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Shut Eye [Paperback]

Adam Baron
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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5 Feb 1999
New crime hero Billy Rucker cruises London's hidden badlands in the haunting thriller debut from TV writer Adam Baron

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; paperback / softback edition (5 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330370634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330370639
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Teddy’s first assignation with a male lover is also his last. The married airline pilot lies dead in his London flat – his torso scarred by the sharp shards of the shattered champagne bottle left cynically protruding from his abdomen. Yet video cameras are everywhere these days. Who was the man filmed with Teddy as he left the Heathrow concourse? And could he kill again? Ex-copper turned private investigator Billy Rucker joins the case on the exhortation of Teddy’s brother, a well-known Tory MP. And for Rucker it’s the start of a long, lonely trail through the city, clutching a grainy black and white photograph and a gut-gnawing suspicion lurking at the pit of his stomach. Until a phone call in the night asks for a meeting . . . and suddenly the name of the game is fear . . .

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3.0 out of 5 stars A journey of sexual exploration 25 July 1999
By A Customer
Adam Baron's fascination with the grit and grime of Raymond Chandler permeates every fibre of this tense, understated detective-mystery/sexual-odyssey. Billy Rucker is an ex-cop and boxer turned private eye stalking London's litter-strewn sidewalks in search of an illusive gay killer.
As he inches closer to the core of the case, he struggles to confront the question of his own sexuality. His confusion and frustration are driven to fever pitch by his simultaineous and largely unconscious attraction to both the murder victim and his comatose brother's girlfriend. A fascinating and sometimes disturbing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good novel, very satisfying. 15 Oct 1999
This was a really good read. I liked Billy Rucker as a character and thought the plot worked very well. I actually liked the detail because it gave you an idea about who Billy was. I thought this was a very American style book but worked well in London - much better than the usual country house stuff. As I can't wait to find out more about Rucker I'm giving it five stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clerkenwell Chiller-thriller 2 May 1999
By A Customer
It was on the recommendation of 'Elle' magazine that I bought two copies of this book (a magazine that has to get at least one mention of Clerkenwell, Sea Breezes and the Met Bar into every edition. 'Shut Eye' neatly provided the Clerkenwell association). One copy went to my friend in Sydney, who used to work with me in... yup, I'm afraid so... Clerkenwell. Hence the interest.
Clearly the main appeal of the book, for me, was to be trawled around the dark and turgid recesses of London's EC1 and neighbouring areas. On this level 'Shut Eye' certainly delivered. That aside, however, I found the book as a whole rather superficial. I understand that the author is also a writer for TV and radio, which may account for this lack of depth - indeed, I can imagine the book translating well into a TV mini-series with it's highly visual tone, real-life locations and love-interest sub-plot. There's even a tragic, comatose brother to add a bit of visual texture.
All in all, contrary to C.Leather's review, I feel that the book needed more detail rather than less. Not more A4 and A5 references, it's true, but more about the characters themselves, their thoughts and motivations. A little more background.
I've been told that Adam Baron is currently working on his second novel. In that I wish him the best of luck - I'll be buying a copy to see how he's developed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shut Eye 7 July 2004
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This was a really refreshing style and a fabulously written book with some clever plot ties. However I was slightly disappointed and frustrated with what appeared to be some major holes in the story... not least of which was the way that the opening murder scene did not appear to correspond at all with Rucker's final unravelling of the mystery. However, it was otherwise an enthralling read and hasn't put me off buying the next in the Billy Rucker series with the hope that it will link up the story together more satisfactorily.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing till the end 26 April 2000
Great read. I loved the multiple story lines that keep you guessing who the killer is and how they come together. I did not guess the killer until 1/2 page before they were revealed. Excellent read!
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