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The Picasso Scam (A Di Charlie Priest Mystery) (edition 2004)

by Stuart Pawson

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Title:The Picasso Scam (A Di Charlie Priest Mystery)
Authors:Stuart Pawson
Info:Allison & Busby LTD (2004), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:humour, crime fiction, mystery

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The Picasso Scam by Stuart Pawson is the first in his series about D.I. Charlie Priest and I am ashamed to say it has sat on my shelves since before I joined LT. Set in Yorkshire this mystery starts with a report about a conspiracy to forge famous artworks, but when D.I. Priest comes to the realization that this case is linked to a particularly lethal type of heroin that is making itself known in his area, he finds himself hot on the trail of a local business man who appears to have his fingers in many pies.

Set in the fictional town of Heckley, Yorkshire, Priest and his crew like to complain that they spend most of their time investigating shop lifters and sheep stealers. I liked the fact that this case wasn’t solved in a matter of days, in fact from the beginning to the end, a time span of a couple of years had gone by with the case at times simmering on the back burner and at others being brought to the forefront.

Charlie Priest is an appealing character and we learn just enough about him in this first book to make me want to learn more. Overall a well written police procedural with a darkly humorous undertone that I look forward to continuing on with. Luckily I picked up the first three in the series at the time of purchase so I can enjoy the next one sooner rather than later. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 13, 2014 |
An entertaining romp through the world of art theft, with the protagonist, Detective inspector Charlie Priest, leading his colleagues through some excruciatingly bad jokes to challenge a mini drug cartel established in the unnamed North Yorkshire town where he is based. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Nov 24, 2010 |
That is what Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is. This is the first book in the series and I did read it out of sequence a bit since I've read two or three later books. I appreciated getting in on the ground floor so-to-speak and learning a bit more about Charlie Priest. He is such a likeable and affable character with a cunning mind and a wonderful sense of humour. Ths book has a number of story lines in it, and it gets a bit difficult to follow them all at times. We have drugs, insurance fraud, bank robbery, murder, police corruption and art forgeries all in one book. Charlie finds himself in grave danger a couple of times while he tries to pursue one particular criminal. That was the main story thread, but there was a lot going on, which is probably like what a police officer's life is really like. They don't usually have the luxury of being on only one case at a time. Anyway, I'm enjoying this series, and I really like Charlie. The book made me laugh numerous times with Charlie's biting wit. He is so real it's quite astounding. ( )
  Romonko | Feb 21, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0749083905, Paperback)

Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is the kind of officer who likes to get on with the job, though his unorthodox ways have held him at inspector level for a record-breaking length of time. Yet while few other modern detectives will chase a Rolls Royce down a country lane in an ancient Cortina, Priest does get results. When he s not putting crooks behind bars, he s watching out for his team of young constables, only too aware that for them as much as for him the knock about humor of the station is in stark contrast to the dangers they face on the beat. Sheep steeling and shoplifting are everyday crimes in Heckley, but there are local villains with bigger fish to fry. When Charlie suspects a now-respected businessman, with a background of extortion and GBH, of involvement in an international art fraud, he's taking on an enemy with friends in high places. But Charlie can be persistent to the point of recklessness and, once he's realized that there's a link to the lethal doctored heroin that's striking down the local kids, no threat will stop him...

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Detective Inspector Charlie Priest is the kind of officer who likes to get on with the job, though his unorthodox ways have held him at inspector level for a record-breaking length of time; however Priest does get results. When Charlie suspects a now-respected businessman, with a background of extortion and GBH, of involvement in an international art fraud, he's taking on an enemy with friends in high places. But Charlie can be persistent to the point of recklessness and, once he's realised that there's a link to the lethal doctored heroin that's striking down the local kids, no threat will stop him...… (more)

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