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Bleeding Hearts ❰Read❯ ➱ Bleeding Hearts Author Jack Harvey – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A shot rings out, and the woman dies instantly But she was not alone on the steps of the London hotel A number of other people could also have been the intended target of the invisible sniper But the A shot rings out, and the woman dies instantly But she was not alone on the steps of the London hotel A number of other people could also have been the intended target of the invisible sniper But the assassin, Michael Weston, knows he has carried out his assignment successfully One mistake was enough A long time ago, a young American girl had accidentally received the fatal bullet After all those years, the father of the dead girl still had a private eye named Hoffer, on a permanent retainer, to track him down Every time Weston completed a job, he knew Hoffer would not be far behind But why had the police been on the scene so quickly Weston has to find out, even if it means coming face to face with Hoffer.

    Paperback Í Bleeding Hearts eBook Ê One mistake was enough A long time ago, a young American girl had accidentally received the fatal bullet After all those years, the father of the dead girl still had a private eye named Hoffer, on a permanent retainer, to track him down Every time Weston completed a job, he knew Hoffer would not be far behind But why had the police been on the scene so quickly Weston has to find out, even if it means coming face to face with Hoffer."/>
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Bleeding Hearts
  • Jack Harvey
  • English
  • 03 December 2018
  • 075284332X

About the Author: Jack Harvey

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation A pseudonym used by Ian Rankin.



10 thoughts on “Bleeding Hearts

  1. Bev Taylor Bev Taylor says:

    michael weston one of his many names is a paid assassin his latest victim is a married journalist but now it is he who is asking the questions how did the police get onto his tail so quickly there were 2 other possible victims but he knows he killed the right one but why was she chosen and was the job a set up to put him behind bars so begins his search which leads him to a cult and other characters who r not playing by the rules who is telling the truth and who is not his nemesis hof michael weston one of his many names is a paid assassin his latest victim is a married journalist but now it is he who is asking the questions how did the police get onto his tail so quickly there were 2 other possible victims but he knows he killed the right one but why was she chosen and was the job a set up to put him behind bars so begins his search which leads him to a cult and other characters who r not playing by the rules who is telling the truth and who is not his nemesis hoffer is on his tail and also nsa, cia among others seem to be involved he will need all his wits and friends scarce though they r to get to the bottom of this and stay alive a well researched novel and well told but what spoilt it for me was the amount of narrative there r also a lot of characters and u have to concentrate on who is whom yes, u could connect with michael but in respect of the other characters, it felt a though the writer was not interested or understood them and just put them in and then cast them off again until the next time couple of questions no way could he have bought a gun into england on a flight from the states there was no mention of the housekeeper and follow up on questioning her also the husband and son seemed to fade away when they would naturally be the first suspects 3.75 stars bev

  2. Isabel Isabel says:

    It was the first book I had read from Ian Rankin and I enjoyed it so much It made me want to read all his books

  3. Nicole Nicole says:

    This book started out okay I liked the main character, the professional assassin, and I was interested in his mystery Then I met the rest of the characters I m not sure if I ve ever encountered aobnoxious and yet frequently boring collection Somehow, they made what was undoubtedly supposed to be a gritty mystery merely puerile The biggest reason I had to give up was the private detective from New York There are ugly Americans, and then there s this guy He took crude to such a leve This book started out okay I liked the main character, the professional assassin, and I was interested in his mystery Then I met the rest of the characters I m not sure if I ve ever encountered aobnoxious and yet frequently boring collection Somehow, they made what was undoubtedly supposed to be a gritty mystery merely puerile The biggest reason I had to give up was the private detective from New York There are ugly Americans, and then there s this guy He took crude to such a level that I can only wonder how Rankin wrote him with a straight face Whether he was meant to be commentary or color, I don t know, but I just can t bear to sit through anyof his POVs

  4. Zach Zach says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here What happens Assassin kills reporter, realizes he was set up, attempts to find out by whom Characters Assassin West humorous self depricating but near the end slightly darker side comes out why he is an assassinBelle young, sexy daughter of gun dealer b c West s partner lover Gun Runner humours, even fact he is suffering from cancer handled w touch of humorHoffa Ex NYPD cop tracking assassin, drug habitWhat Works Well Characters are interesting and well drawn, with unique perspective What happens Assassin kills reporter, realizes he was set up, attempts to find out by whom Characters Assassin West humorous self depricating but near the end slightly darker side comes out why he is an assassinBelle young, sexy daughter of gun dealer b c West s partner lover Gun Runner humours, even fact he is suffering from cancer handled w touch of humorHoffa Ex NYPD cop tracking assassin, drug habitWhat Works Well Characters are interesting and well drawn, with unique perspectives, dialogue evenminor characters sleazy TV producer, paranoid journalist in Seattle, Spike Gun Heaven , Jazz Spike sless adopted daughter The author has clearly thought a lot about them attempted to give them multiple dimensions that come through dialogue exchanges with main characters Plot the plot could be standard cat mouse fair, but the shifting perspectives between unique characters helps keep it interesting, especially as the characters are interesting, West the assassin is arguablylikeable except for the part that he has killed innocent people nice touch, the author does not attempt to make West a good assassin as is the case in similar stories he only kills people who are asking for it You must have done something to bring me to your door John Cusack in G Pointe Blank Hoffa comes across as loutish and unpleasent he is milking his client, he is a drug addict, he revels in the cheap publicity attention but he is also very good at tracking West What does not work well Characters The characters could have been madereal I really wanted to seeof West dealing with what he does this comes through a little in the very end he is clearly thinking about that he will not quit.., but the issue remains, he may have fallen into this line of work but he still continues to do it and also Hoffa, his decision at the end seemed rushed I mean the author could have made itplausible, if he had built it upMinor Point Rankin captures Hoffa and Spike s American vernacular pretty well, but often Hoff using British phrases that no American especially a crusty NYPD cop would use such as pensioner , motorway The words appears in Hoffa s thoughts or in his informal conversations so it appears they are his own words rather than attempting to quote or mock his UK counterparts

  5. Lukasz Pruski Lukasz Pruski says:

    I had to check the name of the author of Bleeding Hearts twice before I even reached page 40 Yes, the name on the book cover is indeed Ian Rankin, an Edgar Award winner for an Inspector Rebus novel I have read most Rankin s Rebus novels and, as unbearably repetitive as they are, they are well written, well plotted, atmospheric mysteries with nicely developed characters and interesting psychological and sociological observations Either Mr Rankin has written Bleeding Hearts as a prank or i I had to check the name of the author of Bleeding Hearts twice before I even reached page 40 Yes, the name on the book cover is indeed Ian Rankin, an Edgar Award winner for an Inspector Rebus novel I have read most Rankin s Rebus novels and, as unbearably repetitive as they are, they are well written, well plotted, atmospheric mysteries with nicely developed characters and interesting psychological and sociological observations Either Mr Rankin has written Bleeding Hearts as a prank or it has been ghost written by someone with limited literary skills The book reads as an entry in a contest for The Most Ineptly Written And Cliche Ridden Thriller.Michael Weston, a professional assassin, completes a successful hit in London, but the police almost catch him He begins suspecting his employers and embarks on a quest of finding them Simultaneously, Leo Hoffer, a private detective, is pursuing Mr Weston with an order to kill him Same old same old the hunter becomes the hunted, etc The plot is full of miraculously happening events occurring when they are convenient As Mr Weston himself realizes at some point things start slotting in place Yeah, they better do because it is already page 400 and no resolution is in sight.The blurb on the back cover says that Mr Rankin has a brilliant eye for character In general I agree, but definitely not in this book All characters here are one dimensional caricatures, especially the loutish and obnoxious Leo Hoffer The writing is occasionally atrocious Hoffer sniffed so much these days, he was hardly aware of it He blew his nose and reminded himself to buytissues Does it make the character seem real No, but it makes Mr Rankin literary skills seem less than stellar The only redeeming qualities are brief descriptions of Washington state locales and some mild humor at the expense of U.S culture There is precious little of it, though Waste of time One and a half stars

  6. Tim Tim says:

    Wow Fabulous 10 of 10 stars

  7. Marleen Marleen says:

    Michael Weston is a hired killer who made one, unfortunately fatal, mistake in his otherwise very successful career.When the novel starts he is in London where his assignment is to shoot a TV reporter, whose clothes have been described to him in amazing detail, when she exits a hotel His shot, straight through the heart, is spot on, but as soon as he has fired his rifle he hears police approaching, forcing him to flee and come up with a last minute escape plan.While Michael usually makes a ha Michael Weston is a hired killer who made one, unfortunately fatal, mistake in his otherwise very successful career.When the novel starts he is in London where his assignment is to shoot a TV reporter, whose clothes have been described to him in amazing detail, when she exits a hotel His shot, straight through the heart, is spot on, but as soon as he has fired his rifle he hears police approaching, forcing him to flee and come up with a last minute escape plan.While Michael usually makes a habit of not lingering on his kills after he s executed them, he finds himself struggling with a lot of questions this time around Questions that won t leave him alone questions he needs to answer.How is it possible that the police arrived on the scene so quickly Had they been tipped off Had the person who contracted him to kill the reporter also set him up to be caught Who had paid him for this kill in the first place How could his employer have known what the woman would be wearing And who would have wanted her death in the first place, and why Armed with only questions and very few clues, Michael sets out to find out what has been going on, assisted by Belinda, the daughter of one of his weapon suppliers.On Michael s tail is Leo Hoffer, a private investigator from New York who has been hired by the father of Weston s only mistake to track down the killer and destroy him Hoffer soon finds that his American ways don t go down too well in London, but nevertheless discovers enough clues to stay hot on the trail of Weston, from London to Scotland and eventually to America where a big show down should mean the end to all the mysteries, but does it I m not entirely sure how I feel about this book In many ways it is a fascinating story Told from the perspective of Weston we re dealing with a narrator who should be unsympathetic to us, but isn t At the same time, the investigator trying to find and stop him should be the obvious force of good here but is rather the repulsive instead I soon found myself rooting for the hired killer against those who would stop him, but never felt completely comfortable about that sentiment.I m also not completely convinced about this book s merits as a thriller While it has all the elements you d expect in a good thriller the hunter and the hunted, good versus bad, a chase across countries and continents and a final twist just when you think the story is over they didn t work to keep me turning the pages At times the story seemed to get bogged down in too much detail descriptions of the weapons used, haemophilia and other subjects encountered along the way seemed to take the pace out of the story and made this book just a little bit too easy to put down.Overall I say that this book left me mostly indifferent Indifferent about the characters while I was reading the book, and indifferent about the story as a whole now that I ve finished it.It is not a bad book at all the story idea is original and interesting and I had no problem finishing the book.It is not a great book either though It was too easy to put this book down for me to be able to call this a page turner.One thing this book did succeed in though is arousing my curiosity about the Rebus novels by Rankin and their huge popularity I will have to read a few titles in that series soon, if only to find out how they compare to this story

  8. Anne Brooke Anne Brooke says:

    Goodness me, this is a too long and too wearisome crime thriller There s a lot of pursuing the criminals and running away from the good guys, or running away from the criminals and pursuing the good guys, depending on whose point of view you re in at the time Not that anyone is really good at all, by any measure There are two leads the private detective and the hit man but neither is hero or villain This of course is a very realistic approach to take, but it does mean that the reader roo Goodness me, this is a too long and too wearisome crime thriller There s a lot of pursuing the criminals and running away from the good guys, or running away from the criminals and pursuing the good guys, depending on whose point of view you re in at the time Not that anyone is really good at all, by any measure There are two leads the private detective and the hit man but neither is hero or villain This of course is a very realistic approach to take, but it does mean that the reader roots for neither or possibly both, but for me it was neither as I didn t find either of them likeable or interesting.I did quite enjoy the fact that the hit man was a haemophiliac though as that was a nice twist But that s as about as good as it got though I do accept I m probably not the prime target for this novel It s best classed as a boys with toys thriller Because there are a lot of guns in all sorts of different scenarios and it was exhausting trying to keep up with the technicalities of them all So in the end I didn t bother I didn t bother much with the plot either as it was very clich d and had again lots of different groups in different countries up to no good and running around a great deal Sigh.Really, by about a quarter of the way through, I was just glancing over the bare outlines of what might have been going on, and trying to finish the pesky beast as quickly as I could There s a girl who is farboring than she ought to be as the female lead and a dead father, a journalist or several, various gun suppliers and some police Please add your own plot as you expect it to be and you won t be far wrong.That said, Spike s niece, Jazz, was great fun and I wished forof her, but it was not to be, alas To cap it all, the ending is the ultimate clich to end all clich s and not worth the getting there

  9. John John says:

    A fairly adequate thriller which I d likely have rated higher had it been by a different author from Ian Rankin, though, I tend to expect something that leaves most other thrillers in the dust, and this doesn t really do that.A hitman realizes that whoever commissioned his latest job was trying to set him up, so, with the daughter of his chief weapons supplier, he goes on the run from the cops and from Hoffer the fat US PI who s been on his tail all these years but also on the track of wh A fairly adequate thriller which I d likely have rated higher had it been by a different author from Ian Rankin, though, I tend to expect something that leaves most other thrillers in the dust, and this doesn t really do that.A hitman realizes that whoever commissioned his latest job was trying to set him up, so, with the daughter of his chief weapons supplier, he goes on the run from the cops and from Hoffer the fat US PI who s been on his tail all these years but also on the track of whoever was responsible for the trap The trail takes him to the Washington State headquarters of an obscure but strangely wealthy cult, and into the sights of an extraordinarily vicious intelligence services operative.What s interesting is that the narrative allows the hitman to tell his own part of the tale in the first person in very approximately every other chapter , while the third person telling in the intervening chapters mainly focuses on Hoffer further, the hitman, a mass murderer, becomes a farsympathetic character than the supposed good guy The novel s skewed morality works pretty well, and does distinguish it from the herd of standard airport thrillers unfortunately, Bleeding Hearts includes also various of the traits that can make those thrillers so dull the fascination with lovingly acronymed weapons, the tedious descriptions of the minutiae of the characters actions the coffee was good, the coffee was bad, the coffee was hot, the coffee was lukewarm, the coffee came in a Rupert Bear mug , etc , and the denouement had me curling my lip with disbelief.Overall, then, I felt as if a five star restaurant had served me a three star meal not too shabby a meal, but it suffered because falling so far short of my expectations

  10. Melissa Melissa says:

    It was pretty good I especially enjoyed the fact that the main character visited places in Washington the State, not the District that I ve been to many times And I m not talking about Seattle either, but Port Angeles, the Strait de Juan de Fuca or something like that , and Hurricane Ridge.It was one of his few stand alone books, so you don t need to have read anything else to know what s going on In addition, the changing POV between the assassin and the private investigator wasn t both It was pretty good I especially enjoyed the fact that the main character visited places in Washington the State, not the District that I ve been to many times And I m not talking about Seattle either, but Port Angeles, the Strait de Juan de Fuca or something like that , and Hurricane Ridge.It was one of his few stand alone books, so you don t need to have read anything else to know what s going on In addition, the changing POV between the assassin and the private investigator wasn t bothersome at all like it normally is for me It may have helped that the assassin was in the first person and the private investigator was in the third person so there was no confusion upon starting a new chapter

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