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Neil Cross

Autor(a) de Luther: The Calling

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Obras por Neil Cross

Luther: The Calling (2011) 248 exemplares
Burial (2010) 109 exemplares
Always the Sun (1853) 99 exemplares
Captured (2010) 97 exemplares
Mama [2013 film] (2013) — Screenwriter — 76 exemplares
Natural History (2007) 44 exemplares
Mr In Between (1998) 35 exemplares
Holloway Falls (2003) 32 exemplares
Heartland (2005) 32 exemplares
Luther: Season 2 (2011) — Writer — 18 exemplares
Christendom (1999) 15 exemplares
Luther: The Complete Series [seasons 1-4] (2019) — Screenwriter — 15 exemplares
Luther: Season 3 (2013) — Writer — 13 exemplares
Luther: Season 1 (2014) — Writer — 10 exemplares
Luther Series 1-3 (2014) 9 exemplares
Luther: The Complete First & Second Seasons (2017) — Screenwriter; Creator — 8 exemplares
Luther: Season 4 (2016) — Writer — 8 exemplares
Luther (2010) 7 exemplares
I resti di lei (2012) 3 exemplares
The Sister (2021) — Creator — 2 exemplares
Episode 1 - Luther, Season 1 (2010) 1 exemplar
The Fixer: The Complete Second Season — Writer — 1 exemplar
The Burning (1978) 1 exemplar

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Luther: The Calling by Neil Cross is a 2011 Simon & Schuster publication.

My DH and I watched every Luther episode ever made- all without the benefit of having read this book first. While I kept intending to read it- I never quite managed to work it into my schedule… until I noticed it was part of the KU program. I immediately borrowed it, super excited by the prospect of getting to read a ‘Luther’ story.

I will confess, though, that both my husband and I were occasionally put off by the show due to the very dark nature of the plotlines. It seems we’ve both mellowed just a bit over the years. So, though I was somewhat prepared for a dark, gritty crime thriller I was not ready for the descriptions of one of the most heinous sorts of crimes out there. I had to take a few breaks before I was able to complete the novel.

This book is basically the setup for the series- the case that nearly breaks the unorthodox John Luther. This meant that “Alice” had not come along just yet- and I was a bit disappointed she was not a part of this book. I always thought the series was better when she was a part of it.

That said, John Luther is a flawed, complicated character-an anti-hero type who flaunts the rules and manages to somehow come out of it with his job still intact. The book is well-written and executed and is unflinchingly realistic at times- from the graphic depictions of the crimes and the criminals- but also the corruption and vigilantism. I am disappointed to see that a planned follow-up has never materialized. I’d love to see more installments in the series, even though I found this one a bit hard to get through due to its graphic nature and subject matter.

Overall, I was glad I finally got around to reading this book. I wish I’d done so before watching the show, though, as I feel it would have given me a better understanding of John’s actions in that first season. Even if you have not seen the show- if you like dark, twisted, gritty crime thrillers this is one you might want to consider.

4 stars
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gpangel | 19 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |
Sam is a widow and Father of Jamie his wife Justine recently dies.
Sam and Jamie move away from London to Sam's original home town.
They see more of Sam's sister Mel.
Sam has a job working in Social care at a local Mental hospital he doesn't really like it.
Jamie is getting bullied at school, Sam talks to the bullys Dad a man called Dave Hooper, it backfires and then the Hooper family make life a misery for Sam and Jamie.
Sam speaks to Mels ex husband Unca Frank he knows some dodgy folk.
They teach Dave Hooper a lesson nearly kill him.
Jamie gets left alone, Mel falls out with Sam. Things are ok for while then saddly Jamie kills himself.

Good but very sad book.
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½
 
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Daftboy1 | 4 outras críticas | Sep 26, 2023 |
Hard-boiled. That's what they used to call this sort of thing. I guess they still do. In any event, this is hard-boiled, even brutal, detective fiction. Sparse, hard-hitting prose. Gritty, realistic characters and settings. Bad, bad, bad guys. Basically decent, but driven cops that sometimes cross the line in order to get the bad guys and protect the innocent. Classic hard-boiled.

DCI (that's Detective Chief Inspector - this is a British novel, through and through) John Luther first came to life as a television character for the BBC. This novel, written by the show's creator and writer, is a prequel to the series, showing that the detective was just as driven, just as brilliant, before those episodes. It also shows a man tormented to the point that he cannot sleep and he can no longer connect with his wife. He is a driven man. Driven to use his powers of deduction and insight to find a serial killer. A killer that is stealing children for purposes that are beyond the imaginings of even DCI Luther. From page one you know he will not let up until he tracks down the fiend. Until the last page you do not know if he will succeed or destroy himself trying. Or perhaps both.

This is top-flight writing. As I said above, the prose is sparse and hard hitting and will keep you turning pages. Not a book for the squeamish. It's written in the present tense, which adds to the immediacy and probably reflects its origins in television. Highly recommended for those that can take it.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.
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zot79 | 19 outras críticas | Aug 20, 2023 |
Gross content. Just seems like the author wants to shock people with depravity. Did not finish.
 
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cjordan916 | 19 outras críticas | Aug 8, 2023 |

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Membros
888
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ISBN
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