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Fifth Columnist (JJ Stoner #5)

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An action-packed quick thriller featuring covert operative JJ Stoner, who uses sharp blades and blunt instruments to discreetly solve problems for the UK government. In Fifth Columnist, a bent copper is compromising national security but none of the evidence will stand up in court. That’s exactly why men like Stoner operate in the shadows, ready to terminate the target onc ...more
ebook, 50 pages
Published September 14th 2016 by The Cosmic Bike Co Ltd
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Kevin Ansbro
“Don’t even pretend to yourself that you could fight me, because you can’t, or that you can come back when I’m not here and cause my friend unhappiness. You’d need to kill me first.”

This is a very short story, an amuse bouche in readiness for other works by this writer of hard-boiled noir.
From the get-go, we have here the makings of a cracking thriller: the war-hardened state assassin, a MILFish Detective Chief Inspector (who I immediately imagined to look like Helen Mirren), and a condescendi
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Shervin Jamali
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
A romping, stomping fun read!

It's hard for an author to pack a lot of what passes for trusted formulas into a novella or short story based on the length that they are working with. Protagonists need not have a great deal of depth and development, as long as they are interesting and likable. And the story has to progress at a fast pace. Westworth has covered these bases well. JJ Stoner is an interesting character, a no-nonsense straight shooter who has a job to do, no questions asked and no unnec
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Col
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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An action-packed quick thriller featuring covert operative JJ Stoner, who uses sharp blades and blunt instruments to discreetly solve problems for the UK government. In Fifth Columnist, a bent copper is compromising national security but none of the evidence will stand up in court. That’s exactly why men like Stoner operate in the shadows, ready to terminate the target once an identity is confirmed…

Fifth Columnist is a quick thriller, an hour’s intrigue and entertainment. It
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David Baird
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I actually read Fifth Columnist last year not long after it was released but I've been waiting to review it until I had the time to read it again as part of The Stoner Stories collection. Look out for that review soon :).

Fifth columnist is the fifth tale in the JJ Stoner short stories. The author has also wrote two full length novels that feature some of the characters but I’ve not had a chance to read them yet and can confirm it didn't affect how much I enjoyed or understood these short stories
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Wendy Cartmell
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Fifth Columnist, a bent copper is compromising national security but none of the evidence will stand up in court. That’s exactly why men like Stoner operate in the shadows, ready to terminate the target once an identity is confirmed…
Oh my, this book surely packs a punch. A covert operative determined to keep his distance from the British policewoman he’s working with. He’s a last resort. Mostly silent, definitely enigmatic, a man of few words yet always on hand. Known only as ‘Sarge’ DCI Hann
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Breakaway Reviewers
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yet Another Barnstorming Short Story

An action-packed quick thriller featuring covert operative JJ Stoner, who uses sharp blades and blunt instruments to discreetly solve problems for the UK government. In Fifth Columnist, a bent copper is compromising national security but none of the evidence will stand up in court. That’s exactly why men like Stoner operate in the shadows, ready to terminate the target once an identity is confirmed.

Fifth Columnist is an excellent couple of hours' entertainment
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Nik Morton
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a crime short story by Frank Westworth. It also serves as an introduction to his novel The Redemption of Charm, as there’s an extract at the end of the story.

These books are labelled as for an adult audience, as they contain explicit language and scenes of a sexual and violent nature.

I was soon sucked into the story, which was about a British army sergeant being hired for a hit by, of all people, the police.

The one-liners come thick and fast, there’s innuendo and some great enjoyable w
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Frank Westworth shares several characteristics with his literary anti-hero, JJ Stoner: they both play mean blues guitar and ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Unlike Stoner, Frank hasn't deliberately killed anyone. Instead, Frank edits a monthly classic motorcycle magazine (see RealClassic.co.uk) and has written extensively for the UK motoring press.
Frank's ‘Killing Sisters’ series starts with 'A L
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