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While investigating reports of vigilante killings in Scotland, freelance journalist, Carla Black, meets a man named Miller on the London to Edinburgh train, and later finds he holds the key to an unsolved mystery. After drawing a blank on her enquiries, she follows up on a tip-off Miller gave her, and discovers it leads back to the original story she'd intended to write. W While investigating reports of vigilante killings in Scotland, freelance journalist, Carla Black, meets a man named Miller on the London to Edinburgh train, and later finds he holds the key to an unsolved mystery. After drawing a blank on her enquiries, she follows up on a tip-off Miller gave her, and discovers it leads back to the original story she'd intended to write. With the murderer still at large, she writes a book about him and during her research, has an idea for an even bigger story, but first she must use herself as bait to draw him out of hiding, and accomplish what the police have been unable to do; end his forty year reign of terror. After printing a handful of posters showing an artist’s impression of the serial killer, she heads out to Morocco with a suitcase full of books unintended for general release – her sole intention to lure him into buying a copy, knowing if he reads it, he’ll return to England to exact his revenge on her. She hadn’t bargained for what would happen next... The Life and Times of William Boule... 'A distinctive and highly original work of fiction which many readers will enjoy...'


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While investigating reports of vigilante killings in Scotland, freelance journalist, Carla Black, meets a man named Miller on the London to Edinburgh train, and later finds he holds the key to an unsolved mystery. After drawing a blank on her enquiries, she follows up on a tip-off Miller gave her, and discovers it leads back to the original story she'd intended to write. W While investigating reports of vigilante killings in Scotland, freelance journalist, Carla Black, meets a man named Miller on the London to Edinburgh train, and later finds he holds the key to an unsolved mystery. After drawing a blank on her enquiries, she follows up on a tip-off Miller gave her, and discovers it leads back to the original story she'd intended to write. With the murderer still at large, she writes a book about him and during her research, has an idea for an even bigger story, but first she must use herself as bait to draw him out of hiding, and accomplish what the police have been unable to do; end his forty year reign of terror. After printing a handful of posters showing an artist’s impression of the serial killer, she heads out to Morocco with a suitcase full of books unintended for general release – her sole intention to lure him into buying a copy, knowing if he reads it, he’ll return to England to exact his revenge on her. She hadn’t bargained for what would happen next... The Life and Times of William Boule... 'A distinctive and highly original work of fiction which many readers will enjoy...'

30 review for The Life And Times Of William Boule

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana Febry

    I struggled with how to rate this book. A simple but very effective plot. A female journalist hatches a plan to draw a serial killer out of hiding, putting her own life and that of friends in danger. Good writing, interesting characters and setting, a hint of paranormal along with natural dialogue made this an enjoyable read, full of suspense and intrigue. But from about a third in, I felt I wasn't able to fully appreciate the relationships and history behind the story, having not read the previo I struggled with how to rate this book. A simple but very effective plot. A female journalist hatches a plan to draw a serial killer out of hiding, putting her own life and that of friends in danger. Good writing, interesting characters and setting, a hint of paranormal along with natural dialogue made this an enjoyable read, full of suspense and intrigue. But from about a third in, I felt I wasn't able to fully appreciate the relationships and history behind the story, having not read the previous book by this author, which I believe is called The Sister. My bad and not the first time I've done this! Yes, it can be read as a stand alone but there are several references to events that happened previously that are not fully explained. In conclusion, a good book, I would certainly read more by this author, but if you are tempted, read the earlier book first.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marbea Logan

    I just want to make this clear, I'm not sure about the about Clara being a heroine of the story. She's a selfish, manipulative, and trifling woman. Although she survived the story, I don't understand how in the beginning she's presumed dead for the journalist to print the story. How did she die? Was her death a part of the Boule case before or after her and Miller's adventure? Is Boule alive still? This novel has left me baffled and unfulfilled with questions of unfinished scenarios. There's mor I just want to make this clear, I'm not sure about the about Clara being a heroine of the story. She's a selfish, manipulative, and trifling woman. Although she survived the story, I don't understand how in the beginning she's presumed dead for the journalist to print the story. How did she die? Was her death a part of the Boule case before or after her and Miller's adventure? Is Boule alive still? This novel has left me baffled and unfulfilled with questions of unfinished scenarios. There's more to this story. I'm also elated Mohammed is prospering because Clara needed to right her mistakes in putting that child in danger for a stupid story!

  3. 5 out of 5

    vickieallred

    Good Plenty of action and suspense. Believable characters and a well told story. I liked this story it was fast paced and was full of surprises and plenty of action. I liked the ending it was a pleasant surprise and just what the story needed in my opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Crystal D. Clayton

    Wonderfully written book!! I have enjoyed reading 3 of Max's books in one week's time. It has been a pleasure...I am looking forward to many more!

  5. 5 out of 5

    T.W. Barton

    A suspenseful crime thriller from the author of The Sister, the companion book to this story. Written to be a standalone book with ties to The Sister, there were a few times when I felt that I was missing things that occurred in the first book but didn't take away any enjoyment of the story. The story winds around a plan cooked up by Carla, an investigative reporter obsessed with drawing out a serial killer and drawing him back to England in the hopes of stopping the killer and at the same time wr A suspenseful crime thriller from the author of The Sister, the companion book to this story. Written to be a standalone book with ties to The Sister, there were a few times when I felt that I was missing things that occurred in the first book but didn't take away any enjoyment of the story. The story winds around a plan cooked up by Carla, an investigative reporter obsessed with drawing out a serial killer and drawing him back to England in the hopes of stopping the killer and at the same time writing an award winning book. As is usually the case, all best laid plans fall apart at first contact. Carla soon goes from the hunter to the hunted just as she planned, but not in the way she planned. The killer has discovered the huntress and soon discovers the trail of clues meant to draw him out. It doesn't take long for the collateral damage to her plans to start to stack up. As she soon realizes that it may have been a mistake to taunt a killer and it almost costs her everything including her life. The killer, suffering trauma from a previous target that put up more of a fight than he'd expected, has become even more unhinged fueling his unrelenting chase of Carla, eliminating anyone in his way or that can help him reach his goal of capturing, raping and killing Carla. His plan also includes returning home to deal with all the people that told his tale to her which she used to write a book. A book she'd been spreading around his hiding place trying to draw him out. The suspense keeps ratcheting up concluding in a battle for more than one person’s life. The author voted as one of the top 50 crime writers to watch last year has created a crime tale looking into the mind of a deranged and psychotic killer.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phil Leader

    It took me a long time to get around to reading a Max China book and I had heard a lot of good things about his work. I was not disappointed. This novel forms a sequel to The Sister but I didn't feel I needed to read that to enjoy this as the characters are introduced and explained well. Carla Black is a journalist who wants to flush out the titular serial killer from his hideaway in Morocco. Meanwhile Miller, a missing persons investigator and former lover of Carla, suspects she may run into tro It took me a long time to get around to reading a Max China book and I had heard a lot of good things about his work. I was not disappointed. This novel forms a sequel to The Sister but I didn't feel I needed to read that to enjoy this as the characters are introduced and explained well. Carla Black is a journalist who wants to flush out the titular serial killer from his hideaway in Morocco. Meanwhile Miller, a missing persons investigator and former lover of Carla, suspects she may run into trouble and follows on to help her. When Boule runs into Carla unexpectedly, she and Miller end up in a race to safety with the serial killer in determined pursuit. There are so many things that make this book stand out. China's descriptions of the dusty streets of Morocco, full of colours and smells are extremely immersive. His characters are all very solid and well-drawn. I particularly liked the local police chief who turns out to be a very shrewd and resourceful operator in his own right at working out what is going on. Boule is suitably amoral and nasty, a real sociopath but when the narrative is from his point of view the reader finds out his self-justification for his actions. China keeps the reader guessing with the direction the plot is going to take next and the pace is frantic, the chase scenes desperate and nerve wracking and the pauses in action claustrophobic with menace. Everything gathers pace and momentum neatly until the final showdown which is perfectly pitched in terms of drama. I really was impressed by this book and China is an outstanding writer. (Contains violence and sexual scenes and references)

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Jr.

    I was so enamored with Max China's novel "The Sister" that nothing could have stopped me from diving directly into this sequel, and I did. It was a thrill to get to journey with these characters again. I won't have to coerce you into reading this book. Once you read "The Sister" all the way through, you, too, will follow along on this next chapter in the tale. How could you not? Whether this book was originally the end of the first book- and judged to be far too long and then split in two, or whet I was so enamored with Max China's novel "The Sister" that nothing could have stopped me from diving directly into this sequel, and I did. It was a thrill to get to journey with these characters again. I won't have to coerce you into reading this book. Once you read "The Sister" all the way through, you, too, will follow along on this next chapter in the tale. How could you not? Whether this book was originally the end of the first book- and judged to be far too long and then split in two, or whether the author simply decided later to take the characters a bit further, I cannot say. What I will say is I hope at some future date, when Mr. China has reached monster status - much like Stephen King was able to do with his epic "The Stand", that this tale will be (re)joined with "The Sister" in the "Complete & Uncut Special Edition". I'd like to have that one signed, Max. ;) Well done, Sir.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louise Cole

    I read "The Sister" first and was rather irritated to find that it did not have a proper conclusion; I therefore decided to read "Life and Times of William Boule" to get some answers. It all felt rather rushed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angelika Rust

    This book picks up where The Sister left off and follows two of the characters, Miller and Carla Black, on their hunt for serial killer William Boyle (aka William Boule). Unlike The Sister, which was told leaping from storyline to storyline, from past to present and back, The Life and Times of William Boule is pretty linear, but makes for an action-packed, tightly knit, page-turning read. The ending was a bit drawn, but satisfying and conclusive.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rashmi Pant

    This is the sequel to "The sister"- a book intriguing enough that I had to go and buy the sequel. The serial killer, who has been Killing for decades now is still at large. A journalist is hot on his trail, with a good chance of getting him and the story. Will she be able to get what she wants? or will she die trying? What role does "the sister" a gifted person with ESP have in all this?. The sequel was good, but not as captivating as the previous book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    This book is the perfect follow up to The Sister. It is an action packed novel with plenty of twists and turns. While reading The Sister before this book is suggested, it is not required as the author weaves in just enough background information throughout this story to make the characters backgrounds understandable. The ending leaves the possibility of another chapter in the series, or the option of ending the series here. Either way, I look forward to more novels by Max China.

  12. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    I read this author's book The Sister, which is amazing. Max China doesn't disappoint with this novel. It has as many twists and turns as the other book, which it is a sort of continuation of the first book. If you haven't read it you can still enjoy this action packed novel, but I highly recommend you read both and know you will be glad you did.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Abrams

    This was a very good short novel. I found it confusing in parts, but it was a fast-paced read that held my interest despite the confusing bits. It was certainly a high action thriller that made 173 pages go by very quickly. I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a fast-paced novel with an unusual premise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Edward A. Gettler

    Good Read! This was the first book I' ve read, that was not one of a series, in quite a while. I guess I felt somewhat cheated, in an unexplainable way. But, definitely a good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Midwood

    A great thriller which I read in two days, couldn't put it down. Very vivid characters and full of action. And of course the serial killer, masterfully portrayed and making you hold your breath for the main characters. Great read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Duvall

    The Life and Times of William Boule This book if full of unexpected plot twists and turns! The characters are developed bit by bit until you are left with just enough a sense of them at the end you feel like you need to read more. Surely there is more to discover!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dave Colstti

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Murray

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lamar

  20. 4 out of 5

    anthea margaret hotchkiss

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela Knapchuck

  22. 5 out of 5

    erica white

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne H Dempsey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Vincent

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  27. 5 out of 5

    Philip Norton

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rita Ames

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ian Duncan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Savitha

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