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Author: Arthur Hailey
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, h...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780552143769
ISBN-10: 0552143766
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 570
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Corgi Adult
Book Type: 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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\"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.