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After the Fire [Kindle Edition]

Karen Campbell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Someone is dead because of Jamie. Yesterday they were alive. When we woke up yesterday and argued about how many pairs of shoes I could take, that person was alive, making coffee maybe. Scratching her arm or yawning in the mirror . . . Newly qualified as a firearms officer, Jamie Worth is called to a domestic disturbance. Events get out of hand, and he shoots and kills a teenaged girl who appears to have been unarmed. Already wracked with guilt, he is horrified when, with the media baying for blood, he is accused of murder. How can a cop survive in prison, when he suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law? And how can his wife Cath and ex-lover Anna come to terms with what has happened? From the author of THE TWILIGHT TIME, AFTER THE FIRE is a chilling glimpse of the flipside of life as a law enforcer, written in 'stiletto-sharp prose' (The Herald) by one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

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'The plot is wonderful, the characterisation of a family in crisis is both sharp and sympathetic, and the author does not shy away from examining the less palatable aspects of relations between the police and the public.' (Guardian)

'Bigger than the sum of its parts, and transcending its thriller label, this is a canvas of human nature . . . of love and loss and heartbreak and how ordinary people recover after the fire. If you can contain all this in one novel, and contain it well, that'll be what makes it so good.'

(Scotland on Sunday 2009-03-15)

'Both a gripping thriller and a moving psychological study, AFTER THE FIRE shows Campbell, herself a former police officer, to be a writer of immense talent and emotional power, and on the brink of huge success.' (Daily Express 2009-03-15)

'The characters from Campbell's blistering debut THE TWILIGHT TIME return and they bring with them the sharp, perceptive prose and meticulous attention to detail that are fast establishing the author as a literary force to be reckoned with.' (Daily Record 2009-03-15)

'Looks set to cement her reputation . . . she handles this topical and gripping tale with expert skill.' 

(News of the World 2009-03-15)

'Raw, real and so evocative you can almost hear the screams. Bang those drums and get the word out... if this debut is a true reflection of her talent then she's going to be huge.' (Daily Record 2008-04-21)

'A cracking plot.' (Daily Mail 2009-03-13)

'Campbell's debut is a rare example of a crime novel which, in the energy of the writing and finely observed detail, transcends genre limitations.' (The List on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2008-04-28)

'powered by stiletto-sharp prose... a pertinent expose of the contamination seeping into lives from prostitution and a drugs economy ruled by money-laundering thugs. But against this background, her story also vividly illustrates the physical and emotional damage caused to police officers by the vile reality of their work.' (The Herald on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2008-02-24)

'I loved it.. Anna is a great, original character and Karen Campbell has a great way with images.' (Kate Atkinson on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2007-11-14)

'..enough pace and atmosphere to give the likes of Denise Mina a run for their money.' (Mark Billingham on THE TWILIGHT TIME 2007-12-07)

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'a writer of immense talent and emotional power, and on the brink of huge success.' - Daily Express

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1161 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IYNS7K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Karen Campbell is a former police officer who lives in Glasgow with her family. She began writing in earnest on the renowned Glasgow University Creative Writing course, and had several short stories published before publishing the critically acclaimed THE TWILIGHT TIME and AFTER THE FIRE.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Domestic Drama Meets Compelling Thriller 25 May 2009
After The Fire is all about recently convicted police officer Jamie Worth who, not long after having qualified as a firearms officer, shoots and kills a young girl who appears to have no gun on her. The press and indeed the police force are looking for blood and blame and soon enough Jamie is imprisoned for murder. What follows is not just a gripping and twisting tale of what happened that night and why, it is also a tale of how the people involved come to terms with what has gone on.

Jamie himself is a policeman in prison, which I don't think is a perspective that I have read in a novel before, and this was an incredibly interesting storyline for me. Not only seeing how prisons run and the state of them but how someone who might have put some of his cell mates in jail deals with them when he is in there too. At the same time Jamie is coming to terms with his own guilt about what happened to the young girl Sarah and what will happen to his family and all the people he loves in the world outside the prison. Outside the prison we see how Jamie's wife, who herself was once a cop until she had children, comes to terms with what her husband has done. Though she believes he did what he thought was best she still has to deal with the fact that her husband has killed a girl the same age as their daughter. It doesn't help when Anna, the woman Jamie had an affair with, appears on the scene wanting to help Jamie and his family. This all makes for an engrossing domestic dynamic alongside the thrilling plot of what happened the night of the shooting.

I loved Karen Campbell's writing style. It's punchy, fast paced and most importantly very real.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Worth buying 9 May 2009
Having read countless crime fiction novels in recent years I have found it's easy to become a little sanitised to the genre, and to have a feeling of 'here we go again' before so much as reading the first line of a new contestant. That's why I have deliberately missed out on some of the latest instalments from mainstream crime fiction series writers, because as often as not they either offer nothing new or the central characters are bland and not worthy of the investment of my time, never mind my money.

Karen Campbell IS worth it, for all manner of reasons. Broadly speaking, most good novels merit praise because of the story or the characters, but not often do you get both. This is one of those exceptions. It ticks all the key boxes and breathes new life into my previously fading hope that I would read a really good crime fiction novel again. Here we can enjoy outstandingly well drawn characters who we can truly care for (that's the top priority) and wrapped around them is a realistic and fascinating story that would stand up on its own high standards. So to get both in one novel is a rare treat.

In essence this is a tale of rough justice, of a copper jailed for doing his job. It is told primarily from three perspectives: authorised firearms officer Jamie Worth, his ex-cop wife Cath, and Inspector Anna Cameron with whom Jamie had an illicit encounter many years earlier.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING ! 12 Mar. 2009
After reading the Twilight Time I couldn't wait for Karen Campbell's second book to come out and I have to say she has shown yet again that she is a writer with tremendous ability. The story, which is neither conventional or formulaic is about a police firearms officer who shoots and kills an unarmed girl. This event however takes place at the start of the book, not the end but sets the scene by giving a chilling insight into what it must feel like to go to prison. And, even worse still, as a police officer who is automatically hated by the inmates! Throughout the book Campbell creates wonderful atmosphere and tension. This is acheived in the settings of the home, the police and prison. I will not give away how the story progresses however the book is an absolute page turner. After the Fire has got to win awards. As with the Twilight Time, it appears to be marketed as a crime novel, which is predictable because it is about police officers but it is so much more than that. Her description is fabulous and you really feel as though you know the characters insde out, warts and all. There are of course obvious parrallels with the De Menezes shooting in London and although Campbell does not appear to be an apologist for the police, her book is very thought-provoking as it explores what motivates officers to volunteer to carry firearms and, the consequences when things go terribly wrong. It also makes you think twice about who would stick by you in a crisis.
I would imagine that police chiefs would definitely not want their firearms officers to read this book - if they do, there is a good chance they will think seriously about giving up that part of police work due to the impact it could have on them and their family.
A real moral dilema for the reader to ponder on. 5 out of 5. Truly brilliant !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interweaves a compelling plot with excellent character depth
Interweaves a compelling plot with excellent character depth. Pages full of psychological insights. I read a lot of crime fiction and most, while enjoyable at the time of reading,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adrian Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller
Good thriller set in Glasgow, with a strong lead character who seems believable.
Published 3 months ago by Orly Koppel
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as its predecessor
After the Fire is a decent read but the quality of the story isn't really up to the high standard of Karen Campbell's writing. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. David Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
This is a wonderful read! The plot develops at a real pace and the characters are very well defined. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book in the series
Excellent book in the series.
Colleague is placed in a position by a Senior Officer tragic result.

You must read her books they are excellent.
Published 13 months ago by graemejamescampbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Karen Campbell can do suspense like nobody else.
I've just put my life on hold in order to finish this. Heart-gripping, throat-aching, peer through my metaphorical fingers in the hope that justice will be seen to be done - and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sandra Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Ever imagined what happens when a policeman goes to prison? Gritty, heart wrenching, each character's story draws you in. I couldn't put it down.
Published 15 months ago by Eloise
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel to "Twilight time"
Takes a wee while to get going but has a cracking resolution. Stick with the story. It's well worth it!
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great
read all of Karen Campbell books to date and like all previous reads had me captured from the first to the last page
Published on 20 Mar. 2013 by T. Rae
1.0 out of 5 stars One Long Yawn
Found Karen Campbell's first book a fairly good read therefore looked forward to the follow-up. What a disappointment! Read more
Published on 1 Oct. 2012 by Amazon Customer
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