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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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Half the World Away

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Newly graduated photography student Lori Maddox spends the year after university travelling and visits China where she finds work as a private English tutor. Back in Manchester, her parents Jo and Tom, who separated when Lori was a toddler, follow her adventures on her blog, 'Lori In The Orient'. Suddenly communication stops and when the silence persists a frantic Jo and Tom report her missing. It is impossible to find out anything from 5,000 miles away so they travel out to Chengdu, a city in the south-western province of Sichuan, to search for their daughter. Landing in a totally unfamiliar country, with no knowledge of the customs or language, and receiving scant help from the local authorities, Jo and Tom are forced to turn detective, following in their daughter's footsteps, tracing the people she mentioned in her posts, interviewing her friends, colleagues and students. It's an unbearably difficult challenge and, as the days pass, the fear that Lori is lost for good grows ever larger.

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Letters To My Daughter's Killer

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE ITV3 CRIME THRILLER BOOK CLUBGrandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth's burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter - but the letters are her last, best hope.Letters To My Daughter's Killer exposes the aftermath of violent crime for an ordinary family and explores fundamental questions of crime and punishment. How do we deal with the very human desire for revenge? If we get justice does reconciliation follow? Can we really forgive those who do us the gravest wrong? Could you?

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Dead Wrong

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Against the backdrop of Euro '96 and the soundtrack of Oasis, a summer of terror begins.Sal Kilkenny has two very frightened clients on her hands. Debbie Gosforth is the victim of a deranged stalker while teenager Luke Wallace is afraid he might be a murderer as he has, allegedly, stabbed his best friend Ahktar Khan to death.And then the IRA bomb Manchester's Arndale Centre and the city goes up in smoke...Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving' Big Issue'Deftly organised, with several surprising twists.' Evening Standard'Has her finger on the pulse of her city and that rare ability to write about love, motherhood and friendship without sentimentality' Val McDermid'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

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Stone Cold Red Hot

Cath Staincliffe
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Cath Staincliffe

Can Sal break the conspiracy of silence that surrounds her latest case?Sal Kilkenny is asked to discover the whereabouts of Jennifer Pickering, disinherited twenty years ago. But it seems that now Jennifer does not want to be found. And as she spends her days tracing Jennifer, Sal's nights are shattered by a dangerous stint with the Neighbour Nuisance Unit on one of Manchester's toughest housing estates. In this highly charged atmosphere it's not surprising when tempers flare... and as properties start to burn, Sal's two cases spiral out of control and events, past and present, collide with deadly intensity.Praise for Cath Staincliffe:'Gritty, intelligent, humane and involving' Big Issue'Deftly organised, with several surprising twists.' Evening Standard'An engrossing read.' Sunday Telegraph'Real people, real problems... Staincliffe writes brilliantly and compassionately about things that matter. Seriously good.' Literary Review'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

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Blink of an Eye

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In a heartbeat, life changes.A sunny, Sunday afternoon, a family barbecue, and Naomi Baxter and her boyfriend Alex celebrate good news. Driving home, Naomi's recklessness causes a fatal accident, leaving nine-year-old Lily Vasey dead, Naomi fighting for her life, Alex bruised and bloody and the lives of three families torn apart.Traumatised, Naomi has no clear memory of the crash and her mother Carmel is forced to break the shocking truth of the child's death to her. Naomi may well be prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving. If convicted she will face a jail term of up to 14 years, especially if her sister's claim that Naomi was drink-driving is proven.In the months before the trial, Carmel strives to help a haunted and remorseful Naomi cope with the consequences of her actions.Blink of an Eye is a novel about the nightmare that could be just around the next bend for any one of us.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.'a page-turning, insightful thriller.' Big Issue.

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Looking For Trouble

Cath Staincliffe
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She's a single parent. A private eye. And liking it. Until, that is, Mrs Hobbs turns up asking Sal Kilkenny to find her missing son.Sal's search takes her through the Manchester underworld, a wasteland of deprivation and petty theft, of well-heeled organised crime and, ultimately, murder. Would she have taken the job on if she had known what she was getting herself into?Actually, yes. Sal is on fire with a desire to see justice done and to avenge the death of a young lad whose only crime was knowing too much...This is the first Sal Kilkenny mystery, serialised on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.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'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that'Val McDermid'an engrossing read'Sunday Telegraph

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Criminally Good

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Go Not Gently

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Towers of Silence

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In The Heart of The City

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he lives of a teenager and a woman in her forties collide as the 2011 riots hit Manchester. An eloquent and passionate exploration of the week that shook Britain.9th August 2011 and as rioting erupts in Manchester a teenager and a woman in her forties are caught up in the thick of the disorder. Their stories intertwine to give a stunning and haunting expose of the people behind the headlines and the legacy of that night.This ebook short also includes an extended extract from Cath Staincliffe's forthcoming novel, Split Second.

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Violation

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A powerful account of how one family, grieving for the loss of their daughter, is hounded then haunted by gross media intrusion.When teenager Cassie Mallion goes missing one hot summer's day in the Lake District her family find themselves in the midst of a media feeding frenzy. Years later as the extent of illegal media activity emerges they must face fresh grief.This ebook short also includes an extended extract from Cath Staincliffe's acclaimed novel, The Kindest Thing.Cover photograph: Valentino Sani/Trevillion

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Witness

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Four bystanders in the wrong place at the wrong time. Witnesses to the shocking shooting of a teenage boy. A moment that changes their lives forever.Fiona, a midwife, is plagued by panic attacks and unable to work. Has she the strength to testify?Mike, a delivery driver and family man, faces an impossible decision when his frightened wife forces him to choose - us or the court case.Cheryl, a single-mother, doesn't want her child to grow up in the same climate of fear. Dare she speak out and risk her own life? Zak, a homeless man, offers to talk in exchange for witness protection and the chance of a new start.Ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Will the witnesses stand firm or be prevented from giving evidence? How will they cope with the emotional trauma of reliving the murder under pitiless cross-examination? A compassionate, suspenseful and illuminating story exploring the real human cost of bearing witness.Praise for Cath Staincliffe's The Kindest Thing:'A painfully honest exploration of an ordinary family under stress ... A stunning piece of work.' - Anne Cleeves.'Modest, compassionate... a solid ingenious plotter with a sharp eye for domestic detail.' - Literary Review.'Complex and satisfying' - The Sunday Times.'It's always exciting to see a writer get better and better, and Cath Staincliffe is doing just that' - Val McDermid.

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The Kindest Thing

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A love story, a modern nightmare and an honest and incisive portrayal of a woman who honours her husband's wish to die and finds herself in the dock for murder.When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband Neil end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling with grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands, if found guilty she will serve a life sentence. Deborah seeks solace in her memories of Neil and their children and the love they shared. An ordinary woman caught up in an extraordinary situation.A finely written page-turner, compelling, eloquent, heart-breaking. The Kindest Thing tackles a controversial topic with skill and sensitivity. A book that begs the question: what would you do?

A. J. McCreanor

A. J. McCreanor, who also writes as Anne Randall, was born in Glasgow and after university taught English in various secondary schools in inner Glasgow. In 2011 she won first prize for crime fiction writing at the Wells Literature Festival. She now lives in Glastonbury with her husband, two cats and one dog.Riven, the first book in the Wheeler and Ross series, was written under A. J. McCreanor, while further books in series are written under the name Anne Randall.

Ashley Dyer

Ashley Dyer is the pseudonym for novelist Margaret Murphy working in consultation with policing and forensics expert, Helen Pepper. Margaret Murphy is a Writing Fellow and Reading Round Lector for the Royal Literary Fund, a past Chair of the Crime Writers Association (CWA), and founder of Murder Squad. A CWA Short Story Dagger winner, she has been shortlisted for the First Blood critics' award for crime fiction as well as the CWA Dagger in the Library. She has written novels under her own name, and as A.D. Garrett.Helen Pepper is a Senior Lecturer in Policing. She has been an analyst, Forensic Scientist, Scene of Crime Officer, CSI, and Crime Scene Manager, and has co-authored, as well as contributed to, professional policing texts. Her expertise is in great demand with crime writers: she is a judge for the CWA's Non-Fiction Dagger award, and is Forensic Consultant on both the Vera and Shetland television series.Twitter: @AshleyDyer2017Website: Ashley-Dyer.com

Cath Staincliffe

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.

Catriona McPherson

Catriona McPherson formerly an English lecturer at Leeds University, now divides her time between California and Scotland. She writes full time.

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is the author of the hugely popular Morland Dynasty novels, which have captivated and enthralled readers for decades. She is also the author of the contemporary Bill Slider Mystery series, as well as her new series, War at Home, which is an epic family drama set against the backdrop of World War I. Cynthia's passions are music, wine, horses, architecture and the English countryside.