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By Any Means

(Detective Ash Rashid #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Ash Rashid thought his days as a homicide detective were over. Now with the police force's community relations department, he gives speeches at elementary schools instead of tracking criminals. But when he discovers two dead bodies during his evening commute, Ash finds himself back on active duty. As he races to identify the victims and track down an abducted witness, Ash ...more
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Published May 6th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Heather Fineisen
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 A Muslim police detective investigates a case of murder during Ramadan in this series procedural by Chris Culver. This cultural twist and the moral antagonizing of law enforcers vs. bad guys pushes it above the standard crime fare. The dialogue drags a bit in places, but overall a good read. A cliffhanger ending has enticed me to continue the series and maybe even read the first two. Good stuff!

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Ash Rashid is a veteran police officer, once a homicide investigator, but due to problems he has had, is currently assigned as the officer who goes to schools educating kids on safety. When he comes across a damaged car with two dead bodies in it, the long day he had just had takes having a bad day to a whole new level. There is more than meets the eye to these two deaths, as Ash is placed in charge of the scene and one mistake after another, peer pressure and resentment and FBI involvement make ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the third book that I am reading in the Ash Rashid series by Chris Culver. I loved the first two this one was ok but not my favorite. Detective (also lawyer....non-practicing) Rashid gets involved in human trafficking in a roundabout way. He was driving home and saw what he thought was a car accident only to find out that the man and woman had been shot to death. The killer abducted the driver of another car (she was a good samaritan) and so the hunt is on for the abducted woman with the ...more
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the series and another enjoyable read for me, I soon realised that I had nearly finished it and thought wow this story could of gone on another 100 pages, so a fast hang on to your pants US cop crime procedural story, very easy to read and is a pleasant change as it involves a struggling Muslim cop in a very white none religious community.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
By Any Means is the third book in the Detective Ash Rashid series. I did not read the first two books but was able to jump into this one with no problem. I really enjoyed the story but wish it had not ended on a bit of a cliffhanger for Ash. 
Larry H
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Full disclosure: I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

"In a world full of sinners, the good guys couldn't all be saints."

Those words, spoken by Indianapolis Police Detective Sergeant Ash Rashid, couldn't sum him up any better. A Muslim and a recovering alcoholic, he's fiercely devoted to his family and strongly believes that those who commit crimes should be punished, even if his methods of uncovering evidence or ensuring criminals get
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ash is a cop who has been doing D.A.R.E. meetings instead of walking the beat for a while. When driving home he comes upon a car crash. When he goes to inspect the vehicle he sees two bodies in it. His day gets much worse after that.

Ash has made some choices as a cop and aligned himself with some not so good people, but that has allowed him to put some even worse people in jail. He seems to think it's a good trade off. As long as he is able to put bad guys away he doesn't see any harm in working
Margaret Wilkening
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Netgalley gave me the opportunity to preview By Any Means by Chris Culver. When I found that he had written two other books, The Abbey and The Outside, I decided to read those first.
I was intrigued by Culver’s character, Ash Rashid, a Muslim police officer in the Indianapolis police department. Rashid’s flawed character has depth. He is a spiritual man who also battles alcoholism, an escape for the inhumanity he has faced on the job. In the first two books, Culver does a nice job developing Ash
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it

Note: An eBook copy provided by NetGalley

By Any Means is the third book in the Ash Rashid series, but can stand alone on its own. Police sergeant Ash Rashid continues to battle his internal demons and well as external bias from his own colleagues as he fights against time to find the killers of a well-to-do couple, who has also kidnapped a good Samaritan who stopped to help what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident.

Chris Culver was quite adept in giving us just little snippets of what happe
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: ARC copy from Netgalley.

By Any Means, by Chris Culver, is the first of the series I've read involving Detective Sergeant Ash Rashid, the Muslim officer of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. One of the contradictions I found so engaging in this book is he's Muslim, but he is an alcoholic. He's sober now, but who knows how long that will last? You apparently have to read to find out. It was interesting to learn some of the Muslim customs like fasting on Ramadan, and tha
Lindsey Silvestrini
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast paced, edge of my seat page turner! Christ Culver grabbed me from page one of By Any Means and didn't let go and I LOVE books like that!

I'm a sleep deprived mom. A book HAS to be good to keep me from nodding off! This one kept me up way past my bedtime because I couldn't put it down. That says a lot about a book because sleep is my long lost friend in life right now.

I loved Ash Rashid's character and his straightforward, no nonsense attitude. He stumbles upon a homicide that pull
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014, e-book
Synopsis: At the end of a particularly grueling summer day, Ash Rashid is heading home to his wife and kids when he discovers a pair of bodies, shot execution style, in the front seat of a crashed vehicle. As the first officer on the scene, Ash finds himself and his department 20 minutes behind a killer in a race where every second counts. With two victims down and a third unaccounted for, the clock is ticking and Ash must find the killer before he strikes again.

Review: This book was middle of t
John Purvis
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
“By Any Means” will be published in 2014 (May) and was written by Chris Culver. This is Mr. Culver’s fifth novel to be published in his mystery series following the character of Ash Rashid.

Indianapolis Detective Ash Rashid is currently working community relations. He has had that detail for the last eight months following his encounter and subsequent shooting death of a young man with a gun. He was cleared in the shooting, but still has not been returned to his status as a detective. The fact t
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Culver writes a current day police procedural taking place in Indianapolis, with his main character being a Muslim detective named Ashid. Ash struggles with being a good Muslim as he observes Ramadan by fasting and praying, but he also has to fight his constant urge for an alcoholic drink. He has already been demoted (apparently in the second book which I did not read) to community liason safety instructor. His wife is on to him and he is trying on his own not to drink. He has high moral standar ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading one of the Ash Rashid books, as there are 2 others before this one. Ash is a Muslim detective in Indianapolis and has to race against the clock to, not only catch the killer, but to save a hostage before she is killed. It’s very thrilling and suspenseful. I haven’t read many political thrillers before, but this one peaked my interest for some reason. Boy i’m glad that I read it, and it didn’t disappoint.

From the very start I was immersed in it. I was thinking that t
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
ARC provided by NetGalley

By Any Means by Chris Culver drew me in from the first page and never let go. It was a well-written, fast-paced police thriller that I hated to see end. I look forward to the next book and what happens to Ash.

It is also the third book in the series, but does a very good job of standing alone. I don’t feel like I have to read the first two books to understand this one, but I really want to. I want to know more about Ash. He is such an interesting character—he wants to be
Jill Manske
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I hadn't read Culver before, so was pleasantly surprised by his writing and his characters. It was refreshing to see the lead character, a Muslim, portrayed as one of the good guys, albeit a sometimes rogue good guy. Indianapolis police detective Ash Rashid has his own personal demons (alcoholism) and he struggles mightily to stay sober and to be the man he and his wife want him to be. Readers get a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a practicing Muslim, hopefully opening minds and hearts and h ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
By Any Means by Chris Culver is mystery thriller that had me fully engaged. The protagonist is Ash Rashid, a homicide detective who is currently working Community Relations and doesn’t even carry a gun. On the way home from work one day he happens upon what appears to be a minor car accident. Upon closer examination, the car contains 2 dead bodies. To compound matters, a good samaritan who stopped to help is abducted. Ash is assigned to the case and the pursuit is on.

Who are the dead man and wom
Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
By Any Means is a riveting police thriller about an investigator trying to find the killer of a wealthy couple, and the disappearance of a woman who, believing the couple was in a car accident, stopped to help them. Conflicts with the police ranks, his family, and his addictions, Sargent Ash Rashid tries to solve the murder while

Told from two perspectives, the story unveils with the initial crimes revealing a deeper and richer story that unfolds throughout the book. The main character struggles
Kristen Jett
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
BY ANY MEANS is an interesting crime thriller with many twists and turns, often leaving you guessing who is good and who is bad. There are many shades of gray here, and this book will really get you thinking about that.

My first note to myself in this book was "Duh" to a statement which was so obvious it didn't need to be said. I found a bit of that throughout the book - I felt as if there was a bit more tell than show, which slows down the pace of a crime thriller in my opinion.

I really enjoyed
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Ash Rashid series, and the first one I have read. I feel that this book can be enjoyed without reading the other books first. I did not feel lost at all regarding the characters.

The book starts out as a fairly straight forward murder investigation. It quickly escalates into a kidnapping, complete with ransom drop, and then into a human trafficking saga. Interspersed with all this are the flashbacks of a young boys life in Russia. I personally could have done without
Fungi From Yuggoth
I really enjoyed this multicultural mystery, which diverges from mainstream suspense and quite expanded my imaginative horizons; I plan to read the entire series. Protagonist Ash Rashid is a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (again, not the usual locale), and in this installment is now working in community policing (formerly he had been an investigator in the prosecutor's office.) What makes Ash an unusual protagonist is that he is a Muslim-American, a devoted practitione ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery buffs, thrill seekers, detective novels
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I am a big fan of mysteries, and I do enjoy a good thriller as well. By Any Means from Chris Culver I found to be a very enjoyable suspenseful read. I found that this novel works well as a stand alone, or read in conjunction to others in the series.

I don't care what religion (or lack therof) a character practices, as long as they are well written and believable (and not prone to proselytizing to the reader). Ash Rashid is a great character to read about and feel connected to as a fellow human be
Christine bonner
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book about Detective Ash Rashid, he is now doing talks to people with the D.A.R.E team, he is on his way home when he comes up to a crash car, the people inside the car are both dead, he is the first officer at the scene and he starts helping find the killer and look for the person that was taken when she tried to help. He get a letter from Kostya Bukoholov who is a Russian Mafia( it was his daughter that was killed in the car) which leads him to a few places that have kidnapped ...more
Eileen Goudge
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got hooked on the series reading Book 1, THE ABBEY. The protagonist, Det. Ash Rashid, is an interesting character--deeply flawed but really smart and a good guy at heart. A Muslim cop in Indianapolis? The premise alone is intriguing. In this title, Book 2 of the series, he's solving crimes while fasting for Ramadan. I love the interweaving of his professional and personal lives, where the lines are sometimes blurred but his moral compass is true. I would still give the edge to Book 1. This one ...more
SB Morales
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This was an interesting multicultural investigative story. I enjoyed the main character's inner struggle. I haven't read any other in the series, so it may be that without that information I wasn't as prepared for this story. He come up on an accident and with an inexperienced detective he directs other officers on what to do on the scene. Ash is a Muslim alcoholic police officer trying to hold his life together. It's well written story and clearly has a direction. The cliffhanger I didn't love, ...more
Jay Williams
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An exciting story of police personalities, organized crime and human trafficking that quickly engrosses the reader and takes them for a wild ride. Ash, the protagonist, is a Muslim, a family man, a degreed lawyer and a police detective whose sense of ethics keeps him in continuous hot water with his peers and superiors. He is also a recovering alcoholic, and his battle to stay clean underlies most of the story, as one emotional event after another makes it difficult for him to stay clean. The en ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By Any Means was the first Chris Culver novel I have read and I was not disappointed! Great characters, fantastic writing, and a storyline that keeps flowing. I like that its part of a series, but it also works by itself. The main character, Ash Rashid, is interesting. His personal struggles as an alcoholic Muslim trying to balance family and being a police officer adds depth to the story and provides a unique character that readers probably haven't experienced before. I added the other books in ...more
Kat Dietrich
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
By Any Means by Chris Culver is the 3rd in a series starring Detective Ash Rashid.

Although Detective Rashid is now in the Community Relations Department for stepping on too many toes, he ends up back in homicide when he stops to check out a routine car accident. As usual, he ends up right in the middle of a kidnapping/murder/human trafficking case, and he can't stop now.

Another fast-paced crime novel. Culvers' character descriptions are great, and the routine never gets old. Definitely a fan of
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
By Any Means is an interesting police story set in Indiana, about Detective Ashraf Raskid. I really enjoyed the characters and situations that Mr Culver gave us in this book. From reading the story I knew there were more in this series and I had intended to read them. However, even though the "police business" was wrapped up Mr Culver leaves us hanging in regards to Ash's future plans. I don't care for books that end basically making you buy more to see what happens. I received a copy of this st ...more
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Chris Culver is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ash Rashid series of mysteries. After graduate school, Chris taught courses in ethics and comparative religion at a small liberal arts university in southern Arkansas. While there and when he really should have been grading exams, he wrote The Abbey, which spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller's list and introduced the wor ...more

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