did I mention that Ainslie is a former priest-turned-detective?

This book takes you inside the heart and mind of a Florida detective. You encounter a lot of driving and/or sitting in the car, computers, triplicate forms, sexual advances, sexual retreats, sexual reminiscences, spouses being upset that work is a top priority, obnoxious rich people, bureaucracy, politics, and real life forensics that is less than conclusive, tape recorders (remember those?), double crossing, and flashbacks.

Between this book and Line of Duty, I feel that I have been given a real look inside the true world of police-work.

{Three star alt-text is, "I liked it." And I did.}
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A fast read thriller from Arthur Hailey.
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Interesting, hard to put down
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was a good mystery...enjoyed reading