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Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2014.

Shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2013. Winner of the 2013 CWA Dagger in the Library.

An unusual detective story centred mainly in the dissecting rooms and coma ward of a university hospital. Seen through the eyes of patients, staff and an Asperger’s syndrome student, Patrick, this is terrific. Tense, thrilling, sad, funny, moving and informative you find yourself really rooting for Patrick as he battles through daily life and his convictions that a murder has been committed. It is a very clever plot, beautifully written and I believe her best novel yet. Highly recommended.

CWA Judges' comment: “An astonishing work featuring Asperger’s sufferer Patrick with the author expertly weaving the magic first witnessed in the brilliant Blacklands, in a superbly developed plot using parallel streams to create a mesmerising and thought-provoking psychological suspense. Sometimes gruesome, sometimes comic, sometimes heart-rending but always captivating; a moving novel that will linger after the final page is regretfully turned.”

July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on Rubbernecker...

A wonderful contemporary crime novel, cleverly plotted, moving and darkly comic with excellently drawn characters and heart stopping suspense. Anatomy student Patrick is determined to uncover the meaning of death in order to understand what happened to his father in a quest that quickly spirals out of control. It’s always a pleasure to discover talented new authors.

If you like Belinda Bauer you might also like to read books by Ingrid Black, Stephen Booth and Simon Lelic.

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Synopsis

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

Patrick didn't care what made people work. He was only interested in what happened when they stopped. Life is strange for Patrick Fort - being a medical student with Asperger's Syndrome doesn't come without its challenges. And that's before he is faced with solving a possible murder. Because the body Patrick is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things. And now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery - while he dissects his own evidence...


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Reviews

'Contains one of the most startling plots in contemporary crime fiction' - Sunday Times Culture Magazine

'Bauer's great gift is her ability to surprise the reader... [and] she makes you think a bit differently about the world.' - Daily Telegraph

'Breathtaking. I read this and wished I'd written it' - Val McDermid

'Taking the psychological thriller into new territory' - Independent

'This excellent, thought-provoking novel will hold your attention from the very first page' - Bella

About the Author

Belinda Bauer

Belinda Bauer grew up in England and South Africa and now lives in Wales. She worked as a journalist and a screenwriter before finally writing a book to appease her nagging mother. With her debut, Blacklands, Belinda was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year. She went on to win the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work in 2013. Her fourth novel Rubbernecker was voted 2014 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

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Publication date

2nd January 2014

Author

Belinda Bauer

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9780552779494

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