Bone and Cane Paperback – 3 Mar 2011
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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Gritty novel of drug taking, politics and sex in Nottingham. Now reading the sequel: "What you don't know". Just as good as the previous.Published 6 months ago by GLeaNeR00
It is a great book I couldn't put it down I would definitely recommend that you get itPublished 11 months ago by Hannah Roberts
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Too much dialogue, story did not really go anywhere. Felt unfinished, good descriptions and character back stories. Would not recommend.Published on 1 Feb. 2014 by Chezn3y