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11:59 [Kindle Edition]

David Williams
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Who is Hassan and what is behind his mysterious Valentine message to Amina? Who is the young beauty chased across a lorry park in the early hours? These are the questions local phone-in host Marc Niven struggles with as he is drawn deeper into the city's secret places. The question he already knows the answer to - why did Sam leave him so suddenly? - is the one that troubles him most.

A taut thriller ... A near-cinematic stylist, the author deftly sustains the tension right up until the final segment ... a sterling example of astute character studies melded with highly topical concerns.
--Publishers Weekly

Semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2010


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A taut thriller ... A near-cinematic stylist, the author deftly sustains the tension right up until the final segment ... a sterling example of astute character studies melded with highly topical concerns.
--Publishers Weekly

This is one taut thriller ... A near-cinematic stylist, the author deftly sustains the tension right up until the final segment ... a sterling example of astute character studies melded with highly topical concerns. -- Publishers Weekly

The relationship between hero (Marc) and just-stopping-short-of-stalker, Oliver is a joy to read. -- Bookbag September 13, 2010

This is a good read with engaging characters and a modern, topical plot-line. Recommended. -- Bookbag September 13, 2010

From the Publisher

11:59 is taut and edgy thriller that was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (3 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y8XO30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characterisation, real people with real flaws 22 April 2012
By Kavey
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was compelling! Not least because of the strong characterisation, real characters with real flaws, not least our protagonist, the hard to like Marc Niven. Hard to like, and yet we could identify with or at least understand his actions, his weaknesses. And the fascinating Oliver Dunn as his side kick. The plot too kept me reading and reading. On one hand, it seemed plausible - we know that drugs, human trafficking, prostitution and terrorism happen - though on the other, one ordinary man seemed to encounter more than his fair share. And of course, not many readers can likely comment on how realistic the details are, since these criminal worlds are not our own. But it was gripping and readable and I couldn't put it down.
I'd give it 5 stars had I paid for it. For a freebie, I want to give it 6!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 6 April 2012
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I nearly put this book down, simply because of my initial reaction that I wouldn't warm to the main protagonist, a night-time talk DJ called Marc, who clearly had an eye for the ladies.
Thankfully by the second chapter I was hooked: All credit to the author for managing to get me round my prejudices.
This is a modern tale, and whilst some of the characters do conform to stereotypes the characterisation is full enough to bring the personalities to life. Just as in life, not everything is as simple as black and white; hero or villain.
We see the world through Marc's eyes - whose balance of cynicism and hope means we are presented with an unsentimentalised tour around the seamier side of urban life, whilst not losing touch of the human factor.
I look forward to reading more by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give this book a chance - it will grow on you 23 July 2012
By ronix
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Marc Niven is the late night DJ on a radio station in Newcastle. He's gained notoriety for talking down a suicide attempt so one would expect him to pick up on a caller (on Valentine's Day) sending a message to his wife Amina, calling her "my widow", but unfortunately Marc is distracted because Sam, the love of his life has left him and he's back to his old ways of chatting up every woman who comes under his radar. However, Oliver Dunn, one of his avid listeners hears the remark and stars badgering Marc to find out what Hassam meant when he called with his cryptic message.

In the meantime, while driving his new assistant home, Marc spots a young girl trying to escape the clutches of a Nigerian pimp and he sets out to find out who she is and whether he can help her.

This turned out to be a really good book! I began it with trepidation because one doesn't really like Marc and the way he behaves, but then the plot kind of grows on you and especially when Sam returns and he's been able to pull off a rescue of this young girl from Albania; you start thinking that maybe he's not so bad and then he gets involved in trying to solve the riddle of Amina and her husband.

Oliver Dunn, who has Asperger's Syndrome is very well portrayed and as the book moves on, all the characters, grow on you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Newcastle - not as I know it, but recogniseable. 13 April 2012
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Could not believe it - A book set in my home town - have tried to read other obvious Newcastle books but this was the first one i completed. The names of areas of the city of Newcastle have been changed but some obvious references to real areas of the city - with the author using his literary licence to add to the story line - so the Coast Road is real but it has very few bridges on for a vehicle to crash into. And they check this line of enquiry for many miles and many bridges. Also nowhere in Newcastle called Springhill. And many other areas. Also spent many miles crossing the city but now one mention of our cool bridges, which is daft considering the most of our radio stations are based on the Tyne bridge.
But i did feel like i knew the area - and the people in the story - they were so well written - especially Oliver Dunn. He's a character who deserves his own book about an adventure away from home.

This was well written, snappy and made you think. Not too many chaacters that you get lost and enough red herrings to keep you guessing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked! 5 Jan. 2014
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I think what hooks you in this book are the twists and hooks in the plot.
You start by meeting Marc, a very egotistical DJ who to begin with is the kind of character you would find in a dreadfully written book. However as the mystery behind, he is pulled into 2 seemingly different mysteries. Like Marc, the reader suspects they are linked but even as an avid reader, I found it difficult to work out how and was intrigued. Even better, the plot doesn't suddenly become full of coincidences and contrived scenarios.
Who is Amina? Who is Emmanuel and how does the midnight message link them!
I would love to see this as a TV drama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 19 Nov. 2012
By DJW13
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It is difficult to get away from the description of this as a gripping read. There were times when it was difficult to like the main character - he has flaws, but don't we all?

There were two strands to the story, but of course being fiction they were linked together.

It wasn't easy to rate - some of the time I thought it was only worth 3 stars and others when 5 stars would have been right, so I ended up with giving it 4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 18 April 2012
By Lou
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First book I have read by this author and I found the whole book to be extremely well written. It kept my interest to the very last page. I felt as though I was actually there with Marc and Ollie when the story was unfolding. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely look for other books by this author - if they are as good as this one I cannot wait.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping thriller
This was quite a gripping read with good plots and believable characters. It would transfer well to the tv screen for a drama in my view. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mazza
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
This book was the best read I have had in years.Amazing writing and the plot or plots unbelievably fantastic.So well done
Published 10 months ago by wagtail
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and unbelievabl
Did not like or have any sympathy for the main character, he was awful. The other characters were poorly developed clichés. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get in to this one at all
Found it a bit boring and it didn't seem to get going until well into the book.Ended up not finishing it,
Published 21 months ago by Kerry G
2.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!
Not in a good way..sorry I hate leaving books not fully read, so this one got me turning pages quickly just to end it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars 11.59
A book hard to put down with twists that keep you guessing and involved. Thoroughly enjoy and will be looking out for more from the same writer.
Published on 4 April 2013 by rerri
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It was an good read but failed to totally grip me with its story. Seemed a little stretched at times
Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Mr. H. Seddon
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Bit slow/long winded in places but on the whole not a bad book. Would consider recommending to first time mystery readers.
Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars satisfied
A very good read. Kept reader guessing as to how things would progress. One of the better books i have ordered on Kindle
Published on 26 Oct. 2012 by tpm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
This is by far the best kindle freebie I have read so far. Great characters, strong story and at times hilarious... Read more
Published on 23 Sept. 2012 by Mrs. R. Lawrence
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