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Dead on Demand (A DCI Morton Crime Novel Book 1) by [Campbell, Sean, Campbell, Daniel]
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A career man, Edwin Murphy has always put more effort into his work than his family. Everything changes for Edwin when his wife files for divorce. On the brink of losing his home, his job and his little girl, Edwin orchestrates an intricate plan to eliminate his wife and regain his former lifestyle.

The police are baffled when bodies begin to appear all over London with no apparent connection between them. Inspector David Morton must think outside the box as he investigates the deadly web of deceit behind the murders.

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Sean and Daniel Campbell are two brothers who co-authored Dead on Demand as their debut novel. By training Sean is a Barrister with a strong interest in the criminal justice system. He's fascinated by forensics, and loves to watch crime drama. Daniel, a recent school leaver, has two primary passions - cooking, and writing. He one days hopes to run his own Michelin starred restaurant.

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  • Print Length: 387 pages
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  • Publisher: De Minimis; 6 edition (Dec 22 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080FCR2G
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Fired newspaper editor Edwin Murphy is desperate to put his life back on track after he learns that his wife Eleanor (who’s filed for divorce) plans to leave London and move to New York with their young daughter. Convinced that Eleanor needs to be permanently gone, Edwin uses the dark net to hire someone to kill her. Paying someone would leave a trail, so Edwin agrees to a kill swap, although he has no intention of fulfilling his part of the bargain. Nor does he plan to leave any loose ends, but killing a killer proves more challenging than Edwin thought.

Dead on Demand is a well written, somewhat disturbing story that provides a glimpse of the types of people who think that swapping murders is a viable means to problem solving. That it’s also used by successful businessmen to become richer is even more disturbing. The dark side of the net certainly exists and, from reading on the subject previously, the authors are quite correct that all sorts of criminal activity flourishes there. But the book also shows that even the most carefully laid plans can go horribly wrong when dealing with strangers.

As the swap killing arrangements become more complex I found it a little difficult to follow the story at times. Still, Detective Chief Inspector, David Morton, is a smart, likeable character. In fact, many of the characters are smart, which was a welcome change from the usual assortment of idiots populating so many mysteries. Dead on Demand is an entertaining read worth your time.
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Well written book, good flow , nice story twist, good ending. recommended reading for pólice mystery fans. Imagination and easy read!
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The detective in Dead on Demand is DCI Morton who has good instincts about people and uses a forensic psychologist, Dr. Jensen, as a “human lie detector. [Dr. Jensen] was one of the rare individuals who could recognise micro expressions, visual clues that appear on the face for a fraction of a second”. Between the two of them, and a crack coroner, they’re bound to get to the bottom of the death of Edwin Murphy’s wife, Eleanor. Murphy isn’t concerned since he was in Vancouver, British Columbia, interviewing for a job when the murder occurred.

Authors Dan and Sean Campbell bring a lot of characters into the story, weaving them carefully into the plot. Sometimes it takes a while to figure out how they connect but it makes for a little extra mystery. The plot is not a new one but it is updated and involves lots of modern technology. The idea is that two people who don’t know each other each have one someone they want eliminated, so they swap murders; with nothing to connect them to their victims law enforcement won’t be able to catch them, let alone convict them. So here, Murphy uses the ‘darknet,’ a “secure private network using an Internet technology that lets users communicate anonymously,” to set up his wife’s murder while arranging for someone else to commit his assassin’s murder. Neat and tidy — and Edwin doesn’t even have to kill anyone himself.

However, Edwin decides he needs to be a bit more secure, so he hires another assassin to kill the first. Before you know it, Edwin is at the centre of an interlacing web of killers and feeling quite confident that he was getting away with murder. When one assassin doesn’t keep his part of the bargain, the anonymity of the web starts to unravel.
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One of the most entertaining novels I've read in a long time. Ingenious. I really enjoyed how the book played out and found it very plausible.
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A very good read...interesting and fast paced with various characters of interest and the author keeps us guessing.
Well written.
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Really enjoyed this book!
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