The Value of Life

Rated 4.73/5 based on 22 reviews
A 12 y/o boy is kidnapped - but the ransom price is left to his parents! Before he is returned (safely) another boy is taken. Then another. Rookie detective Joseph Lindahl is a psychology graduate and thinks he knows what the kidnapper wants - but colleagues are sceptical. The solution might please the press and embarrass a judge, but it it gets Joseph into trouble at Longmarsh Police HQ
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 57,970
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458095084
About Andy Crowson

Apprentice trained Motor Engineer turned qualified IT specialist, now teaching IT & Motor Engineering at a vocational College in Orebro, Sweden, were he lives with wife Etta and son Ossian

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Review by: missread59 on June 29, 2014 :
This was a fantastic read with nice twists along the way. Kept me guessing although I thought the bits about guessing the wpc's first name were unnecessary but otherwise brilliant writing.
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Review by: V Sridhar on April 17, 2014 :
The book is fast paced and has a good share of twists and turns. Finished it in one sitting. The ending is done quite well.

The British phrases and abbreviated words may need skipping but you will enjoy the read.
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Review by: Susan Larsen on Nov. 27, 2013 :
Read it now
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Review by: Matt Eliason on Feb. 09, 2013 :
The story rolls along, but then....the incline appears and the story is like a snowball accelerating down a hill getting bigger and bigger till the conclusion. Great read.
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Review by: Clair Roxanna on Dec. 03, 2012 :
The Value of Life surprised me. The story and variety of characters is awesome. Usually I can figure out the ending before I get there, but not on this one. Expected gruesome but got a great story.
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Review by: Alice de Sturler on April 10, 2012 :
This one really made me think about what I would do, who I'd ask for help, and who would actually stand by me. I read this in one session. Good pace and the character development gets better with each page. There are some issues with changing fonts and it probably could use another editing round. Looking forward to more books by this author.

Two thumbs up!
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Review by: Kevin Basil on Feb. 28, 2012 :
The description for this book looked so good that I just HAD to add it to my to-read list. After not even a quarter of the book, I was enthralled. I couldn't put it down! The plot is incredible, the characters individualized and developed, and the twists unpredictable. It kept me guessing until the end. Aside from the editing errors that could easily be touched up (hence the four stars instead of five), the book was great. I'm going to buy the next one now!
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Review by: Maureen Murrish on Feb. 24, 2012 :
This was a good read with satisfying twist in the tail. To my surprise I found my sympathies shifting as it unfolded and couldn’t help but engage with the kidnapper. I look forward to reading more.
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Review by: I. Readalot on Oct. 30, 2011 :
An excellent novel. The story is great, the pacing is good and the characters are believable. Suspense builds from page one and the ending took me totally by surprise. Editing is the weak spot in the story with missing and extra words and a few errors in putting incorrect names with events. If the author would clean up the editing it could easily be a 5.0.
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Review by: Robert Schobernd on Oct. 29, 2011 :
From the short description I jumped to the assumption that this story would be a gruesome account of several kidnappings and murders of children. Instead I found a very fast paced and suspenseful mystery with great characters and a terrific ending. Editing is the only flaw in an other wise great story. I'd give it a 4.5 if possible, so it's a 4.0 since the editing holds it back from getting an overall excellent rating. It's a shame the author didn't spend a little more time on editing before publishing this.
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Review by: Nora Lee on Oct. 20, 2011 :
Wow! What a great read. This is the one of the best books I've read at Smashwords, for free or purchase. I do hope the author will go back and perform a first class edit of the book because the story deserves it. Presently there are many words missing or misspelled. I would have liked to know what happened in the end to the Judge and to Mason. Normally with the editing that is needed I would give any book a 4.0, but since the story and characters are so well written I'll stretch that to a 5.0 and hope the author cleans it up.
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Review by: Rashida on Oct. 07, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this book! Excellent free read. The characters were interesting and I really liked the ending of the book.
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Review by: Irene Kueh on Sep. 30, 2011 :
A good mystery, A good plot, A good mystery, A good ending, In All: A Good Everything! Awesome read and that twist in the end.... Totally unexpecting it and very much love it:) Well Done!
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Review by: Alisha Jordan on Sep. 25, 2011 :
Never has a free book captivated me as this one. I am very impressed with the flow of the work - very fast-passed, but never rushed (except where the author wanted you to feel that). I also appreciated that, while I am from another country and occupation, I had no trouble understanding any of the jargon used. Crowson worked things in such a way that any lay person could understand the technicalities of the police work and occasional local slang/accents.

I would have liked more fleshing-out of the characters a bit more...a bit more background to help me understand the different relationship dynamics in the work (but this is just my quirk and does not take away from the story at all).

Finally, I have to tip my hat to the absolute brilliant notion of offering this free. There are more than one of us hooked and the author will be making sales from now on. Good marketing!
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Review by: Neville Cross on July 08, 2011 :
Really good mix. A good plot, good mistery, good characters, good ending. I enjoyed reading this e-book, by far better than some more expensive detective paper books that I have read.
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Review by: John Nicholas Datesh on July 06, 2011 :
Five stars? Is that enough?

Top notch book in every way. The pacing is perfect, except for the part about keeping folks up 'til 4 AM two nights in a row.
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Review by: S Berlin on April 18, 2011 :
A "can't put it down" read! Great characters. Loved the ending.
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Review by: Lucy mann on March 22, 2011 :
Very compelling - I couldn't stop 'til I'd finished!! Couldn't agree with the guy's motives but couldn't help feeling sorry for him either!!
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Review by: Gaia Spirit on Feb. 26, 2011 :
A puzzling page turner which raises some interesting ethical questions, and kept me interested to the end. Loved the fact that the crime is solve by a young black recruit who does what he knows is right....
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Review by: tim crowstaff on Feb. 24, 2011 :
Psychological thriller with an odd twist. Nice pace with some good characterisation.
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Review by: femmfatale on Feb. 03, 2011 :
Good mystery, kept you guessing till toward the end a nice ending and more realistic than most. Definitely worth reading.
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Review by: jayne s on Jan. 20, 2011 :
Well worth reading. A real page turner.
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