Marlborough Man

Marlborough Man Nick Chester is working as a sergeant for the Havelock police in the Marlborough Sound at the top of New Zealand s South Island If the river isn t flooded and the land hasn t slipped it s paradise U

  • Title: Marlborough Man
  • Author: AlanCarter
  • ISBN: 9781925164534
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nick Chester is working as a sergeant for the Havelock police in the Marlborough Sound, at the top of New Zealand s South Island If the river isn t flooded and the land hasn t slipped, it s paradise Unless you are also hiding from a ruthless man with a grudge, in which case, remote beauty has its own kind of danger In the last couple of weeks, two local boys have vanishNick Chester is working as a sergeant for the Havelock police in the Marlborough Sound, at the top of New Zealand s South Island If the river isn t flooded and the land hasn t slipped, it s paradise Unless you are also hiding from a ruthless man with a grudge, in which case, remote beauty has its own kind of danger In the last couple of weeks, two local boys have vanished Their bodies are found, but the Pied Piper is still at large.Marlborough Man is a gripping story about the hunter and the hunted, and about what happens when evil takes hold in a small town.

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      Alan was born in 1959 in Sunderland, UK and immigrated to Australia in 1991 He holds a degree in Communications Studies from Sunderland Polytechnic and now works as a television documentary director Alan lives with his wife and son in Fremantle, Western Australia.

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    1. Marlborough Man is set in rural New Zealand and focuses on Sergeant Nick Chester, one of only two police officers in town. As we discover, Nick is in a kind of witness protection program after his part in bringing down a serious crime figure in the UK. Someone is out there hunting him down but this turns out to be only one of the stories told in the book.While Nick is being hunted he also becomes the hunter, after a series of small boys from the area are abducted, abused and murdered. The search [...]


    2. Nick Chester is a man in hiding. After a long undercover operation where he helped to put away a major crime lord in the UK, he has changed his name and with his wife Vanessa and son Paul moved to work at a small town police station in the Marlborough Sound region of New Zealand. Life is generally peaceful there, with the worst crimes being speeding and stealing food. However, some young boys have been abducted and murdered and Nick has to find the sexual predator in their midst. His investigati [...]


    3. Sergeant Nick Chester was in witness protection of a sort after events in England - but he was always looking over his shoulder. His wife Vanessa and son Paulie were by his side - Vanessa not so happy about circumstances, Paulie happy anywhere his family was. New Zealand's south island housed Marlborough Sound which was where Nick was located. The latest case they were following was the disappearance of young boys and their mutilated bodies when they were found. The press called the killer the P [...]


    4. Alan Carter, best known for his Cato Kwong series is back with a new protagonist in a different country. Yep, no longer are we based in Western Australia but over the Tasman in New Zealand. In the little country town of Havelock Nick Chester and his wife and young son do there best to have a low profile. Nick was once an undercover cop in the UK who brought down a criminal empire and it's leader. But this man has long tentacles, so Nick now on the other side of the world is hoping his past won't [...]


    5. 4.5 stars. Really enjoyed Marlborough Man, am adding it to my 2017 favourites and will definitely read some of Alan Carter’s earlier works. I don’t think I read a GR review of it so I must have seen this book reviewed somewhere else, perhaps in Saturday’s newspaper.Nick Chester is a cop living and working in the Marlborough Sounds area in the northern part of NZ’s south island in a town called Havelock. He’s originally from Sunderland, England, but had to leave there as he was working [...]


    6. It’s a clear and crisp Saturday, perfect for traffic duty. Before going into work I stop by the DIY place down by the marina. It’s a big list: chicken wire, nails, wood, rope, tarp, chain, guttering, et cetera. Apparently goats are gregarious animals but they don’t like rain or cold and need to be well fenced in. The saying goes that goats spend twenty-three hours a day planning their escape and the last hour executing it. As for chickens, don’t get me started.Marlborough Man is NZ Polic [...]


    7. 3 starsThis crime/police murder mystery was set in a part of New Zealand that you need to see to appreciate it's natural beauty but the cover of the book shows a small glimpse of it. Because of my love of this area, the Marlborough Sounds, plus being married to a Kiwi I kind of just had to read this book. Like me, the author is obviously a massive fan of this region also. It does however contain some quite gruesome details of child abduction, sexual abuse and murder, not to mention bad language [...]


    8. The Marlborough Man is a tale of two distinct stories linked by events surrounding protagonist Nick Chester, a once undercover cop from England now residing in New Zealand under a form of witness protection. Nick’s the senior ranking officer in the two officer Havelock police force. He’s got a wife and child, and lives on a farm surrounded by picturesque scenery. The Havelock crime element is minimal, generally consisting of bar scuffles, graffiti and the odd theft. That all changes when Nic [...]


    9. A Police and underworld crime thriller. This is not my usual genre as the television world tends to saturate viewing with this type of story. However the author does provide the reader comprehensive descriptions of the spectacular location in New Zealand, enough for me to Google tourist info of the area, not having seen that part of NZ. Nick undercover cop in the UK is compromised and needs a whole new identity to escape and start a new, ending up in New Zealand. He has a family so there is alwa [...]


    10. Alan Carter is the author of the Ned Kelly Award winning Cato Kwong series (PRIME CUT won the Best First Award in 2011), but MARLBOROUGH MAN features a new character - UK born, New Zealand based cop Nick Chester and his family.Chester's had an "interesting" working life - starting out as an undercover cop in the UK, ending up a country cop in Havelock in rural New Zealand as part of a witness relocation scheme when his undercover work goes decidedly pear-shaped. Even with what would seem to be t [...]




    11. I don't read a lot of crime, but I did end up enjoying this one. I wasn't particularly invested in any of the characters, even the protagonist was a bit dry- his attitude may have contributed to that though, he wasn't a very sentimental character- so it took me a while to really get into the story. I preferred the local NZ crime aspect to the parts where Nick is himself being hunted by UK crimes bosses from his previous life, though it felt like people were just dropping like flies in the commun [...]


    12. A very unique crime story happening in New Zealand on Southern Island, Marlborough region. Definitely an interesting story and I really enjoyed involvement of Maoris and descriptions of lifestyle typical for the region. The main character's wife was a Maori, his work partner also.Despite very impressive reviews from other people I found this book boring in a quite a few places (wanted to put it away), a very disjointed style of writing (perhaps necessary considering the culture of the region), u [...]


    13. A great setting, with a crime committed in NZ but flashbacks in the UK to his previous police force past. Gritty, disturbing and thrilling. Really enjoyed this one. Has elements of Adrian McKinity. Nick the protagonist is quite a likeable character but does have flaws.


    14. An engaging, fast-paced whodunnit. The beautiful setting of Marlborough, New Zealand has been well described. This is the first novel by the author Alan Carter that I have read & I am keen to read more of his work. Thank you to the publisher Fremantle Press for the signed copy that I received via a Good Reads competition.



    15. My Crime Fiction book of the year 2017. This is a six out of five stars book!! I'm calling Alan Carter the Ian Rankin of NZ crime fiction. His Cato Kwong series was fun, but this latest novel is truly excellent. It has a fabulous NZ feel to it, in characters, culture, language, driving habits etc; best of all, the beautiful landscape is more than background, it has a complicating impact on the story. Main character Nick is deep, dark, persistent, flawed, immensely likeable and often funny. Lots [...]


    16. Nearly makes you want to be a Kiwi.Suffers a little from the small town 'summer bay' effect where people are dropping like flies, however it's acceptable in the interest of keeping the story entertaining.I also guessed the kiddie fiddler early on, but I'm not sure if this was deliberate, or I've just read too many detective novels lately.All in all it's a worthy departure from Cato's adventures and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    17. Sergeant Nick Chester is a former undercover cop from Northern England. But when a huge operation goes wrong, he & his family must take new identities & move to the other side of the world. He is now lying low, working as a small town cop in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand. This is a sharp, multi-layered thriller. The characters are likeable and realistic and the interplay between them is superbly done. The descriptions of this rugged and remote part of the world a [...]


    18. A good easy read for those who enjoy crime. I read it while driving around the Marlborough region of Picton, Blenheim, Nelson and along the roads and highways mentioned in the book. It added to the experiences of reading and exploring the top of NZ's South Island. I wasn't driving and reading at the same time. I also saw large swathes of bare hillside where pine harvesting has cleared the land. Even if you don't know the area, the book is very descriptive and atmospheric with a range of goodies [...]


    19. Although I have never been attracted to the criminal thriller genre I really enjoyed Marlborough Man by Alan Carter. It is a real page turner and I didn't want to put it down. The descriptions of the New Zealand's landscape are atmospheric and the characters strongly drawn. I highly recommend this book.


    20. Nick Chester is a police sergeant with a past working in Havelock on the South Island of New Zealand. Gradually the reader finds out why this former Sunderland policeman has ended up in NZ. Carter draws out the suspense well but the level of violence is the reason I only gave this three stars. The author works in the television industry and I can see this being made into a violent film.


    21. I can't quite bring myself to give this book 5 stars because to say it was "amazing" would be taking it too far but it was one of the best police-procedurals I've read for a while. Rounded characters. Great environment. Layered story telling. Highly recommended.



    22. 4.5 stars. Loved this fast paced ‘who-dunnit’. The stunning NZ setting is a character all on its own and there’s loads at stake for the main characters all the way through. Loved it.





    23. An action packed great read! This was an easy to read, action packed great read! Thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish - I highly recommend it!


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