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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857387057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857387059
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Rosie is such a believable character ... I had to read the whole thing from start to finish in one sitting' Lorraine Kelly.

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Tracy Eadie's decomposed body washes up on a beach near Glasgow. Junkie. Prostitute. Fourteen years old. Rosie Gilmour, tabloid journalist and crusader for justice, receives evidence linking police officials with Tracy's disappearance. It seems Tracy, and the secret that was supposed to die with her, are not content to rest. Digging deeper, Rosie uncovers a sickening network of corruption and abuse, tracing back to the top of the establishment. And to powerful figures who want their secrets kept hidden. Rosie has found the story of a lifetime. Yet living to tell it will be her greatest challenge. The Dead Won't Sleep is a gritty, needle-sharp thriller that spotlights both the streets of Glasgow and the inescapable perils of a life on them. It is also a story about following your heart and fighting for the truth, no matter what the danger.


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2012
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I keep getting told by FB followers that I MUST read Anna Smith and that her books are brilliant. Sadly, my to read list is stupidly long which means authors whose books I have on my Kindle, can sometimes sit there `undiscovered' for months! Anna Smith is one such author. What an idiot I felt once I'd finished this book, her debut novel. As soon as I was finished, I immediately downloaded her second book, and have her third release firmly in the calendar (31st Jan 2013 for anybody interested!).

The synopsis sounded great before I had even started the book, but once I got going I was in for a treat. It's Glasgow in the 1990s and when the body of a young girl washes up on a beach, people don't pay much attention. It's just another dead junkie, except the media gets hold of the fact that the victim Tracey Eadie was just 14 years old and was meant to be in the safety of a children's home. The first few chapters had me hooked and from then on, things got put on the back burner (such as dinner!).

The main character in this book is the journalist Rosie Gilmour. Rosie is certainly not whiter than white, but comes across as a little bit vulnerable too. One of the things that struck me about this book is the language, and I don't mean swearing. My husband family are from Glasgow so I am very well adjusted to the way they talk and their accent. Anna Smith manages to get across the accent and the way in which the Glaswegians talk, which translates on paper (if that makes sense?!?). In my opinion it gives the writing a real edge and you get a real feel for the way they speak which I really loved.

The plot was what really kept me gripped, and the shocking part about it, is that it is 100% believable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lainy on 19 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
This story starts off with a dead body, 3 cops and a boat. From the beginning we know who committed the crime and what they plan to do. Several months pass and a series of events gives Rosie, a reporter the chance to do a story that will rock the community, boost her career and expose some very influential members of the community. What follows is a fast paced downward spiral for Rosie and the body count starts to increase.

I went for this as it was compared to Martina Cole, this I have to say, in my opinion, is completely wrong. Martina Cole has a particular style of writing and whilst this does cover some dark and seedy parts of Glasgow with corruption, Cole's is in England and very different. I couldn't make a link other than there was crime by both authors and if you pick this up expecting Cole standards you will be very disappointed. That said the author does write a good tale and it is worth checking out.

The story covers prostitutes, murder, sex and exploitation of children and Rosie's issues with relationships. At times I felt there was too much being covered within the one story and maybe one or two key parts could have been dealt with in another book. Despite this the book was a good wee read but I don't think I will be running out to snap up the others. I would have liked to have read much more about the city and things key to the story being set in Glasgow. I think maybe this is an author to visit again in a few months, 3/5 for me.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Wise on 14 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
We know Glasgow has its grim side. There are plenty of crime novels around which paint a picture of a city under siege. So what does Anna Smith bring to the table?
A seasoned hack's-eye view is the answer. Journalist Rosie walks the walk with a believable quantity of grit in her handbag, balanced by a fair amount of emotional baggage. This comes out in her investigations leading to a cover-up of vile doings by rotten rozzers. Along the way she trawls the sadder sections of Glasgow's underclass and tangles with some particularly nasty villains. The menace mounts nicely and highlights the very real dangers journalists face as they earn a crust exposing crime, corruption and hypocrisy on our behalf, with precious little thanks or recognition except being kept in a job. And even that's not guaranteed these days.
The plot is solid and rings not just plausible but highly likely. If I've a complaint it's that her characters could use a little sanding down. In places they act and speak and a shade too much as you'd expect them to act, but it doesn't impede progress or pace. I got the feeling the book had greater potential. Exploring more the depths and darkness of the subject matter would have taken it up another notch. I hark on about the late, great Derek Raymond but he showed how far a crime novel can be pushed in this respect.
That said, this is a sound debut, a good read. A swift follow-up and Anna Swift will soon be landing punches on the Scandinavians.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thevanmann on 16 Nov. 2013
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I liked the fact that this was a crime novel where the heroine was not a detective but a reporter. It was also an interesting style where you knew what had happened and who was responsible right from the beginning. I wasn't' totally convinced that Rosie would have stumbled across two such huge stories at the same time. Generally, however, I was impressed and enjoyed it. I noted that it is compared to Martine Cole which concerned me as I always felt Cole was terribly overrated, although admittedly very successful,and I certainly enjoyed this more
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