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The Twilight Time Hardcover – 3 Apr 2008

4.3 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340935596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340935590
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,363,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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"I loved it. A great, original character and the plot fairly whizzes along." - Kate Atkinson.

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Format: Hardcover
The book has been lumped into the crime-genre, mainly because the main characters are on the police (or married to someone in the police), and of course there are crimes to be solved.

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....
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It's a long time since I've enjoyed a crime novel (using that term rather broadly) as much as The Twilight Time. I have worked in the Scottish criminal justice system for forty years and for twenty three of these I was a prosecutor in courts in and around Glasgow working closely with Strathclyde Police. Against that background I was immediately struck by the book's authenticity. Far too often supposedly Scottish crime novels are nothing more than English stories wearing kilts and written by authors who have little or no understanding of Scotland's distinctive legal system. The Twilight Time is simply in a different league - Karen Campbell's writing is of the highest quality. she knows what she's talking about and she creates flawed, believable characters about whom the reader really cares. I didn't quite read The Twilight Time in a single sitting but I came close to it and now that I've read its sequel After the Fire (which I found it a bit of a let down) I'm going to re-read it at a more leisurely pace, the better to savour this really excellent book
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Outstanding. A well handled plot to hold things together, characterisation of great depth, and a tough realism. One of those books where I was sad to find the pages running out. This is the debut novel of a former police officer who will, in my opinion, do for Glasgow what Rankin did for Edinburgh.
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I stumbled across this book when I stepped into a bookshop in Kirkcudbright and Karen was signing copies of her latest work. I love the detail of the characters, the sense of Glasgow and the pace of the work - it's brilliant! I am interested in human resilience and there are lots of examples in her storyline of facing challenges in the world of crime and relationships.
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I read an interview with Karen Campbell in Len Wanner's 'Dead Sharp' and thought her books would be worth a try. Within a couple of paragraphs I knew I'd come across yet another superb Scottish writer - characters, dialogue, sense of place all superb and the plotting tight. Have already ordered a couple more..
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Describing 'The Twilight Time' as a crime novel doesn't do this fantastic debut piece justice. Yes, the gritty fast paced plot is set in the murky depths of Glasgow's underworld of murder, violent assaults, prostitution,sectarianism and racial tension but in my opionn, this is merely a vivid backdrop to the true theme of the book, that of relationships.

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!
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I was really looking forward to this as normally Amazon reviews are a good indicator for me if I'm going to enjoy something.

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.
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The greatest attraction of all three of Karen Campbell's novels is how closely they portray the working and private lives of police officers in Glasgow. There's nothing remotely glamorous about the story here, just as there isn't in real life, because as anyone working at the blunt end of law enforcement will tell you, crime is invariably dirty, seedy and repellent with none of the exotic characters or staged crime scenes common in contemporary fiction. So if you want to break away from the endless stream of trophy-taking serial-killer 'thrillers' and want to peep into the world of policing as it really is with utterly convincing and authentic characters, take a look at The Twilight Time and its sequels. It's a cut above the mainstream and a welcome escape from the detritus we are usually offered in the crime genre these days.

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.
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