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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241957400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241957400
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Weaver is the bestselling author of five books, all of which feature missing persons investigator David Raker. His novels have been nominated for a National Book Award and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. A former journalist and magazine editor, he is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath.

The fifth David Raker novel, FALL FROM GRACE, is out now.

Find out more about Tim and his writing at www.timweaverbooks.com...

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About the Author

Tim Weaver was born in 1977. At eighteen, he left school and started working in magazine journalism, and has since gone on to develop a successful career writing about films, TV, sport, games and technology. He is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath. Chasing the Dead is his first novel.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2013
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I picked this up after a recommendation from a friend, expecting to find another good,if not shiny new, addition to the crime fiction genre. I was wrong. The premise for the story is fairly straight forward - David Raker, ex journalist, has kind of fallen into the career of finding missing children. Those who the Police may not prioritise for whatever reason, David does. He is very successful at it. His wife having recently passed away, he is unsure whether or not he is going to continue...until a friend who worked at the hospital where his wife was cared for asks him to find her son. There is a slight issue - he died some time ago in a car accident. Here are the things I loved about this book - Firstly, David Raker is an excellent character. Yes Mr Weaver draws some idea's from the "character traits for crime novels" standard list but mostly David is his own man. Secondly, the book is perfectly paced - with action where action is needed and a more sedate "humming along" just when you need to get your breath back. The pages practically turn themselves. And lastly, the "mystery" is wonderfully imagined...I don't think I've seen a similar plot resolution in all my years reading Crime Fiction (although I'm guessing someone, somewhere will correct me!) and that made it an absolute joy for me. Oh and the twist in the tale was an actual twist not one of those ones that you will know all along. I thought I saw where it was going but I was off down the wrong road entirely - Heading for Cornwall when I should have been heading for Scotland so to speak. So Yay! Great read, and because I'm a bit late to the party, I don't have to wait for the next one. Bliss.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SJI Holliday on 18 July 2012
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First off, I don't understand these 1 and 2 star reviews. This book had me hooked from the first page, to the point where I was reading while cooking the dinner as I literally couldn't put it down. Yes, it's far fetched, but its written in a way that makes you believe that these things could happen - in my opinion, this is what a good work of fiction is all about! I loved the clues that were dropped in throughout and how it tied up nicely in the end. As for people saying they didn't care about any of the characters - I thought Raker was great, I loved his voice and I'm hoping to see development of the relationship between Raker and Liz in the next two books in the series (which I have just bought). The violence was no worse than most other crime novels I read - I suppose it just comes down to personal taste in the end! Personally, I hated finishing this book because I enjoyed it so much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BookBunny on 30 Mar. 2013
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This is the first book in the David Raker series, bought to my notice through Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal. His second book was on special at 99p and based on other reviews I purchased all the David Raker books. So far, I've not regretted my purchase.

The first 40 % was a little slow and understandably sets the scene. It relates how Mary approaches David (an ex journalist and amateur missing persons searcher) to find her son Alex, who she claims to have seen in a London street five years after his death. David agrees to take on the missing person case as he also tries to come to terms with the death of his wife. Subconsciously he seeks parallels between Mary and his own loss, hoping that if he finds Alex, he could somehow resurrect his wife.

Little does he realise that the search for one missing person can cause grave danger to himself. As the plot unfolds, David's targets become increasingly sinister as he gets caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Weaver skilfully conveys a sense of imminent danger as each page progresses and the violence and gore amplifies David's hopelessness and seemingly inevitable demise. Unseen twists in the book progress with each chapter leaving a surprising conclusion. More importantly, all lose ends are coherently tied up leaving you eagerly awaiting the next book.

I'm starting book two next...The Dead Tracks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By voluntarystress on 13 Oct. 2013
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This is the first Tim Weaver book about his character, David Racker, a journalist, who has turned to finding missing people. I ordered his first three books on the strength of his fourth book, "Never Coming Back",just out, which is a fantastic read and can't be recommended highly enough. If it hadn't have been for that book I would probably have applied my page 50 rule and abandoned it at that point.., but I kept going thinking it had to improve. It didn't. It was just plain silly. Nastiness and brutality for the sake of it. Perhaps the author should have checked with medical opinion to see just how much damage the human body can sustain and still keep going. Not as much as he makes his hero suffer I bet.

Having ordered the next two books I shall read them and hope that they rise to the extreemly high level of his fourth book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robin J. Cleverley on 23 Mar. 2013
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I very stupidly read Tim weaver!s books in reverse but it didn't matter because he explains who the characters are in all 3 books and in some way I enjoyed reading his first book last. Chasing the dead was excellent and what a great film it would make. He keeps you interested the whole way through. The twists in the book are fantastic. The way he introduces characters is brilliant. Can't wait for his new book in August, which I have just ordered.
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