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Going Underground

(Jonathan Roper Investigates #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,214 ratings  ·  246 reviews
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Poking around in dark corners can be bad for your health. But Jonathan Roper has never let that sort of thing get in the way, and once he’s got the bit between his teeth there’s no stopping him - even when his own safety comes under threat. It makes him a wonderful detective and
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published May 16th 2017
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Alex ♈
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting suspense, unusual setting, engaging writing.

Two main characters: Brian Hooley, a Detective Chief Inspector, who leads the case; and Jonathan Roper, an autistic investigator with bright intellect, whose logic helps the police to investigate and solve the cases.

No romance, pure crime mystery.

3.5 stars
Ann Lou
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had me at Autistic Investigator.  Something different from my usual crime/thriller books. 

Jonathan is definitely unique.  I love him with his quirky ways and brilliant mind.  This book started with him being suspended in his last case but when an old billionaire goes missing and some body parts are found.  They need his help in solving the case.

Turns out, there's more to it than murder.  There's human trafficking, crazy ex military, science experiments, kidnapping and more.
Feb 07, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Kathi Defranc
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this story of detectives working a very interesting murder case with ties to new cancer treatment, extension of life and lab research into these areas. The main officers are Brian Hooley, an older officer who leads the case; and the detective he feels is a 'surrogate' son, Jonathan Roper, a young autistic man who's special intellect sees things differently but is able to use this to solve cases quickly. We are there to see first hand the troubles and triumphs realistically an ...more
The plotting is good. The characters are good. The punctuation and syntax, however, are horrible! I hope Mr. Leese continues to write and continues this series, but he desperately needs a good editor -- or even just a decent proofreader! Sentence fragments, unnecessarily hyphenated words, misplaced or missing commas, commas where they shouldn't be, and quotation marks run amok -- someone help this man!
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a self-published author who created a uniquely different investigative team with the inclusion of Roper, a young man with autism. He performs beautifully in this fast paced police procedural. The team is up against well-oiled criminals working on cure for cancer and longevity treatments that could be worth billions but at what cost?
The characters were developed well and the action believable and engaging. I intend to read the next book soon.
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
This was the first book in what is now a series of 4 books featuring autistic detective Jonathan Roper. It includes a series of crimes, murder, SAS force, mercenaries and unethical scientists. I thought it was a good police procedural despite my low rating. I was engaged in the plot which I thought convoluted, but lost my focus and feeling of suspense towards its conclusion.

The addition of an autistic investigator, Roper, to the police force was a welcome one. The author must have a
Bragi Thor
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
While the plot and characters are both interesting enough, it’s very difficult to focus on reading while plodding through probably the worst-spelled (or rather spelt, as the author is British) book I have ever read, and that from an author who works as a journalist. Besides the “your” vs “you’re” mistakes and others like them and the incredible inconsistensies in spelling (is it lap top or lap-top? Just decide, man!), it seems that the author has invented a completely new comma system, one that ...more
I really struggled with this book. The main character, Roper, just didn't work for me. There were two real quibbles: 1. the fact that he was a high-ranking officer in the Met (and yes, I know autism isn't a barrier to a career in the police force, but he seemed to lack the qualities needed), and 2. he lived in some ultra-modern hideously expensive apartment WAY beyond the salary of a policeman.

I didn't like the way he always seemed to be smiling (or beaming) It made him appear foolish and childl
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I tried hard. And I did, in fact, enjoy some of it. My spouse is on the autism spectrum, and I'm always excited to find books that deal with autistic adults as most autistic characters are children and people tend to forget that autistic children turn into autistic adults. I was especially excited to see that the author states that he is the father of an autistic child and so I thought: "Yay! He's going to get it right. He will portray this man in a way that show
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The crime plot itself is terrific, but the star here is autistic investigator Jonathan Roper who is not just a brilliant crime solver but also adds great humor to the story. Two more in the series and I’m hooked.

I highly recommend this to Peg, Molli and Robert.

Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Pat Camalliere
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love police procedurals and English mysteries and heard this was a good series with interesting main characters. I was disappointed. Jonathan Roper does have some interesting peculiarities and talents, and could be a good character, but I didn’t think the writer did a good job of creating a compelling character. I found Brian Hooley okay, but very similar to other English “coppers.” The story slogged along scene after scene without really letting the reader in on any real policework, just Rope ...more
Pratibha Pandey
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovable characters !

First , not just the lead character is different from the usual ones , but also the author has done a fantastic job to keep his autism as a part of his character but not too glaring excuse for every action. The other cast is a good support and there is plenty of humor in the book. The mystery part is good and the end was a little loose I feel but overall I really enjoyed this.
Dell Taylor
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
My rating: 2.5. I can see why this was self-published! It really did need an editor -- the spelling, punctuation and grammar were in serious need of an editor. The story relied on too many plot tricks and we, as the reader, had no idea what was going on -- many of the plot devices were just sprung on us -- not what I want or expect in a mystery or police procedural. Roper's autism really didn't work for me ... it just seemed like a device and very stereotypical. Too much emphasis on uninterestin ...more
Sheila Myers
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
In my normal way of rating books, I'd usually take off one point for books needing slightly more editing; however, I added back in that point for the fact Michael Leese created a completely unique character. I've read series by several authors who have created unique disabilities main characters have to overcome in order to do their jobs, but I was impressed by this one and the way Leese handled building the plot around the character. Thrilling and very interesting read.
The Cats’ Mother
This freebie from Amazon is the start of a series about Jonathan Roper, a London Detective who is high-functioning autistic, and his friend and very experienced colleague DCI Brian Hooley. I have accumulated a LOT off free ebooks thanks to the weekly bookbub emails, but tend to prioritise books I have paid for, and more recently NetGalley titles. This stood out though, because I liked the sound of a rather different sounding hero.

We meet Roper as he is allowed back to work after an investigation
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prime-koll, 2020
A pleasant surprise! I found the book through the Prime Reading program on Amazon. I'd actually borrowed it some time ago and it took a while to actually get to it. I am often somewhat disappointed in books that are in the program, though they tend to be, on average, better than ones that are purely Kindle Unlimited titles. The Prime Reading program is, at least, somewhat curated. Still, it can be a bit of a risk.

In this case, it paid off. Sure, there were some editing errors -- mostly commas in
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Superb Character Development!

Yes: a thriller in its own right.Very well-written. But more than that, I have in the course of 400 pages developed affinity, admiration and affection for Jonathan Roper. The plot admirably highlights his field of savant brilliance and the invaluable contribution he makes to investigations by colleagues who think he's odd. The author's own tribute to his son finds life and expression here - and I am thrilled to have joined the Roper brigade and will definitely be bac
gemma keylock
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable resd

I enjoyed reading this novel, the slightly aloof Roper was perfectly offset by his partner, and together proved a force for which you were rooting for.
A thoroughly easy read, and I don't say that in a negative way, perfect for absorbing yourself into and forgetting the world for a few hours. Hey, we all need a bit of that at times.
Genine Franklin-Clark
Annoying grammatical/spelling errors, rather good story. The writing will get better, I think?
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Good writing. Kept me guessing until the end. Also gave me some insight into autism.

This is the second Roper novel I’ve read and look forward t reading more.
DNF @ 28% I am so bored. Far too many books on my kindle to keep reading one I don't like.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Marian by: Ann
Solid crime mystery; original and quirky (Roper) and likable (Hooley) protagonists. Thanks for the recommendation, Ann!
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a great book. It was very interesting and being a retired Police Officer I enjoyed it. I just bought the book #2. The autistic Detective was a great character. Nice job Michael I loved it
J.J. Jorgens
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author’s hyperbolical description, the kind that seems to be required in the world of genre fiction, reads: “Murder…kidnapping…human trafficking…life extending bio medicines… Scotland Yard detectives forced to admit they are baffled following the disappearance of a massively wealthy philanthropist who seems to have vanished into thin air. This can only be a case for Jonathan Roper; on suspension for misconduct, the autistic detective is called back to duty with the Met’s Special Investigati ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019

After the murder of billionaire Sir James Taylor goes unsolved for a number of weeks, his powerful friends put pressure on certain individuals for the case to be handed over to the Special Investigations Unit run by Detective Assistant Commissioner Julie Mayweather and lead by DCI Brian Hooley. Hooley wants to reinstate Jonathan Roper, an autistic investigator suspended for his actions on a previous case. The two work together to solve Sir James’ murder which runs the gamut from kidnapping, huma
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fascinating detective story with an autistic protagonist, written with sympathy and with an almost Sherlockian style to him, well developed characters in a fast paced story make for an enjoyable story. I also very much enjoyed the high tech science aspect. I enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more from the author
Melissa Dinwiddie
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Fun Characters; Would Benefit from a Good Editor

An admirable first effort, with an appealing protagonist partnership: the antisocial autistic young genius, who can’t read body language or understand jokes, and the older DCI who takes him under his wing.

I only wish the author had invested in a good editor, as his excessive use of passive voice; telling, rather than showing the story; and countless punctuation problems (please, someone, lend me a comma!) detracted from what was otherwise a fairly
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are nuggets of great writing in this debut novel, buried under stilted dialogue, poor word choice (when did you last read someone described as having "dark black hair"?),
and awkward punctuation (damn, man,use commas!). Roper is a great character who needs to be more sharply drawn.

Debra Lagemann
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Michael Leese book and look forward to the next in the series. Being the parent of an adult child with Aspergers I especially appreciated experiencing this book. He brings so much humor into it, which is so needed. The DCI, Brian Hooley, insists on bringing Jonathan Roper into the case. Roper is a person with Autism, and most people cannot appreciate him, with all his quirks and apparent indifferences, his judgements and complete lack of a filter to ...more
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