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Friday rush hour. Auckland City. A lone shooter fires across a packed street and kills a man. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux is assigned the case. He's not complaining. His Friday nights are seldom better spent. But the inquiry is not straightforward. Witness accounts are conflicting. The dead man appears to be an unintended victim, with the true target unknown. It's a h Friday rush hour. Auckland City. A lone shooter fires across a packed street and kills a man. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux is assigned the case. He's not complaining. His Friday nights are seldom better spent. But the inquiry is not straightforward. Witness accounts are conflicting. The dead man appears to be an unintended victim, with the true target unknown. It's a homicide that leaves police with no initial suspects, and no apparent motive. It's the least of Devereaux's worries. His current case load includes an investigation into the deaths of the wife and daughter of a wealthy finance company director names Ian Carson. Carson is claiming a murder-suicide scenario, however Devereaux is unsure. His examination soon reveals the situation is far more complex than anticipated, casting real doubt upon the division of innocence and guilt. Devereaux's former police colleague John Hale is in no position to assist. The chance witnessing of an abduction in an inner city bar leads Hale on his own pursuit of darkness. This is moral corruption and violence viewed through the wary lens of two troubled but decent men. It is a story of the hunt for truth from those that pursue self-gain by any means.


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Friday rush hour. Auckland City. A lone shooter fires across a packed street and kills a man. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux is assigned the case. He's not complaining. His Friday nights are seldom better spent. But the inquiry is not straightforward. Witness accounts are conflicting. The dead man appears to be an unintended victim, with the true target unknown. It's a h Friday rush hour. Auckland City. A lone shooter fires across a packed street and kills a man. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux is assigned the case. He's not complaining. His Friday nights are seldom better spent. But the inquiry is not straightforward. Witness accounts are conflicting. The dead man appears to be an unintended victim, with the true target unknown. It's a homicide that leaves police with no initial suspects, and no apparent motive. It's the least of Devereaux's worries. His current case load includes an investigation into the deaths of the wife and daughter of a wealthy finance company director names Ian Carson. Carson is claiming a murder-suicide scenario, however Devereaux is unsure. His examination soon reveals the situation is far more complex than anticipated, casting real doubt upon the division of innocence and guilt. Devereaux's former police colleague John Hale is in no position to assist. The chance witnessing of an abduction in an inner city bar leads Hale on his own pursuit of darkness. This is moral corruption and violence viewed through the wary lens of two troubled but decent men. It is a story of the hunt for truth from those that pursue self-gain by any means.

30 review for By Any Means

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    BY ANY MEANS is the second book from NZ author Ben Sanders. Sanders is a fan of writers such as Michael Connelly and Lee Child, which I suspect you can probably tell from his style. Rapid fire, with an opening that will really make you sit up and take notice BY ANY MEANS has a number of intriguing elements to it. It's a complex, shifting plot which moves through viewpoints rapidly. It has a lone wolf style of central character in Sean Devereaux, who despite being a cop, basically plays a solo pa BY ANY MEANS is the second book from NZ author Ben Sanders. Sanders is a fan of writers such as Michael Connelly and Lee Child, which I suspect you can probably tell from his style. Rapid fire, with an opening that will really make you sit up and take notice BY ANY MEANS has a number of intriguing elements to it. It's a complex, shifting plot which moves through viewpoints rapidly. It has a lone wolf style of central character in Sean Devereaux, who despite being a cop, basically plays a solo part in resolving not just the opening shooting of the book, but, it seems, just about everything else that ever happens in Auckland. What little sense of partnership there is, is unusual for a cop, as ex-cop John Hale, current fugitive from justice himself, jumps in and out the action. And you'd be best placed to pay attention at those points - there is an awful lot going on that both these men are trying to stay on top of. Given that this is the second book, and I know nothing at all about THE FALLEN I've a sneaking suspicion I should have read it first. There were points in BY ANY MEANS where I really thought I was missing something - that there's obviously something about both Devereaux and Hale that I just don't know. I really must go seek out that first book and see if I've made a bit of a mistake in reading them out of order. On the upside, when Sanders is writing terse, pointed, sharp and tight action BY ANY MEANS is a seriously good thriller. That style does get a bit patchy in places, and it's when the terseness gives way to wordiness, where there's just a sneaking suspicion that the music and popular culture references are getting in the way of the plot, things do bog down a bit. There's also some very complicated plotting going on here and whilst things eventually do come full circle, back to the reason for one of the best opening's of a book I've read in a long time, it did seem, sometimes, that I was caught up in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike. http://www.austcrimefiction.org/revie...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Craig Sisterson

    This sophomore effort from 21-year-old New Zealander Sanders has plenty of the crisp prose, vivid imagery, and page-turning plotlines that powered his #1 bestselling debut, The Fallen, last year. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux juggles murder investigations: a Friday rush-hour drive-by shooting, and a suspicious double-killing in an affluent suburb. Meanwhile Devereaux’s ex-cop buddy John Hale finds himself chasing kidnappers, and being chased by the Police. While there are flaws (a tendency t This sophomore effort from 21-year-old New Zealander Sanders has plenty of the crisp prose, vivid imagery, and page-turning plotlines that powered his #1 bestselling debut, The Fallen, last year. Detective Sergeant Sean Devereaux juggles murder investigations: a Friday rush-hour drive-by shooting, and a suspicious double-killing in an affluent suburb. Meanwhile Devereaux’s ex-cop buddy John Hale finds himself chasing kidnappers, and being chased by the Police. While there are flaws (a tendency to get ‘listy’ with musical references or travel details), overall Sanders has crafted another very enjoyable thriller, set in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    The blurb that describes this as “gritty, page-turning, good old crime writing” is right on the money as Auckland detective sergeant Sean Devereaux investigates the shooting of a bus driver, maybe a hit gone wrong, as well as an on-going double murder in which the husband is a suspect but won’t provide an alibi. An ex-cop, now PI, assists in a compelling story not as strong on the NZ setting as expected and with Devereaux a little clichéd and working too much on his own, but it’s gripping and lo The blurb that describes this as “gritty, page-turning, good old crime writing” is right on the money as Auckland detective sergeant Sean Devereaux investigates the shooting of a bus driver, maybe a hit gone wrong, as well as an on-going double murder in which the husband is a suspect but won’t provide an alibi. An ex-cop, now PI, assists in a compelling story not as strong on the NZ setting as expected and with Devereaux a little clichéd and working too much on his own, but it’s gripping and logically concluded.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simon Mccarthy

    Loved this book- this guy is a real talent. Cool crime fiction and think the New Zealand element gives it something a bit unique. But just really well done.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tina Brooke

    Sean Devereaux is growing me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Theo Paul

    By Any Means, written by Ben Sanders, is a puzzle... It has a perplexing plot where it seems to change radically quite spontaneously. It changes from protagonist to protagonist with a quite sharp approach and gets quite confusing at some points of the story. The author has used a wide variety of vocabulary which has been interesting to use around the storyline. What I thought was interesting about this book was that it was based in Auckland and the action was placed in places I know about. The t By Any Means, written by Ben Sanders, is a puzzle... It has a perplexing plot where it seems to change radically quite spontaneously. It changes from protagonist to protagonist with a quite sharp approach and gets quite confusing at some points of the story. The author has used a wide variety of vocabulary which has been interesting to use around the storyline. What I thought was interesting about this book was that it was based in Auckland and the action was placed in places I know about. The things I liked about this book was that it made sense in certain specialist aspects like: How the author used jargon to describe the setting or object with more precision and How the plot linked together with two peoples' lives. The things I didn't like about this book was that Ben Sanders went a bit over-the-top with his adjectives and that really slowed the story down - alot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I read this because it was recommended to me. Ben Sanders is a young Aucklander so it was appropriate and refreshing to read a story based in the city with familiar suburbs and roads. I liked it and I think boys 14+ may too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donald Schopflocher

    Very good mystery set in New Zealand.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Lang Greenebaum

    Having a hard time connecting with the characters - and did not finish. The book is beautifully written however!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Jones

    Continuing to enjoy this author!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Garth

    A fun and action-packed coming together of the classic private eye and unconventional detective genres. All set in the familiar streets of Auckland, New Zealand. I enjoyed it very much.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Leask

    Ford Escort as one of the leading vehicles. Nice touch. Not too sure on some of the music references, didn't know many (if any) of the songs mentioned in the book. Ford Escort as one of the leading vehicles. Nice touch. Not too sure on some of the music references, didn't know many (if any) of the songs mentioned in the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    D.C. Grant

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Templeton

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carla

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Hughes

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Calliss

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ela

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ada

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Stronach

  23. 4 out of 5

    JohnHagar

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gaynor

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dee

  26. 5 out of 5

    GORDON RAMSAY

  27. 4 out of 5

    Don Wilson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Clarke

  30. 5 out of 5

    C J Foggitt

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