Alison Bruce - The Backs - Little, Brown Book Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • Paperback £7.99
    More information
    • ISBN:9781472102133
    • Publication date:17 Apr 2014

The Backs

By Alison Bruce

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

From the author of Cambridge Blue comes the fifth crime thriller featuring DC Gary Goodhew.

A fresh start in a place you hate. Even tougher with a killer watching...

Jane Osborne left Cambridge and vowed she'd never return. An unexpected twist of fortune results in DC Goodhew bringing her back to the remnants of her old life and a confrontation with the man who killed her sister.

Meanwhile a burning car on the outskirts of Cambridge leads to the discovery of the body of its owner, Paul Marshall. There seems nothing to connect it to either a recent assault, or to Jane Osborne, until a shocking discovery rips Goodhew's investigation apart.

Biographical Notes

Alison Bruce was born in Croydon and grew up in Wiltshire. She is a fan of vintage clothes and the rockabilly music scene, and for two years wrote and presented a monthly 1950's music feature on BBC Wiltshire Sound.

Alison is married to singer/songwriter Jacen Bruce and they have two children, Lana and Dean, three cats and a changeable amount of goldfish.

Alison is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781472102157
  • Publication date: 19 Sep 2013
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: C & R Crime
Constable

I Did It for Us

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce

"From the first time I saw them together I knew it felt wrong. I didn't like the way he touched her or the self-conscious way he played with Molly and Luke. Joanne saw none of it of course. So I did it to prove to her that she was wrong. I did it for us."Cherry's instincts tell her that best friend Joanne's new boyfriend is bad news. Cherry fears for Joanne. Fears for Joanne's children. But Joanne won't listen because she's in love. So Cherry watches, and waits . . . and then she makes a choice. But Cherry has a past, and secrets too. And is she really as good a friend to Joanne as she claims?

Constable

Cambridge Black

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce

A cold case waits to be solved . . . and a killer waits in the wings.Amy was seven years old when her father was arrested for murder. His subsequent trial and conviction scarred her childhood and cast a shadow over her life until, twenty-two years later, new evidence suggests he was innocent and Amy sets out to clear his name. But Amy is not the only person troubled by the past. DC Gary Goodhew is haunted by the day his grandfather was murdered and is still searching for answers, determined to uncover the truth about his grandfather's death and find his killer.But, right now, someone is about to die. Someone who has secrets and who once kept quiet but is now living on borrowed time. Someone who will be murdered because disturbing the past has woken a killer.

Constable

The Promise

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce
C & R Crime

The Silence

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce

Joey McCarthy is stabbed to death in a pub car park in a random act of violence. Shortly afterwards Charlotte Stone's terminally ill mother dies and then, within weeks, two of her teenage friends commit suicide. With her home life disintegrating and both her father and brother racing towards self-destruction Charlotte realises that her own personal nightmare may not be over yet.When DC Gary Goodhew finds the body of another suicide victim he is forced to recall some deeply buried memories of an earlier death; memories which lead him to Charlotte Stone and the events in her life.From their individual points of view they both begin to wonder whether all these tragedies are somehow linked to a bigger picture.And if they are right, then who will be the next victim?Praise for Cambridge Blue:'You are pulled in relentlessly as Bruce racks up the tension. Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel'. R. J. Ellory'An exciting debut from a very promising new talent.'. Paul Johnstone

Piatkus

Survivor In Death

J. D. Robb
Authors:
J. D. Robb

Murder was always an insult. But the murder, bloody and brutal, of an entire family in their own home, was a different form of evil.Nixie Swisher crept down the stairs for a drink - and saved her own life. When Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called to the house minutes later, she finds the whole family murdered in their beds. But the killers made a mistake: they left a survivor.Nixie saw everything. And unfortunately for her, these elite killers soon realise they need to finish the job. So Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke give everything they can to keep Nixie safe in their own home.And then a terrifying climax reveals there may be more to Nixie than meets the eye . . .

C & R Crime

The Calling

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce
C & R Crime

The Siren

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce

All it took was one small item on the regional news for Kimberly Guyver and Rachel Golinski to know that their old life was catching up with them. They wondered how they'd been naïve enough to think it wouldn't. They hoped they still had a chance to leave it behind - just one more time - but within hours, Rachel's home is burning and Kimberly's young son, Riley, is missing.DC Goodhew begins to sift through their lives, and starts to uncover an unsettling picture of deceit, murder and accelerating danger. Kimberly seems distraught but also defensive and uncooperative. Is it fear and mistrust of the police which are putting her son at risk, or darker motivations?With Riley's life in peril, Goodhew needs Kimberly to make choices, but she has to understand, the one thing she cannot afford is another mistake.Praise for Cambridge Blue:'You are pulled relentlessly in as Bruce racks up the tension. Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel.' R J Ellory'An exciting debut from a very promising new talent.' Paul Johnston'A fast-paced gritty tale guaranteed to have you hooked from beginning to end.' Cambridgeshire Pride'Meaty and deeply plotted.' Morning Star'DC Gary Goodhew could just develop into a worthy succesor to those venerables of the police procedural now drawing their pensions.' Tribune'A gripping tale of murder and mystery.' Cambridge Style

Sphere

Broken Home

Roberta Kray
Authors:
Roberta Kray

If you don't care about her, who will?Hope Randall leads a quiet life, but that peace is about to be shattered. When a stranger turns up on her doorstep, bringing news of a half-sister she never knew she had, he's going to change her world for ever. Connie's in deep trouble and the mysterious Flint needs Hope's help in finding her. Returning to London, Hope is forced to confront old demons - and new ones. To find her sister, she'll have to toughen up and fast. But when she enters the dark underworld of the East End, it's not only the notoriously savage Street family she'll have to worry about: there's also a psychopath on the loose, attacking working girls. If Connie's going to be saved, Hope may have to get close to the enemy ...

Sphere

Death Dance

Linda Fairstein
Authors:
Linda Fairstein
Piatkus

The Shining Skull

Kate Ellis
Authors:
Kate Ellis
Piatkus

Playing With Bones

Kate Ellis
Authors:
Kate Ellis

Is the Doll Strangler back? Or is a copycat killer on the loose...?Singmass Close has a sinister past. Reputedly haunted by the ghosts of children, in the 50s it was the hunting ground of the Doll Strangler, a ruthless killer who was never brought to justice. Now DI Joe Plantagenet wonders whether a copycat killer is at work when the strangled body of teenager Natalie Parkes is found in the same close, a mutilated doll lying by her side.With the recent disappearance of a young female model and an escaped convict at large, this new, horrific murder stretches Joe's team to their limit. But as the bodies start mounting up and Joe's questioning brings him closer to the real strangler, he comes to suspect a shockingly creepy connection between all three cases...

Piatkus

Seeking The Dead

Kate Ellis
Authors:
Kate Ellis

When Carmel Hennessy begins a new job in North Yorkshire, she finds the historic city of Eborby gripped by fear. A killer is on the prowl - a killer who binds and asphyxiates his victims before leaving their naked bodies in isolated country churchyards. The press are calling him the Resurrection Man. Tragic events from the past link Carmel with new-kid-on-the-block DI Joe Plantagenet, who, with his new boss, DCI Emily Thwaite, faces the unenviable task of identifying the killer before he claims another victim. The victims appear to have nothing in common but the manner of their deaths, but as Joe's investigations lead him to a pub with a sinister history, he is forced to consider that the case may have occult connections. Then Carmel becomes aware of a malevolent presence in her new flat and, when she starts to receive mysterious threats, it is Joe she turns to first. And that is when Joe is forced to get into the mind of a cunning - and scarily ruthless - killer.

C & R Crime

Cambridge Blue

Alison Bruce
Authors:
Alison Bruce

DC Gary Goodhew is intelligent, intuitive and the youngest detective at Cambridge's Parkside Station. He is the first on the scene when the body of a young woman is discovered on Midsummer Common and for the first time in his career is given the chance to work on a murder investigation.Soon there is an identity for the victim: Lorna Spence. Richard Moran, her boyfriend and employer, has reported her missing and is distraught to discover that she has been killed. He claims she was loved by his staff and his sisters, reserved Alice and vulnerable Jackie. He says she had no enemies but it isn't long before Goodhew discovers plenty, including her high maintenance colleague Victoria and Goodhew's reckless former classmate Bryn.They both swear that they have nothing to do with Lorna's death but Goodhew knows someone is lying. Then there is another brutal murder and Goodhew knows it is time to use his own initiative to flush out the killer, even though it means risking his job and discovering the truth about the one person he hopes will be innocent.

Piatkus

Missing Mark

Julie Kramer
Authors:
Julie Kramer
Piatkus

Tattoo

Bryan Boswell
Authors:
Bryan Boswell

Two years ago, SAS hard man Simon Tabor got away with murder. Tabor prefers to call it retribution - retribution for the brutal rape and killing of his younger sister in a brothel on the Costa Del Sol. Now he's been unofficially drafted in by the Met police to help in a new murder enquiry. A young girl has washed up on an English beach with an intricate orchid tattooed on her groin - a similar design to one discovered on his dead sister. As Romanian brothel owners are ritually massacred around Britain, while in Spain millionaire orchid expert Dr Felix Blake nears the end of a sinister experiment in bioengineering, Tabor begins to see a pattern emerging. The pattern's key is the tattoo. The tattoo marks the death of mankind as we know it...

Sphere

The Venice Conspiracy

Jon Trace
Authors:
Jon Trace

When a brutal killer is on the loose in Venice, ex-priest Tom Shaman finds himself catapulted headlong into a series of ritualistic killings unlike anything Venice has ever seen. Uncovering a deadly secret at the heart of the city's past - a priceless three-pieced Etruscan mosaic known as The Gates of Hell - Shaman teams up with investigator Valentina Morassi to dig deep into the shadows of Venice's darkest history - and find the killer before he claims his next victim...

Sphere

Entombed

Linda Fairstein
Authors:
Linda Fairstein
C & R Crime

Shinju

Laura Joh Rowland
Authors:
Laura Joh Rowland
Sphere

Bait

Nick Brownlee
Authors:
Nick Brownlee

Ex-Flying Squad cop Jake Moore's career was cut short by a bullet; ten years on, he runs a game fishing business that is about to go to the wall. But old habits die hard, and when cerebral Mombasa detective Daniel Jouma - seemingly the only good policeman in a city where corruption is king - asks for his help in solving a baffling murder case, he cannot help but become involved. The mangled body of a street criminal has been washed up on the beach and a fishing boat skipper and his bait boy have blown up in the water. When Jake and Jouma look closer, they discover that not only are the murders linked, but the conspiracy surrounding them stretches far beyond the reaches of Africa - and has deadly implications for everyone concerned.This gripping crime thriller strips away Kenya's tourist glitz and exposes the country's dark and treacherous underbelly beneath.

Piatkus

Origin In Death

J. D. Robb
Authors:
J. D. Robb