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Eye Contact (DI Harland #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  8 reviews
If you look him in the eye, you're dead.

From the outside, Robert Naysmith is a successful businessman, handsome and charming. But for years he's been playing a deadly game.

He doesn't choose his victims. Each is selected at random - the first person to make eye contact after he begins 'the game' will not have long to live. Their fate is sealed.

When the body of a young woma...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
Originally reviewed at: http://www.booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/...

Eye Contact, Fergus McNeill’s debut novel has been on my wishlist ever since I first saw it on the publisher’s website. What intrigued me about this story is the fact that there’s no motive behind these murders. It’s all just a game. And even before I started reading the book, I started wondering: how do you track down someone who has no reason to kill and whose victims have no connection to each other whatsoever? As a huge crime fa...more
Lesley Lodge
I bought this book after hearing Fergus McNeill speak at Flitwick library earlier this year (it was an excellent talk by the way). As the blurb says, the essential plot is murder as a game played by the murderer - victims selected by chance based on the first to make eye contact after the clock starts ticking and the game is on. I was initially both curious and slightly put off by this but it does actually work well. Having no obvious connection to the victims and no emotional engagement with th...more
Big Bertha
A killer with no motive and no connection to his victim is virtually untraceable and to killer Robert Naysmith, it's all a game. A random location, a random street, a time is selected and the first person who makes eye contact with him after that time will be his next victim...the game begins and the hunt is on.

Detective Inspector Harland of the Avon and Somerset Police leads the investigation when one of Naysmiths victims is found on remote Severn Beach. From the random killings in the various...more
Nov 16, 2012 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime, own
DI Harland is a somewhat unhinged detective, who isn't great at his job, but he is lucky. Basically, the perfect template for Saturday night ITV. In Eye Contact he is trying to track down a serial killer that selects targets at random. The killer, Robert Naysmith, has a back-story that eventually unfolds to (at least partially) explain why he is playing "the game". He is written as quite a likeable character with multiple personalities. DI Graham Harland, however, just bumbles through the case a...more
Melanie Knight
I chose this book entirely because of the local setting. It was obvious that the settings are very well researched. But I also found myself completely drawn into the killer's world. It's a rather chilling thought that he could choose his victims so completely randomly. I never really warmed to the policeman as much as I hoped. There were enough twists to keep me reading, but no single huge twist in the story. The ending left itself nicely open for the sequel, which I will buy when it is released...more
Serial killer gets away with murder.
Not a bad debut. Serial killer picking his next victim simply by whoever makes eye contact with him - creepy. Will he confess to his girlfriend? Damaged cop with a past. More to be found out in the next book.
Great book, love the characters. I'm never making eye cntact with any randoms ever again!! Looking forward to his next novel.
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Fergus McNeill has been creating computer games since the early eighties, when he started writing interactive fiction titles. Over the following years he became well-known in the industry, both for his own content, and his adaptations of other authors’ material, including working with Terry Pratchett to create the first Discworld game.
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