The Murder Exchange by Simon Kernick

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When ex-mercenary Max Iversson accompanies a nightclub owner to an ill-fated rendezvous in a deserted north London industrial estate, it turns out to be not so much a set-up as a bloodbath. Three men have been shot, the briefcase Iversson has been guarding is empty--and he wants to know why.

So begins a hunt for answers that will take him into direct conflict with Detective Sergeant John Gallan--and take both men into very dangerous territory.


About Simon Kernick

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Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. Simon's big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was the biggest selling thriller of 2007. His most recent crime thrillers include The Last Ten Seconds, The Payback and Siege. Simon talks both on and off the record to members of the Met's Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime. To find out more about his thrillers, visit;;
Published July 1, 2004 by Minotaur Books. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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John Gallan, an honest and dedicated officer trying to regain his previous rank as an inspector, intersect after a routine bodyguard job goes disastrously wrong for Iversson, resulting in the murder of his client and the death of the two other hired guards.

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The Murder Exchange is told in the first person from two viewpoints - those of Max Iversson, a former mercenary, now a partner in a security firm, and that of John Gallan, the detective sergeant.

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The delivery of the narration through two points of view leads to an interesting contrast and juxtaposition of the two lead characters and the events of the story, as well as a very suspenseful conclusion to the book.

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Needless to say, things go wrong - about as wrong as they can go - and Iversson goes into hiding from just about everybody.

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