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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tindal Street (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906994137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906994136
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,906,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An incredibly tense page-turner' --Nicola Monaghan

'A gripping and grown-up page-turner. Fans will look forward to seeing the next instalment' --Tablet

'Captures the spirit of the time. Worth sticking around to see what happens next' --Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An atmospheric adult crime debut beginning a series from a writer who has sold close to a million YA novels --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bone and Cane is a book that's hard to put down, seconds after wanting to turn the light out and go to sleep, I'd find myself picking it up again. I became involved with the characters because they felt totally real, they weren't the usual card board cut-outs you get in in so many popular 'entertainment' style crime books. Nick Cane is someone I feel I've known and might well have even gone out with...(!) Sarah Bone is that girl I knew from uni in Nottingham. Bone and Cane is very different to most other crime novels as the story feels gritty and realistic, totally believable. It could well have happened, there are no phony scenarios and the characters portray, good and bad, real people. As a Nottingham dweller it's great to follow the characters around familiar places in Nottingham, but even people who aren't from the East Midlands could easily identify with the novel. I'm glad it's not based in London initially, it's good to have a book set in a real place and in what feels like real time. I could see Bone and Cane being turned into a decent crime series on television...in fact I hope it is...looking forward to reading the sequel...
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Really enjoyed this well-paced novel set in Nottingham and around political events unfolding in the late nineties. A local Labour MP, Sarah Bone, is instrumental in the release of Ed Clark, a man imprisoned for a double murder. His release is received with mixed reactions and Bone finds herself struggling to sustain her political seat and deal with various, often dangerous, confrontations, on a number of fronts. Bone begins to seriously doubt Ed's innocence. On top of it all, an old flame from her past resurfaces after a long and mysterious absence.

The main characters, Sarah Bone and Nick Cane are very believable and I learned a lot about local election campaigns through the storyline without realising it until I'd finished the book - the mark of a good storyteller. Living in Nottingham myself I enjoyed the references to the city locations, it made the read very authentic. Belbin skilfully crafts the characters so they soon become well-rounded and believable and we start to care what happens to them. The tension builds throughout on several levels, culminating in a satisfying, although not altogether unexpected, ending. Would definitely read a sequel to this book.
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David Belbin's novel has been in the top ten at amazon.co.uk for several weeks. It introduces an "unusual and dynamic crime partnership", according to regional fiction specialists Tindal Street Press (a pretty dynamic bunch themselves - three Booker nominations since 2003).

Sarah Bone is young, female and a Labour MP, still in opposition in early 1997. She has made a name for herself as a campaigner for penal reform. The book opens at a party to celebrate the release of a man wrongly convicted for the brutal double murder of a policeman and his wife. He is a splendidly obnoxious character and almost at once Sarah begins to wonder whether he might be guilty after all. Meanwhile her former lover Nick Cane is also free on parole after serving five years for drug dealing - and he is asking himself who tipped off the law.

Belbin's plot ranges from the wine bars of Westminster to the mini cab offices and sink estates of Nottingham. You get the feeling that he's more at home in Nottingham, but fortunately Parliament is dissolved early on and MPs retire to their constituencies for the general election. He does a good job of ramping up the tension in the run to the polls. The outcome is history (a Tory rout and 418 seats for Labour) but there are dirty tricks and dark secrets on all sides and genuine doubt about whether Sarah Bone will come out on top. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown play cameo roles on the telephone.

So far, so gripping. But with the election over the novel collapses into soap opera. Rather too many characters drink, dope and jump into bed - and nothing much comes of any of it.
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One of the many pleasures of reading crime fiction is the sense of place they often contain: this one also has a strong sense of time. Not so long ago, the late nineties, yet it could be history! Fascinating detail about politics and life of the time. I enjoy complex plots with many twists and turns, but I also enjoy this kind of cleverly balanced plot - deceptively simple yet kept hanging between a narrow set of possibilities until the end. A strong and unusual crime novel.
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This is the first time I've read a book from this author and read a book from the best sellers list.

Bone & Cane

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished the book in three days, I simply couldn't put it down!

Excellent story, well written and totally absorbing.

Just buy it! and at 99p a total bargin!

Ben
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David Belbin has been writing crime fiction for teenagers for many years. This is his second adult novel, and in many ways it's a natural progression from his teenage work - more so than its equally fine but more "literary" predecessor The Pretender. If you ever read his books as a teenager yourself, then you'll recognise his terse, economic, deceptively simple prose style, and his ability to move a plot constantly forward: building the tension, playing with possibilities and then closing them off again, keeping you constantly guessing.

What's new here is the more adult-oriented approach: grittier themes (sex, politics, pragmatism versus principle) and a more complex interplay between the characters. The two "heroes" - if we can even call them that, as both are flawed characters who sometimes make the wrong choices - are former 1980s left wing activists, whose lives have taken very different paths. One has just come out of prison for dope dealing, while the other is seeking re-election as a Labour MP in what would become the first Blair government in 1997. They are former lovers, whose paths cross again as they become caught up in the messy aftermath of a murder: one way or another, a miscarriage of justice has taken place, but it's not clear whether this happened when the alleged murderer was convicted, or when he was later pardoned.

This isn't just a crime novel; it's also an examination of what happens to young idealists who have been mugged by adult life. It would have been all too easy to paint the Labour MP as a cynical sell-out, but Belbin avoids that well-worn trap.
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