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Traces: Lost Bullet (Traces: Luke Harding, Forensic Investigator) [Paperback]

Malcolm Rose
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21 Feb 2005 Traces: Luke Harding, Forensic Investigator
When there's a murder mystery to solve, The Authorities send in their top forensic team. Luke Harding runs fast, thinks even quicker and has the best detective instincts around. His right-hand robot is Malc, equipped with lasers, scanners and technology for finding clues at the toughest of crime scenes. Together, Luke and Malc have the talent to crack any crime - and a good joke, too. Welcome to the thrilling world of Traces. Aged just 16, Luke Harding is the youngest Forensic Investigator ever. In the slums of London, Luke and Malc investigate a doctor's murder. They find a bullet wound to her head, but rain has washed away the bullet - and all other clues. As more innocent victims die, pressure builds on Luke and Malc to find the culprit before the bizarre shooting spree becomes an all-out massacre.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (21 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753410508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753410509
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have one simple method of writing. I set out with the basic idea, the main characters and an exciting opening scene in my mind. Then I start to write and see what happens. The plot is totally flexible. I don't know the ending or the middle. I write my characters into situations and then watch how they react and get out of them. That way, rather than knowing where I'm headed and force my characters to go there, they decide. For me, the end result is more natural and unforced. I don't know who will survive and who will not, whether it will be happy or sad. Also, it's great fun for me, like the reader, to find out what's going to happen. It encourages me to keep thinking and writing because I really want to learn the ending.

I used to be told off at school for daydreaming. Now, as a fiction writer, I make my living from it! Turning daydreams into stories began while I was studying chemistry at university. It allowed me to be anyone, go anywhere and do anything. In my imagination, I am a devious murderer, a great musician, the best footballer, the world's leading detective, a very bright girl, and many other characters.

I write only about topics that make me passionate. That might be because I really like or really loathe them. I am inspired by things I like (science, medicine, nature, music, football, etc), and angered by things I dislike (the corrupting effect of money and politics, racism, bullying, cruelty, etc). I often get ideas by looking through newspapers and science magazines. There's a weird and wonderful - and sometimes horrible - world out there with plenty of inspiration for a writer.

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CSI meets SciFi – a deft, smart mix of murder, mystery and future mayhem. -- Graham Marks - Children's Editor, Publishing News

This is fast-moving storytelling in true thriller tradition, with enough subtext to leave a perceptive reader thinking. -- Jan Marks, Times Educational Supplement, March 4th 2005

About the Author

Malcolm Rose has written 22 novels for older children. A former professor of chemistry, he is a well-known crime and thriller writer. Malcolm has won many awards over the years including the Angus Book Award (Tunnel Vision) and the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2001 (Plague). He has also been included several times in the annual Book Trust 100 best books for children. In the US he was shortlisted for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (The Highest Form of Killing) in the category of best novel for young persons. Malcolm lives in Sheffield.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good second hand purchase 29 Jun 2013
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Bought for my 11 year old daughter who has now read the whole series and thoroughly enjoyed them. However, disappointed that Malcolm Rose has stopped writing this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Muchas Gracias 11 Jun 2011
By alx
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Really in fantastic condition. the book arrived well before expected so that was a plus too.

thank you very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good adventure that is feasible 18 Sep 2005
By Team LitPick - Published on Amazon.com
In book two of the Traces series, we re-join Luke Harding, a forensic investigator, and his robotic sidekick in London. The city has fallen into disrepair and roaming wild animals are reclaiming the city. Amid all this chaos, a war between brown and white people rages. A white boy named Owen is shot and is aided at a hospital. His doctor ends up shot soon after treating him. Is this a brown vs. white crime? Is she killed because she's a doctor? Is this one of the random crimes that plagues London so often? With the bullet washed away in the rain, Luke must infiltrate one of the most secretive organizations in London to find out the truth.

The book was really good. It requires you to examine your own morals and choose someone with whom to agree. It's a wonderful mystery story almost impossible to anticipate with every new twist set against a haunting and ominous London. There is a point in the book where I guarantee your palms will sweat and you will block everything else out. A fast-paced story coupled with true forensic techniques makes this a must-read for anyone who favors .

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Bullet 17 April 2006
By K. Arlington - Published on Amazon.com
This book is suitable for middle school grades. It's about Forensic Inspector Luke Harding, and his Mobile Aid to Law and Crime(Malc), investigate murders in a future London. The case gets much bigger when F.I Harding figures out that it is a serial killer and connects related crimes. The killer killed 3 doctors, and 3 "pairing" committee members He connects this to The World Church of Eternal Vision. The killer is a member of the church, but who? In the book, Luke uses this connection to catch the killer but I won't reveal the name in case you want to enjoy this book someday.

I really enjoyed this book because of the desriptive clues and the heart-pounding suspense. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. But its not for people with weak stomaches.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 16 Aug 2013
By Diania Clemmons - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like mysteries this book is perfect! You need to read it for sure!!! There is action in the book!
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