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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Reprint edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752884425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752884424
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Mosby lives and works in Leeds. He is the author of THE THIRD PERSON, THE CUTTING CREW, THE 50/50 KILLER, CRY FOR HELP, STILL BLEEDING and BLACK FLOWERS. His novels have been translated widely and longlisted for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award. Find out more at: www.theleftroom.co.uk.

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"The most under rated mystery writer on both continents. "Black Flowers" is a black masterpiece. . . . Read it before they film it. It's that stunning." Ken Bruen, author, "The Guards""

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Black flowers for the missing ones mean they're never coming back...

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Opening with the appearance of a small girl holding a black flower on a seafront, this story instantly has you hooked. Full of psychological impact, it burrows into your mind from the first page, and comfortably sets up camp in its dark recesses until the last page.

Neil Dawson always wanted to be a writer like his father. Neil has a pregnant girlfriend, and a job he doesn't want to do for the rest of his life. He begins writing a short story, and it becomes apparent that the main theme is veering towards his trepidation about fatherhood. When said father commits suicide, Neil sets about retracing his life to find answers as to why his father killed himself. Then his girlfriend is abducted, and Neil is thrust into the world of The Black Flower, a seemingly ordinary piece of fiction which Neil soon realises seems to mirror real life events.

Another thread of the story deals with Hannah Price, who joined the police following in her father's footsteps. Finding evidence of something from her own father's past sets up a heart-stopping, emotional ride in which the lines between fact and fiction are blurred. Her story intertwines with Neil's as she uncovers the truth behind the dark secret her father carried for years.

Mosby's writing sets the bar high for crime fiction, guiding the reader to images both beautiful and horrific via imaginative prose. He turns seemingly ordinary settings into much more, going beneath the surface and exploring surroundings in a way some modern writers do not. Neil's character is well drawn and it's impossible not to empathise with him and the supporting characters while the plot twists and turns. Black Flowers was my favourite book of 2011.
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My first novel by this author and a very different story from anything l have read before
A story that needs concentration with lots of character's and flashbacks through a book within a book.
Gripping and keeps you guessing.
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Just finished this remarkable book. By turns, it is deliciously creepy and morbidly addictive. Child abduction thrillers can be a tricky deal to pull off. When handled with care they provide a harrowing, yet compulsive read, but sometimes the author gets it so badly wrong I've been known to cheer on the serial killer. Mosby's Russian Doll approach, using stories set within stories, sets him miles apart from most of his contemporaries. The prose is sharp and perfectly frames the powerful imagery of the Black Flowers themselves.

This is a book about loss and transformation and secrets buried in unmarked graves. If you don't enjoy Steve Mosby - I advise you to visit your local B&Q and buy a shovel. Next, find a quiet field, dig a deep hole and lie down comfortably. At some point I'll be along to fill in the hole.
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Good copy received within time limits... Another one of this writers strange stories ... Some of the plot is a bit strange but it kept me guessing and will be enjoyed by fans of this writer
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Black Flowers hooked me in right from its initial pages detailing the story of a little girl appearing on the seafront, clutching a handbag containing a black rose. This is interspersed with the voices of Neil, an aspiring writer who is gradually drawn into investigating his father's disappearance and Hannah, the police officer in charge of the investigation. It soon emerges that nothing in this story is quite as it seems; the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred.

This is all quite cleverly executed, with the only real quibble being that at times the writing is inconsistent and sometimes is too simplistic to really breathe life into the characters. But overall this thriller goes several layers deeper than most in the genre to create a genuinely unputdownable tale that even made me get out of bed to check that the door to my flat was locked. The violence and horror are mostly hinted at - which is very effective in making it feel it decidedly creepy, in the tradition of some of the most truly horrific fiction. Well worth a read, and probably even a re-read.
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This novel tells the story of a little girl who appears one day on a seaside promenade with a black flower in a handbag and who is terrified of going back home. This is the central event which still resonates three decades later with consequences for everyone in the book.

A very intriguing premise, this book sets up the reader with certain expectations as to where the plot might be heading, only to turn these expectations on their heads. The book starts innocuously enough, in what the reader perceives to be an ordinary, if unusual, topsy-turvy beginning to a crime novel, only to find that it is actually part of a book within a book, one that plays a major part within the novel itself. Does fiction become fact if it's repeated often enough? The author plays with this idea and the correlation between cause and effect: ideas begetting actions, actions begetting ideas that are turned into words, words generating other ideas that are turned into action again. It's all beautifully crafted, one part of the story fitting seamlessly into another like a set of matryoshka dolls. So it's a little bit disappointing that the writing style is somewhat inconsistent in places: a little bit too simplistic, occasionally trite and obvious, whereas other parts are atmospheric and evocative. But when you find yourself trapped in the midst of such an intricately woven web, for once you are content just to admire the spider's craft and skill.
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