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Chill Factor (Charlie Priest #7)

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When salesman Tony Silkstone confesses to murder, the top brass of the Heckley police are keen to convict and close the lurid case. But Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is not convinced that things are as simple as they seem. A hitman coming to town and a juvenile car thief wreaking havoc complicate matters for Charlie. As links between his case and another murder ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Allison & Busby
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Tony Rothwell
Jul 08, 2012 Tony Rothwell rated it it was amazing
Stuart Pawson is my hero. I've read them all now. Wish I hadn't, still with my memory I can read them all again in 6 months!
Lourdes Venard
Aug 21, 2008 Lourdes Venard rated it really liked it
Salesman Tony Silkstone readily confesses to murder -- for killing the man who murdered his wife. To most, he's a hero for doing so. But a small clue leads DI Charlie Priest to believe there's more to the story. This is a methodical, plodding police procedural -- done by an author who's wonderful at these. Pawson brings his characters to life with great wit. He's one of the best with one-liners. For example, this from Priest on a colleague's love life: "I didn't ask who 'she' was. Pete's love ...more
Alan Denham
Jul 31, 2012 Alan Denham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-on-kindle
Nice story! Charlie Priest righting wrongs as usual - this time sorting out a nasty bloke who can't properly control his sexual appetites, and a nasty twist to a couple of deaths - murders, of course. And Charlie must be doing something right, because one of the suspects takes out a contract on him. Readers can watch Charlie's doomed attempts at sorting out his own personal relationships, while also trying to sort out a young thief. They will also learn a thing or two about cars - nothing ...more
Virginia Van
When salesman Tony Silkstone confesses to murdering his wife and her lover in a jealous rage, Detective Inspector Charlie Priest believes things are as simple as they seem. However, he is distracted from the case by the appearance of a hit man - especially when he finds out who the hitman's target is. 7th in the DI Priest series, this book is a fast paced and humourous police procedural, with enough plot twists to keep you turnign pages. Appealling continuing characters and glimpses of the ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments.

I've skipped the whole middle of this series in order to join in with a group discussion that I ended up not having time to join in with. I hope knowing this part of Charlie's life doesn't ruin the books in between as I plan to read them. I like the construction of the plots and the longish time span covered by the books and I like Charlie himself in general. Mostly I'm trying to deduce the real location of the fictional Heckley in West Yorkshire b

John Lee
Jan 28, 2013 John Lee rated it it was amazing
I dont know why I liked this one as much as the rest - but I did. There wasnt even a decent joke for me to quote - but I still did. It wasnt really a who-done-it because you are quite content that you know that from very early on, but I still did.

However you ask yourself at 1-49am why you just had to finish it off - the answer is because you enjoyed it so much.

My only regret is that I only have one more of the series to go - and that is next.
Dec 31, 2012 Alistair rated it really liked it
Another good read. Stuart Pawson has created a character not unlike my much loved Inspector Diamond in the Peter Lovesey series of books.
Highly recommended, but realistically needs to be read in order.
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Stuart Pawson lives in Fairburn, Yorkshire, with his wife, Doreen, and can often be found tramping across the moors that form a backdrop to his stories.

After a career as a mining electrical engineer he worked part-time for the probation service for five years, mediating between offenders and their victims. This gave him a good insight into the criminal justice system, and it was during this perio
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