By Simon Kernick

Printed: 2012

Publisher: Bantam Press. London

Edition: First edition

Dimensions 17 × 24 × 4 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 17 x 24 x 4

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In the original dustsheet. Black cloth binding with gilt title on the spine.

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A great read from start to finish, Simon Kernick always delivers a superior thriller and this is a gut punching thriller if ever there was one. The first 80 pages or so set the scene and introduces all the characters, but then when the Siege of a swanky London hotel gets underway the pace never really slacks off till the pulse pounding conclusion. The action is hard and fast, the plot a clever multilayered one with a side plot thrown into the mix that stops the whole negotiation phase becoming stale and also gives us an appearance of a much loved regular. The Characters are great and one in particular shines although all the main players get their moments of either heroism or not depending….

All in all easily a five star read.


Simon Kernick (born February 1967 in Slough, Buckinghamshire) is a British thriller/crime writer now living in Oxfordshire with his two daughters. Kernick attended Gillotts School, a comprehensive in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Whilst he was a student his jobs included fruit-picker and Christmas-tree uprooter. He graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1991 with a degree in humanities.

Kernick had a passion for crime fiction writing from a young age and produced many short stories during his time at polytechnic. After graduating Kernick joined MMT Computing in London in early 1992, where a relative was the Chairman and Managing Director. He left the company after four years in the hope of trying to secure a publishing deal. Despite interest from a number of publishers Kernick was unable to secure a deal, so he joined the sales force of the specialist IT and Business Consultancy Metaskil plc in Aldermaston, Berkshire in 1998 where he remained until he secured his first book deal The Business of Dying in September 2001.

His novel Relentless was recommended on Richard & Judy’s Summer book club 2007. It was the 8th best-selling paperback, and the best-selling thriller in the UK in the same year.

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