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Outside The White Lines Hardcover – 6 Mar 2003

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Hutchinson; First Edition edition (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091795389
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091795382
  • Package Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,128,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A gritty, suspense-filled first novel...a new crime writer who really knows his stuff - a compulsive and compelling read.' -- Publishing News

'Simms' fresh approach, and the way the story weaves between three viewpoints, makes this one of the most promising debuts in crime for some time.' -- City Life, Manchester

Page turning brilliance – I cannot recommend this highly enough.’ -- Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge

‘Chris Simms’ debut novel is a compelling psychological drama.’ -- Sky Text

From the Author

The idea for this novel came to me one Christmas when, driving home to my mum’s, our family car broke down not once, not twice but three times. By the third time it was the early hours of the morning and the motorway was almost deserted of other traffic. Eventually a white van with a flashing light pulled up behind us and I nearly got out of the car. But the way the driver and his passenger just sat there staring at our vehicle suddenly made me uneasy - and I realised how vulnerable we actually were.
After a couple of minutes of no one moving, he and his passenger got out and began sweeping up some debris from a previous crash that was behind our car. When they eventually carried on their way I saw that it was a motorway maintenance vehicle. But the possibility of it being someone far more sinister remained in my head.
The novel also arose from my own despair over how crowded Britain’s motorways are. Being delayed for hours has become a way of life for so many people using the roads for work purposes. Quite often I listen to the traffic reports on the radio at home and am amazed that the reports can take so long to read, the background music runs out. With congestion set to get worse by another 15% over the next few years, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before someone’s road rage tips them completely over the edge... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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