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Cold Hands by John Niven
  

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As John Niven this clever man writes gritty social satire (Kill Your Friends, The Amateurs), add the J and he has turned himself into a lethal crime author. This is a cold, bleak, mid-winter, Canadian-based thriller. Married into money, our now wealthy Scot-immigrant husband Donnie has left his sordid gangland life behind and is now a decent chap. We get his brutal early life interspersed in the vernacular which contrasts well. Now his past has caught up with him and the novel turns into a blood bath. Beware the faint-hearted.

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Synopsis

Cold Hands by John Niven

The writer of the bestselling Kill Your Friends has turned to crime, and his debut is a gut-wrenching, heart-breaking thriller that will take your breath away. Donnie Miller counts himself lucky. After a troubled and impoverished upbringing in Scotland, he now has all he wants: a caring wife, a bright and happy son, a beautiful house in remote wilderness of central Canada. As the brutal northern winter begins to bite, he can sit back and enjoy life. But there are noises in the nearby woods, signs of some mysterious watcher. When the family dog disappears, Donnie makes a horrifying discovery. Is it wolves, as the police suspect, or something far more dangerous, far darker? What secrets has Donnie been keeping? And why does he have the terrible sense that his dream was never going to last?


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Reviews

'Brilliantly written, Cold Hands is that rarest of things - a gripping thriller with real depth. An intense, exhilarating adrenaline rush, I found myself staying up all night to finish it in one sitting. Wonderful.' -- S. J. Watson, author of 'Before I Go to Sleep

'I finished it a sprint, almost shaking. Ridiculously, disturbingly compelling' - Observer

'This thriller announces the arrival of a tremendous new talent...It drives the breath from your body with its pace, suspense and enveloping horror...Terrifying and mysterious. Superbly told and achingly sad, this book grabs your heart strings and threatens to tear them out.' Daily Mail

'Perhaps the most cleverly constructed and incendiary thriller I've ever read. The great books in this genre take you on an emotional roller-coaster, but the best, like this one, also have you trampling through a moral minefield.' -- Irvine Welsh

'Almost unbearable tension.A thriller that delivers on every level' Big Issue

About the Author

John J. Niven was born in Irvine, Ayrshire in Scotland. He worked as an A & R man, and the music industry became the subject of his bestselling book Kill Your Friends, which was described as 'the best British novel since Trainspotting' (Word magazine) and is currently being made into a film. John Niven is also the author of the novella Music from Big Pink and the novels The Amateurs and The Second Coming, and he has written for The Times, Independent, Word and FHM among other publications. He lives in Buckinghamshire, but spends time in Los Angeles where he works as a screenwriter.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th July 2014

Author

John Niven

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Publisher

Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099592143

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