22gigantes.com - The #1 international bestseller.One day Tom Meron, a happily married father of two who’s never been in trouble, receives a phone call that will change his life forever: his friend Jack Calley, a high-flying city lawyer, is screaming down the phone for help. As Meron listens, Calley is murdered. His last words, spoken to his killer, are the first two lines of Meron’s address. Confused and terrified, Meron grabs his children and hurries out of the house as soon as he can. It is only just in time. Within minutes, a car pulls up outside, and three men get out. It’s clear that they’re coming for him. And with his wife missing, an unidentified corpse in her office, and the police after him for murder, his life’s about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Most helpful customer reviews 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. An improbable story that lacks pizzazz By TChris Software salesman Tom Meron describes himself as a dull guy with a dull job. He gets a call from an old friend, a successful attorney named Jack Calley. On the telephone, Meron hears Calley being murdered; with his dying breath, Calley gives the killer Meron's address. After discovering that his wife is missing from work, Meron is attacked by a man with a knife. Meron makes a harrowing escape before being arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife's university colleague, a woman named Vanessa Blake. Meron's wife, Kathy, is also a suspect in Blake's killing, given that her fingerprints are on the murder weapon.After this setup, the story shifts to Detective Inspector Mike Bolt, who is investigating the apparent suicide of a judge who was also Calley's client. Point of view then alternates between Meron's first person account of his odyssey and third person narratives that follow Bolt or the bad guys.Simon Kernick peppers the plot with mundane marital drama but fails to flesh out Kathy's character -- a serious omission in a novel that depends so much upon the reader's belief that she would act as she does. Supporting characters are mostly cops and former cops, including Tina Boyd, whose boyfriend died under mysterious circumstances after receiving a tip that revealed the motive for the high level murders. None of the characters have much personality; this is a novel that depends on plot rather than astute characterization. Unfortunately, the plot is problematic.The entire storyline struck me as improbable -- not an uncommon impression when reading a thriller, but this one requires the reader to accept a motivation for murder that is both contrived and unimaginative. The plot advances only because Meron makes some inexplicably stupid decisions: he doesn't call the police when he hears Calley being murdered, and he later runs from the police for no apparent reason. For a software salesman, Meron is also a remarkably adept fighter. The killer tries to make his murders look like suicides but he leaves identical suicide notes at the scenes of the crimes -- making him one of the stupidest murderers to grace the pages of a crime novel. A lawyer's shockingly unprofessional behavior makes little sense but the plot hinges upon it. Kathy's behavior is preposterous (for reasons I can't reveal without spoiling the novel's biggest surprise). The likelihood that her fingerprints would have been found on the murder weapon is virtually nil.While Kernick is a capable storyteller, his prose style is undistinguished. The story moves at a relentless pace, making the novel a quick and easy read, and Kernick earns points for cleverness by giving the plot a couple of unexpected twists as the story nears its end. Still, Relentless lacks the pizzazz that the title promises and that the best thrillers deliver. Relentless isn't by any means an awful book, it just isn't a particularly memorable one. If I could, I would give Relentless 3 1/2 stars. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. Sudden and explosive series of crimes By Roslyn Abell Simon Kernick is a powerful writer. The reader is hardly ever given a chance to pause between events in this very complex mystery thriller. The plotting has a mosaic style as the author reveals new characters with new events.The book opens with computer software salesman, Tom Meron babysitting his 2 small children for the day. this mundane activity is transformed into mayhem when he receives a desperate phone call for help from a boyhood friend, Jack Calley, in the background Tom hears the sounds of violent struggling going on as Jack seems to be begging and fighting for his life and shouting " they're coming." The last words he hears from Jack spoken to his killer is his own address, where he lives with his family. Fear for his family's safely kicks in with an renal rush. Tom packs his children into the car and sets off to begin a journey that will change his life as he has perceived it. The grim facts he will discover will utterly knock him off course.Although the story is plot driven, there is some good character development. We share Tom's emotions through his first person narrative. The author alternates to the third person when describing the officers and police procedures attending each murder. - Detective Inspector Mike Bolt from the National Crime Squad is the leading officer and one highly admired and loyalty from his officers. It works well. Each man is seeking to piece the puzzle of events into a whole picture form different perspectives and using different actions.It is Bolt's investigating expertise that quickly deduces the there is a link between the apparent suicide of a senior member of the judiciary with the brutal murder of a middle-of - the - road solicitor. Tom encounters different characters who throw out pieces of knowledge as to what is going on.Tom's wife's character gets flushed out as we read along; as does the evil Lench.The action scenes are well written and do convey to the reader the ability to see them as if on a screen. Kudos to the author. The escapist scenes are not far fetched. The dialogue is a bit wooden but you wouldn't expect great quotes from the characters evading both the police and the killers.From page 258, DI Bolt sums this story up excellently." sudden and explosive series of crimes that might be linked to individuals right at the very heart of the establishment and where suspects and victims alike appeared to be ordinary hard working people."I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward to reading additional books by Simon Kernick. 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Not bad, but his characters need lessons in professional behavior By Flute Lady NOTE: My apologies for somehow putting my review on the Kindle edition. That was not my intention: I read the paperback edition. Still, my review is of the work itself.I'm giving this three stars because the writing in general isn't bad. But too much time is spent following the thoughts of each character (we don't really need to hear over and over again how upset a parent will be if their child is threatened - a lot of pages in a lot of different chapters are spent on that - we get it). Furthermore, there were a couple of details that didn't seem true to me. A man is the victim of a vicious knife attack, is cut and bleeding, and is immediately arrested for murder the minute the law shows up. Okay, maybe, but he is not told WHOM he is alleged to have killed. Aren't the cops supposed to say "You are under arrest for the murder of Joe Shlabotnik" or words to that effect? I don't remember exactly how long it took for them to mention the name of the victim, but I can't believe they aren't required to say the name at the time of the arrest.Also, he is taken to a doctor to have his injuries treated. First of all, the doctor is barely civil and shows contempt to him because, after all, he is a killer. Never mind that he has only just been arrested and is a long way from being PROVEN to be the killer. I can't believe a doctor would behave so unprofessionally. Then later, the guy asks for a mirror to see the extent of the damage to his face - and his face is still covered with blood. What, the hospital personnel didn't even bother to CLEAN HIM UP when they treated him? In fact, wouldn't it be necessary for them to clean him up BEFORE treating him, in order to determine the extent of his injuries? Whether they liked the guy or not? No; the way the law enforcement and medical personnel jumped to conclusions about his guilt just didn't ring true, and made wonder what other details would be too unrealistic to swallow.The "action" scenes also did not do much for the story's credibility, like the scenes in movies where a fight happens so quickly that you really can't figure out who is prevailing until it's over. And there were a LOT of those scenes. And one more plot hole (SPOILER ALERT): the woman Vanessa was supposedly killed in a case of mistaken identity: they intended to kill someone else. Yet at no time did anyone mention that the two women even resembled one another, making such an error at least plausible. Aren't hit men given photos of the people they're supposed to kill? Or was this guy so sadistic and bloodthirsty that he didn't really mind whether he iced one or two wrong people in his quest to get the right one? In which case, who would hire such a nutcase?I might try another one by this author, but I hope his other books won't stretch the possibilities quite so much. I admit that I read this one in about a day - unusual for me - but it wasn't so much a case of not being able to put it down as much as wanting to get it over with. See all 35 customer reviews...
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