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By Any Means [Format Kindle]

Chris Culver

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"This is a first-class cop novel [with] richly portrayed contextual details [and] the author works, with great success, to bring freshness to the genre's conventions: the hero's greenhorn partner, the meddlesome feds, the surly superior, the worried wife...Culver's skill makes all this obsessively readable."―Booklist

"Intricately plotted...Readers will look forward to seeing more of the complex Ash."―Publisher's Weekly

"Ultimately, the reason to come to this book and stay is Rashid...His navigation through the [criminal justice] system--and his own heart--is ultimately what makes The Outsider such a joy to read...This and future volumes should be snapped up as quickly as the author can write them."―BookReporter.com

"What elevates and sets The Outsider apart from so many other mystery novels out there is the intriguing Muslim-American detective Ash Rashid and the heartland Indianapolis location -- both gutsy choices. Chris Culver is a writer to watch for years to come."―C.J. Box, New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Point and The Highway

"The Outsider is a smart and compelling crime novel, and Ash Rashid is a tough yet tender-hearted hero. Chris Culver is a daring new voice in crime fiction. Highly recommended."―Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Downfall

"A tale that offers...novelty within a standard cops versus drug dealers plot."―Publishers Weekly on The Abbey

"Ash's struggles to resist the temptations of alcohol, forbidden by his Muslim faith, add depth to his character. Readers will be curious to see what happens to him in his next outing."―Publishers Weekly on The Outsider

Présentation de l'éditeur

At the end of a particularly gruelling 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 twenty 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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1199 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 411 pages
  • Editeur : Sphere (28 août 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HP4HA9I
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Detective Story :) 7 mai 2014
Par quibecca - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
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 with a known criminal.

Kostya Bukoholov is a bad guy. Plain and simple. He finds out that his daughter has been killed and goes into action. He is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his daughters murderer to justice. He has not qualms about stepping outside the lines of "legal" means. Like I said he is a bad guy. He gets results. I will give him that. As a mother, I think I can totally see where he is coming from. I would hope I had the control to let the authorities take care of it, but when my kids are in trouble my "mad momma bear" kicks in. I am a little irrational. hehe! I think Kostya is the same way. Just on a much deeper level. He has dealt with evil many times.

The way things unwind in this book are so great. I thought Ash was a great character. He loved his wife. I think that is probably why I liked him so much. In the book even when he is having a really bad day, he always thinks about his wife, and does all he can for his family. It's such a nice change from all the bad father/guy stories out there.

Ash is a great detective. He thinks about things that others don't and is sometimes willing to step outside the "line" to get results.

I have often wondered if I would be able to handle being married to a Police Man. I would be terrified every day that they wouldn't come home. Ash had a way of getting himself into situations, because he is unwilling to accept defeat.

It seemed like when one thing was on the verge of being resolved another element entered and made it more exciting. While the pieces come together it made me sit on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen.

The lengths that Ash goes to, to find a missing girl make you really root for him as a detective. Even if he is working and getting his information from "bad guy" Bukoholov. He knows someone is in trouble, and he will go to any lengths (even out of his jurisdiction) to solve the mystery.

If you like mystery, and detective stories, this book is a good one to pick up. It's an intriguing story with twists and turns, that kept me guessing. I really enjoy that :).

Source: Thanks Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to review this novel. It was such a great read. I was not compensated in any way for this review, these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfectly Paced, Edge of My Seat Thrill Ride 13 mai 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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 pulls him right back into the life as a detective. The mystery slowly begins to unfold but Culver is not going to give you more than a little at a time. Ash thinks outside the box and that's why he's respected and needed in this case. While he's walked away from the detective life in favor of the classroom, he hasn't lost his touch.

I liked the depth Culver went to developing Ash's character and showing his issues but also his good sides as a family man who loved his wife. Culver also made you feel for the missing woman in this story and her family. The depths Ash goes to in finding her and the amount of heart he puts into it make him endearing and you will find yourself cheering him on and hoping against hope for the best possible outcome.

Just when things seem to be going in one direction towards a certain resolution, a U-turn will get flipped on you and you are left with a mystery. I really appreciated Culver's style of writing and how it was simplistic yet intricate and complex at the same time. It made for a perfect, edge of my seat read in By Any Means.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than three stars but not quite four 13 mai 2014
Par Gordon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Chris Culver can create a literary atmosphere where the unexpected not only occur frequently, but also develop and unravel with mystery and intrigue.

His protagonist, Ashraf (Ash) Rashid, a Muslim, a law school graduate, and former homicide detective, is now a community relations officer who stumbles upon a minor fender-bender automobile accident on his way home from his normal work shift. Upon closer inspection of this accident he sees two dead bodies in the front seat and immediately summons backup. All he really wants to do is have backup arrive on scene quickly so he can join his family for Ramadan. This is the jumping off point for a fast and furious pace that does not let up while the storyline speeds through tight curves that just build and build until the story is almost something else.

There is a suicide, a hostage situation, a house burning, Russian thugs, illegal immigration, a few murders, PTSD issues, kidnapping, human trafficking, drugs, a rural meth lab, torture, money laundering, dirty politics and some rough and tough backhands.

Culvert’s writing technique is quite unique because it becomes so many different storylines that are all well connected to and expanded from the initial incident, the fender-bender. His good and characters even have human feelings, but the bad ones are dangerous and hard-hitting who use a scorched earth approach of interrogation.
They get the answers they are looking by showing their victims some compassion and they even team up with law enforcement to achieve their ruthless ends.

Even Rashid is a self-contained contradiction. He is a semi-recovering alcoholic (if there is such a thing), Muslim as well as a family man who often places work above family obligations. These are just a few of his incongruities. But he is also a highly effective police officer who uses compassion in a well-intended way that gets necessary results. Above all, he always has good intentions, that at times are not interpreted by his family and coworkers as such.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The BEST YET - From Chris Culver 15 juillet 2014
Par William Dahl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Really...REALLY enjoyed this novel!

I'm now a fan of Chris Culver's work - and his Detective Ash Rashid series. Twists, turns, ups, downs, upside down, human, realism, counter-intuitive thriller. This might have been my most favorite yet! I CANNOT WAIT for the next novel in this series.

GREAT plot, superb dialog, stellar literary talent - and a page turning/page burning drama. Expect the unexpected with Chris Culver. Could NOT put this one down. Some novels beckon to readers - even when you're away from reading. BY ANY MEANS had this impact on me.

Enjoy By Any Means! I most certainly did. Trust me - you will too!

The BEST yet - From Chris Culver
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Police Mystery With A Cultural Twist 12 mai 2014
Par Sally912 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Ash Rashid, an Indiana Police officer, now spends his days giving speeches at the local elementary schools instead of walking the beat, because of police procedure due to a problem he has had in the past with alcoholism. He feels his career is all but over until one day on his way home from work he comes upon a car accident, and makes a gruesome discovery. The couple didn’t die from the accident… they were shot execution-style. He suddenly finds himself back in the midst of working homicide that is filled with twists and turns that sometimes caused him to seek help from some unsavory characters.

Although I felt at times the dialogue waned bit, I found it to be a pretty fast-paced book filled with lots suspense and intrigue. I also found it interesting that a Muslim was a recovering alcoholic. He struggled daily to find a balance in his family life, spiritual life, work and his desire to hit the bottle again. I also found it interesting to read about Ramadan and the Muslim culture and see how well it was incorporated into the story line. If you enjoy police procedural mysteries….this is a must read.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this Book by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, through Net Galley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
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