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Catherine Sampson started her career in the BBC and has worked as Beijing correspondent for The Times. She now lives in Beijing with her husband and three children. Out of Mind is Catherineâ€™s second novel, following her remarkable debut, Falling Off Air.
'I grew up in London, Alsace in France, Plymouth and Coventry. I applied to study Chinese at university largely because very few people did so back then. In 1980, during my interview at Leeds University, I remember one of the lecturers telling me it was hardly a golden period in Chinese history, and that I shouldnâ€™t expect to get a job with a degree in Chinese studies. He was right, of course. It would take years for China to emerge from the grim sixties and seventies to become the economic force that it is now. After studying Chinese at Leeds I was given a scholarship to go to Harvard University for a year, where I studied more about China. When I returned to England I joined the BBC world service and became a journalist (any resemblance to the Corporation where Robin works is, of course, purely coincidental). I have been back and forth to China since I was 19, first as a student in Shanghai, then as an English teacher in the subtropical coastal province of Fujian, then based in Beijing as the China correspondent for The Times.'
Catherine Sampson introduced us to the captivating character of Robin Ballantyne in her critically acclaimed debut novel Falling Off Air. In Out of Mind we find her investigating the disaperance of a close friend and soon getting into situations that are dangerous and beyond her control. We thinks it is easily as good.l
Wenn die Wahrheit zur Holle wird. Gerade hat Journalistin Robin Ballantyne mit einer Dokumentation ber vermisste Personen begonnen, da erfhrt sie vom rtselhaften Verschwinden einer Kollegin. Melanie Jacobs war Kamerafrau in internationalen Krisengebieten und bekannt fr ihre Furchtlosigkeit. Doch als Robin sich auf die Suche nach ihrer Kollegin macht, wird sie in eine Schattenwelt hineingezogen, der sie kaum gewachsen ist ...
Wenn die Zeugin zum Opfer wird ... Eines Abends beobachtet Robin Ballantyne, wie ihre Nachbarin aus dem Fenster in den Tod strzt. Zunchst nur Zeugin, rckt Robin schon bald ins Zentrum der Ermittlungen, als herauskommt, dass sie in den Tagebchern der Toten eine zentrale Rolle spielt. Und das, obwohl Robin die Frau nie zuvor gesehen hat
Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears what she thinks is an argument outside. Then, suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist, dead on the ground. Although Robin and Paula weren't acquainted, the police find Robin's name mentioned - frequently - in the dead woman's diary. Robin then learns that her ex-boyfriend had been making a documentary about Paula and may know more than he lets on. But before she can ask him, he's killed by a hit-and-run driver - who was driving Robin's car. Now a suspect herself, Robin must figure out who wanted both Robin and Adam dead before she loses her freedom, her children, and her life.
- Catherine Sampson's first novel, "e;Falling Off Air, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 8/04 and introduced readers to Robin Ballantyne. It will be published in trade paperback in 8/05.- Catherine Sampson started her career in the BBC and has worked as a Beijing correspondent for "e;The Times. She is currently working on her next Robin Ballantyne novel.
After earning rave reviews with Falling off Air, Catherine Sampson's second novel has British documentary filmmaker Robin Ballantyne in Cambodia filming a documentary about land mines. But her main goal is to get information about a friend of hers who disappeared mysteriously. Working on documentaries for the Corporation, Robin's latest project is to research stories of people who have disappeared. But when she asks questions about missing Corporation camerawoman Melanie Trent, she gets the attention of one of her shadowy superiors, who attempts to warn her off. Why is the Corporation so desperate to keep this case under wraps? A murder, a kidnapping, and an accident with a land mine make Robin more determined than ever to find out the truth, risking her life in the process.
Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist. When the police find Robin's name in Paula's diary and a connection through ex-boyfriend Adam, Robin becomes the prime suspect. She must figure out who killed Paula before she loses her freedom, her children, and her life.
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