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The American Policeman

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  5 reviews
After everything, there is peace. The Collective took London away from the gangs that terrorised the city after the plague and the slow terror of the Breakdown. The blood on the streets has dried. There is food, water and good housing. Everyone has work. But the meek have not inherited the earth. On a bitterly cold night a woman is brutalised and murdered, shattering the f ...more
Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published September 9th 2015
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Terry Tyler
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Book Review Team

I adored John Privilege's first novel, The Turning of the World, so leapt on this when it came out. I started to read it almost immediately, but couldn't get into it. Has that ever happened to you? You start to read a book you think you're going to love and it just doesn't 'speak' to you at all?

I left it. I started it again yesterday, two weeks later—and, from the first sentence, I found it unputdownable. Weird; I think I must have just bee
Cathy Ryan
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Set in London a few years after the pandemic which swept the globe (The Turning of the World) District Inspector Timothy Conlan, or Con as he prefers, is woken with the news that a body has been found. He is part of the District team of the New Metropolitan Police formed in the aftermath, along with a new government widely known as the Collective. In post apocalyptic London, and the south of the country, things have been running pretty smoothly since the Restoration, houses and areas of the deva ...more
Georgia Rose
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The opening paragraph of The American Policeman contains a sentence which starts off as one thing, ends as another and chills you as it progresses and whilst telling the reader everything, and immediately hooking you into the story, it gives nothing away. I love this about Privilege’s writing, his ability to slip in little snippets that hint at just what the character is feeling, like this.

‘Her dark eyes gleamed at him in the white light and he felt a familiar pressure on his chest. Her pleasure
B.A. Spicer
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given this book via Rosie’s Review Team in return for an honest review. I’d downloaded a sample, and wanted more.

The title intrigued me, as I love character-driven writing. Con, the American policeman, is convincingly drawn, foibles and all. His task - to capture a violent psychopath in a cleverly constructed post-apocalyptic London.

Privilege has a fluid style of writing, using dialogue effectively to fill out his characters. When we do get back story, this is slickly delivered for the mos
Thorne Moore
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a crime novel, in which murders stretch the limits of horror and gore – something I don’t usually enjoy – and I thought the denouement was a little flat. But underneath the crime element is a story of a dystopian London, where buildings, or some of them, may still stand, but present day society has been utterly destroyed by a series of catastrophes, including disease. In its place came first brutal gangland anarchy, and then a restoration of order by The Collective. In its offer of peace ...more
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