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Falling [Paperback]

John Connor
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16 Oct 2008

Terror is only a footstep away . . .

A year and a half ago DC Karen Sharpe was the victim of a terrifying crime. Desperately trying to shelter from its effects she has been working simple fraud and theft cases in West Yorkshire CID. But the brutal murder of a young pregnant woman threatens the precarious wall she has built around herself. Drafted onto the squad to deal with the victim's six-year-old child, Karen finds herself overwhelmed by the devastating nature of the attack.

As nightmares from her past start to reoccur, her relationships with those closest to her - including her partner and teenage daughter - begin to crack under the strain. An illicit relationship with her boss promises excitement and escape ¿ a new beginning without the trappings of past horrors and guilt. But life has a savage lesson in store for her. As West Yorkshire erupts in a summer of explosive race riots, events tip Karen into the depths of the very world she has been fleeing.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; First printing of this edition edition (16 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893778
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 694,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Connor's plot is enthralling, his characters sharp and vital: FALLING is a compelling, intelligent thriller, placing everyday normality in dramatic relief against the horrific experiences of Sharpe and her colleagues. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Compelling (Matthew Lewin GUARDIAN)

The writing is skilled and the West Yorkshire background described with authority in a plot based on racial tensions and their explosive repercussions... not a comfortable reading but a gripping one (LITERARY REVIEW)

Enjoyably intricate and well-composed (Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

[a] taut thriller (SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE)

Connor's moving up the ladder of police procedural mastery and in the brittle but determined cop Karen he has a secure pension. (DAILY SPORT)

John Connor builds upon the promise of A Child's Game with another fine effort (EVENING HERALD)

A thrilling and fast-moving novel from a star of UK crime writing. 8/10 (PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH)

a superb cast of characters, a gritty and appalling window into the race riots that took their toll on Bradford... and also with a crashing, blockbuster of an ending that sees justice meted out to those who deserve it the most. (BOOKBAG)

A gritty, noirish series with a fantastic protagonist (TANGLED WEB)

Totally absorbing, Falling is a great read and a testament to John Connor's immense skills as a writer of some considerable worth. (CHRISHIGH.COM)

A gripping read (LEICESTER MERCURY)

[a] fast-paced, explosive thriller, which makes for a great read (WESTERN DAILY PRESS)

Karen Sharpe makes a very good heroine not least because she is tough and not simpering... The book ends on a frustrating cliff-hanger - but that bodes well that there is more to come. (DERBY EVENING TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A stunning thriller that sees DC Karen Sharpe brought to the very edge of her sanity

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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling - John Connor 13 Jun 2008
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The 4th in the DC Karen Sharpe series, the violence is terrifying but this is certainly a compelling read.
The action is immediate with the brutal murder of Enisa Fleming, a young Asian woman who is heavily pregnant. Sharpe is called in to assist the team allocated to the case and it is hoped that her experience and approach will open up Enisa's husband who was brutally attacked and witnessed her murder and their 6-year old daughter who was found with her parents.
Sharpe is scarred herself through the ordeals she and her own 13-year old daughter have suffered through Sharpe's former undercover work. "Falling" unravels her character through insights into her thought processes as her past impacts upon her current life and cases.

There is also a violent attack on another young woman and racial unrest and riots.

Connor pays close attention to police procedural details and his writing gets better with each novel - it is visual and sensory. I'm so glad I have discovered this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series 29 Oct 2013
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This is the fourth of the Karen Sharpe series that I have read (there are 5 at the time of writing) and it is astonishing that they are not better known. She is a great creation - complex, interesting, perverse, heroic, flawed - and the series is one of those where the crimes and their resolution are less the focus than the evolution of the central character. The last in the series so far was written in 2009. Let's hope that there are more in the pipeline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 27 Oct 2013
By L. C.
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The few John Connor books I have read are really good in my opinion. He hasn't written enough books to suit me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling 27 Feb 2013
By chris
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I have read other John Connor books and they are really good to read.
I would recommend anybody to read his books.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Connor book 24 Mar 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
This has been an interesting series all the way through. This particular book explores the consequences of a horribly traumatic event on a woman, but in a believable way that isn't vague and melodramatic the way so many ptsd books are. Recommend it, but not as a page turner for the beach.
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