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Karen Campbell

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Crime & mystery

A gripping, multi-layered crime novel from the author of THE TWILIGHT TIME and AFTER THE FIRE.

You are a police officer. This is what you do. You speak for the dead, and the desperate living.

When Anna Cameron is promoted to Chief Inspector and moved to a new division, it should be a turning point for her. But if she thought having a female boss would make things easier, she'd reckoned without the fearsome 'JC' Hamilton.

Then her mother goes into a coma in a foreign country and an old woman disappears from a Glasgow care home under suspicious circumstances, and Anna's career and personal life both threaten to implode. The gang-related murder of a young Asian boy and an assault on one of her officers only serve to turn the screws tighter - can Anna be both a good cop and a good person

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Praise for Shadowplay

  • Karen Campbell deserves to be admitted to membership of what's becoming a very large club - Scottish crime writers of excellence . . . As to be expected from a former police officer, Campbell portrays her milieu with harsh authenticity, and Anna Cameron is wholly believable in her unheroic role. Glasgow and its citizens are described with vivid passion. - The Times on SHADOWPLAY

  • [A] fine, accomplished novel . . . The characterisation is impeccable . . . a true literary talent. - Scotsman on SHADOWPLAY

  • Campbell's third and most powerful novel yet . . . this is intelligent, gripping crime writing - Stylist on SHADOWPLAY

  • A well crafted story with gritty dialogue and an intriguing conclusion that promises much for the next instalment in the series - Sunday Herald

  • Meticulously detailed and brutally authentic, this could only have come from a writer who has been there, done it and banged up the bad guys. - Daily Record on SHADOWPLAY

  • Fast-paced and hard-hitting - Woman & Home on SHADOWPLAY

  • The plot is wonderful, the characterisation of a family in crisis is both sharp and sympathetic, and the author does not shy away from examining the less palatable aspects of relations between the police and the public. - Guardian on AFTER THE FIRE

  • Sharp, perceptive prose and meticulous attention to detail... a literary force to be reckoned with. - Daily Record on AFTER THE FIRE

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Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell is a former police officer who lives in Glasgow with her family. She began writing in earnest on the renowned Glasgow University Creative Writing course.

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