If I Should Die - Joseph Stark (Paperback)
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If I Should Die - Joseph Stark (Paperback)

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**WINNER of the 2014-2015 Waverton Good Read Award** If I Should Die is the astounding debut from British author Matthew Frank. ---------- When a homeless man walks into Greenwich police station and confesses a killing, it should be the admission that cracks open a murder enquiry. Instead, he stumbles out on to the street and collapses, bleeding from a stab wound he's attempted to repair himself . . . The newest member of the Met's murder investigation team, twenty-five year-old Afghan veteran Joseph Stark, doesn't believe the man's story. Yet it becomes clear that Stark and the down-and-out share a connection. And that this could provide the key to unlocking the case. Soon, the young detective and his colleagues are drawn deeper into a dark, disturbing world as dangerous as anything Stark has known on the frontline. And where there's enough at stake for a man to risk everything . . . If I Should Die is the first title in a new crime series, and outstanding characterization, pitch perfect dialogue and precision plotting mark out Matthew Frank as a debut writer to watch. With the introduction of series character and ex-soldier police detective Joseph Stark, fans of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels will be hooked from the word go. Praise for If I Should Die: 'Skilfully plotted, with a great clarity of style . . . such an original newcomer' Alison Joseph, Chair of the Crime Writer's Association 'A gripping murder story ... Frank brilliantly maintains a balance between the demands of a complex plot and his character's difficulty in returning to civilian life ... an accomplished first novel' Sunday Times 'Well researched and totally convincing, this is the first of several Stark books. Great news if they're as good as this' Sunday Mirror 'A powerful debut ... intensity, outstanding characterisation, passion, perfect dialogue and pinpoint plotting' Crime Review

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405917513
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


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**WINNER of the 2014-2015 Waverton Good Read Award** If I Should Die is the astounding debut from British author Matthew Frank. ---------- When a homeless man walks into Greenwich police station and confesses a killing, it should be the admission that cracks open a murder enquiry. Instead, he stumbles out on to the street and collapses, bleeding from a stab wound he's attempted to repair himself . . . * From the publisher's description *
A gripping murder story ... Frank brilliantly maintains a balance between the demands of a complex plot and his character's difficulty in returning to civilian life ... an accomplished first novel * Sunday Times *
Well researched and totally convincing, this is the first of several Stark books. Great news if they're as good as this * Sunday Mirror *
A very powerful novel. The writing is so good that it is difficult to believe that this is a debut * New Books Magazine *
A highly assured debut ... we'll look forward to the next * Crime Fiction Lover *
A great debut introducing an unusual lead character - I'm looking forward to reading more in the series - 5*s * Novel Heights *
Detective Sergeant Fran Millhaven is just one of the best women copper characters you'll ever meet between the covers of a book . . . but Stark is the heart of this narrative. I am so looking forward to meeting him again . . . the moment Stark crosses over from soldier to CID detective is beautiful to behold. The action scenes, too, are terrific. Riveting -- Dana Stabenow, author of * A Cold Day for Murder *
Brilliantly written * Oodals Blog *
Skilfully plotted, with a great clarity of style. I really enjoyed it -- Alison Joseph
A great debut introducing an unusual lead character * Novel Heights *
Very strong. Very well written * Crime Squad *
Quite simply the best start to a new crime series - and the best debut - I've read in years. Joe Stark is such a terrific hero, full of flaws and compassion and the sort of quiet heroism that you rarely see these days, even in fiction. One of those books I want to bulk buy and press into the hands of everyone I know. The writing is top-notch, the action sequences are superlative, the characters crackle off the page and the dialogue whips and zings like bullets in the dust. Read it! -- Sarah Hilary, author of Under the Skin and No Other Darkness
A powerful debut ... intensity, outstanding characterisation, passion, perfect dialogue and pinpoint plotting * Crime Review *
An astonishingly assured debut novel -- We Love This Book

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“A beautifully crafted new novel”

This beautifuly crafted novel gives the reader every chance to enjoy the transition Joseph Start makes from a damaged Territorial Soldier to a Trainee Detective Constable. It is It is not often a new writer can keep... More

Hardback edition
20th July 2014
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“A complex and compelling thriller...”

What struck me most was how this book could so easily be all things to all men (and women) due to the complexity of the book as a whole. First, it is a socially aware thriller with the story focusing on the random... More

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