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Marked for Death

(Killer Intent #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A thrilling follow-up to one of 2018’s hottest debuts, Killer Intent

When London’s legal establishment is shaken to its foundation by the grisly crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice, Detective Chief Inspector Joelle Levy is tasked with finding his killer. With fifty years of potential enemies to choose from, only the identical murder of former solicitor Adam Blunt
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Elliott & Thompson Ltd
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Paromjit
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not the read the first in this series of Killer Intent by Tony Kent, but I really wished I had because this was so good, and whilst there are plentiful references to previous events, it still works well as a standalone. This is a brilliant fast paced thriller which just does not let up on the action front. Michael Devlin is a young QC barrister plagued by insecurites that he has not really earned his silks as he takes the lead as the defending counsel for the young Simon Kash on trial for ...more
Sandy
Yeesh….after finishing this I’m not sure which I need more. A drink or a nap? This is a fast paced thriller with 2 story lines that battle for your attention. At the centre of it all are barrister Michael Devlin & his fiancée Sarah Truman, a well known TV reporter.

Devlin has his hands full after he’s handed a murder trial on short notice. HIs client is a quiet young man unwilling to participate in his own defence. Is he guilty or just too scared to name the real killer?

DCI Joelle Levy also
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Linda Strong
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Retired Lord Chief Justice is the first to die. He was elderly, he was tortured, he was crucified. Former solicitor Adam Blunt was also killed in the same way. How many more will die?

News reporter Sarah Truman investigates on her own, not knowing that the trail will lead straight back to her fiance Barrister Michael Devlin.

DCI Joelle Levy is tasked to find this killer. There are 50 years of potential suspects .. people charged, imprisoned by the dead men.

Michael Devlin is in the middle of a
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Linda Strong
Retired Lord Chief Justice is the first to die. He was elderly, he was tortured, he was crucified. Former solicitor Adam Blunt was also killed in the same way. How many more will die?

News reporter Sarah Truman investigates on her own, not knowing that the trail will lead straight back to her fiance Barrister Michael Devlin.

DCI Joelle Levy is tasked to find this killer. There are 50 years of potential suspects .. people charged, imprisoned by the dead men.

Michael Devlin is in the middle of a
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Liz Barnsley
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling follow up is spot on. Killer Intent was an excellent read, with a lot of edge of the seat action and introducing two brilliant characters Michael Devlin and Sarah Truman who luckily for readers are back in this fantastic sequel.
Marked for Death is actually different in a lot of ways with much of the action taking place within a dramatic courtroom trial. Around that Michael has to deal with an old enemy who is hell bent on revenge. This makes for a right proper page turner with some
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Kate
Really excellent follow up to Killer Intent and arguably even better, which is no mean feat. Wonderfully plotted, horrifying in places and hugely exciting. The pages fly through the fingers. It's also good to see the return of journalist Sarah and barrister Michael. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Elaine Tomasso
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Elliot & Thompson for an advance copy of Marked for Death, the second novel to feature London based barrister Michael Devlin and reporter Sarah Truman.

When former Lord Chief Justice, Phillip Longman, is brutally murdered in his own home DCI Joelle Levy of The Met is put in charge of the high profile investigation but her workload doesn’t end there when she also has to investigate a gangland massacre. Reporter Sarah Truman is covering the investigations and
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Andy Wormald
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to pick up a arc at the Harrogate Crime Festival,

Following on from the stunning debut novel Killer Intent, Tony Kent returns with another explosive high octane crime thriller Marked for Death which reunites us with Sarah Truman and Michael Devlin.

Beginning with the crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice, Sarah finds herself assigned to the story, meanwhile her now fiancée Michael has to try to prove the innocence of a man charged with murder, little do they know how fate and
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Yvonne
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not one for reading the synopsis immediately before I start reading a book or the author bio for that matter, I usually leave it till the end. For some reason, I decided to read both beforehand. It made me wonder how much of the authors’ experiences would show in his story and also how would they come across to me as a reader. He is a Barrister, Ex-Boxer and Crime Writer, well that’s an impressive resume! Well, I immediately felt that the author had an advantage, the legal stuff (stuff is ...more
Kay Woolford
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second book in a week I've finished that part of a series I'll need to look for the first.

All in all it was a good book. It was a bit of a slow read as I kept getting confused with the many different professional names and titles.

But the twists and turns kept me reading and I enjoyed all of them. Some of them I could guess and some I couldn't which kept the book interesting.

The main character is an interesting chap, with a mixed back ground, rough and professional. It was a good contrast to
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Benjamin
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding!

Killer Intent was one of if not my most favourite book of 2018, well I can now say Tony Kent you have gone beyond my expectations of you as an author. In my opinion Marked For Death was better then Killer Intent so thank you. I am so pleased you continued to follow Michael and Sarah and I loved the introduction of Levy. Pleased to hear in the Acknowledgements that we will be seeing more of Joe Dempsey in Book 3.

Until then, thank you Tony Kent.
Neil  Watson
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Follow up to Killer Intent
Michael Devlin is back along with girlfriend Sarah as along with Joelle Levy of the Mets tactical team search for the killer of Lord Chief Justice and a couple of well known lawyers and a London gangster and his gang.
Shocking brutal twists and turns police murdered doing their jobs Devlin shows he is no 10 stone amateur.
Carol Butler
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley for a copy of this book however I don't really like to give negative views, but it did start well and thought this is going to be a good novel, but after the 1st few chapters it seemed to wander in places and the characters could have done with a bit more polish. I have given 3* but I felt that it was pushing it a bit, it seemed that the QC bit of a big head obviously has won some very important cases before went off on a tangent and I did wonder at one time ...more
Karen Peterman
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was just brilliant - a really clever courtroom drama / thriller / police chase. Highly recommend it to anyone who likes a murder mystery. It’s apparently the second novel to feature Irish barrister Michael Devlin and American TV reporter Sarah Truman but it works well as a stand-alone too - I haven’t read Tony Kent’s previous book.

The gruesome murder and crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice is investigated by Detective Chief Inspector Joelle Levy who like Michael Devlin is a great
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CriminalRepurcussions
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
My first Tony Kent read. A Boxer Lawyer Author who writes a legal 'thriller' ought to be credible and accurate, even for Crime Fiction genre. Also some humility would go a long way. The 'chapter' of longwinded Acknowledgements which follow this almost-textbook obsessively over-informative story is a clue that too much can be too much, and off-putting to pick up his next book.
Throughout, the author displays his knowledge of physical training and fighting technique, usually referring back to some
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Maggie Kiely
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Killer Intent book one from this author and book 2 has proved just as compelling
A retired Lord Chief Justice is the first to be tortured and brutally murdered. Soon after another from the legal profession is murdered in the same way.
Detective Chief Inspector Joelle Levy is on the case but she also has other serious fish to fry with shoot outs ‘O.K. Corral style’ between Police and criminals on the streets of South London.
Sarah Truman top Journalist at ITV News is investigating on her
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Annette
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great follow up to Tony Kent’s debut novel, Killer Internet and is about the same characters, maverick barrister, Michael Devlin and his fiancée, reporter Sarah Truman.
Sarah is investigating the cruel murder of an aged judge in his own home when the trail leads her to Michael. The late judge was a friend of Michael’s pupil- master and dear friend, Reid who is himself devastated by the murder.
When the killer murders again in the same cruel way Michael, Sarah and Joelle Levy, the
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Kate Ashton
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A superb thriller with intelligent writing giving us depth of both story and characters ... really classy stuff. Lawyer Michael Devlin and journalist Sarah Truman were featured in the author’s previous book Killer Intent, but the book stands extremely well alone if you’ve not yet read the previous one (although I recommend it as a really good read!)

There are two or three interwoven storylines. Barrister Michael takes centre stage in a courtoom drama that stands out as one of the best in its
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jeff popple
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tony Kent's first novel 'Killer Intent' was a sparkling entry on the British crime and thriller scene in 2018. He has now followed it up with an equally good second novel, Marked For Death.

It once more features criminal barrister Michael Devlin and his fiancé, television reporter Sarah Truman, and introduces an interesting new character in the form of DCI Joelle Levy from the London Police Major Investigation Team. The story opens with the brutal murder, by crucifixion, of a well-respected
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Carole Gourlay
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me longer to get to the review than normal because I had to read Tony’s first book in the series before I could read this one. I’m so glad I did, this series is something else, lots of twists and turns, and plenty of book to get your teeth into.

I really like the characters too, Michael who has a chequered past, and is now a QC knows how to defend himself and is not afraid to do what he thinks right, a man to be admired. His girlfriend Sarah who he met in the previous book, works as a
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Kon Frankowski
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bloody hell. What a ride! Fast paced, well written, fantastically delivered. Amazing grittiness of Tony Kent’s style brings, combined with dynamic action and a bit of courtroom drama gave this book a flavour of Dan Brown meets John Grisham. And, as I said to Tony, I enjoyed it more than ‘Killer Intent’. Cannot wait for the next instalment. Tony’s style is developing. The vocabulary, the style, the development of main characters. You can clearly see there is a strategy and vision behind their ...more
Richard Mills
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book - loved it as much as the first (looking forward to the next one), although the ending was a little bit of an anti-climax (great twist though which I didn't see coming at all).My only real bugbear with this was the mention of an experimental helicopter - the Sikorsky RAH 66 Comanche - which, in the book, seems to be treated like a a Black Hawk or something similar (like the advanced stealth variant used in the Osama Bin Laden raid in Pakistan), whereas in reality it is a helicopter ...more
Chrissie
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marked for Death is a fast paced sometime scary Police Procedural/Court Drama I have not read the first in the series of Killer Intent but I wish I had and will make a point of looking out for it as this is such a brilliant story .It starts with the grisly murder of a retired Lord Chief Justice and the killings don't stop,add in gangland murders and a DCI trying to catch a killer and a QC trying to prove he is worthy of his silks by defending a young man who is on trial for a brutal murder and ...more
BeverleyR
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I struggled to get into this book for some time as there seemed to be so much going on and so many characters but it all.suddenly clicked into place and I then found it an absorbing read. The storyline has what is a good mix for me, strong characters, court room drama and chilling murders - what more could you want. The investigation of the initial murders takes a few twists and turns with a race to find the killer before he strikes again. When one of the key characters ...more
John Thurlbeck
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book! The storyline was gripping, the sub-themes beautifully plotted and the inclusion of an ex-Shin Bet operative as one of the senior police officers a clever expansion of the theme.

The characters were well-executed, in some cases almost literally. The villain of the piece was suitably manic and terrifying, and the hero of the day, shielding a shady past, revealed his inner dark side. I thought the development of the characters played out well, and the writing flowed well., with
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Brian Shuck
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don't worry that this is the second book of a series as this story stands quite well on its own. With a few references to the previous book but no more than any other setting up of characters backstory.
This crime thriller has two stories intertwined one a mainly courtroom drama, And the other an action suspense man hunt of a sick serial killer.
Both stories are well paced and with everything firmly established in the real world. All working out is shown and there are no mystery people that appear
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Sarah Robinson
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A grisly murder of a high profile figure, a gangster released from prison and we are into a story which is really difficult to put down. The temptation to read ‘just one more chapter’ is so strong it had me reading late into the night.
This is the second novel with Sarah Truman and Michael Devlin but it stands alone as a story and requires no knowledge of the first. The twists and turns of the plot are very clever and deliver a fantastic narrative. Thanks to netgalley and Elliot and Thompson for
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Di Paterson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It took me a little while to get into this book, but once I got going it was difficult to put down. I haven't read the first in the series, and while there are references to the happenings in it, this is a stand-alone story, and I didn't feel prejudiced in any way. The main characters are all very relatable and well-developed, and the storyline unfolded in a natural and easy manner, without being forced or contrived. I really enjoyed Tony Kent's writing style, and will look for the first and ...more
Jennifer Gottschalk
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gripping, tense and exhilarating, this one is in the 'impossible to put down' category.

It features a terrifying villain, complex (and complicated) protagonists and a mesmerising back-story. This one is a psychological / legal thriller that was thoroughly enjoyable.

Having said that it was not quite five star material. It's hard to say why this is the case without spoiling the story.

Overall it is highly recommended - especially if you are looking for a break from reality for a few hours.
Mary Crawford
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5. Michael finds himself involved in a current case and one from years ago. He and Sarah are now an established couple and life is good. When Micheal’s associates and close friends are murdered he needs to protect his family and save the the day. The start of the book builds the tension well and the new police character Joelle Levy works well. However the end of the story is rushed and a Knight in shining armour helps save the day and is included to suggest input for the next book(?). Will of ...more
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Tony Kent’s first novel, KILLER INTENT, was one of the ‘must reads’ of 2018. It was selected for the Zoe Ball Book Club and is now to be adapted for television, directed by the award-winning filmmaker Duncan Jones.

Tony Kent grew up in a close-knit Irish family in London and studied law in Scotland.

A top-ranking barrister, Tony’s case history includes prosecuting and defending many high-profile,
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