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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (16 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847398804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847398802
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former journalist, Craig Robertson had a 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper before becoming a full-time author. He interviewed three Prime Ministers, reported on major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. He was pilloried on breakfast television, beat Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.

His gritty crime novels are set on the mean streets of contemporary Glasgow. His first novel, Random, was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA New Blood Dagger, longlisted for the 2011 Crime Novel of the Year and was a Sunday Times bestseller. He is also the author of a series of novels featuring crime scene photographer Tony Winter and Detective Sergeant Rachel Narey; Snapshot, Cold Grave and Witness the Dead.

Craig also has a weakness/fascination/obsession with black pudding and has travelled across Europe in search of the perfect pud. This admittedly strange pilgrimage included being a judge at the world black pudding championships in France.

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Hot on Stuart MacBride's heels is Craig Robertson who's doing for Glasgow what Rankin did for Edinburgh. Strikingly plotted, Snapshot, starring an out of control vigilante sniper, is mesmerisingly good.
--Henry Sutton, 2012 Preview: Look Out for These Books This Year, Mirror

`A stonker of a Glasgow-set crime thriller . . . the complex plot expertly managed and the setting brilliantly utilised . . . a fascinating, challenging and heart-in-the-mouth entertaining read' --Stirling Observer

About the Author

During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson has interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann; been pilloried on breakfast television, beaten Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, been among the first to interview Susan Boyle, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India. RANDOM is his first novel

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By McMurdo on 23 Jun 2011
Format: Paperback
Snapshot, Craig Robertson's second crime novel is perhaps more typical of the genre than his first, but it still has the quirkiness and wit that separated Random from the pack. The main character, a police photographer named Tony Winter is new, but the feisty DS Rachel Narey carries over from Random. As of course does the city of Glasgow itself.
The main storyline is straightforward enough. A sniper is busily taking out major drug dealers with an ex-SAS type rifle while the police try in vain to find out who he is. Tony Winter gets to photo the corpses, and begins to have his own ideas about what's going on. With 14 bodies in the first few chapters he uses up a fair quantity of film and it is a bit of challenge for the reader to remember who's who in the dead club.
But as you'd expect, the storyline doesn't stay straightforward and Robertson plots some beautiful twists and turns keeping this reader at least totally enthralled. And also challenged to think a bit. The law of the land has failed to prevent some pretty evil drug dealers plying their trade - maybe the vigilante has a point. As for endings, there are two for the price of one. Wait till you get there...
Even if the storyline and the slaughter don't appeal to you, the descriptions and observations of Glasgow and its Glaswegians surely will. Winter meets DCI Addison in a pub:
Winter: "Cheers!"
DCI Addison: "Are we here to talk, or drink?"
Snapshot is a great read for lovers of crime fiction, but I really think there's a bit more to it than that. I hate to say you can't always tell a book by its cover. And I'm sure we're going to see a lot more of the complex but engaging police photographer Tony Winter. On TV? Mibbes, aye.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 7 May 2014
Format: Paperback
Tony Winter is a police photographer in Glasgow whose interest in his work goes beyond the professional. He’s addicted to photographing the dead, so much so that he’s compelled to visit crime scenes so that he can see death close up. When a sniper starts killing Glasgow’s biggest criminals, Winter’s got all the death he could ever wish for and, spotting a link in the crime scene pictures to a photo of a badly beaten schoolboy, he decides to carry out his own investigation ...

Winter’s girlfriend, DS Rachel Narey desperately wants to be involved with the sniper case but has instead been moved to investigate the murder of a prostitute. When the sniper starts targeting cops and members of the public though she has to juggle both cases and finds that the case might well strike her very close to home …

Craig Robertson’s second novel is a sequel of sorts to RANDOM in that DS Rachel Narey remains a key character, but the focus is Tony Winter. Although it’s brave of Robertson to hang a story around a character with such profound psychological issues, I found Winter too creepy to root for and wondered how he was allowed to keep doing his job and what Narey saw in him. The sniper story is slow to get going and creaks at the seams while the prostitute storyline is basically there to keep Narey occupied. In addition, Robertson’s dialogue isn’t as crisp as it is in RANDOM with the banter between Winter and best friend DI Derek Addison rapidly becoming repetitive and dull. This is a shame because Robertson is great at making the most of his Glasgow location, wringing every bit of character out of it as he shows off a city in transition. Ultimately, although this isn’t as good as RANDOM, it’s still an okay read and I will check out the next in this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jun 2012
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When they start dying, no one seems to care. The criminal set of Glasgow are being gunned down, one by one and many think the vigilante killer is doing what the police couldn't or wouldn't do themselves. Police photographer, Tony Winters has a fascination with seeing death through his camera and he begs his best friend, DI Addison to assign him as official photographer on the case. With his penchant for capturing the crowds and the police at work, is he purely a nuisance or could his photos hold the key to solving the crimes?

Tony is not your average crime protagonist and there will be times where you question his allegiance. He was driven to become a police photographer when he was dragged to an exhibition of Enrique Metinides' work and he became entranced by the scenes of death and destruction. Metinides is a real person, a Mexican photojournalist who has captured the horrors of crime and disaster for tabloid papers, where such shocking images are more commonplace. Of course, in Snapshot Tony doesn't exhibit his photos and mostly works within the confines of his job but there is a clear feeling that he gets a rush from it.

There was a lot going on in the opening chapters and a lot of characters to get to grips with so it took a while to really get into the story. The murders come one after another but because of the city's apathy towards the victims, they all rolled into one for me. Once the plot becomes more personal in the second half, it turns into a bloody good read. I have the follow-up, Cold Grave, to read and I will be intrigued to see how it fares now I have become familiar with the characters.

I'm not sure Glasgow's tourist board will be thanking Robertson though. He paints a bleak picture of a city riddled with violent crime, drugs and prostitution. Maybe now that the vigilante has killed them all off, it may become a better place to live in future instalments!
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