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Relentless

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Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 11th July 2007.

A great opening which hooks you from the start and keeps you tight throughout. Refreshingly, the hero, Tom, is not a cop but an ordinary man (possibly the only non-boring IT software salesman in the world!) caught up in a whirlwind of events he had no part in generating. Along the way we meet evil henchmen, bent coppers, unfaithful bi-sexual wives, paedophile rings and dodgy judges, all embroiled in a fast-moving plot leading to an unexpected and clever ending. This is a crime writer heading for the top of the pile.

Similar this month: None but try Peter Temple.
Comparison: Mark Billingham, Reginald Hill, Peter James.

If you like Simon Kernick you might also like to read books by Ian Rankin, Peter James and Lee Child.

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Synopsis

Relentless by Simon Kernick

3 o’clock. It’s a normal Saturday afternoon. You’re with the kids in the garden when the phone rings.

It’s your best friend from school, the best man at your wedding. Someone you haven’t seen for a few years. It should be a friendly call making arrangements to see each other again, catching up on old times.

But it’s not.

This call is different. Your friend is speaking quickly, panting with fear, his breaths coming in tortured, ragged gasps. It is clear that someone is inflicting terrible pain on him.

He cries out and then utters six words that will change your life forever…the first two lines of your address.

What do you do? Do you run or do you hide?


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Reviews

‘The pace is breakneck, the plot twists like a hooked eel … The sort of book that forces you to read so fastyou stumble over the words’ Evening Standard

'Great plots, great characters, great action and some spectacular violence. Simon Kernick might just be the best of Britain's new-wave crime writers.' Lee Child

'Kernick is no longer a writer to watch; he's an author to be reckoned with.' Mark Billingham

About the Author

Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick was our Guest Editor in February 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, and his big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which became the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

1. Does your writing ever scare you?
Maybe not my writing, but my vivid imagination does.

2. Are you a disciplined writer?
Yes, I think so. I tend to write five days a week and roughly between the hours of 9 and 5 (and longer if I’m behind). I don’t think you can wait for inspiration to take hold otherwise you could be waiting a hell of a long time! In the end, you have to treat it like a job, albeit one that’s great fun.

3. Who is your most recognised character? What/who was the inspiration behind that character?
I have two central characters in my books. One is Dennis Milne, my renegade cop from The Business of Dying and its two sequels, and the other is Tina Boyd. Dennis was an amalgamation of a few cops I knew at the time (although none of them were killers as far as I know!), and Tina was a minor character from the early books who just became more and more central to my plots. I’m not quite sure how that happened. It just did.

4. Where do you write?
Usually in a bedroom upstairs in my house facing out on the road and the trees beyond. It’s a relaxing view.

5. Which crime fiction related book, TV programme or film have had the most impact on you or your writing?
Get Carter (originally Jack’s Return Home) by Ted Lewis has always been a huge inspiration. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. A real noir classic.

6. What is your favourite scene or line from any crime fiction book?
‘The right apartment was hard to find so they murdered the old lady.’ It’s the first line of ‘Don’t Say a Word’ by Andrew Klavan, a fantastic thriller that I’ve re-read twice, and that line’s been imprinted on my memory ever since I first picked up the book in a second hand bookshop in Tenerife in 1993.

7. Which non-fictional killer frightens you the most?
They all do, to a certain extent. It takes a certain darkness in the soul to be able to kill another human being.

8. What tip would you give any budding writers?
Be patient, don’t spend too much time worrying about editing until you reach the end of your story (the most important thing is always to get words down on a page), and develop a thick skin. You will face many rejections in your struggle to get published, but if you’re determined enough, and your work is good enough, you’ll get there in the end.

9. E-book or paper?
Still paper. I’m a bit of Luddite.

10. If you were a fictional character, how would you write your own death?
In a blaze of glory, gunning down the bad guys in a ferocious firefight before being caught from behind by a lucky shot!

11. …and what would your final meal be?
If I had time between all the shooting, I’d dine on a dozen oysters followed by a rib eye steak, lobster and French fries, ending with my Mum’s trifle. I think that lot would probably finish me off anyway…

Author photo © Johnny Ring

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Publication date

21st May 2007

Author

Simon Kernick

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Books for the Boys
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780552164337

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