SHAD­OW­PLAY

by Karen Camp­bell (Hod­der & Stoughton £16.99)

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds - Re­view by Joan Longstaff.

IN her third novel fea­tur­ing the for­mi­da­ble Anna Cameron – an in-yer-face, no non­sense Glaswe­gian po­lice­woman – Karen Camp­bell doesn’t so much lead you gen­tly into this hard-hit­ting crime thriller as leave you reel­ing from a lit­er­ary punch to the midriff. Early on you may won­der if this chal­leng­ing char­ac­ter is go­ing to take you some­place you want to go, but fear not, both Cameron and the story start to find their feet very quickly as we fol­low the first trau­matic weeks of a new job, in a new di­vi­sion, where our hero­ine sud­denly finds her­self at the cen­tre of the murder of a young Asian boy, the dis­ap­pear­ance of an old woman and an as­sault against one of her of­fi­cers. Not only that, but Cameron’s new boss, the fear­some “JC” Hamil­ton seems to think more of her pet fer­rets than she does of her new Chief In­spec­tor. Throw in a sick mother and a grow­ing at­trac­tion to a sus­pect, and all the in­gre­di­ents are in place for a break­neck jour­ney through the pri­vate and pro­fes­sional life of a de­cid­edly gritty woman who you might not want to in­vite over for din­ner, but you sure do want to fol­low through the pages of this gritty Scot­tish novel. And if you’re like me, you might find your­self search­ing for more of the same!

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Who is Anna Cameron’s new boss? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Shad­ow­play com­pe­ti­tion by Thurs­day, June 10

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