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Matthew Frank lives in Kent with his wife and three young sons. Between family life and work as an architect he tries to squeeze in a bit of mountain biking, scuba diving and midnight writing. Between the Crosses is his second novel following on from If I Should Die.
A tight, clever, fiercely driven slice of crime fiction. This is the second in the ‘Joseph Stark’ series. Damaged and almost broken DC Stark, and his Met Police colleagues in the Murder Investigation Team have a double murder to solve, however events quickly overtake them and they end up in a desperate attempt to stop their world from imploding. Matthew Frank sets Stark centre stage, yet Stark’s friends and colleagues are an essential addition to the storyline, their thoughts and feelings add to the complexity of emotion I felt for Stark. Stark’s combat post-traumatic stress disorder eludes capture, Matthew Frank exposes the effects without sensationalisation. This is crime fiction with a wonderful blast of attitude; violence and fear flourish in different guises, twisting this tale into a mesmerising and thought-provoking read. ~ Liz Robinson
If I should Die starts the Joseph Stark series in searing style. Stark has to deal with combat PTSD as he joins the Met Police. Tight, convincing, and powerful this is a series to watch. Books in The Joseph Stark Series: 1. If I Should Die 2. Between the Crosses
If I Should Die is the astounding debut from British author Matthew Frank. It begins with vicious, apparently motiveless attacks on down and outs in South London. But when one of the homeless victims dies from his wounds, it's murder ...For the Met investigation team's newest member, Joseph Stark, death is already all too familiar. Injured in an attack that killed his fellow soldiers and tortured by nightmares since he returned, Afghan veteran Stark has enough on his hands just trying to recover without enduring the scrutiny and sideways glances of his new colleagues. The drink and painkillers he's leaning on to keep going aren't helping. And there's only so long he can ignore the efforts of the Ministry of Defence to speak to him. When one of the victims of the attacks fights back it's soon clear that there's much more at stake than gangs preying randomly on society's weakest members. But as Stark hunts down the truth - and the rotten heart of the crimes - his own strength is fading. It seems that the ex-soldier's determination to see justice done may not, this time, be enough to carry him through. If I Should Die is the first title in a new crime series, and outstanding characterization, pitch perfect dialogue and precision plotting mark out Matthew Frank as a debut writer to watch. With the introduction of series character and ex-soldier police detective Joseph Stark, fans of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels will be hooked from the word go. Matthew Frank lives in Kent with his wife and three young sons. Between family life and work as an architect he tries to squeeze in a bit of mountain biking, scuba diving and midnight writing. If I Should Die is his first novel.
Making Minorities History examines the various attempts made by European states over the course of the first half of the twentieth century, under the umbrella of international law and in the name of international peace and reconciliation, to rid the Continent of its ethnographic misfits and problem populations. It is principally a study of the concept of 'population transfer' - the idea that, in order to construct stable and homogeneous nation-states and apeaceful international order out of them, national minorities could be relocated en masse in an orderly way with minimal economic and political disruption as long as there was sufficient planning, bureaucratic oversight, and international support in place. Tracing the rise and fall of the concept from its emergence in the late 1890s through its 1940s zenith, and its geopolitical and historiographical afterlife during the Cold War, Making Minorities History explores the historical context and intellectual milieu in which population transfer developed from being initially regarded as a marginal idea propagated by a handful of political fantasists and extreme nationalists into an acceptable and a 'progressive' instrument of state policy, asamenable to bourgeois democracies and Nobel Peace Prize winners as it was to authoritarian regimes and fascist dictators. In addition to examining the planning and implementation of population transfers, and in particular the diplomatic negotiations surrounding them, Making Minorities History looks at aselection of different proposals for the resettlement of minorities that came from individuals, organizations, and states during this era of population transfer.