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The Murder Exchange

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  547 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Minotaur Books (first published 2003)
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Max Iversson is an ex-mercenary who has partnered with an old buddy, Joe Riggs, to form a security firm called Tiger Solutions. When Max is offered $5,000 for a slam dunk security assignment by the owner of the Arcadia Nightclub, Ray Fowler, he can't turn it down. Max and a few of his operatives bring Fowler to a meet with some businessmen who are supposed to be buying his club, when things go horribly awry.

The Arcadia Club seems to be in the center of the criminal universe. First of
Sean Peters

another book read by Simon Kernick, a little slower to start with but
builds to a fast pace in the second half, and you follow the story with the two
main characters.

As usual lots of characters, and following it from two very different
personalities, lots of guessing?

The last few chapters were very exciting.




Apr 26, 2014 Dan added it
I have decided against giving this book a star rating as I feel that the story was greatly let down by the terrible narration by Dave John. I think that the story was plausible, but I couldn't get into it due to John's reading. Firstly, he used the same (annoying East London - verging on Cockney) accent for both Iverson's and Gallon's first person narration which didn't help in identifying with the characters or following the different perspectives. I also felt that the dialogues were awful, but ...more
I quite enjoyed this 2nd Simon Kernick novel, I was pleasantly surprised as wasn't expecting too much if I'm an honest. I like the use & reference of characters in Kenricks Debut novel - similar to an other
UK other Michael Robotham.

The novel has plenty of violence pretty much what you would expect from a gritty London Underworld novel.
Toni Osborne
This thriller/mystery may be Simon Kernick’s second novel but far from the second one I have read through the years. I am just catching up with his repertoire. In fact, I have highly recommended his novels in the past and I have a sneaking impression I will do so for many more years, yes I admit being a huge fan….

“The Murder Exchange” is a gritty exploration of London’s underworld. The engaging plot is cleverly written, has a touch of humour to it and provides numerous twists to keep us tuned in
Lukasz Pruski
The five star rating scale implies the following categories: Excellent, Good, OK (Satisfactory), Poor, Failure. Three stars is exactly what this book deserves. It is an OK book. It is a satisfactory book. Nothing more and nothing less. "The Business of Dying" (four stars from me) by the same author has a wonderful undercurrent of moral ambiguity. It is more than just a crime story. Despite the total idiocy of its fast-action ending, "The Business of Dying" got me thinking.

No thinking needed in "
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I am slowly working my way through Simon Kernick's books and this is the second book he released. Simon Kernick has a very certain type of writing style. His books are usually very fast paced and normally it takes only a matter of a chapter or two before you are thrown in at the deep end of a story.

This book followed the same format and we dive straight into Max Iversson's bad decision and when it all goes wrong. However, although you are thrown in at the deep end very quickly, the suspense leve
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The second of the books by Simon Kernick and already I can spot that his plots are slightly formulaic. [It was obvious with 100 pages to go who was responsible for some of the plot outcomes and who would not be alive at the end of the book.]

However, all is not doom and gloom with the book as the story was fast paced and, although so full of action, twists and turns that it was almost unbelievable, it is an interesting read, reasonably enjoyable and has characters for whom I felt some sympathy. T
I have only given three stars. The reason is that I found the plot somewhat protracted on occasions. This said I have enjoyed a number of the later books and it maybe that I was expecting more. Please read it for yourself though and make up your own mind. I will definitely be reading more Simon Kernick.
This is a rare occasion for me marking so low on one of my favourite authors Simon Kernick. I didn't enjoy this book at all and maybe it was because it was one of his early books but I found it predictable and lacking the usual high standard I have got used to. If you are no familiar with his work read one of his later books which are of a particular high standard.
This picked up after about 100 pages and I've been reading it for the last couple of hours and enjoying every minute. It's typical Kernick. Lots of twists and turns. More bodies than clues. I felt the two main characters were fairly similar. I think I would have got confused if their sections had not had their names above them. I liked them both until the end where I started to like Max less. But then he lied to the reader in his POV which just seemed like an odd thing to do. I mean he's basical ...more
another wonderful book by simon kernick!
got off to a great start from the very beginning but slowed down a bit later on. but the ending was superb!!
had me up all night!!
I just couldn't go to sleep without finishing it!!!
Thrilling, fast-paced, and packed with action. What else can you ask for? :D
Even though the plot wasn't anything outstanding, the ride through it was entertaining enough to let that slide. The narration was well written. It's great how we can see both side of the coin with 2 opposing mc. Even better, both of their perspective are equally amusing.

Did I mention, the pacing was perfect too. The book made sure I didn't have a break to put it down until the ending fell on me.

Overall, this was a fu
I usually really like Simon Kernick books but this one just didnt live up to expectations for me
Jane Woods
Dull, dull, dull! I read just under half of the book and gave up, something I have only done twice before!
I usually love Simon Kernick's books, but not this one.
Sue Flanagan
Was ok, this was I thought more of a mans book, it took longer for me to read, as I was not into it as much as some of his other work.
Probably my least favourite of his books. I didn't think the story flowed particularly well, and it certainly wasn't as much of a page-turner as some of his other thrillers. Worth a read, though, if you're a fan.
Decent thriller, though the switching out perspectives during the near-climactic fight felt like a bit of a cheat and threw me out of the action. Still, solid, and will probably check out more by him.
Big Bertha
Plenty of action, shoot-outs with dead bodies all over the place and if you like your thrillers fast paced with very little depth then this is probably the author and the book for you.
Tony Rothwell
Just Started it. But well impressed so far.

Now finished. A good and slightly unusual pot boiler told in the first person from the point of view of the goody and the baddy. It works.
A friend recommended this author and I wasn't disappointed. This is the first Simon Kernick book I have read and I really enjoyed it. So much so I plan on reading all his other books!
A good read but I'm started to find this style of writing a little samey and predictable. I'd worked out a couple of the storyline twists quote a while before they were revealed.
David Hull
Simple, but jolly, London Crime Caper. A swift and fun read.
Another very good read from this author.
Enjoyed it, but not my favorite from Mr. Kernick.
Lots of twists to this one and very enjoyable.
Jaz Owen
Jaz Owen marked it as to-read
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Simon Kernick (born 1966 in Slough, Berkshire) is a British thriller/crime writer now living in Oxfordshire with his wife and two daughters. He attended Gillotts School, a comprehensive in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Whilst he was a student his jobs included fruitpicker and Christmas-tree uprooter. He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities. Kernick had a passion ...more
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