By Any Means

By Any Means

by Chris Culver


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Ash Rashid thought his days as a homicide detective were over. Now with the police force's community relations department, he gives speeches at elementary schools instead of tracking criminals. But when he discovers two dead bodies during his evening commute, Ash finds himself back on active duty. As he races to identify the victims and track down an abducted witness, Ash realizes that nothing is what it seems. Every clue, every suspect, leads to new questions-and new threats. His quest for the truth soon leads him into the heart of a mastermind's bloody vendetta. Ash has sacrificed too much to back down-and he may now have to pay with his life . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455525980
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Ash Rashid Series
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Chris Culver is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ash Rashid series of mysteries. After graduate school, Chris taught courses in ethics and comparative religion at a small liberal arts university in southern Arkansas. Between classes, he wrote The Abbey, which spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times ebook bestseller list. He, his wife, and their Labrador retriever currently live near St. Louis, Missouri, where Chris is working on his next novel.

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By Any Means 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving Ash Rashid thriller. Very well written.
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SBMorales More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting multicultural investigative story. I enjoyed the main character's inner struggle. I haven't read any other in the series, so it may be that without that information I wasn't as prepared for this story. He come up on an accident and with an inexperienced detective he directs other officers on what to do on the scene. Ash is a Muslim alcoholic police officer trying to hold his life together. It's well written story and clearly has a direction. The cliffhanger I didn't love, but it does add to the mystery and makes me want to read not only the next book but the ones that came before it.
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quibecca More than 1 year ago
Ash is a cop who has been doing D.A.R.E. meetings instead of walking the beat for a while.  When driving home he comes upon a car crash.  When he goes to inspect the vehicle he sees two bodies in it.  His day gets much worse after that. Ash has made some choices as a cop and aligned himself with some not so good people, but that has allowed him to put some even worse people in jail.  He seems to think it's a good trade off.  As long as he is able to put bad guys away he doesn't see any harm in working with a known criminal. Kostya Bukoholov is a bad guy.  Plain and simple.  He finds out that his daughter has been killed and goes into action.   He is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his daughters murderer to justice.  He has not qualms about stepping outside the lines of "legal" means.  Like I said he is a bad guy.  He gets results.  I will give him that.  As a mother, I think I can totally see where he is coming from.  I would hope I had the control to let the authorities take care of it, but when my kids are in trouble my "mad momma bear" kicks in.  I am a little irrational.  hehe!  I think Kostya is the same way.  Just on a much deeper level.  He has dealt with evil many times. The way things unwind in this book are so great.  I thought Ash was a great character.  He loved his wife.  I think that is probably why I liked him so much.  In the book even when he is having a really bad day, he always thinks about his wife, and does all he can for his family.  It's such a nice change from all the bad father/guy stories out there. Ash is a great detective.  He thinks about things that others don't and is sometimes willing to step outside the "line" to get results.   I have often wondered if I would be able to handle being married to a Police Man.  I would be terrified every day that they wouldn't come home.  Ash had a way of getting himself into situations, because he is unwilling to accept defeat.   It seemed like when one thing was on the verge of being resolved another element entered and made it more exciting.  While the pieces come together it made me sit on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen.   The lengths that Ash goes to, to find a missing girl make you really root for him as a detective.  Even if he is working and getting his information from "bad guy" Bukoholov.  He knows someone is in trouble, and he will go to any lengths (even out of his jurisdiction) to solve the mystery. If you like mystery, and detective stories, this book is a good one to pick up.  It's an intriguing story with twists and turns, that kept me guessing.  I really enjoy that :). Source:  Thanks Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to review this novel.  It was such a great read.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent plot but did not finish well
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Ash Rashid is a veteran police officer, once a homicide investigator, but due to problems he has had, is currently assigned as the officer who goes to schools educating kids on safety. When he comes across a damaged car with two dead bodies in it, the long day he had just had takes having a bad day to a whole new level. There is more than meets the eye to these two deaths, as Ash is placed in charge of the scene and one mistake after another, peer pressure and resentment and FBI involvement make his life a living nightmare. Will his past come back to haunt him when the shroud of death and conspiracies and human trafficking hangs over these murders? Will past connections cause him to walk the fine line of legal vs illegal, tempting him to cross over, just a little bit? Lives are on the line and time is running out. How can Ash solve this case if the FBI even has doubts about him? Chris Culver has created a world that is stark, lonely and filled with intrigue and pain. As a character, Ash is unique, with a completely unique set of odds that are working against him. Few on the force are sure of his loyalties and only his home and family are his safe haven. I almost think Mr. Culver went overboard in creating so much drama for Ash, who is Muslim, has a drinking problem, has been caught up in some shady business associations and has lost the trust of all but a few as an officer they would want watching their backs. And, it was Ramadan, when fasting from sunrise to sunset is a way of honoring the sacrifices made long ago, by living a sacrifice of all forms of nourishment. Honestly, I was slightly taken aback by how often Ash’s religion was brought up. For me, it wasn’t necessary. Mr. Culver has an amazingly captivating and well-paced story to tell that is filled with intrigue, murder, tension and the horrors of human trafficking. I don’t’ need my heroes to be over-the- top Supermen, but Ash comes across as floundering in his own skin when clearly he is a brilliant detective with heart.
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