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Neil Cross
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5 Aug 2010
Even though he is still young, Kenny has just weeks to live. Before he dies, he wants to find his childhood best friend Callie Barton and thank her for the kindness she showed him when they were at school together. But when Kenny begins his search, he discovers that Callie Barton has gone missing. Although cleared of any involvement, her husband Jonathan seems to be hiding something. Kenny has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. And knowing that time is running out on him, he's prepared to do whatever it takes ...

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (5 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847394132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847394132
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Cross is the author of several novels including Always the Sun and Burial, as well as the bestselling memoir Heartland. He has been lead scriptwriter for the two most recent seasons of the acclaimed BBC spy drama series Spooks and continues to write widely for the screen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Okay - you've got a brain tumour - you know you're going to die - not immediately, but soon. So you set out to right a few wrongs that you feel have been done, some to you, some to others. But look, you know, you're not really thinking properly are you? - you've got a brain tumour for God's sake! Well, nobody said that to Kenny Drummond, more's the pity, because once he set out on his mission to find out if Callie Barton, the girl who used to sit next to him in the infants, was really killed by her husband, there was no stopping him.

If the premises sound somewhat risible, you have to factor in that Kenny Drummond is alone in the world, and not an awful lot of good things have happened to him lately.

But oh, this is good. This is seriously good! Neil Cross screws your thinking up at least three times in this novel, making you feel sympathy first for one character, and then for another, and then... well, you just don't know what to think! At one point I laughed out loud at how masterfully I was being manipulated. Oh, and then, right at the end. You sod Neil Cross. You utterly marvellous sod.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Continues to please 10 Jan 2010
I was so looking forward to this book and i am pleased to say that it didn't disappoint. Neil Cross' books continue to improve. I loved the premis of the story - what would you do / who would you like to make amends with? The chapters are short ( ideal for a commute) , the writing style conservative but sharp, and the story quickly unfolds.
lots of twists, turns, unexpected occurrances and bitter sweet characterisation.
buy it and enjoy - then buy his others.
thanks *Neil*
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captured my attention 6 Feb 2011
By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Kenny's a decent sort of bloke, the sort who on finding out he's got weeks to live writes a list of all the people he feels he let down or he owes something to and makes it his business to track them down.
His one stumbling block is Callie, a girl he was in school with. Unlike the other kids who teased him and called him names, she showed him some kindness and that's something he never forgot. When his attempts to find her draw a blank he asks a friend, an ex-cop to make enquiries. When it's found that she disappeared a couple of years ago Kenny decides he's going to find out what happened to her...whatever it takes.

This book is an easy read with few characters and I therefore had no difficulty getting into the storyline. Like other books by the same author the scene setting is vivid and well depicted. I found my emotions changed by the chapter in this book, one moment I felt sorry for Kenny, the next for another character and the author had me changing my mind right to the end of the book.

A fast paced thriller, disturbing and violent in places that I'd certainly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying 27 Sep 2010
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is a gripping and suspenseful novel. Once started it is very hard to put down.

The story is simple and could almost be a short story. Kenny has a brain tumour and has been given weeks to live. He makes a short list of people who he feels he has let down or failed to acknowledge during his life, wanting to make amends to them before he dies. One of them is Callie Barton, a friend from primary school whom he hasn't seen in years. With the help of a friend who is a former police officer, he finds out that Callie went missing several years earlier. Her husband was the prime suspect but was never charged with her disappearance, which remains unsolved. Kenny feels it's his responsibility to Callie to find out what happened to her. His behaviour becomes increasingly unhinged, but given the brain tumour it never feels like a completely unrealistic scenario.

The tension builds throughout the book. I was in a constant state of suspense, wondering how far Kenny would go and whether his assumptions were correct or incorrect. I was horrified by his behaviour, and yet somehow he sustained my sympathy as well.

Author Neil Cross was previously the lead scriptwriter for the TV series Spooks. He has a sparse writing style - few adjectives, minimal character development - which suits the novel. Be aware that it is fairly violent in parts, but it's still a terrific read.

If you've read and enjoyed this, I also recommend Burial by the same author. Different, but equally good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read 7 Sep 2010
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For those of you who found 'Burial' a brilliantly atmospheric book, you may be a little disappointed with Neil Cross's new novel. There is no doubt that it is a decent read, but, like some of his other novels, the story fizzles out towards the end so you are left ultimately thinking 'What is the point?'

I did not warm to the central character and his actions are, in my opinion, pretty unbelievable. Why would his limited life span drive him to be so brutal? And, despite all the violence - often pretty graphic - both captor and captive seem to be OK at the end of the novel. Then Cross reveals the actual central truth in a pretty utilitarian way.

The most interesting thing for me were the locations - having spent a week in the Bath area on holiday just a month ago. I suppose that says it all really!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sad story 8 Jun 2014
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Crime and mystery are what Neil Cross does best. A sad undercurrent to this story but a fantastic read all the same.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings
If you are like me, you probably came across Neil Cross after becoming a fan of Luther. I have read the prequel novel of Luther (which is brilliant) and chose to read this book to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars great
as usual for neil cross this book did not kept me enthralled from start to finish.makes you think,what would you do.
Published 8 months ago by margaret baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff!
A unexpected twist that keeps on going. Mean, nasty and totally addictive, I couldn't put this book down. This writer is unbeatable in the gripping stakes.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. N. K. Hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and unpredictable
Great read. Not what I expected at all. Keeps you on your toes from start to finish and you find yourself liking a character in one chapter and despising them the next. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nat86
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely briliant
Had never read Neil Cross before and, frankly, with such dross floating about these days approached it with some trepidation, but was delighted to find a great story that was well... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Fleurcat
3.0 out of 5 stars another good yarn
I found it fun to read as it is set in my home area but otherwise it din't have much meat in it. Slightly unpredictable end and an easy read
Published 15 months ago by tim dow
4.0 out of 5 stars A not so run of the mill thriller
This is the first book I have read by Neil Cross, and I was looking forward to it as I have enjoyed both Spooks and Luther, TV programmes he has either written, or had a hand in... Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2010 by Nicola
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but believable
This was an enjoyable but unusual book. Once Kenny knows he has only weeks to live he decides to go back and put wrongs right but there is not enough explanation as to why he... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2010 by Boof
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