If I Should Die
Who is the army colonel who keeps on demanding Stark cooperate with the MOD investigation and why is he so keen to keep it hidden? Millhaven is determined to find out. This is a highly assured debut and one this reviewer thoroughly enjoyed delving into. The writing is of a high quality and Frank more than manages to take what seems to be a mundane crime into something much more significant with multiple layers that steadily build.
There is an immediate empathy with Stark, but also a significant question mark regarding his character. Throughout the novel he is conflicted, you will steadily learn about his past. Gibbs and Cockcroft are nasty pieces of work, but eventually we come across Dawson, the local crime boss. The action is often slow and steady, as the author peels back the layers. It appears that this is the first in a series of novels regarding Joe Stark. Originally reviewed for Crime Fiction Lover. Aug 09, Rachel Amphlett rated it it was amazing. I very much enjoyed this, the debut novel by Matthew Frank.
The protagonist, Joseph Stark, is a war-torn veteran out of the Territorial Army, struggling with both physical and mental injuries while he begins his rehabilitation as a junior detective based at London's Greenwich police station. Although the police-based part of the novel doesn't break new ground, Stark's character is so exquisitely drawn that you're compelled to keep reading.
There's a strong supporting cast of characters, too and I a I very much enjoyed this, the debut novel by Matthew Frank. There's a strong supporting cast of characters, too and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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Aug 31, Judi rated it it was amazing. If you haven't read this, you should. Nov 18, Amanda rated it liked it. I was going to pass this book over. The reason being that the main character is ex-military. I'm a liberal snowflake, so nothing military appeals. Psychological effects of warfare are interesting, and this book has plenty of that, without it dominating the story and rendering it a paint-by-numbers war is bad and hurts people book. The psychologist is good and the recovery is no inspiration porn. Joseph Stark fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Returning home wounded nature of wound i I was going to pass this book over.
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Returning home wounded nature of wound is a plot reveal he trains as a CID officer. DS Fran Millhaven is on Joseph's case most of the time. She's not a fan of mavericks, which includes injured ex-military personnel taking on physical elements when in no condition to.
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The military police keep calling Stark. He doesn't want to talk to them. He fancies his hydrotherapist. Someone is killing homeless people. The police have a good idea of whodunnit, but they have to have it all sewn up. Thus the social commentary begins. One of the homeless people targeted is a war veteran.
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The youths You know you are old when you start saying youths. Might as well go for it with young scoundrels. Reprehensible rapscallions targeting homeless people are from a local sink estate. The characterization is impressive, with the youths starkly expressing keenly felt emotional damage. Believable, complex characters and a good police procedural plot. Didn't give it four stars cos too heavy on military for my snowflake tastes. Oct 14, Greg rated it it was amazing.
Books in which the main character has astonishing capabilities walk a fine line, it requires a talented author for the exploits to be engaging but not ridiculous. Matthew Frank has achieved "engaging" and then some in this novel featuring Joseph Stark. With some books, you are sucked in completely in a very short while and this is such a book. Great writing, interesting and clearly well researched back story, a variety of fine ancillary characters and a gripping main story gets you involved earl Books in which the main character has astonishing capabilities walk a fine line, it requires a talented author for the exploits to be engaging but not ridiculous.
Great writing, interesting and clearly well researched back story, a variety of fine ancillary characters and a gripping main story gets you involved early and never lets up.
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Thoroughly enjoyable, looking forward to reading more of Joe Stark. Feb 02, Allie rated it it was amazing. I have recommended this book to everyone I really really enjoyed it. Mar 26, Debbie Mossad rated it it was amazing. A mystery with a twist. Waiting for for follow up books. Mar 20, Sandhya Rao rated it it was ok Shelves: May 30, Jane Stewart rated it really liked it. Started slowly and suffered a bit from "first of a series trying to set the scene so putting too much in" but I'm now looking forward to the next one.
Aug 12, Melanie McKissock rated it really liked it. Cracking debut - social issues plaguing South East London highlighted in a complex tale of crime amidst the protagonist's own recovery from military service. Feb 11, Carol Peace rated it really liked it Shelves: It took me two starts to get into the book but through no fault of the author, I was intrigued by the detective 'in training' Joseph Stark and his scars that are pointed out in the first chapter.
He had been to Afghanistan and 'something' had happened to him there to leave him with lots of scars and the need for physio and phycotherapy which did not endear him to his Sergeant Fran Millhaven. She was resentful of the time he had off and annoyed that he would not tell her more about why or what ha It took me two starts to get into the book but through no fault of the author, I was intrigued by the detective 'in training' Joseph Stark and his scars that are pointed out in the first chapter. She was resentful of the time he had off and annoyed that he would not tell her more about why or what happened.
A run od attacks on the homeless and a subsequent murder had them all working flat out and the time off resonated on everyone. I found it good that we had time to meet the characters in depth although I did think the book lost its way slightly in the middle. It picked up pace and the crimes seemed to pick up and so did the mystery of why Stark's military superiors were desperate to get hold of him. All in all it was a very good introduction to the character and I for one hope to read more about him, the banter between characters was what you might expect in a police department and there were some that made me smile in among the gritty storylines.
Joseph Stark is a young Afghan war vet, badly wounded and now retired from the army on medical grounds. He joins the met as a trainee detective, and his debut is a very complicated case. Just when you start to get a feel for him, he slips out of your grasp, in the same way as he does in the story.
We benefit from hearing this I think, but the risk is that it could become an action movie set, rather than a study in the horrors of modern warfare. The relationships in the police team are first class, especially that between Stark and his sarge. His interaction with his physio does however feel a little plastic. This is an excellent debut and I look forward to a series. It is hard to believe this is the author's debut novel. It is so well written and so compelling that I could not put it down. Main character Joseph Stark is the Mets newest member.
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An ex soldier living with the nightmares of his past and the pain of his injuries, he is trying to not stand out as he attempts to keep his head down and get on with the job. Someone is attacking the homeless in and around South London, it looks like a gang of youths but the police are having trouble getting evidence. When one of the homeless dies from his injuries the police put every effort into nabbing the gang. All through the story we get glimpses of Starks living hell, from nightmares and painful injuries to his list of medics and physios he must endure as part of his recovery.
His private life is a closed book to the other officers but as the force close in on the young offenders, so does the mystery surrounding Stark come to be revealed. Cannot wait for more from this author. Almost discharged from duty honourably , as physically unfit for duty in the Territorial Army after serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq Joseph Stark returns home to become a constable in training for the CID in Greenwich.
His first case as a trainee is a series of vicious muggings of the homeless. Though the police know who is responsible, proving it is not a simple as it would seem. Stark is also going through physical and psychological rehabilitation. I found how he deals with or doesn't dea Almost discharged from duty honourably , as physically unfit for duty in the Territorial Army after serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq Joseph Stark returns home to become a constable in training for the CID in Greenwich. I found how he deals with or doesn't deal with his injuries and the trauma of being injured in battle whilst doing his practical training in the CID fascinating.
Though there's not a great deal of mystery in the criminal parts of this story, there is mystery in the life of Joseph Stark. This is a brilliant debut novel and I found myself unable to put it down. Apr 29, Joseph Reynolds rated it did not like it. Needs about pages cut out. First book authoritis here. Where was his editor? Painful 'banter' goes on endlessly. His grumpy counterpart just not convincing as being a mean bitch. No real conflict there. Plot seems okay, and maybe it gets better, but too much on his army problems.
Very distracting and not interesting. Lot of withholding of salient past history. In general I keep putting it down because it is dull. And I think I've just put it down the last ti Boring and dull. And I think I've just put it down the last time at page Okay, I finished it. But I had to skim the 'banter' and the tedious exposition. Pages of 'conversation' that could have been chopped to a sentence or two. Try for a page book next time not Mar 07, Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a bloody good debut.
There are a gang of chavvy youths beating up the homeless but the police are struggling to prove it. Enter Joseph Stark, former TA soldier and trainee detective.
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The main thing I loved about this was that, unlike other debut crime novels, Frank didn't go for the shock value or have the hero chasing a sadistic serial killer. Instead, we had a 'real' crime that could be happening in any of our cities or large towns and a plot driven by characters.
Stark was annoying a This was a bloody good debut. Stark was annoying at times with his sheer bloody mindedness and I hope that the whole martyr thing won't be so prominent in future novels but I enjoyed his story and hope there will be more to come.
For his first novel, the author did a pretty good job! The storyline was quite engaging. There are a few layers to the story, which helped in keeping it interesting for the reader. He did a good job in introducing Joseph Stark too. It would be interesting to see how the character progresses in the sequels to this book.
Wish that people would stop that, I think it is disrespectful TBH This book was quite slow to get into and I found it hard to form an image of where it was set but as the story progressed this disappeared. It then picked up pace and I started to get to know the protagonist Joseph Stark. This guy has literally been through the wars but is comited to queen and country and gives all to become a trainee detective inspector.
He trusts his training and acts on impulse which usually gets him the results he was after. I very much enjoyed this crime novel, but can't go This book was quite slow to get into and I found it hard to form an image of where it was set but as the story progressed this disappeared. I very much enjoyed this crime novel, but can't go in depth without spoilers, i just hope that there will be more detective Stark novels to follow.
I was given the opportunity to review a free copy of this book through goodreads Firstreads. This writer has a sure touch drawing the reader into the beautifully structure of this engrossing story of a new kid on the block Joseph Stark. The survivors can sprightly conduct the business of burial and obsequies. This poem consists of two parts regarding the circle of life: Dickinson uses morn, noon, the birds and the bees, and the daisies epitomize the peaceful and natural trait of dying in the first part of her poem.
Daisies are symbolically signified in the poem because daisies are placed on the graves of loved ones. These daisies referred to the death. She focuses on the natural process of the nature by showing the things of nature following its circle of life. She easily accepts the truth of death as a part of life and does not feel sad on her own death. The existence of each thing in nature has to vanish one day. Moreover, she believes that death is not the end, it is the beginning of the something new and exciting journey. The second part of her poem deals with another aspect of death and dying.
She says after her death all the commerce and trade will continue and people will prosper more. No one and nothing on the earth will worry her death and will not be adversely affected. In this point, Dickinson is not worried rather she is feeling calm and that even after her death the circle of life is naturally going on. Dickinson takes her death as a normal thing to occur.
Her obsession with the death is clearly seen in the poem. Her easy and positive approach to death in this poem reflects her spirituality and defines her as a metaphysical poet. She supports the idea that death should no longer be something that one fears because everything has to die to be something new again and to continue the circle of the life.
Much Madness is Divinest Sense: Because I could not Stop for Death: I Heard a Fly Buzz: Success is Counted Sweetest: I taste a liquor never brewed: A Bird came down the Walk: Hope is the Thing with Feathers: I like to see it lap the Miles: I had something that I called mine: These are the days when the Birds come back. What Inn is this: Exultation is the going: I felt a Funeral, in my Brain: Safe in their Alabaster Chambers: