The Twilight Time Hardcover – 3 Apr 2008
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I loved it.. Anna is a great, original character, the plot fairly whizzes along and Karen Campbell has a great way with images. It seems to me that in crime writing these days (perhaps always) it's really only the women writers who can do interesting characters AND interesting plot, but then we were multi-taskers ever. I look forward to the next one. (Kate Atkinson)
This is gritty as all hell, shot through with black humour and with enough pace and atmosphere to give the likes of Denise Mina a run for their money. All this and the chutzpah to create a seedy and unpleasant superintendent named Rankin! (Mark Billingham)
THE TWILIGHT TIME, powered by stiletto-sharp prose, is a pertinent expose of the contamination seeping into lives from prostitution and a drugs economy ruled by money-laundering thugs. But against this background, her story also vividly illustrates the physical and emotional damage caused to police officers by the vile reality of their work. (The Herald)
I couldn't stop reading. The slow-burn investigation and the car-crash relationships were absolutely compelling... I loved it. (Catriona Macpherson, author of BURY HER DEEP)
Karen Campbell has a wonderful ear for dialogue and I found her descriptions of Glasgow
mesmerizing.(Vena Cork, author of THORN)
"I loved it. A great, original character and the plot fairly whizzes along." - Kate Atkinson.See all Product Description
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And, as a crime-novel, it is superbly-written, with enough twists and turns in the plot to keep you intrigued to the end.
But this is a book is so much more than a run-of-the mill crime novel. It is every bit as much about the tedium of domesticity and the politics of the workplace as it is a crime novel. It is a every bit an alternative travelogue of Glasgow as it is a crime novel. It has characters that are so multi-dimensional that one moment you will admire them and the you will pity or even despise them.
I understand that the author has signed an initial deal for 2 books and that the second has already been written. I can't wait....
Karen Campbell has demonstrated a brilliant talent with her portrait of two contrasting main characters and a host of others within the police community that gives readers an insight into the world of real policing and how the people involved cope with the stresses of work and home life.
Sgt Anna "ball breaker" Cameron is the highly ambitious female boss in a male dominated environment and her relationship with an ex-policeman, now stay at home mum, Cath shows an empathy for both the career woman and the housewife that is struggling with her sense of identity.
The way in which all the loose ends are tied up at the end was very impressive and although I found the twist in the tale very clever, my 5 star rating is mainly based on my admiration for the author's beautifully written web of relationships.
Thrilling plot, full of Glasgow banter and a fantastic cast of chracters, 'The Twilight Time' is the best book I've read in a very long time.
A wonderful first novel... can't wait for the next installment!
Now, the book is well written, the characters are well defined and the settings are interesting. But hardly anything happens, at some points in the book I was loving it thinking yes, at last it's got going, but then we get back to pages and pages and pages of nothing much happening at all.
I will try more of this author's books, I believe she has one other, but I was somewhat disappointed with this. However, all the other reviews say it's magic, so maybe I'm missing something.
Despite the occasionally dark tone of the imagery, there are frequent touches of humour, often as a result of the reader actually getting to know and care for the characters for once. One of Karen Campbell's strengths is her notable ability to create individual and different personalities; in this debut novel the two leads are female but they are very different people with almost nothing in common apart from the man that one of them is married to and for whom the other has lustful desires. The primary lead is DS Anna Cameron, a thirty-something single woman with no hang-ups about a sexually predatory lifestyle that in fiction tends more often to be attached to male characters, despite the fact that she has to face the male-dominated politics of a police force that has clear (if understated) prejudices towards female officers.Read more ›
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So true to life I would imagine as a Glasgow cop. Hated main character so she must have had an impact on me. Thoroughly enjoyed it xPublished 3 months ago by elizabeth boyle
A reasonably interesting story that rattled along at a good pace. I did find the language confusing at times and this certainly detracted from my enjoyment if the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CJ
Good thriller with a great lead character. Love the Glasgow setting too.Published 13 months ago by Orly Koppel
Did not like this book it was bit too graphic in some of the descriptions on prisoner searchers not my cup of tea don't think I would purchases more of her books.Published on 26 May 2013 by M . Rafferty
The Twilight Time has an ok plot and fairly well developed characters but I found this book a challenge, mainly due to the style in which it is written. Read morePublished on 15 July 2012 by pilatesforlife
Excellent book - one that straddles many genres. A number of well presented, rounded characters. The story line is very interesting, perhaps dipping a little in the middle when... Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2011 by ESES
When I read a detective book I like to read about a strong case, an interesting investigation, a clever plot with lots of suspense. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2011 by H. Lacroix