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Target by Simon Kernick
  

Target

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Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010.

November 2009 Book of the Month.

One of the best London-based, gritty crime novelists around who shot to fame with Relentless which was a Richard and Judy pick. Well, there are lots before that and lots after it, all as good as each other. All tough, clever, fast-paced and highly recommended.

Comparison: Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben, Peter James.

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Synopsis

Target by Simon Kernick

One hot date. When writer Rob Fallon goes out one night and ends up with his best-friend's girlfriend, Jenny, he's feeling guilty before anything's even happened. One brutal abduction. But guilt quickly turns to shock when two men break into Jenny's apartment, abduct her, and try to kill Rob. But when Rob reports this to the police, no one believes him. And when he speaks to Jenny's father, he says she's on holiday abroad. One hell of a morning after. Rob knows Jenny's life's in danger and starts asking questions. Soon he finds that he's the target of killers who have something big to hide. But what is it? And what does it have to do with an ordinary girl like Jenny? Either Rob finds out or he's dead. It's that simple...


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


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…

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Publication date

5th November 2009

Author

Simon Kernick

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Publisher

Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
496 pages

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Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
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Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9780552156615

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