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Simon Kernick
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11 Nov 2010 Tina Boyd (Book 5)

36 HOURS AGO: A brutal serial killer is arrested on the streets of north London after a two-year reign of terror. Known as the Night Creeper, he's earned his reputation by torturing five young women to death.

24 HOURS AGO: Undercover cop Sean Egan has infiltrated one of the country's most notorious criminal gangs. Now he's about to risk his life in a desperate bid to bring its members to justice.

12 HOURS AGO: DI Tina Boyd has discovered that the Night Creeper's murders are part of a much larger criminal conspiracy. But her quest for the truth has brought her into contact with some very dangerous people who want to silence her - permanently.

THE LAST 10 SECONDS: A man, a woman, a sadistic killer. As they race towards a terrifying confrontation only one thing is certain: they're all going to have to fight very hard just to stay alive.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (11 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055215881X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552158817
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. However, Simon's big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was selected by Richard and Judy for their Recommended Summer Reads promotion, and then rapidly went on to become the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime. To find out more about Simon Kernick and his thrillers, please visit

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"Nailbiting ... more twists and turns than a boa-constrictor on speed" (The Times)

"Another well-paced, well-written thriller from rising star Kernick" (Daily Mirror)

"A wham-bang chase story ... fast-moving and gripping" (Literary Review)

"Explodes into non-stop action which refuses to slow down until almost the end of the story. When it gets even faster" (Yorkshire Evening Post)

"Vibrant, engrossing and constantly surprising. The pace never lets up, this book has a heart, as well as gore galore" (Guardian)

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RULE NUMBER ONE: STAY ALIVE. The new race-against-time bestseller from the UK Harlan Coben.

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115 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensational read 14 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I made the mistake of starting this book on a week-end. Mistake because i could not put the book down and my week-end went out of the window. I read a few of Simon Kernick's novels, but this one in my humble opinion is the best of the lot.
The book starts slowly and draws you in until you are just hooked.
The main characters are Sean Egan an undercover cop and DI Tina Boyd. Egan's job is to infiltrate a top london gang and Boyd's job is to bring a serial killer to justice. Cleverly Mr Kernick intertwines both characters till you think we have reached a very satisfying result. However Mr Kernick keeps us glued to our chairs for another chapter and sadly the book ends.

All i can say is that hopefully Mr Kernick will bring back Egan and Boyd in a future novel as together they will make an incredible team.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! 18 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Was looking for something to download onto my Kindle and decided on 'The Last Ten Seconds'. Usually crime/detective fiction isn't really my bag, but the price and previous reviews swayed me.

This is a very well written book and could easily be made into one of those TV crime dramas. The author builds up the characters well and by the middle of the book the chapters really wizz along. Loads of twists and a real page turner (or button presser on a Kindle?).

I'll have a go at the authors other books. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Five Stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last 10 Seconds 11 July 2011
By Phil
Another great book from Simon Kernick. As with all the others, I read it within 2 days, just could not put it down. The plot swisted and turned, the characters very lifelike and the way he writes, makes you believe you're there. Looking forward to his next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspend Belief...but great entertainment 2 Jan 2011
Excellent entertainment but you have to suspend belief as the bodies mount up and each new twist emerges.If you want realistic crime fiction read Graham Hurley's excellent books,if you're wondering where Lee Child has gone wrong recently then this book is for you as Sean Egan wades through piles of bodies despite an ever-increasing list of serious injuries in a manner that makes Jack Reacher look like a big girl's blouse.
Plenty of graphic violence and I laughed out loud at some of it,possibly not Simon Kernick's intention,as it sometimes bordered on "Tom and Jerry",and thankfully he didn't kill off every character as that would have stuffed the sequel....but it was a close run thing.
If this sounds critical it's not,I loved it,just don't take it too seriously and you will as well,I actually read it cover to cover one cold Sunday afternoon,once I'd started I didn't want to stop.Looking forward to Mr Kernick's next effort immensely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This could be his best novel? 10 Feb 2011
I started this book on the way to work and was immediately captive to the plot. Henceforth I looked forward to every opportunity to read more. In quiet moments, I tried to think through what was happening in either the Sean Egan thread or in the context of Tina Boyd and her colleagues' investigations but I was completely out-foxed by Mr Kernick.
It is difficult to imagine how tense and stressful being under-cover can get but I believe the portrayal in this book probably gets very close to the feelings, reactions and experience?
I enjoyed the story and the very entertaining sub-plots and the skilfull inter-weaving, so I do not wish to go into detail in case a comment spoils it. Suffice to say I was happy with the outcomes and thoroughly enjoyed the characters. Some of the people we met were new and some will be familiar faces from Simon's previous stories.
A very enjoyable read and superb story-telling - Many thanks to the author.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Yet 12 Jan 2011
Simon Kernick's books always hook you from the first line to the last and `The Last 10 Seconds' is no exception. I would put it up there as my favourite Kernick book alongside `The Crime Trade'. You get two perspectives as a complex series of crimes is unravelled & from two cops who are both anti-heroes, Tina Boyd and Sean Egan. Neither plays by the rule book, and both have a personal need for revenge. Kernick likes a good anti-hero but for me Undercover Cop Egan was his best yet and I hope he returns in another book. The story is really all about Boyd and Egan, who both admit they are `too alike' by the end, but the central crime plot is also strong - a serial killer's crimes are used to mask a murder that connects the Government, corrupt policeman and murderous underworld gangs. All is revealed at great pace - roll on the next Kernick adaventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart stopping or Heart racing? 9 Nov 2012
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There is always a risk when reviewing thriller genre novels in my opinion - you inadvertently giveaway the plot without realising it and then there is no point in going to buy the book! That could easily happen with this book - so I am going to try my best but I have given you fair warning.

DI Tina Boyd is a detective that likes to detect, she does not want to be stuck behind the desk detecting paperwork, she wants to be on the ground and in the action. Even when she is not meant to out on the ground, she gets involved in the arrest of The Night Creeper - a man who has killed five women and has reigned London for two years. But something about the death of one of these women, does not add up to The Night Creeper, but when all the evidence points to him, is it better if Tina just lets it go and be happy with a result, even if it is not quite justice. If you know Tina then the answer is to fight to the bitter end for the correct result.

Sean Egan is used to the world of the criminal as well as the cop - he can do both successfully. Sean Egan is an undercover cop. Similar to Tina with his work ethic he wants to get to the truth and enjoys the work on the ground. Justice is important, but Sean is carrying the burden of something happening to someone close to him. This is the justice he seeks, but do the boundaries of work and personal life become blurred and in this particular case has Sean got in too deep?

Two separate storylines, that you know are going to intertwine somewhere. They do and with some surprising results and whilst you need to keep your wits about you to follow all the different threads of the story, they weave together to a conclusion, that I did not necessarily see coming.

If you like pacy thrillers and don't mind something that gets your heart racing, this could well be the book for you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last 10 Seconds
Book is full of twists, another day in the life of Tina Boyd. Basically this book is just a good read .
Published 8 days ago by daniel mathieson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
cracking good read.
Published 15 days ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 23 days ago by mr pdr clackworthy
4.0 out of 5 stars the last 10 seconds
simon kernick is one of the best british writers I have enjoyed several of his books and this one is really good
Published 1 month ago by fvmartino
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Good item arrived to kindle easily and was a good cover to cover read, I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 3 months ago by david8626
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Bought this for hubby, he likes Dan Brown's book but thought i'd get this for a change of Aurthur, he said is was very slow at the start but by the time he got half way he was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. K. V. West
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last 10 Seconds a fast exciting read!
This book is a fast paced, hard nosed, exciting read and a very hard to put down book, so would recommend this well written book as it's definitely worth buying.
Published 4 months ago by Andrea P
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Such a brilliant Crime Thriller!! I didn't want to put the kindle down!! Really enjoyed this book but I'm not surprised it was so good because Simon Kernick is the best crime... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marcus Frankland
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent, Fast Paced Thriller
Don't read this if you are even the slightest bit squeamish. Do read this if you like fast paced thrillers, told in a very British way, with plenty of murders, shootings and other... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark James Salter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Not the first of Simon's books that I just haven't been able to put down. It's none stop from page to page. Loved every minute of it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lee M
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