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Kill Clock

Kill Clock [Kindle Edition]

Allan Guthrie
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Gordon Pearce is a nice enough sort of guy. Just as long as you don't get on his wrong side.

One evening while he's taking his dog for a stroll, a double-crossing ex-girlfriend turns up out of the blue with a couple of scruffy toddlers and a tall tale involving loan sharks, death threats and something called a 'kill clock'. She begs Pearce for help. Claims he's her last resort. But he's convinced she's trying another one of her cons. Last time he saw her, she fleeced him good and proper, and he's not going to let that happen again.

But as the night goes on, doubts start to creep in. Problem is, Pearce can't afford to believe her. Because if she's telling the truth, he has until midnight to rustle up twenty grand in cash or he'll have another death on his conscience.

KILL CLOCK is a wild ride through the underbelly of Scotland's capital city by Allan Guthrie, the author of BYE BYE BABY, a Kindle Top 10 Bestseller.

This 2013 edition is a revised and expanded version of the original 2007 novella, published by Barrington Stoke.

Praise for KILL CLOCK

"The extended edition of his novella Kill Clock had me laughing out loud and reminded me that the author, often cited for his chilling noir, is not just good at coming up with funny lines, but is a craftsman of the comic." Detectives Beyond Borders

"a fine addition to any dark crime fan's library." Somebody Dies

Praise for Allan Guthrie's BYE BYE BABY

"A quick, taut thriller ... not a word is wasted." Ian Rankin

"A terrific read and a great premise from an excellent writer." Stuart MacBride

"The approach is so fresh that it makes the whole thing feel like the first time I've read a police story" Do Some Damage

"...a purely original, funny, sharp piece of writing. It has a plot that develops in an unorthodox, non-linear fashion--hardly resembling many of the police procedurals I've read. It's often noted that Guthrie is one of the top working mystery writers, and he certainly lives up to that reputation..." Death By Killing

"A story that moves quickly, in short chapters of crisp prose, with plenty of plot turns to hold the attention, and characters you can love and others you can hate... Like Guthrie's full-length novels, Bye Bye Baby is sly, noir as all hell (more noir than some, actually), and it just might bring a tear of pity to your eyes. It's a police procedural filled with incident and back story, and man, what an ending." Detectives Beyond Borders

"...a dark, clever, funny and sad story which races along to reach a smart conclusion. A tough and lovely slice of the hard side of life." You Would Say That, Wouldn't You?

About the author:

Allan Guthrie is an award-winning Scottish crime writer. His debut novel, TWO-WAY SPLIT, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award and went on to win the Theakston's Crime Novel Of The Year. He is the author of four other novels: KISS HER GOODBYE (nominated for an Edgar), BAD MEN (aka HARD MAN), SAVAGE NIGHT and SLAMMER and three novellas: KILL CLOCK , KILLING MUM and BYE BYE BABY, a Top Ten Kindle Bestseller. He's also co-founder of digital publishing company, Blasted Heath, and a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates.

From the Publisher

A short novel in the Most Wanted series from Barrington Stoke, specially written for emergent adult readers with a reading age of 8+.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Criminal-E (15 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Orkney in 1965 and attended Kirkwall primary school, where my P5 teacher allowed me to write during art classes, given my woeful lack of talent for visual art. I was, however, not too bad a musician, playing piano and bassoon to a half-decent standard. I became a founder member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland when I was twelve, and was whisked off to music school in Manchester as a fourteen-year-old.

After leaving school, I attended university in Aberdeen, where my plan to support my studies by playing piano in a posh restaurant took a nosedive when I was sacked on my second night because my hair was too long. After a year, I left Aberdeen, degreeless, and moved to Edinburgh.

Having lots of spare time on my hands, I taught myself how to program computers and spent the following twelve years working in IT. It was good while it lasted, but I started to feel the pinch and found a part-time job in a bookshop, where I was so happy I would have worked for free. For a while, at least!

Before long, I was employed full-time in the book trade, and over the nine years that followed I worked in various jobs, from stockroom supervisor to IT trainer, moving between exotic locales such as Brussels, Cork and Stirling, before giving up my day job in 2006 to work as a writer, editor and literary agent.

I'd married in 2000 and it was my wife, Donna, who was instrumental in encouraging me to take my writing seriously. After being short-listed for the CWA Debut Dagger for a book called Blithe Psychopaths in 2001 (renamed Two-way Split for later release), I started to think she might have a point. Three years and hundreds of rejection slips later, I wasn't so sure!

Eventually Two-way Split and Kiss Her Goodbye were picked up (within weeks of one another, oddly enough) by two independent presses in the United States. In 2006 Kiss Her Goodbye was nominated for an MWA Edgar Award, an Anthony Award and a Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award. Two-Way Split went on to win the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year in 2007.

Since then I've published another three novels, most recently, Slammer, which describes the descent into hell of a young prison officer. I've also published three novellas, including Bye Bye Baby, a police thriller, initially published as an ebook original, and going on to become a Kindle top ten bestseller.

In November 2011 I co-founded Blasted Heath, a digital-only publisher, launching with original novels by Anthony Neil Smith, Ray Banks, Douglas Lindsay, Brian Pendreigh and Gary Carson.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Novella from Guthrie 20 Jan 2013
By McDroll
Format:Kindle Edition
For fans of Allan Guthrie, Kill Clock is a very welcome tasty bite of his fiction, giving another insight into that rogue with a heart, Pearce, who has appeared several times in Guthrie's writing. Previously published, Kill Clock is now an extended version of the original.

Looking for the quiet life with his three-legged dog, Hilda, Pearce is once more dragged into a hopeless situation where he attempts to help a friend, very much against his better judgement.

Obviously Guthrie has chosen to ignore the old adage of never working with children or animals because both take centre stage in Kill Clock. Left in charge of two children after their mother is kidnapped, Pearce does his very best to cope despite their bawling and vomiting.

Representing the child's voice in a violent little tale as this is could be seen as fool-hardy but Guthrie pulls this off well, giving an authentic feel to the constant questioning and squabbling that children present. No goody-two-shoes kids here and the feeling of irritation and shear frustration felt by Pearce as he desperately tries to find someone to look after the kids comes across clearly.

Being Guthrie, there is plenty of violence and a few shocking moments, the presence of the children making this seem all the more shocking. If you've not read anything by Allan Guthrie before, then this may be a good place to start to ease yourself gently into a violent world of crime and revenge.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 Dec 2013
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Gutsy, a brilliant read, just wish it had been longer. I will be reading more of his books though, well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kill clock, unexpectingly good 27 Nov 2013
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I wasn't expecting such a great read, first time read for me with this author I will be looking for more books by Allan Guthrie
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2.0 out of 5 stars kill Clock 22 Sep 2013
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I didn't rate this book. It doesn't flow and is one of those books that you have to go back a few pages every time you return to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punchy and Violent 10 Sep 2013
By meand66
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Good strong main character. Came to a very abrupt ending unexpectedly. Maybe leaving room for a future story in the pipeline. I hope so,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Pointless 25 May 2013
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Good beginning, good ending, and although the in between bit wasn't too bad, there was too much insignificant dialogue between Pearce and the kids!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Guthrie's style ! 13 May 2013
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Another "first" for me, thought that Guthrie made his characters plausible ! and his storyline keeps you going, all the time ! Will look out for more work by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great book by Guthrie 5 April 2013
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An admirable main character who left me wanting to find out more about his exploits in life. This short book had a good pace with an unexpected ending.
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