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Cut Adrift [Paperback]

Chris Simms
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12 May 2011

DI Jon Spicer's investigation into the vicious slaying of a Russian asylum-seeker grinds to a halt when the man's identity turns out to be false. The only truth to his story was the fact he was found drifting off the British coast in a boat. Before his true identity can be discovered, more asylum-seekers start to die - each murdered in the same horrific way.

By the time Spicer realises what links the men, he knows there's a trained assassin at large who's desperate to guard a secret of enormous magnitude. And when he ignores MI5's warnings to back-off, Jon also realises, too late that he's now the target of a man whose sole purpose is to kill. And all the while, a series of heartbreaking and enigmatic messages are being found after drifting in from sea - slowly revealing the horrific plight of a group of refugees trapped on a raft.

Powerful, compelling and poignant, this is the most unmissable outing to date for DI Jon Spicer.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (12 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409103218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409103219
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 511,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Simms has worked in airports, nightclubs, post offices and telesales centres. Along with nominations for Crime Writers' Association Daggers and the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year award, Chris was selected by Waterstones as one of their '25 authors for the future'.

The idea for his debut novel, Outside the White Lines, came to him in the early hours of the morning while broken down on the hard shoulder of the M40.
His series of DI Spicer novels - psychological thrillers set very firmly in Manchester - follow the police detective's fortunes as he pursues mad, bad and deadly individuals through the city's ever-changing landscape.

In October 2012, Scratch Deeper was launched - a new series featuring Detective Constable Iona Khan of Manchester Police's Counter Terrorism Unit.

Chris says he is drawn to books that give insights into unusual minds. The twisted desires of Frederick in John Fowles', The Collector; the tormented thoughts of Scobie in Graham Greene's Heart of the Matter; the violent urges of Francie in Patrick McCabe's Butcher Boy are all books Chris states had an influence in shaping him as a writer.

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Well-researched, pacey and engaging, the sixth DI Jon Spicer novel from Manchester-based writer Simms is well up to his usual high standard. (GUARDIAN)

This, the sixth DI Spicer investigation, is an absolutely ace British police procedural that rattles along with commendable pace. But author Chris Simms does not let the action dominate, taking the time to develop interesting and fully rounded characters who have to struggle daily with the balance between demanding jobs and complicated personal lives. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

Cut Adrift is not the paciest novel you may read this year but it may turn out to be one of the most memorable as the events set the pace and any faster would mean a compromise on the atmosphere which is one of the book's main strengths. With every page turned you are drawn further and further into the lives of the protagonists and this due to the author's clever use of language and a paring of unnecessary dialogue which serves to make every word count. (CRIMESQUAD)

After many years of reviewing crime fiction, it's not often my jaded nerves get actually, physically jangled - but they certainly were during one long, extraordinarily tense passage of CUT ADRIFT, the superb novel which is surely going to lift Chris Simms up a couple of notches in the crime writers' pecking order. (MORNING STAR)

A dark under-current of intrigue... I was drawn in relentlessly. Simms is at the forefront of new British crime fiction (RJ Ellory)

Simms neatly ties all the elements together in a thrilling and incredibly clever climax, at the same time delivering a moral message for our time. (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

A gripping, well-plotted page-turner - Simms is a crime writer to watch. (CHOICE)

[Simms'] sixth novel featuring Spicer, is proof if proof were needed that here is an author who simply gets further and further beneath the skin of his characters - and what they face - and brings them to life with exemplary skill.' (WRITERS NEWS)

An engrossing and cleverly plotted read... (GRANTHAM JOURNAL) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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British crime writer Chris Simms returns with his biggest and most powerful novel to date.

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5.0 out of 5 stars City thriller with global reach 30 Jun 2010
By Fenman
Cut Adrift is an extraordinary crime thriller; three good books compressed into one - woven together with a commendable lack of the kind of clunk and judder usually associated with the genre. At the book's heart is DI Jon Spicer - familiar to Smimm's growing number of fans - surrounded by a vivid cast of characters, including his sidekick Rick, his estranged wife Alice, his young daughter Holly, and the rest of his colleagues on the streets of Manchester - dateline 2010. There's something about the bustling, headstrong, Spicer which is deeply flawed - but which makes him all the more human. His concern for the brutally garrotted flotsam of the asylum system who start turning up on his manor is as genuine as his inability to let go of the case when his outranked by MI5, not to mention the CIA. Meanwhile a series of letters are being washed up on the beaches of England. Each tells a vivid fragment of the same story, of the almost unimaginable horrors suffered by a 'cargo' of human beings on their way to a better life who find themselves cast adrift in the churning grey nightmare of an ocean storm. Each letter adds to a picture of hell on earth that Bosch would have been proud of. At no point does Simm's first rate thriller fall down for lack of reality - he's done his homework, and although he doesn't let it show, the hours of research underpin a tale which literally encircles the globe, and penetrates the dark heart of the real story of the rape of Iraq by big business. But the real brilliance of the novel is bringing the threads together, at perfect pace, so that the fate of so much, and so many, can be compressed into one room in a Manchester hospital. Simm's final achievement is to make us care as much about a single fragile victim of international human trafficking as we do about Spicer's daughter. A mean streets thriller with the scale of a blockbuster. First rate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 5 Sep 2011
By Emma
This is a brilliantly written, great story to rival other more well known books in the genre. Simms weaves a fantastic tale full of intrigue which kept me page turning for most of a five hour flight. My first book in the DI Spicer series and it won't be my last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Fiction At Its Best 28 Feb 2012
By Nick O
"Manchester's Detective Inspector Jon Spicer tackles another case, this time in the murky underworld of human trafficking. There is a nicely maintained rhythm between Spicer's personal and professional life that makes him very human. The ambivalence between him and his estranged wife is precariously balanced and ironic in that both know his job defines him as a person; that and the love they both share for their young daughter. The story is as unusual as it is riveting and it keeps you avidly turning the pages all the way to the unexpected dénouement.
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