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Terror is only a footstep away...DC Karen Sharpe is on an emotional precipice. A year and a half ago she was the victim of a terrifying crime. Desperately trying to shelter from its effects she has been working simple fraud and theft cases in West Yorkshire CID. But the brutal murder of a young pregnant woman threatens the precarious wall she has built around herself. Drafted onto the squad to deal with the victim's six-year-old child, Karen finds herself overwhelmed by the devastating nature of the attack. As nightmares from her past start to reoccur, her relationships with those closest to her - her partner, Pete Bains, and her thirteen year old daughter, Mairead - begin to crack under the strain. An illicit relationship with her boss promises excitement and escape - a new beginning without the trappings of past horrors and guilt. But life has a savage lesson in store for her. As West Yorkshire erupts in a summer of explosive race riots, events tip Karen into the depths of the very world she has been fleeing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 150 x 232 x 32mm | 621.42g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0752876376
  • 9780752876375
  • 957,064

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'Connor's plot is enthralling, his characters sharp and vital: FALLING is a compelling, intelligent thriller, placing everyday normality in dramatic relief against the horrific experiences of Sharpe and her colleagues.' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Compelling' -- Matthew Lewin GUARDIAN 'The writing is skilled and the West Yorkshire background described with authority in a plot based on racial tensions and their explosive repercussions... not a comfortable reading but a gripping one' LITERARY REVIEW 'Enjoyably intricate and well-composed' -- Susanna Yager SUNDAY TELEGRAPH '[a] taut thriller' SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE 'Connor's moving up the ladder of police procedural mastery and in the brittle but determined cop Karen he has a secure pension.' DAILY SPORT 'John Connor builds upon the promise of A Child's Game with another fine effort' EVENING HERALD 'A thrilling and fast-moving novel from a star of UK crime writing. 8/10' PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH 'a superb cast of characters, a gritty and appalling window into the race riots that took their toll on Bradford... and also with a crashing, blockbuster of an ending that sees justice meted out to those who deserve it the most.' BOOKBAG 'A gritty, noirish series with a fantastic protagonist' TANGLED WEB 'Totally absorbing, Falling is a great read and a testament to John Connor's immense skills as a writer of some considerable worth.' CHRISHIGH.COM 'A gripping read' LEICESTER MERCURY '[a] fast-paced, explosive thriller, which makes for a great read' WESTERN DAILY PRESS 'Karen Sharpe makes a very good heroine not least because she is tough and not simpering... The book ends on a frustrating cliff-hanger - but that bodes well that there is more to come.' DERBY EVENING TELEGRAPH
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About John Connor

John Connor became a barrister in 1988 and spent fifteen years working for the Crown Prosecution Service in London and West Yorkshire. He was involved in over thirty homicide prosecutions and provided advice to the police in numerous long term undercover operations. John was born in England and now lives with his wife and two children, and divides his time between Belgium, London and Yorkshire.
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37 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 22% (8)
4 32% (12)
3 32% (12)
2 8% (3)
1 5% (2)
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