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  • 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)

More About the Author

Well where do I start? I wanted to be a writer ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen. I started with one page stories that I illustrated myself (badly) and, as I grew older, the stories got longer. For a long time I just wrote for myself, enjoying the process of disappearing off to new, imaginative worlds, but eventually, while working as a salesman in London I experienced this desperate desire to get published.

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.

Happy reading.

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"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)

Book Description

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.

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By book fan VINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2009
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I've just finished reading this and I couldn't put it down,none stop action that never lets up. I would place Simon Kernick somewhere between Lee Child and Harlen Coban for the writing style. The story starts with Tyler waking up in bed with the headless corpse of his girl friend next to him with no idea of where he is or any of the events leading up to this and a tape is there waiting for him which shows that he is the one who killed her. This seems impossible to him because he had no reason to kill her and he was madly in love with her too. So begins a frantic race over the next twenty four hours to find out what's really going on,the words just fly off the page and you won't be able to read them fast enough as Tyler finds he has been set up for murder, from the first page to the last the tale moves with the momentum of a runaway train with thrills and plenty of violence along the way. With not one wasted word and chapters that blend seamlessly into each other this book is a pure adrenalin rush I totally loved it and would recommend it to any fan of thrillers. Great entertainment.
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I started reading this and from the very first page found it almost impossible to put down. The graphic descriptions mean it's not a book for everyone, but certainly if you like real-life gangster stories with plenty of twists and turns and a fast pace you will enjoy this book. Although the ending was fairly tame in comparison to the rest of the plot I felt it worked extremely well. I've just purchased two more of Simon Kernick's books and am hoping they're as good as this one.
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So I have read 4 Simon Kernick books over time (usually given to me by a friend), and this one was definitely the best! I could not put this down from the first page onwards, I was dying to know what was happening and how it ended! Very well written, a little far fetched in places but it still fit well with the story.
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By Amber on 5 Mar. 2012
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I bought this because I read his other book Relentless, and the first chapter of Severed was at the end of that.

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.
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This was the first Simon Kernick book i had purchased and was'nt sure if it was my kind of read , it took me a few weeks to decide to pick it up and once i started i could'nt put it down , a truly excellent author and so glad there are more titles available to download so here goes ..............................
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Severed can be described as a cracking read from the beginning to the end. The plot maintains huge pace, as your curiosity grows flipping every pace. The descriptions are graphic and rich, which makes it so easy to be absorbed in the novel. That is how I felt whilst reading the novel on a commuting journey to work. I read for long bursts in at least four commutting journeys and even I got off the bus and continued to read as the curiosity got the better of me. I finished it so quickly. So much happens in the novel at such a staggering pace, that it is hard to takes your eyes off. Simon Kernick has mastered the art of writing a good thriller.

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.
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I can't believe so many people have given this book a low rating! This was the 1st Simon Kernick Book i read and it made me go and buy all the rest! This guy is some writer!
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This was a very good read. Simon kernick continues to be one of my favourite authors and he delivered in this book. The story was gripping from the very beginning and the characters were believable at times.

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.
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