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Perfect Night [Paperback]

Peter Grimsdale
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Book Description

23 July 2009

When ambitious young documentary film-maker Nick witnesses the death of a notorious arms dealer in Sri Lanka, he's lucky to escape with his own life. He was on his way to interview him on his yacht when it was blown to smithereens. But the head injuries he receives destroy his memory - and his burgeoning career.

Years later, working as a film archivist, he uncovers an image in a forgotten reel of film that seems to totally rewrite the incident that derailed his life. But as he starts to search for the other pieces of the puzzle, he quickly realizes that this single, explosive piece of film could destroy him all over again. Soon he's on the run from people who want the lid put very firmly back on the past. His only option is to restore his memory - however painful it turns out to be - and find the whole truth before it kills him.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (23 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752894188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752894188
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Sheffield, which has yet to feature in any of my books, but Worthing, where I spent early childhood holidays and sometimes go to write, has a starring role in Just Watch Me. I joined the BBC and worked on the Holiday Programme and Crimewatch, but it was a filming trip to Sri Lanka and the detailed diary of my time there that inspired Perfect Night. I moved on to Channel 4 where I commissioned Big Brother 3 which gave the world Jade Goody, but my all time favourite credit from there will always be The Adam & Joe Show - still winning awards in its radio form. My interest in thrillers comes mostly from films: The Day of the Jackal, Three Days of the Condor, Body Heat, The Spanish Prisoner and reading Graham Greene's The Quiet American and Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household. But it was galvanised by a filming assignment in Iron Curtain era Albania where I posed as a tourist to get pictures for a film about the doomed Anglo-US attempt to overthrow communism. I still work in TV and have just finished series with Jonathan Dimbleby in Africa and South America for BBC 2. My wife Stephanie Calman, author of How (Not) To Murder Your Husband and other worryingly honest and hilarious memoirs of family life, has been a wonderful motivator, as in: 'If you want to write a novel shut up and get on with it.' I cling to the notion that out of bad comes good; Just Watch Me was inspired by trying to fly to Tobago and discovering that our then five year old daughter's passport had expired. So just before you click and buy my books, check your children's passports.

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a stylish, intelligent thriller which makes the reader put in some work: it isn't always easy to piece together exactly what happened and why. But it's certainly worth the effort. (INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Grimsdale never lets the plot drag (THE BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

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Can you trust your memories? An edgy and compelling thriller about a film-maker who unknowingly captured a secret that governments are willing to kill for...

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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and intelligent 9 Dec 2009
This is a classic man on the run thriller and has all the pace and intrigue that you need to keep turning the page. Nik Roker is a great character and he takes you into his world seemlessly. I really enjoyed it and imagine someone must have grabbed the film rights by now too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 Sep 2009
What a brilliant, gripping read. I love a good thriller and this was certainly it!
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I thought after reading this WOW! lets hope he can keep this up.
Perfect Night is a perfect debut, Enough tension, pace and mystery to keep you gripped. I had been told so much about this and I am glad I read it.
I would recommend everyone try this. It is not blood and gore, and not a detective BUT it is a fantastic thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping 28 Sep 2008
Grimsdale has pulled off a very good debut novel which has many twists and turns. It rattles along and provides unusual insights not just into the world of TV but into the world of TV archives where the past is stored, lost, forgotten - and sometimes has to be found again. I look forward to his next one.
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