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Split Second by Cath Staincliffe
  

Split Second

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One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012.

A group of rowdy kids on a bus, things sound nasty, they turn on a black boy, chase him off, a stranger intervenes and two boys are injured. This absolutely brilliant crime tale is told in short sections by witnesses and the victims' families. I love her writing and intend to champion her to stardom for she really is one of the best of our new crime writers. She is the creator of the ITV series "Blue Murder" and has just written its prequel ("Dead To Me"), plus a couple of other diverse thrillers. You must seek her out.

August 2012 Book of the Month.

If you like Cath Staincliffe you might also like to read books by Simon Lelic, Denise Mina and Morag Joss.

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Synopsis

Split Second by Cath Staincliffe

A winter's evening and a trio of unruly youths board a bus and gang up on teenager Luke Donnelly, hurling abuse and threatening to kill him. The bus is full but no one intervenes until Jason Barnes, a young student, challenges the youths. Luke seizes the chance to run off the bus but his attackers follow. Andrew Barnes is dragged from the shower by his wife Valerie: there's a fight in the front garden and Jason's trying to break it up. Andrew rushes to help and the assailants flee. Jason shouts to his father to phone an ambulance - Luke is badly hurt. Minutes later Jason collapses in their living room, he has been stabbed. The blow proves fatal. Valerie and Andrew are devastated by the loss of their only child, and react in very different ways to their grief. Valerie wants justice, revenge even, but Andrew is desperate to find some meaning in Jason's sacrifice, some understanding about what led to such a tragedy. Luke survived the assault thanks to Jason's actions, but is in a coma. His mum Louise keeps vigil at his bedside, waiting for him to wake and trying to keep the rest of life as normal as possible for her younger child Ruby. As his marriage disintegrates, Andrew secretly visits Luke and his mother Louise and a fragile friendship develops. Meanwhile the press begin to paint a picture of Luke as a less than innocent victim and raise questions about the cost of Jason's heroism. One of the offenders confesses to the attacks and shows remorse while the others plead not guilty. Conflicting accounts emerge during the trial. With some parties prepared to lie, the matter of uncovering what really happened is far from straightforward, and the jury's verdict hard to predict. A novel that explores the issue of whether to intervene or look the other way and the fall-out from either decision. Split Second tackles questions of bravery, fear, and kindness and depicts the human impact of violent crime.

Reviews

Praise for Cath Staincliffe:

'A book about courage and compromise, about how sometimes it's kinder and braver to lie. Stunning.' Anne Cleeves

'Modest, compassionate...a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' Literary Review

'Complex and satisfying.' The Sunday Times

'About as good as the British private eye novel gets.' Time Out

'An engrossing read.' Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Cath Staincliffe

Cath Staincliffe was our Guest Editor in July 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Cath Staincliffe is an established novelist, radio playwright and the creator of ITV's hit series, Blue Murder, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis. Cath’s books have been short-listed for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award and for the Dagger in the Library and selected as Le Masque de l’Année. Trio, a stand-alone novel moved away from crime to explore adoption and growing up in the 1960s, inspired by Cath’s own experience. Her latest book, The Kindest Thing, is a love story turned nightmare when a woman helps her husband die and is tried for murder. Cath lives in Manchester with her partner and their three children.

Author photo © Paul Herrmann

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Book Info

Publication date

19th July 2012

Author

Cath Staincliffe

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Publisher

Robinson Publishing an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9781849013468

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