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Silvermeadow (Brock & Kolla Mystery) Paperback – 16 Mar 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752824724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752824727
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,877,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Maitland's cast of hard-working, bad-tempered cops, and in particular Brock, the wise older man, and Kolla, the smart young woman, are always a reliable team; Silvermeadow puts them on display at their best. Brock has unfinished business with North, a ruthless bank robber, whom someone spots in Silvermeadow, a vast shopping mall; Brock and Kolla move in on a murder hunt partly to have a pretext to hang around and wait for North to make his move. Someone killed a shop assistant and stuffed her body into a garbage compactor--and perhaps she was not the first, but rather just the first of the rootless young women who have disappeared to be found after her death ... Maitland has always been good at locations that are both crime scenes and countries of the mind and here we get not just the shining public face of Silvermeadow, but its access tunnels and guilty secrets. We also get a sense of what it is to run a place like that; the beleaguered director of the mall, her security chief, the brilliant cripple in the computer surveillance room--these are solid characters about whom we come to care as much as we do for the detectives we already know. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Superb . . . Maitland just keeps getting better and better."

"Barry Maitland is a master of mysteries."

"Silvermeadow is first-rate . . . compelling . . . fascinating." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 22 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a thoroughly enjoyable crime novel set in a mega-centre of shopping (makes you think immediately of Lakeside and Bluewater) where it all turns sour. Barry Maitland takes you behind the scenes of the apparently perfect and controlled surface, where nasty secrets are lurking... I thought I'd figured out whodunnit half way through but I was wrong - the author led me all the way up the garden path and round in circles before he was ready to let me in on the truth. Very well done.
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Format: Hardcover
No-one who has ever spent a day at Lakeside Thurrock will ever feel the same about shopping in a vast mall or about being observed by security cameras. This book is beautifully written and tightly plotted. The characters come across as real people, maturing satisfactorily with each successive book in the series. I just wish Mr Maitland would write a bit faster as I now want to read the next one.
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