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Rock Creek Park

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
As science develops more and more sophisticated military hardware, inevitably it has also turned to the genetic 'enhancement' of military personnel. Scottish former police protection officer Harriet 'Harry' Armstrong discovers the body of a beautiful young woman outside the home of a powerful US Senator. Detective Michael Freeman knows this case means pressure - pressure t ...more
Published August 2nd 2012 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The author was born in the US, educated in Britain and served in the Black Watch and the Queens’ Own Highlanders. His colourful CV includes clearing landmines around the world and winning the Crime Writers’ Association’s Steel Dagger for A Loyal Spy.

In his latest thriller, Rock Creek Park, he seems to have used much of his service experience to create a pulsating story that flies around the world in the dangerous company of two protagonists – Washington detective Michael Freeman and a former Lon
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Harriet ‘Harry’ Armstrong is a former police Metropolitan police officer who jogging one night in Rock Creek Park discovers the body of a young woman. The park adjoins the property of a Republican Senator who gathers the great and the good around him to protect his reputation while the investigation takes place. Detective Michael Freeman is a former Special Forces soldier now working for Washington MPD. Convinced he is being set up by those who want to keep the Senator out of the investigation, ...more
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world where James Ellroy has penned a secret eighth season of the West Wing but the Pentagon has banned it because it cuts too close to the bone on military technology. That world might not exist, but you can get a taste of it by reading Simon Conway's new novel Rock Creek Park.

Conway offers us a fast-paced murder investigation; genetic manipulation of bonobos, baboons and humans to create dominant soldiers; murky dealings between Senators, private security companies and lobbyists; and
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My goodness. This book is excellent for insomnia...not for curing it, but for causing it! I literally could not put it down and ended up losing a lot of sleep, but happily so. The story was thoroughly engaging, characters were well thought out, detail was just sucked me in and would not let go. Ever read a "mystery" and have the end figured out by the first chapter? Well, that is definitely not the case here. If I say the twists and turns in the story line are "bizarre," I certainly ...more
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Dec 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Contrary to some of the other reviews, I preferred the Abkhazia bits. Maybe I just find the Caucasus more interesting than Washington. Not a place I know anything about, but the picture painted of a ravaged barely-holding-it-together nation really struck me. I like wild, savage places where it seems anything could happen, even the extremely weird-slash-terrifying shit posited by the book, and if they happen to be part of the former Roman Empire, all the better! Plus I'm never really going to enj ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Rock Creek Park reminds me of Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 movie From Dusk till Dawn, as it suddenly changes dramatically in character. It is as if there are two different books glued together, the second perhaps more of sketch than a fully developed book. Rock Creek Parkstarts out as a carefully paced, straight-laced police procedural and ends up as a furious, disjointed action story. It is a shame, for I really enjoyed the first part.
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent political thriller with a welcome science twist mostly set in a frozen Washington DC. Towards the end action moves to the Caucasus for an adrenalin-packed punch which, although edge-of-seat exciting, is, in my opinion, less satisfying and more fantastical than the very smart and gripping Washington section.

Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A well written novel with an odd and somewhat disturbing storyline. I am unsure if this a standalone novel or part if a series because I felt that I should have known more about Harry than I actually learned from this book.
I don't feel an overwhelming urge to read other books by the author.
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gripping tense thriller... until the cat is let out of the bag. It then becomes yet another shoot 'em up fight to the end, which I found predictably disappointing. Overall, though, a well-written, atmospheric novel, which is an exciting page-turner.
Jim Jewell
Odd combo of murder mystery international intrigue and genetic science badness but really good.
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Simon Conway is a former British Army officer and international aid worker. With The HALO Trust and later as director of Landmine Action he cleared landmines and unexploded bombs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
As Co-Chair of the Cluster Munition Coalition he successfully campaigned to achieve an international ban on cluster bombs.
He is currently working as Director of Strategy for The HALO T
Dirty glacial clouds hammered the city's anvil. On the District of Columbia’s northwestern edge, gusts of snow rolled across the Park Road Bridge like volcanic ash.”
“Michael Freeman was thirty-five years old – a former Special Forces soldier turned policeman. He was a tall and slim black man, with grey-flecked hair and dark almond-shaped eyes. His smile was tight-lipped – half knowing and half strategic. It hid a mouthful of craggy teeth. A childhood in Detroit's East Side with an aggressive, alcoholic father had taught him to play things close to his chest, to look and listen. His colleagues knew him as a patient thinker, sedulous, missing nothing given time. Intellectually savvy and emotionally guarded, he exuded certitude. In Afghanistan, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, he spent several weeks as a mounted outlier with the Northern Alliance in the Alma Tak Mountains, beyond the range of reinforcement or rescue – drinking filtered ditchwater and eating nuts scavenged from corpses – and calling down massive airstrikes on Taliban positions. He gained a certain reputation. Word spread the length of the Darya Suf River valley, through the Tiangi Gap to the stronghold at Mazar-i-Sharif that there was a monster loose in the mountains and the Taliban called him ‘bor-buka', which seemed to mean black or devil or whirlwind, and, at times, all of these things.” 1 likes
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