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Simon Kernick

The Murder Exchange
Books At Transworld
Paperback, 2004

Simon Kernick biography by Chris High

Simon Kernick's second novel, The Murder Exchange, is a gritty exploration of London's underworld that holds a warmth and humour usually alien to such topics.

Front cover of 'The Murder Exchange' by Simon Kernick

When ex-mercenary Max Iversson meets nightclub owner Roy Fowler in a Pizza Hut, he senses immediately that the man is serious trouble; what else could a man with Werewolf eyebrows be, after all?

Fowler is after security for a meeting with a group of 'businessmen' who are - after a period of intimidation - looking to buy his club. Fowler is willing to part with five grand for the privilege of Iversson's services and a couple of hours' work for so much money is far too tempting a proposition to turn down. When Iversson and two colleagues accompany Fowler to exchange the deeds for the money, it turns out to be not so much a double-cross as a battleground seeped in blood.

Simon Kernick has a light often-humorous touch with his description and dialogue, and can hold a plot together with infinite precision and guile. His characters are disturbingly real and how the author weaves them in and out of situations until the unexpected climax is a joy to read.

The dual narrative, though a little disconcerting at first, comes as a refreshing change from single-view descriptions and the manner in which the loose ends are tied together, is both inventive and captivating.

Pacey, action-packed and entertaining in every way, The Murder Exchange is a novel to rival anything in the Crime genre today.

Other nominations for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 05

  Mark Billingham - bestselling author, actor, TV writer and stand-up comedian is nominated for his book Lazy Bones published by Little, Brown / Time Warner.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'Lazy Bones' by Chris high

  Val McDermid - published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Her book The Distant Echo described as “a masterpiece of trickery and misdirection” is nominated at Harrogate this year.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The Distant Echo' by Chris High

  Ian Rankin - bestselling crime author and famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series is nominated for his book A Question Of Blood published by Orion (Paperback)
Short biography by Chris High
Review of ' A Question Of Blood' by Chris High

  Andrew Taylor - award-winning author of a number of novels, is nominated this year for his book The American Boy published by Harper Collins.
Short biography by Chris High
Review of 'The American Boy' by Chris High

  Minette Walters - her bestseller Disordered Minds is shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Published by Macmillian/UL Trade Paperback.
Short biography by Chris High
A review of 'Disordered Minds' by Chris High

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Writing gets me away for a while' from this world and into one where I, alone, can make or
break the rules as I see fit.” - Chris High 2003.
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