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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1865081620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330373265
  • ASIN: 0330373269
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Minette Walters is England's bestselling female crime writer. She has won the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel published in America and two CWA Gold Daggers for Fiction. Minette Walters lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.

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When Kate Sumner's corpse is discovered naked, bruised, prone and violated on the rocks of a sleepy South Coast town by two curious young boys and her tiny, traumatised daughter is found wandering alone several miles away, police are instinctively drawn to two suspects. William Sumner, Kate's husband, and Steven Harding, a handsome would-be actor, find themselves at the centre of the investigation and as police suspicions grow, their fatally flawed personalities are gradually disembowelled in the search for the truth. The clever presentation of part of the evidence in the form of bland witness statements, stylishly contrasting with the fast-paced narrative that swoops between the two prime suspects, is an ingenious tool which allows the weaknesses of each man to be gradually revealed.

The Breaker is an example of the crime novel at its very best, with characters and situations so carefully judged that they become all the more believable as the story is pushed towards its chilling climax. Minette Walters has more than proved her exceptional talent for mystery and suspense in the award-winning The Ice House, The Sculptress and The Scold's Bridle and here merely confirms her unquestionable standing as the true Queen of intelligent crime writing. --Susan Harrison

About the Author

Minette Walters is England’s bestselling female crime writer. She has won the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel, the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best crime novel published in America and two CWA Gold Daggers for Fiction. Minette lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2000
Format: Paperback
I have read all of Minette Walters' earlier books and thoroughly enjoyed them, and I was looking forward to reading this one as it sounded very interesting. I was a bit disappointed by it though. It was very readable but as earlier reviewers have pointed out, it was hard to care about any of the characters. The ending of the book was a bit of an anti-climax, as there were no real surprises and no compelling motive for the killer. I would recommend someone new to Minette Walters to start with another one of her books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
Plot wise I thought this book was very weak indeed. It just didn't hang together well enough to convince me that it was real. In some ways it reminded me of a bad rehash of the film "Dead Calm". I was extremely disappointed as I enjoyed her first three novels hugely. I thought "The Dark Room" was quite weak too and I was really hoping for a return to form here. Usually her characters are quite interesting although the dialogue is not always convincing, but the strength of the plot usually carries it off. Here, not only was the dialogue poor, the characters were fairly unsympathetic and the plot was silly. Nothing to recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Oct 1998
Format: Hardcover
Every time I read Minette Walters, I just don't believe that she can again be as good as her last one - and she always is. Her detached voice, her thoughtful pictures of the characters, her way of describing each of them with their flaws and their stupidities, this combined with a story that is interesting, full of twists and yet never just "action for action's sake", I am extremely impressed every time. Also, I like that each novel stands alone, and I do not need to follow some detecive's life through a series. I recommend it to anyone who wants a book that is not predictable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is just terrible. It reads more like a journalistic account of events than a novel and, although police reports and other 'source' material can add to a book's authenticity if done properly, this simply read like a dreary bundle of evidence. The characters were poorly developed and I thought that if I read the phrase, 'he smiled wryly' once more, I would throw the book out the window. Avoid this one at all costs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
I have read all M.W.'s books, and this is not one of my favourites. I didn't care enough about the characters. The fainthearted romance between the policeman and Maggie is pleasing, but hardly exciting. The theme of how unrestricted sex and drug use leads to very nasty behaviour isn't very original. I found the little girl very weakly drawn and the murdered woman is so dull, nobody cares when she's killed. But the writing is very smooth and I was drawn in to the story, reading it very quickly.
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By A Customer on 13 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
Oddly enough, I grew to envy Walters' labyrinthine plots and nasty characters. My impression has always been that she has been trying to subvert the genre by populating her novels with loathsome, complex characters whose lives are open to interpretation by the slanted perceptions of the others in each book. This presents us with a world of ambiguity. Walters' unusual talent, and for me the appeal of her crime stories, lies in her creating characters who alternately make our flesh crawl with their quirks and perversities then elicit our sympathy when we understand the events that lead to choices they make. However, for my tastes, The Breaker is run-of-the-mill. The story begins with an excerpt from a book called The Mind of A Rapist and its elementary Freudian analysis automatically forces the reader to overanalyze each of the male characters' libidos. Maybe this is her point. But obviously the suspect list is immediately limited to one sex. Much of the "romance" angle I felt was merely padding and could have been dispensed with. The Jenners were intrusive and annoying and I didn't care about any of their storyline. Overall, fewer twists and hardly a single surprise. I wanted to gasp at the end, not shrug and say "But of course."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
Don't be taken in by the effusive reviews on the jacket of this latest effort from Minette Walters. Unlike her other books which have involved a high degree of intrigue and some effort on the part of the reader to guess the outcome, this one is totally straightforward. You are hard pushed to reach the foregone conclusion, since most of the characters are either too sketchy to empathise with or totally dislikable. Not up to her usual high standards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 July 1999
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Started well but faded away. Having read all her previous novels I have to admit to being slightly disappointed with this one. Characters were just not strong enough - you didn't really care too much what happened as you'd already guessed long ago what would. Did Ms Walters write this or did someone else? It just isn't up to her normal high standards.
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