When ex-mercenary Max Iversson accompanies a nightclub owner to an ill-fated rendezvous in a deserted north London industrial estate, it turns out to be not so much a set-up as a bloodbath. Three men have been shot, the briefcase Iversson has been guarding is empty--and he wants to know why.

So begins a hunt for answers that will take him into direct conflict with Detective Sergeant John Gallan--and take both men into very dangerous territory.


Five grand for a couple of hours? work? That?s what nightclub owner Roy Fowler?s offering ex-mercenary Max Iversson to act as security for a meeting he?s having with the ?businessmen? who are supposedly buying his club. But when they turn up at the deserted north London industrial estate where the meeting?s taking place, things go wrong and three men end up dead, including two of Iversson?s colleagues. Now he wants to know who?s behind the killings.

Detective Sergeant John Gallan is also looking for answers. He?s investigating the fatal poisoning by snakebite of a doorman from Fowler?s club. Lead are scarce and when they do appear so do bodies.

But Gallan keeps digging away, unearthing in the process a murderous conspiracy spanning this investigation and another, more heinous murder that?s been shelved, unsolved, for a long time. Unknown to each other, he and Iversson are also heading towards a final, devastating confrontation from which neither man is likely to emerge intact.


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The Murder Exchange
by Simon Kernick

St. Martin's Press
July 1, 2004
ISBN #0312314035
368 pages
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