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Good looks, top job in the city, Ferrari, second and third homes in Paris and Cannes , not to mention a spacious penthouse overlooking the Thames. Yes, it seemed Donavan Smith had it all. And the girls. ready and willing. And if, every now and again, they weren't so willing, Donavan had his own way of persuading them. Jenny McArthur was different though. She knew something terrible had occurred during a ten-hour period of her life that was a total blank. But, as it all gradually came back to her, she relived the horrors encountered at the hands of Donavan Smith. And she wanted to get even. Donavan would have to deal with her. Vicky Mackenzie harboured a secret, a secret that she hadn't disclosed to anyone. So why was she spilling the beans to a total stranger from London , a stranger who she'd only met that night? She told him all about her past life, the cold-blooded murder of her husband, the phoney bank raid and how the money was still out there somewhere. Donavan listened and wondered how he could get his hands on the money; wondered if it was possible to plan a premature retirement. It would get nasty, that was for sure. But why not? Donavan Smith had done nasty before, just ask Jenny McArthur. Donavan Smith and Vicky Mackenzie: two soul mates, two secrets; it was a match made in hell.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.88" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Jan 11, 2006
Publisher libros international
ISBN 1905988001 ISBN13 9781905988006
Reviews - What do customers think about A Million Would Be Nice?
A fantastic sequel from a valid voice. Mar 31, 2008
Having read Jack of Hearts I was immediately interested in "A million would be nice." You don't need to read Scotts first novel to enjoy this but I was glad I had. The story features Donavan Smith who is as bad as they get but attractive in his evilness. From start to finish I was captivated by the storyline and events which are in tandem with Scotts first book but in my opinion, that little bit better. Plenty of action and drama written in a smooth manner with plenty of twists and turns. The book lasted forty eight hours until I had to sadly hit the last page and I would suggest it as a definate suggestion for the book collector.
spine tingling Mar 18, 2008
Ken Scott has done it again. A MILLION WOULD BE NICE, THE sequel to JACK OF HEARTS, takes us back once again, to the roller coaster life of Bob Heggee. Just when Bob thinks he has a calm life after winning alot of cash and robbing a bank, he meets up with a cold-blooded character named Donavan Smith who turns the novel into a spine-tingling journey through Paris, Spain and Cannes, where Donovan kills, blackmails and kidnaps, all for the sake of a million bucks. The action and story-line makes this suspense thriller a page turner. Mr. Scott did a great job of weaving the lives of all the characters into a fast-paced story that is parallel to one of Stephen Kings best novels. I highly reccommend this novel for those who love suspense, hate putting a good book down and those who keep thinking about the characters long after the book is read.
Kate Genovese author of TWO WEEKS SINCE MY LAST CONFESSION WWW.KATEGENOVESE.COM
Disturbingly Sympathetic Feb 28, 2008
Ken Scott's book is well worth the read. Like many of you, I have a stack of books on my nightstand and sometimes I read two or three simultaneously, choosing whichever one matches my mood. Occasionally, I'll start a book that demands attention and won't allow time for the others. "A Million Would Be Nice" is one of those books. I couldn't divert from it until I was finished. It was much better than others I've read in this genre of crime thriller/suspense. Scott writes with intensity, and he is able to shift gears and thrust us into the warped thoughts and motives of various characters. While the main character is not traditionally sympathetic, there is no doubt about the origins of his sexually charged, murderous arrogance and cold-heartedness. What makes this book curiously different is that despite a few academic literary flaws, the intense writing style carries the story and lifts it above the others. Therefore, I can easily recommend "A Million Would Be Nice." I didn't want to stop reading, which is the best measure for any fiction, regardless of genre.
To offer a disclaimer, I feel compelled to inform you that I bought "A Million Would Be Nice" because it is published by Libros International, the same company that will publish (or has published) my own novel "Where the River Splits." Often, as with any reviews, I don't necessarily agree with nor understand the high ratings and sometimes befuddling raves. However, I truly enjoyed this book and can without hesitation recommend it.
Jeff May, askwritefish.
A Million Would Be Nice by Ken Scott Sep 15, 2007
I don't read many books that claim membership of a genre. In my humble opinion, a work of fiction should aspire to create its own world, describe it, communicate it and then live in it. I want a book's characters to inhabit the events that are portrayed, events that are clearly influenced by the character's presence, but which are also usually bigger than any individual's contribution. Wars don't exist unless people fight them. Crimes are not committed without criminals. Love stories are made by lovers and ghosts don't exist.
For instance, in my own book, Mission, there are four wars, but it's not a war novel. There are at least three love stories, but it's not a romance. There are several deaths, one of which is a murder, but it's not a crime novel or a thriller. And then there's a character who comes back from the dead to haunt an old man, but it's not a ghost story or a fantasy. In short, it's Mission, a novel set in Kenya.
So I approached Ken Scott's crime thriller, A Million Would Be Nice, as a reader unused to the genre's codes and forms.
Unlike general or literary fiction, I recognise that learning what happens in A Million Would Be Nice is one of the main reasons for reading the book. My review, therefore, cannot reveal too much of the plot. Suffice it to say that there has been a bank robbery. It was an inside job and the scenario for its execution is carefully concocted and inventively created. The perpetrator gets away with it and scarpers with the loot to live it up in Spain.
On an apparently separate thread, we meet Donavan Smith, a quite incredibly vile piece of humanity from Newcastle, of which I hope he is not representative. He's a successful young thing, a kind of nouveau riche moron, who apparently defines his identity by surrounding himself with requisite items of designer consumption, clearly knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. He has everything, does our Donavan, but he is never satisfied. He wants more.
There isn't a lot to endear us to Donavan Smith. He's a misogynist, and occasionally indulges in some quite bizarre behaviour in the bedroom. He justifies everything with quotes from the Bible, a source of justification that was beaten into him by an abusing mother. He lets nothing get in his way. He has his ideas, knows how to achieve them and then ruthlessly destroys anything that might resist. In some ways, he is quite creative.
But one of his conquests becomes an accomplice, because she has inside information about that money that went missing in the bank raid. He needs her and together they visit people all over the prestigious bits of Europe, Paris, Cannes, London, the Costas, Newcastle, to pursue and realise their dream. And believe me, this Donavan is nothing if not resourceful and he certainly has a knack when it comes to making things happen.
The story moves at a fast pace. Different characters are drawn into the thread and many are inevitably cast aside by Donavan Smith, our single-minded, calculating anti-hero. And that is as much as I will relate. A Million Would be Nice claims to be a crime thriller, and a crime thriller is exactly what it is, fast paced, and packed with greed, obsession and ruthlessness.
Ken Scott's own background as an employee of a major British bank provided him with much of the detail surrounding the original robbery. Since the back cover of the book shows him, like the robber in the book, living it up in Spain, I can only hope that this is as far as the similarity goes. A Million Would be Nice will appeal to readers of thrillers and crime fiction. It has all the elements you would expect and, in the relationship between Donavan and his mother, perhaps something extra as well.
A sequal that holds the pace of the first book Jan 9, 2007
A Million would be Nice picks up the baton from Ken Scott's first novel Jack of Hearts. Bob Heggie is pursued by his nemesis in the form of Donavan Smith. The action is exhausting and the characterization so good you can almost taste the tension. If you don't like suspense thrillers then this is not for you. I recommend starting the book on a Friday, as work will only get in the way of what is a superb book.