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Ghost in the Machine: A serial killer detective thriller (DC Scott Cullen Crime Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ed James
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‘Classic Scottish noir: bad food, bad moods, too much booze and tight plots’ @ey0k1, Twitter

For fans of Ian Rankin, Stuart McBride and Christopher Brookmyre, Ghost in the Machine is the novel that introduced readers to ambitious maverick Detective Constable Scott Cullen, whose series has set the bestseller charts alight.


With a messy divorce behind her, Caroline Adamson’s future is finally looking up. But after her mutilated body is found, police think Caroline’s ex-husband is the main suspect.

When one murder becomes three, Edinburgh faces up to the fact that it might have a serial killer in its midst. Then DC Scott Cullen of Lothian and Borders CID starts to question his superiors. Could the answer lie with Schoolbook, the latest social media craze to hit the city? Cullen has only been in the job for three months but he’s determined to prove himself, and equally as determined that the right person faces justice. As things take an even darker, personal turn, Cullen realises that he must look closer to home for the answer – before it’s too late.

A gritty, gripping and wholly satisfying modern crime novel, Ghost in the Machine asks the questions we don’t like to ask ourselves. Are we ever safe online, and how do we know who to trust?


Reviews for Ghost in the Machine

‘Rebus has a young pretender to his throne … [An] excellent read’ Andy Caskey, Amazon five-star review

‘Scott Cullen is superb … Excellent plot, brilliant location, realistic characters and great dialogues. You'd be mad not to try it. If you’re into the crime genre, Ed James is a must-have for your collection’ Brian Smith, Amazon five-star review

‘Fresh and exciting … Scott Cullen brings a wonderful energy to the world of the police procedural … I’ll definitely be reading more in the series’ nigelpbird.blogspot.co.uk

‘Up there with the best … managed to keep me guessing right to the end … Here’s hoping DC Scott Cullen has a long career in law enforcement’ Phil Moore, Amazon five-star review

‘Scary and topical. I loved it’ Rroberta Stableford, Amazon five-star review

‘Rankin for the X-box generation’ Noj, Amazon five-star review

Biographie de l'auteur

Ed James writes crime fiction, predominantly the Scott Cullen series of police procedurals set in Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians. Ed also writes science fiction and mainstream fiction, but with a crime bent. Ed lives in the East Lothian countryside, 25 miles east of Edinburgh, with his girlfriend, six rescue moggies, two retired greyhounds and a flock of ex-battery chickens. He works in IT, but doesn't wear sandals or have a beard. His blog - edjamesauthor.com - is a log of his work, his thoughts on his writing, and a place for his word count OCD to express itself. His music tastes will creep in now and again.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Ghost Machine by Ed James 3 juillet 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I haven't yet finished this book and don't know if I will as it's not exactly riveting. Banal story line, lots of vulgarity, unlikeable characters.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent 22 avril 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I didn 't know the author at all but really enjoyed the book .Kept me in suspense until the last minute
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A four and a half star read 25 mai 2012
Par Avid Reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Ghost in the Machine by Ed James is a well thought out and well conceived police procedural. The fact that we see events unfold through the eyes of one of the lowest cogs in the policing wheel makes for a refreshing change.

Scott Cullen, just a lowly DC, has many things to worry about, not least of which is his career path. But his desire for promotion doesn't stop him from following his hunches, even when told categorically not to do so by his very annoying boss, DI Bain.

Of all the characters in this novel, only Bain felt a touch unreal. I felt his constant carping comments, although probably okay in moderation, were overdone. In these days of PC policing, I wasn't convinced Bain would get away with his attitude and insults. This feeling did interfere with my enjoyment from time to time. I would strongly advise the author to tone it down slightly for the next in the series.

The use of settings to evoke both location and atmosphere is very well done. I felt as if I was right there with Scott as he moved from place to place.

Without giving away too much of the plot, it's safe to tell you that a missing person case quickly turns into a hunt for a serial killer. There aren't that many twists and turns, but finding out who the guilty party might be isn't at all straightforward. The killer's identity only becomes obvious quite late in the novel.

There is a nice use of social media to tie the victims and suspects together and we get to see how such sites work from both user and provider points of view. I'm pleased to say the technology wasn't overpowering, as is sometimes the case when an author knows more than the reader. James used just enough techie info to make us part of the investigation but stopped well short of showing off.

There are a few minor editing issues - some words missing, others repeated. Punctuation awry in places. A bit of repetition. Nothing that a good editor wouldn't have fixed in a jiffy. This, and my feeling that Bain wasn't quite as credible as the rest of the cast, is all that troubled me with the book.

If there had been a four and a half star option on Amazon and Goodreads, that's what I'd have given. I'd definitely read another one in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All the elements of a really good mystery 7 juin 2012
Par J. Weight - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I was asked by the author to read and review this book.

This is the first in a series centering around Scott Cullen, a detective constable (DC) at Lothian and Borders. For us Yanks, that's in Edinburgh, Scotland. It's a good introduction to the character, a single man only recently promoted to the CID (Criminal Investigation Division) as a DC, who still lives with other singles in a shared flat. One thing I liked about this story is Scott's co-workers are easily recognizable: the guy who puts his boot in your back while trying to ascend the ladder ahead of you, the guy you can't ever seem to find when you need him but you suspect he's not where he ought to be because he's not doing what he's supposed to be doing, the lazy ass whose work you never quite trust, the handful of people who are dedicated and whose work you can trust is done right; and, for Scott, the attractive woman who makes him feel a bit awkward. Top it off with the boss from hell and Scott has quite enough on his plate without the complication of a one-night stand with his ex-girlfriend's flatmate, who seems to be under the impression they have something much more serious going on. You'll also recognize Scott's reaction from so many men you know (or, if you're a man, possibly in yourself), because obviously he's both puzzled by her assumptions and frightened by the hint of commitment to something more than casual sex.

This book also combines one of my favorite elements: technology. Apparently, the killer is using a local social network to meet these women and then kill them. There's cell phone tracking, throwaway phones, IP tracing, scrounging through the private and proprietary databases of the social network (I'm wondering how long it would've taken to get permission to do that here in the U.S.), and something I've encountered in other stories based in the U.K. - surveillance cameras. For some reason, I find those cameras and their use endlessly fascinating, probably because here in the U.S. we'd find them a horrible invasion of our privacy.

There are plenty of twists and turns, more people disappearing, and more bodies turning up. DC Cullen relentless keeps pulling at threads, trying to unravel the identity of the murderer, while dealing with his DI, who has already picked his killer and just wants his team to find proof that he is, indeed, actually the murderer. It was a good read and the fact that I feel asleep while trying to finish it isn't a reflection on the book itself, but on my desire to find out how it ended while ignoring the obvious signs of complete exhaustion!

I do admit that the local references, and the differences between the language spoken in Edinburgh and the language spoken in the United States slowed me down. While appearing to be the same language, I sometimes felt I was translating a foreign language, and there were bits that completely threw me for a loop. However, I don't feel it detracts from the story. I'm sure someone who speaks the Edinburgh version of English will spend less time trying to figure some things out than I did, but I still recommend it for those of us who speak the US version of English. :-)

Priced at $0.99, this book is a great deal. I'm looking forward to the next installment, and getting to know DC Scott Cullen and his co-workers better.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Profanity Plus 1 février 2014
Par Mary Anne Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I generally don't mind some profanity but there was so much in this book that it felt like it was being used as filler. I found some of the characters to be written as being more stupid than possible and so unbelievable. The plot was interesting but the book was not enjoyable to read.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Dull 23 février 2013
Par Antigone Walsh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This dull novel is a police procedural populated with unlikeable and inept characters. The story holds some promise. A young mother is lured to her death by an internet love interest. Scott Cullen, a young and ambitious Scottish DC, is called to investigate. The woman's arrogant banker ex-husband seems a likely suspect. But Cullen has some niggling doubts even as the body count rises. The constellation of brutally murdered women revolves around the ex. Cullen is pressured by his Superior Bain to support the case against the ex. His future with the police department is at risk and Cullen must deal with conflicting emotions concerning his career choices, his comely colleague and securing justice.

I did not care for this book. The police are stupid, lazy and incompetent, mishandling and missing crucial evidence. Bain, the superviser, is insulting, rude and incompetent. Cullen isn't much better demonstrating the unsavory combination of self-righteousness, anger and arrogance. The victims are throw aways. The reader knows them only as victims, not as people whose loss should be mourned. I identified the doer at first appearance. There were too many inconsequential characters and the Scottish slang was at times hard to decipher.

I slogged though this novel to the bvitter and unsatisfying end. The story did pick up a bit at the end but not enough to justify the investment of time reading it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Really good stuff 19 janvier 2013
Par critters - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I really enjoyed this unusual mystery. While the crux of the story is technological, it's not overdone so as to lose a relatively savvy reader. There isn't really graphic violence (not even with 4 people being murdered) and no graphic sex. I have to say I just ordered the second book, despite being a poor slob with no job, so that's how good I thought this one was!!
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