- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Corgi (14 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552153133
- ISBN-13: 978-0552153133
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Severed Mass Market Paperback – 14 Jan 2008
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I've always been a huge crime fiction and thriller fan so I wrote a crime novel that, unfortunately, pretty much every literary agent and publisher in the land rejected. So I wrote another one with exactly the same result. I have enough rejection letters to decorate a whole house- three hundred in all-but finally I struck gold with my first novel, The Business of Dying, about a cop who moonlights as a hit man named Dennis Milne. It was released in 2002 (seven years after I first tried to get published!) and was described as 'the crime debut of the year' by The Independent, which was a very nice compliment.
Since then I've written a book a year (fifteen in all now) as well as a total of three novellas. I specialise in very fast-paced thrillers set over a short space of time which I like to think grab the reader from the very first page and don't let go. My fifth novel, Relentless, was a Richard and Judy summer read, and the ninth and tenth, The Last Ten Seconds and The Payback, both reached number 1 in the UK book charts, so they're good, I promise!
I don't have a series as such and most of the books can be read as standalones, but I do have recurring characters. Dennis Milne, my vigilante cop, returns in A Good Day to Die and The Payback, and my female detective, Tina Boyd- a woman who finds herself in dangerous situations seemingly at every turn- appears in the vast majority of the recent books.
Anyway, I hope you get a chance to take a look at one or more of them and please feel free to let me know your thoughts.
"Simon Kernick writes with his foot pressed hard on the pedal. Hang on tight!" (Harlan Coben)
"Great plots, great characters, great action and some spectacular violence. Simon Kernick might just be the best of Britain's new-wave crime writers." (Lee Child)
"Kernick is no longer a writer to watch; he's an author to be reckoned with." (Mark Billingham)
"Simon Kernick is a rising star of British crime fiction." (Mark Lawson on BBC Radio 4's Front Row)
"For those who like their thrillers breathless, as well as bloody, this will be just the ticket." (The Times)
One night stand. One dead body. One bad day. A terrifying read-in-one-gulp thriller with a killer premise from the author of Relentless.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It was a great read - as good as I'd expected.
I don't want to say too much, but as with Relentless, it was a real page turner. The fast pace and different twists make you keep reading to find out what happens next.
Well worth a read.
The plot is about an ex-soldier who's normal day turns into a real nightmare. He is framed for a murder that he did not committ, but must meet criminal demands to clear the name. The attention of a mysterious briefcase holds key clues in discovering the events that lie ahead in the novel. The plot is set in the heart of East End of London, an area notorious for gangster activities, but explores gangster activities in East Europe. Some of themes touched in this novel are quite heavy, but it provides a realistic and distrubing picture.
Severed consist of an explosive plot, strong characters and an alarming picture of criminal activities in East End, that is also a breeding ground for Russian mafia organisations. A great deal of research has been done on compiling this fast paced thriller that handles strong issues. Simon Kernick joins the ranks of top British thriller writers. If you look at the examples of other top crime writers such as Ian Rankins and John Harvey, you will notice the police characters are central to the plot. Simon Kernick focus is shifted to the victims of crime, which provides a fresh perspective. That what makes Severed a unique novel. I would recommend Severed for anyone who loves a good thriller.
If you like heart pulsing, on the edge of your seat, cant sleep for days sort of books, then this is a book for you. Read it and enjoy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this story. Kept me engrossed all the way through. This is thriller writing at it's best. Hooked on this guy. Simon, keep up the good work.Published 10 months ago by Cambs lady