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    • ISBN:9781849013451
    • Publication date:19 Apr 2012

Split Second

By Cath Staincliffe

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A threatening situation; a fraction of a second is all it takes to make a decision - but what if it's the wrong one?

A split second is all it takes to make a decision - but what if it is the wrong one?

A winter's evening and a trio of unruly youths board a bus and gang up on teenager Luke Murray, hurling abuse and threatening to kill him. The bus is full but no one intervenes until Jason Barnes, a young student, challenges the youths with devastating consequences.Split Second tackles questions of bravery, fear and kindness and explores the real human impact of violent crime.

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

Biographical Notes

Cath Staincliffe is an award winning novelist, radio playwright and creator of ITV's hit series Blue Murder. Cath's books have been shortlisted for the CWA Best First Novel award. She was joint winner of the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2012. Letters To My Daughter's Killer was selected for the Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club on ITV3 in 2014. Cath also writes the Scott & Bailey books based on the popular ITV series. She lives with her family in Manchester.

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  • ISBN: 9781780335568
  • Publication date: 19 Apr 2012
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  • Imprint: C & R Crime
A fascinating and thought provoking look at crime's ripple effect. — Catholic Herald
a page-turning, insightful thriller. — Big Issue
Staincliffe's writing is nothing short of brilliant. — Mystery People E-zine
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