Book Reviews of Detective

Detective
Detective
Author: Arthur Hailey
ISBN-13: 9780517700259
ISBN-10: 0517700255
Publication Date: 7/1/1997
Pages: 400
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Crown
Book Type: 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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\"Detective\" is a good, thick book by Arthur Hailey - he knows how to spin a page-turning thriller of suspense. Sergeant Ainslie is called by a man on Death Row in Miami, requesting that Ainslie hear his convession. Ainslie is a former Catholic Priest. The reader doesn\'t know what to expect in this confession as the man of Death row is suspect of a series of grisly murders.
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Another great book by Hailey. By the end you are ready to pull the switch for the electric chair.
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serial killer Elroy "animal" Doil is hours away from the electric chair. In his last hours of life, he wants to make a confession...to dective Malcolm Ainslie, the man who put him away. And as much as he'd like to, Ainslie cant ignore the criminals request. because although Doil is guilty of a gruesome double murder, his confession could close ten other unsolved slayings.
what Ainslie learns however, will thrust him into an investigation that leads directly to elite levels of city government..and some of his trusted colleagues.
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was a good mystery...enjoyed reading
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Great book, well written.
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Interesting, hard to put down
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A fast read thriller from Arthur Hailey.
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A very good story told with style. A paradox that at times you felt ready for it to end yet the tale kept your interest making it was almost impossible to lay down.
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From the back cover:
Serial killer Elroy "Animal" Doil is hours away from the electric chair. In his last hours of life, he wants to make a confession-to Detective Malcolm Ainslie, the man who put him away. And as much as he'd like to, Ainslie can't ignore the criminal's request. Because although Doil is guilty of a gruesome double murder, his confession could close ten other unsolved slayings. What Ainslie learns, however, will thrust him into an investigation that leads directly to elite levels of city government-and some of his trusted colleagues...
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Serial killer wants to make a confession in the last hours before his execution. What he says will start an investigation of the highest levels of city government.
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Serial killer Elroy "Animal" Doil is hours away from the electric chair. In his last hours of life, he wants to make a confession-to Detective Malcolm Ainslie, the man who put him away. And as much as he'd like to, Ainslie can't ignore the criminal's request. Because although Doil is guilty of a gruesome double murder, his confession could close ten other unsolved slayings.
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Masterfully written. Great read!