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Product details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Olympia Publishers (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848971923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848971929
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author was born seven miles from Swindon in the Oxfordshire village of Ashbury. The early part of his life was spent in nearby Watchfield from where he attended Shrivenham Primary School and Faringdon Secondary Modern. Initially employed in administration at RMCS Shrivenham he transferred to an IT post in Bicester before moving to MOD (Navy) Bath as a systems analyst in 1993 where he is currently employed in the same capacity by Boeing UK. Married to Lynn (nee Wilson), the couple lived in Swindon for seventeen years before moving to Brackley in Northamptonshire. Their current home is Melksham in Wiltshire. Alan and Lynn have two daughters Kim and Nikki and a grand-daughter Mistee. Alan's interests include writing, poker and chess. He also enjoys the musical theatre and period drama. In the dim and distant past he once completed a London Marathon but his sporting activities are now restricted to a squash court and the golf course. He still suffers an occasional match at the County Ground where Swindon Town FC were followed on a regular basis for twenty-five years.

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What's really annoying in this book are the constant exclamation marks, whenever a constable speaks to his boss (lol !), equally the often missing commas, which can lead to misinterpret a sentence, a meaning ..... (Okay, okay, I know, I myself might use too many commas, when writing English....)

But I would highly recommend to get a better editor next time, Mister Barrett, lol.

The story is interesting though and the characters speak to you right from the beginning, although I couldn't but think now and then : IF the British police really works like that, I wonder, how many cases go unsolved ...... . I rarely read a crime-story where you meet so many incapable detectives - I think, I would have solved the case much quicker myself, LOL !!!!

But the unexpected twists here and there and certainly towards the end made up for that - at least for me.
So - all in all : IT'S OKAY. Give the man a chance - it's his first book. :-)
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I tried this book from a first time author and it kept me interested and reading on right to the end. Enjoyed the characters and the way they developed. Good luck in your future career as I hope there will be further books written.
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Incredibly this is a first novel by this fine author, move over Deaver there is a new kid on the block and he is very very good A well written grimly true to todays lost youth with twists and turns that leave you gasping with admiration at the end. I can't wait to read the next novel and you will too if you take a chance and read this one
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I bought this book when Alan was in Waterstones at Yeovil signing.
I was encouraged to buy it,I am very glad that I did, I found from the very beginning the book set a fast pace and did
not lose the momentum throughout. The charachers were believable,there was humour amongst the darkness, reminiscent of
Stuart McBrides style of writing which I love. I found difficulty in putting the book down, and finished it two days later
at 2a.m. in the morning, will probably read it again at a later date.

I so do hope that in Alans new book he retains some of the characters from this one, as this is Aland debut book, I am sure
there will be many more to come, well done.
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Alan persuaded me to buy his book at Waterstones. I have only just got around to reading it and found it gripping: I read it in about 4 hours non-stop. The setting is a truly grim estate in the Midlands, populated by thugs, unfortunates and misfits. I can't vouch for the truthfulness of this as I live in a village, but it seemed quite plausible. The characters are mostly well-drawn although few, even the hero, were especially likeable. Alan's writing is clear and direct with no irritating or overused words and phrases and the narrative moves forward at a good speed. It does keep you guessing. However, I did find the denouement (Chapter 31) rather abrupt and unsatisfying, though the final chapter is an excellent ending. Was Penny also part of the gang?
I can recommend this to lovers of the genre and hope that there is another in the offing.
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I enjoyed Shadows. It's fast flowing and action packed and you'll find yourself wanting to turn the page to find out more which is always a plus in a book. It's set on a grim housing estate in the midlands and the drab dreariness is described perfectly. You really get a sense of the setting and subsequently you really get a sense that your there. It's violent but the violence serves a purpose and makes you wish for the perpetrator to be caught. What set it apart from other crime novels I beleive is the element of intrigue. Not the intrigue of the crimes itself and who did it (Although that certainly runs fluently throughout the book) but also the intrigue of the individual characters. I really wanted to delve into each of the characters backstories especially Milner's who is one of the more unique characters in crime fiction, a mentally unstable man who is the prime suspect (You'll hav e to read the book to find out if he did it though) for the crimes yet whilst this dark picture is painted of him you cannot help but feel sorry for him. The author has wrote him in such a way that differs from most suspects in crime fiction. In the majority of crime fiction I've read the main suspect is portrayed as little more than a 2D Sociopath but Milner is portrayed as a much deeper character and I think that's where this novels strong points primarily lie. I would reccomend it. It's a good strong read and I at least enjoyed it. Well worth the money.
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This is an absolute must for readers of crime novels. I was gripped throughout the book, couldn't put it down. The characters were well written, entirely believable. I sincerely hope that there is anoher book in the pipeline and that some of the characters will return. I was there in Sixfields throughout the book! Someone has commented about the book becoming a Drama Premiere on ITV, that would be fantastic, but would prefer the Beeb!!! Will keep checking for the next book.
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What can I say this is the best book I've read for quite a while. I won't go into detail but the characters are totally believable even down to the two very short sex acts. And I never saw the twist coming a brilliant read. Can whole heartily reccomend this book
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