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Stay Alive by Simon Kernick

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Amanda arrives back at her isolated home unexpectedly and disturbs the killer of her husband and his lover. She flees, and so begins a terrific race-against-time thriller that grabs you at the first paragraph and keeps you gripped through all the chases, the twists and turns of the plot, through to the final clearing up. We have numerous dead bodies, plenty of suspects and an interesting hero in ex-soldier and killer Scope. Amanda encounters him as she flees through woods with two girls. But why? This is excellent stuff.

If you like Simon Kernick you might also like to read books by Tom Cain, Ian Rankin and Val Mcdermid.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. With a woman in danger from a gunman, a killer on the loose, and a protagonist drawn into a dangerous journey, this is pulse-pounding stuff. Since the start of his career, Kernick has shaken up the British thriller. His principal imperative is pace, which he generously ladles onto his narratives.
~ The Good Book Guide

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Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

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Stay Alive by Simon Kernick

The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds, Siege and Ultimatum. One Witness - You're on a trip with your family, miles from anywhere. A shot rings out - and your whole life changes in an instant. One Secret - A woman is racing towards you, chased by three gunmen. Although you don't know it, she harbours a deadly secret. She's in terrible danger. And now you are too. No Escape - You're running, terrified, desperate to find safety. You know that the men hunting you have killed before. And if they catch you, you'll be next . Brilliant . (Sunday Mirror). Hang on tight! (Harlen Coben).

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'More gripping than Action Man's hands' - Mail on Sunday

'As ever, Kernick's research is impeccable. The plotting is brilliant and makes for a tense, action-packed read' - Sunday Mirror

'Simon Kernick writes great plots, great characters, great action' - Lee Child

'Another Kernick cracker; he never lets you down' - Sunday Sport

'Kernick delivers his book like a runaway locomotive without brakes. This is another cracking read from a great author' -

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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30th November 1999


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