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No Trace (Brock & Kolla Mysteries) Paperback – 21 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (21 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312376464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312376468
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Gripping...Maitland brings the particular world he depicts unforgettably alive. No one who reads this haunting, unnerving work will ever again think about contemporary artists the same way." -- "Publishers Weekly" on "No Trace" "In what may be his best book yet, Maitland starkly contrasts the modern art worldview of life as art/art as life with the police attitude that life is not a game. Fans of British police procedurals by such authors as Jill McGown, Stuart MacBride, and Quentin Jardine will demand this." -- "Library Journal" (starred review) on "No Trace"

Gripping...Maitland brings the particular world he depicts unforgettably alive. No one who reads this haunting, unnerving work will ever again think about contemporary artists the same way. "Publishers Weekly on No Trace"

In what may be his best book yet, Maitland starkly contrasts the modern art worldview of life as art/art as life with the police attitude that life is not a game. Fans of British police procedurals by such authors as Jill McGown, Stuart MacBride, and Quentin Jardine will demand this. "Library Journal (starred review) on No Trace""

Gripping...Maitland brings the particular world he depicts unforgettably alive. No one who reads this haunting, unnerving work will ever again think about contemporary artists the same way. Publishers Weekly on No Trace

In what may be his best book yet, Maitland starkly contrasts the modern art worldview of life as art/art as life with the police attitude that life is not a game. Fans of British police procedurals by such authors as Jill McGown, Stuart MacBride, and Quentin Jardine will demand this. Library Journal (starred review) on No Trace

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"Gripping...Maitland brings the particular world he depicts unforgettably alive. No one who reads this haunting, unnerving work will ever again think about contemporary artists the same way." --Publishers Weekly on No Trace

"In what may be his best book yet, Maitland starkly contrasts the modern art worldview of life as art/art as life with the police attitude that life is not a game. Fans of British police procedurals by such authors as Jill McGown, Stuart MacBride, and Quentin Jardine will demand this." --Library Journal (starred review) on No Trace

About the Author

BARRY MAITLAND is a finalist for the John Creasy Award for best first novel and winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. He lives in Newcastle, Australia.

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Barry Maitland is consistently good. The plot is taut, the characters believable and he always manages to throw in a surprise or two. It's satisfying reading.
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In Barry Maitland's latest British crime thriller, featuring Detective Chief Inspector David Brock and Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla, art is validated by death, and death is validated by art. Sprinkling his story with druggies and artists, gallery owners and maddeningly eccentric women, Maitland has fashioned a highly unusual tale of the sacrifices people make for their talent and even for their families.

Brock and Kolla are assigned to investigate another missing girl, the third child that has been abducted from her home in east London in recent weeks. The six-year-old Tracey Rudd is the daughter of famous artist Gabriel Rudd, and she has been living with her father in Northcote Square, a collection of artists' studios, flats and shops centered on a leafy park.

Rumor has it that there are more artists to the square mile in this neighborhood than anywhere else in Europe, with Gabriel Rudd certainly considered one of its major stars. But as Barry and Kathy begin their inquiries, they are surprised to learn that Tracey had become a part of a bitter custody battle between her father and Rudd's deceased wife's parents.

The Nolans blame their son-in-law for the suicide of Jane, their daughter, and have been angry that Gabe appears to be too self absorbed and neglectful towards his child and his own life. Kathy begins to feel a growing sense that Gabriel - dogged by possibilities of failure - doesn't seem very knowledgeable about or that interested in the details of Tracey and whether she is alive or dead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand old master 16 Nov. 2016
By Srdjan Pesic - Published on Amazon.com
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Barry Maitland is a grand old master of the British police procedurals, seemingly a dying art these days. New mysteries are almost without exception more or less successful attempts at thrillers. Everything is much quicker and definitely extremely forgettable. " No Trace" is a marvelous novel, with slowly and logically unraveling puzzle, strong and real characters and a very discreet lesson about the perils of "Modern" art. Such pleasure, such treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, stacked to the skylights with grisly art and grislier murders and suspects and red herrings galore 1 Mar. 2011
By Sharon Isch - Published on Amazon.com
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...And that's mostly a good thing, I think, but also one that builds to a tale so intricate, intense and unnerving that I found I needed to take frequent breaks from all the convolution and let the latest twists and turns of the plot's progression sink in for awhile before going back into the fray.

But let me digress for a moment to say I'm Maitland fan dating back to the mid '90s, but there came a time--probably when the author was moving back to England from Australia and I was still shopping at brick and mortar bookstores--when the supply of new Maitland mysteries seemed to have dried up and eventually I stopped looking. It was only when a request came up for new mystery writer recommendations in an Amazon discussion group recently that I re-remembered Maitland, went on the prowl here, discovered he'd written several new Brock-Kolla mysteries while I wasn't paying attention and that Amazon had them. Which is how I now find myself playing catch-up, starting with this one seven long years after it was published.

This 8th in the Brock-Kolla detective series opens just after the abduction of the daughter of a well-known modern artist--the third girl-child in east London to have gone missing in recent weeks. The setting is an off-the-beaten-track neighborhood dominated by a combination gallery, restaurant and collection of artists' studios called "The Pie Factory." The cast of characters ranges from the merely quirky to the decidedly weird to the chillingly creepy and, before it's all over and the fate of the missing child is revealed, many will be suspected and several will end up dead, all of them under highly unusual circumstances. Brock's Major Enquiry Team really has their work cut out for them on this one and if you're the kind of mystery reader who likes to challenge yourself to figure out whodunit before the cops do, you've got quite a challenge ahead of you as well. But I suspect you'll find it worth it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Slow But Good 2 Feb. 2012
By E. Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first experience with the author and I must say I wasnt as thrilled as I thought I would be. The story started off promising, only to disappoint frankly. The story continued and was very slow and drawn out in my opinion. The concept and story were great however, the delievery was a little off. This made the story hard to enjoy. The ending was rather plain as well. If this is your first title by the author I encourage you to read another title than come back to this one. I hope this helps! Happy reading.

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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read with very descriptive views of area and people. 10 Aug. 2014
By Snoslug - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the characters, very real. Brock and Kathy are perhaps too into their jobs to be real from my view point. Low language was limited which is kudos for writer, shows good ability to use English and a command of words.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Aug. 2016
By Louline Marchese - Published on Amazon.com
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Another good book in this series!
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