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Ghost in the Machine (DC Scott Cullen Crime Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Ed James , Rhona Lindsay
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"Rankin for the Xbox generation"

Detective Constable Scott Cullen of Lothian & Borders CID has only been a full detective for three months. Struggling with his burning ambition, Cullen is assigned a Missing Persons case. Caroline Adamson, a young, recently-divorced Edinburgh mother, has disappeared while on a date.

But when Caroline's body turns up, Cullen digs into her past and her private life starts to unravel. Who was she on a date with? What happened during her divorce? What was she doing on Schoolbook?

Now, as Cullen investigates, his own private life gets messier and the relationship with his DI deteriorates. As other bodies turn up, Cullen soon finds himself hunting for a ghost in the machine.

GHOST IN THE MACHINE is an intense police procedural novel about privacy, loss and social networks that builds to a shocking climax.

Book 1 in the Edinburgh-based police procedural series starring DC Scott Cullen, GHOST IN THE MACHINE has been compared favourably with Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Ed McBain, Elmore Leonard and Stuart MacBride.

** Professionally-edited 2014 version with significantly tightened text and two new opening chapters **

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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 - - 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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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Es geht auch ohne etablierten Verlag! 29. Januar 2013
Von Max Meier
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Vorweg: Jeder, der gerne schottische Polizeikrimis liest, wie z.B. von Ian Rankin oder Stuart MacBride, wird ziemlich sicher auch die Scott Cullen Serie von Ed James mögen.
Der Autor hat sich gegen einen etablierten Verlag entschieden und veröffentlicht seine Bücher in Eigenregie als eBook und über den Amazon-Selbstverlag auch als Paperback. Tip: Ed James ist sehr aktiv auf Twitter und promoted seine Werke dort mit viel Informationen über den Entstehungsprozess und auch den Verkaufserfolg.
Über Twitter habe ich auch den Weg zur Scott Cullen Serie gefunden und bin beeindruckt! Das fehlende professionelle Lektorat merkt man den Büchern kaum bis gar nicht an - es gibt ein paar kleinere Fehler, aber die gibt es auch bei Verlagsveröffentlichungen. Die Geschichte ist gut erdacht, gut strukturiert und sehr flüssig zu lesen. Der sprachliche Stil gefällt mir und die Figuren wirken größtenteils glaubhaft.
Interessant ist auch, dass die Hauptfigur mal nicht DI oder DCI ist, sondern nur ein "kleiner" DC am Anfang seiner Karriere. Das sorgt für einen etwas anderen Blickwinkel als z.B. bei Ian Rankin's Rebus.
Mir hat's gefallen und ich denke, der Autor hat eine Chance verdient. Vor allem weil die eBooks auch sensationell günstig angeboten werden - man bedenke die Arbeit, die in so einem Buch steckt...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommendable Police Procedural ... 24. November 2013
Von miki101.Michaela TOP 500 REZENSENT
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first of four (until now) crime ebooks about the DC Scott Cullen in the Lothian and Borders Division, based at Edinburgh.

A young mother disappears and DC Cullen, Sundance Kid for his awful superior with a knack for naming his subordinates after movie characters, has to find her. Yeah, they will find her, sure, but it's an other type of crime and felon they will be after then! Soon they will be looking for a very serious serial perpetrator...

I bought all the other stories written by this very promising author too, because the characters are well developed and the crime is highly credible, especially in our days of the Facebook/Twitter generation...
Look out, what You are looking for!

A thriller - GRATIS today!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally a very good police story! 24. August 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
A very nice police story: believable characters, intelligent plot, keep you reading with full attention. Really looking forward to the next book. @the author: please keep writing!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Top-Notch Crime Story 22. Februar 2014
Von spaulke
Format:Kindle Edition
Maximum respect for Ed James: This book, whoch I got free of cost from Amazon, is just awesome - great characters and a great storyline make for a great read indeed! Given that this is James' first novel I can't await to read more of you - thanks a lot, Ed, also for putting this up for free (since I'd never found you otherwise), and keep up writing - you sure made my day with Ghost in the machine!)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A four and a half star read 25. Mai 2012
Von Avid Reader - Veröffentlicht auf
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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 von 5 Sternen All the elements of a really good mystery 7. Juni 2012
Von J. Weight - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Really good stuff 19. Januar 2013
Von critters - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book 24. Januar 2013
Von deborah Allen - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book kept you interested and well written. I recommend it for all ages. My daughter loved me reading it to her.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Profanity Plus 1. Februar 2014
Von Mary Anne Harris - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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