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Meet your new favourite detective odd couple: DCI Brian Hooley and consulting investigator Jonathan Roper. Please note this is a new and revised version of the book previously published as The Long Reach. Roper and Hooley are called into a top-secret meeting with MI5. Intelligence tells them that a Russian oligarch has been liaising with a Moscow-based scientist and a big-tim Meet your new favourite detective odd couple: DCI Brian Hooley and consulting investigator Jonathan Roper. Please note this is a new and revised version of the book previously published as The Long Reach. Roper and Hooley are called into a top-secret meeting with MI5. Intelligence tells them that a Russian oligarch has been liaising with a Moscow-based scientist and a big-time Israeli criminal mastermind. To MI5, that can only mean one thing. Someone is trying to smuggle a dirty bomb into London. Now Roper and Hooley are in a race against time to find the bomb before the people of London are put in mortal danger.


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Meet your new favourite detective odd couple: DCI Brian Hooley and consulting investigator Jonathan Roper. Please note this is a new and revised version of the book previously published as The Long Reach. Roper and Hooley are called into a top-secret meeting with MI5. Intelligence tells them that a Russian oligarch has been liaising with a Moscow-based scientist and a big-tim Meet your new favourite detective odd couple: DCI Brian Hooley and consulting investigator Jonathan Roper. Please note this is a new and revised version of the book previously published as The Long Reach. Roper and Hooley are called into a top-secret meeting with MI5. Intelligence tells them that a Russian oligarch has been liaising with a Moscow-based scientist and a big-time Israeli criminal mastermind. To MI5, that can only mean one thing. Someone is trying to smuggle a dirty bomb into London. Now Roper and Hooley are in a race against time to find the bomb before the people of London are put in mortal danger.

30 review for The Case of the Dirty Bomb

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex ♈

    I should have stopped at 30%. I absolutely hate, when they involve readers in a victim's life till the point you think - the possible target/victim will definitely be rescued, coz why otherwise will the author make you like her/him that much? - only to let you down! They told me about a nice young woman, a mother of a baby-girl, and how the life obstacles helped her to avoid kidnapping... only to stupidly kill her at 30%. Why?! I know the real world is cruel, but how this totally unnecessary sacr I should have stopped at 30%. I absolutely hate, when they involve readers in a victim's life till the point you think - the possible target/victim will definitely be rescued, coz why otherwise will the author make you like her/him that much? - only to let you down! They told me about a nice young woman, a mother of a baby-girl, and how the life obstacles helped her to avoid kidnapping... only to stupidly kill her at 30%. Why?! I know the real world is cruel, but how this totally unnecessary sacrifice of a kind young woman bring smth to the storyline? Why not to sacrifice an abhorrent rapist? Why do they choose helpless women to pimp the storyline??! It pissed me off. Well, as to the 'main' danger - a nuclear bomb going off in central London and of course involvement of a certain nation... I found it dull. And the justice at the end?! I expected the Courier to be punished in a bloody mess, because what else do I, as a reader of crime-mystery, expect for the character, who not only killed ppl, but was also involved in a human trafficking... And what did I get??? It wasn't enough! 😟 2 stars + 1 star for the Roper's characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    A non-stop action thriller in the third book of the Jonathan Roper series! This book can easily be read as a standalone, but the series is so great I encourage all to read the first two books also! Jonathan Roper is an investigator at Scotland Yard. His friend and boss, chief DI Brian Hooley, is one of the only officers who work well with the autistic Roper. But they do work amazingly well, and have a high clearance rate of crimes investigated. Both characters are well described so you feel lik A non-stop action thriller in the third book of the Jonathan Roper series! This book can easily be read as a standalone, but the series is so great I encourage all to read the first two books also! Jonathan Roper is an investigator at Scotland Yard. His friend and boss, chief DI Brian Hooley, is one of the only officers who work well with the autistic Roper. But they do work amazingly well, and have a high clearance rate of crimes investigated. Both characters are well described so you feel like one of their colleagues. We learn more about each one as they continue to endear us to them. They are searching for a dirty bomb, a nuclear device that may be set off in the UK. The Prime Minister is hoping this 'dream team' can find out whats happening, but they are up against enormous odds! The suspense builds, keeping you on edge and on your toes! A great story that any reader of police procedurals and thrillers will enjoy! I received an ARC of this story from author Michael Leese, who I thank for a wild adventure, and I am able to give my thoughts to you in this review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pontiki

    This is the best book of the series so far, for me. Again, hate the villain, and I would like less on him, and more on the rest. But, Roper is brilliant, Hooley is amazing, and Mayweather, marvellous. The humour is better in this book, I think, and the drama and mystery are great too. A rogue terrorist group are planning to set up a bomb, and Jonathan and Brian need to figure out who, when, where as quickly as possible. Mayweather and Phillips’ support get things done when needed, but it’s still This is the best book of the series so far, for me. Again, hate the villain, and I would like less on him, and more on the rest. But, Roper is brilliant, Hooley is amazing, and Mayweather, marvellous. The humour is better in this book, I think, and the drama and mystery are great too. A rogue terrorist group are planning to set up a bomb, and Jonathan and Brian need to figure out who, when, where as quickly as possible. Mayweather and Phillips’ support get things done when needed, but it’s still a lot of pressure on the team. Really well written. Now I have to wait for the next book, since this just came out recently. ‘Groan’ KU

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I liked the main characters in this series. 3 1/2 stars.

  5. 4 out of 5

    M

    Oddball detective duo vs Russian sleeper agents with a suitcase dirty-bomb Author Michael Leese has written an intricate, cunningly plotted police procedural featuring DCI Brian Hooley and autistic investigator Jonathan Roper, who invented a mental investigative technique to solve complex cases. Even as Roper and Hooley race to unravel a complex conspiracy, it seems the Russians and their British accomplices are a step ahead. I enjoy reading this detective series, because each book can be read a Oddball detective duo vs Russian sleeper agents with a suitcase dirty-bomb Author Michael Leese has written an intricate, cunningly plotted police procedural featuring DCI Brian Hooley and autistic investigator Jonathan Roper, who invented a mental investigative technique to solve complex cases. Even as Roper and Hooley race to unravel a complex conspiracy, it seems the Russians and their British accomplices are a step ahead. I enjoy reading this detective series, because each book can be read as a stand-alone. The author spends time fleshing out his protagonists and also the secondary characters. It’s also fun to read the villains’ POV-assessments about their machinations. 5 stars because this book deserved a re-read. I originally read the Kindle version a while back and just finished listening to the Audiobook version.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Roderick Baxter

    Gradual Build Up. This is definitely a better read than the first one. The characters are much more developed and a comfortable fit. That in itself, makes the story flow a lot better. The story is not fast paced, but it does move along well enough. The fast, Tense, finish more than makes up for any slowness in the early chapters. I do enjoy the innocent needling of Hooley by Roper. It lightens up, what would be a dark story. A few references to Le Carre' novels made me smile. There is a sense th Gradual Build Up. This is definitely a better read than the first one. The characters are much more developed and a comfortable fit. That in itself, makes the story flow a lot better. The story is not fast paced, but it does move along well enough. The fast, Tense, finish more than makes up for any slowness in the early chapters. I do enjoy the innocent needling of Hooley by Roper. It lightens up, what would be a dark story. A few references to Le Carre' novels made me smile. There is a sense that the ghost of George Smiley is overlooking this plot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Richard W. McCuistian

    This is the third Jonathan Roper investigates book I've read, and it's witty and interesting in places but seems to drag in others. It's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, and it had a certain amount of suspense that led me to the end, but there were a couple of loose ends that seem to have been left hanging (unless I missed something). One way or another, I found this third one dragging its heels enough that I probably won't move on to book number 4. Not a bad read, but not what I'd call a pag This is the third Jonathan Roper investigates book I've read, and it's witty and interesting in places but seems to drag in others. It's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, and it had a certain amount of suspense that led me to the end, but there were a couple of loose ends that seem to have been left hanging (unless I missed something). One way or another, I found this third one dragging its heels enough that I probably won't move on to book number 4. Not a bad read, but not what I'd call a page turner either.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    I think the main reason I am drawn to this series is the fact one of the main character works for the Police and has autism. He sees things differently and can see connections and patterns that others miss. He has dismal people skills but one of the DCI’s takes him under his wing and runs interference for him making it possible for them to use his exceptional abilities. I have a nephew that has autism so that is why the draw is there for me. Warnings: The crime described in the beginning is hard I think the main reason I am drawn to this series is the fact one of the main character works for the Police and has autism. He sees things differently and can see connections and patterns that others miss. He has dismal people skills but one of the DCI’s takes him under his wing and runs interference for him making it possible for them to use his exceptional abilities. I have a nephew that has autism so that is why the draw is there for me. Warnings: The crime described in the beginning is hard to read and then some of the other subject matter is hard.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Great tale again! This twisty story features one of my favourite duos, Hooley and Roper and it's the third in the series. I'm enjoying these books very much, the main characters are enjoyable to read about and the policing story is fast paced and top notch. I love my UK police procedurals and this series has a very different take on the traditional. Can't wait for the next one! Great tale again! This twisty story features one of my favourite duos, Hooley and Roper and it's the third in the series. I'm enjoying these books very much, the main characters are enjoyable to read about and the policing story is fast paced and top notch. I love my UK police procedurals and this series has a very different take on the traditional. Can't wait for the next one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    OK. Truth. I had to stop reading near nighttime as it was not quiet enough read for me- and kept me up with weird dreams. This is another powerful, thrilling, emotional book that looks at crime from two sides. From the point of view of an autistic crime fighter and his term of policemen, and from the crimninals' side. It's a remarkable book and I was so glad when I finished it as everything worked out ok for the good guys. ( and I could stop my heavy breathing- worrying about the outcome) OK. Truth. I had to stop reading near nighttime as it was not quiet enough read for me- and kept me up with weird dreams. This is another powerful, thrilling, emotional book that looks at crime from two sides. From the point of view of an autistic crime fighter and his term of policemen, and from the crimninals' side. It's a remarkable book and I was so glad when I finished it as everything worked out ok for the good guys. ( and I could stop my heavy breathing- worrying about the outcome)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Graham Hall

    Back to what he does best! Glad to see Jonathan back to his best. In the last book I felt that he was way out of his comfort zone. Now that he's back at his normal place of work he's what he does best. This was a good read again and the storyline was excellent. I hope Michael keeps up the good work now. I particularly like the interaction between Brian,Julie and Jonathan. Just bought the next in the series and can't wait to get started. Back to what he does best! Glad to see Jonathan back to his best. In the last book I felt that he was way out of his comfort zone. Now that he's back at his normal place of work he's what he does best. This was a good read again and the storyline was excellent. I hope Michael keeps up the good work now. I particularly like the interaction between Brian,Julie and Jonathan. Just bought the next in the series and can't wait to get started.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Keith Withers

    Drama personified An equisite look in to many aspects of life today. A former people smuggler back to earn qui c k money, a seasoned detecive chief inspector and his brilliant ofsider who despite being autistic is a wonderful foil. This book is a thoroughly rough scenario which the author has polished in to a shining diamond. I would have no hesitation in recommending readers to this book. Not to be missed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hilary Mccarthy

    An excellently written and crafted crime /thriller . The characters become more absorbing as you read into the series . I really feel for Jonathan and Brian who is a bit like a father to him or is it the other way round . The plot is complicated and absorbing .It does however seem to fizzle out a bit at the end and suddenly run out of steam . I would have preferred a little more rounding off . That aside it is a very tense read and the pages fly by .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Sanders

    Love this series! Please hurry up and write more books, please! I particularly enjoy the relationship between Roper and Hooley. I'd love to see more about the unique take Roper has with his current girlfriend (and other possible love interests, now that he is becoming so well known). Ok, back to work! :) Love this series! Please hurry up and write more books, please! I particularly enjoy the relationship between Roper and Hooley. I'd love to see more about the unique take Roper has with his current girlfriend (and other possible love interests, now that he is becoming so well known). Ok, back to work! :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    SAndra

    Riveting & different Being a remedial teacher, I am always interested to see how autistic people are portrayed in literature. Well done for showing both sides & proving that they are highly intelligent people with extraordinary skills who can be incorporated into our very critical , judgemental world with a few adjustments. Be kind & accept is something we could all learn!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Walter Winyall

    Good Story and Good characters I've been a Holmes fan since 'forever' and this pair of detectives are similar. It's great to see a modern twist identifying one as austic. Timely as parts of society demand acceptance and inclusion of people that are different from the norm. The characters have good development and plot is very good too. Good Story and Good characters I've been a Holmes fan since 'forever' and this pair of detectives are similar. It's great to see a modern twist identifying one as austic. Timely as parts of society demand acceptance and inclusion of people that are different from the norm. The characters have good development and plot is very good too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm Nixon

    Excellent addition to the British detective genre It was lockdown and time to read another British detective book when this one turned up on BookBub. Really enjoyed the plot and the way things where always moving on. Real page turner that I only put down once and finished early the next day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Different This is the first book I have read by Michael Leese and I enjoyed it very much that I have just downloaded the next one . One review say read the others first but I didn’t know about the others as it was a free book , it can be read without the others and didn’t spoil it .

  19. 4 out of 5

    James Perron

    Captivating I'm an adamant reader but rarely write reviews. The characters are strong, the pace moves well, and the story intriguing. I was constantly wanting to know what Jonathan's thought process was going to come up with next. This is the type of writing people of any age would enjoy. Captivating I'm an adamant reader but rarely write reviews. The characters are strong, the pace moves well, and the story intriguing. I was constantly wanting to know what Jonathan's thought process was going to come up with next. This is the type of writing people of any age would enjoy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    lynellen Watson

    Very entertaining read This book is very entertaining with a plot that isn't too much to be believable. The characters are engaging and Jonathan Roper is likeable and quirky. I found myself wondering what was coming next and was the action reasonable. I'm looking forward to reading more about DCI Hooley and Roper's adventures. Very entertaining read This book is very entertaining with a plot that isn't too much to be believable. The characters are engaging and Jonathan Roper is likeable and quirky. I found myself wondering what was coming next and was the action reasonable. I'm looking forward to reading more about DCI Hooley and Roper's adventures.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LooseBoots

    I will say upfront that I totally love these characters and the way the gel together. It’s brilliant. But I have to agree with another reviewer about the storyline. The earlier part about a young mother seemed pointless. I also agree that the punishment for the villain did not fit the crime. I still gave it 5 stars as I found it was totally engrossing. So it remains a great read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin LaBaugh

    Excellent! This is the 3rd book in the Jonathan Roper series about an exceptional police detective who is also autistic. The stories are believable, humorous at times with great plots. I would highly recommend this author to anyone who enjoys a good British mystery.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Helen Firor

    Excellent series! I am really enjoying this series. The relationship between Roper and his DCI has some funny dialogue. It shows you the growing relationship between the two. The story about the Courier was very interesting. I cannot wait for the next book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracie Zeissel

    Excellent read I've read Leese's two books and short story. Going Underground was an excellent read introducing Det. Roper. His second effort was a bit jumbled but this one, The Long Reach, has regained my interest and I look forward to the next. Excellent read I've read Leese's two books and short story. Going Underground was an excellent read introducing Det. Roper. His second effort was a bit jumbled but this one, The Long Reach, has regained my interest and I look forward to the next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carol-Ann

    Absorbing read A totally absorbing read. Roper and Hooley must investigate a serious threat to London. They are given bits and pieces of information and it is up to Roper to put it together.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Guy C Smith

    Great Series Engaging story line and loved the characters. Truly a memorable experience getting acquainted with this fascinating autistic detective. I can't wait for the new release. Great Series Engaging story line and loved the characters. Truly a memorable experience getting acquainted with this fascinating autistic detective. I can't wait for the new release.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gary Van Cott

    I don't think this book was subject to enough editing. There is a significant story thread at the beginning that just disappears as the book progresses. The ending does not seem fully developed and could have done with some more work, I don't think this book was subject to enough editing. There is a significant story thread at the beginning that just disappears as the book progresses. The ending does not seem fully developed and could have done with some more work,

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ned Smith

    “The Road Less Traveled” A welcome change from the glamorous, sarcastic “heroes” of the thrillers and a glimpse at the world of the autistic albeit fanciful though it must be. A very refreshing change of pace without gratuitous sex or vulgarity.

  29. 5 out of 5

    John Crowley

    This has become one of my most favorite series in years!! The characters are truly interesting and the storylines have been very intriguing. The interactions of. Proper and Holley are very interesting and comical. I certainly look forward to the next book in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I enjoyed the story and read it in a day or so. I felt uncomfortable with the people-trafficking and 'snuff videos' story-lines, it made me a bit queasy that people would do that to one another and someone would want to write about it. It would make a good TV show. I enjoyed the story and read it in a day or so. I felt uncomfortable with the people-trafficking and 'snuff videos' story-lines, it made me a bit queasy that people would do that to one another and someone would want to write about it. It would make a good TV show.

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