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  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (16 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611458269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611458268
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,301,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Maitland's cast of hard-working, bad-tempered cops, and in particular Brock, the wise older man, and Kolla, the smart young woman, are always a reliable team; Silvermeadow puts them on display at their best. Brock has unfinished business with North, a ruthless bank robber, whom someone spots in Silvermeadow, a vast shopping mall; Brock and Kolla move in on a murder hunt partly to have a pretext to hang around and wait for North to make his move. Someone killed a shop assistant and stuffed her body into a garbage compactor--and perhaps she was not the first, but rather just the first of the rootless young women who have disappeared to be found after her death ... Maitland has always been good at locations that are both crime scenes and countries of the mind and here we get not just the shining public face of Silvermeadow, but its access tunnels and guilty secrets. We also get a sense of what it is to run a place like that; the beleaguered director of the mall, her security chief, the brilliant cripple in the computer surveillance room--these are solid characters about whom we come to care as much as we do for the detectives we already know. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Silvermeadow is first-rate . . . compelling . . . fascinating."

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a thoroughly enjoyable crime novel set in a mega-centre of shopping (makes you think immediately of Lakeside and Bluewater) where it all turns sour. Barry Maitland takes you behind the scenes of the apparently perfect and controlled surface, where nasty secrets are lurking... I thought I'd figured out whodunnit half way through but I was wrong - the author led me all the way up the garden path and round in circles before he was ready to let me in on the truth. Very well done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
No-one who has ever spent a day at Lakeside Thurrock will ever feel the same about shopping in a vast mall or about being observed by security cameras. This book is beautifully written and tightly plotted. The characters come across as real people, maturing satisfactorily with each successive book in the series. I just wish Mr Maitland would write a bit faster as I now want to read the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mish Mash of a great author's work!!! 27 May 2012
By Doris V. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I guess I'll add my comments to that of other readers of this book. I've been checking and checking and waiting and waiting for more of Barry Maitland's books to become available on Kindle and was overjoyed to see three of them in the $3-$4 range available for download several days ago. But, Silvermeadow (a great book as expected by this great author) is readable only about 60% of the download, then it becomes a mish mash of unconnected paragraphs taken out of context completely destroying the readability of the story line. I'm going to force myself to continue to plow through it by second guessing what text belongs in what order because I do want to know what happens to the characters, but it is not going to be easy. Barry M, do you even know what Amazon and/or your editors have done to one of your wonderful police procedural books??? What a shame.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
UPDATED VERSION OF THIS E-BOOK STILL UNREADABLE! 26 April 2012
By E. Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another great early book in the Brock/Kolla series by Barry Maitland. Unfortunately, as the other reviewers have noted, at about 60% through the book it becomes unreadable. Chapter 11 ends mid-sentence. Chapter 12 has the missing parts of chapter 11 interspersed in random order throughout chapter 12, which itself has two threads running out of order. I was unable to continue reading and now will have to order a physical copy of the book to finish reading it (the book is definitely good enough to warrant doing that). Amazon sent me notification that an update to the book correcting the out of order chapters was available, but downloading that did not fix the problem. Amazon should remove this from sale until the publisher truly fixes the problem. DO NOT PURCHASE THE KINDLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
stand out in an already good series 24 Jan. 2012
By SherriLee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Much of the book takes places in a giant shopping mall and bizarrely enough, this creates a great atmosphere. There is almost a British cozy feel (though grittier) to the book, with the mall standing in for the village. Kathy and Brock are great as usual and this one is a bit stronger than some of the others. The characters are believable, I was thrown off the scent several times and I felt more immersed than usual. The whole series is good, some stand above the others--like this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Formatting problems seem to have been fixed 11 May 2013
By Sally - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Based on the earlier reviews I was concerned about buying the Kindle version and facing the same frustrations but since most of those comments were at least several months old I figured Amazon has had plenty of time to fix the mistakes. That turned out to be correct. I did not have the same problems others had in trying to read the book on my Kindle. I've enjoyed all of Maitland's books and Silvermeadow didn't disappoint. I'm really only posting this review to comment on the Kindle formatting issue.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Kindle version garbled 18 Feb. 2012
By P. Capps - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Three stars for the book, as I'm enjoying it -- and it might earn more if I could just read it. Kindle is awful here: the first half of the book is rife with spelling errors, as if it were some pirated version. The errors are distracting -- in some cases, I can't figure out what word should be there. Then, at the midway point of the book, the pages are either totally shuffled or large chunks of the book are missing. Some sentences stop midway through the thought and an entirely new scene from somewhere else in the book, itself partial, takes over. I tried to muddle through, but too much is either missing or so badly out of order that I can't keep up with it. This book was inexpensive but I would have paid regular price for it -- I didn't choose Kindle because it was cheap but because it was the only place the book seemed to be available. Total disappointment, esp when I'm halfway through -- and since it's a murder mystery, that is torture!
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