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Chris Simms OUTSIDE THE WHITE LINES First Edition Signed

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First edition, second print hardback published by Hutchinson / Random House Group Ltd in 2003. Signed and inscribed by Simms on the title page
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First edition, second print hardback of OUTSIDE THE WHITE LINES by Chris Simms and published by Hutchinson/ Random House Group Ltd., London, in 2003. Signed and inscribed by Simms on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (clean black boards and gilt lettering on spine) with only minor shelf wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light creasing to the edges mainly around the spine). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. There is some tanning to the pages.

According to the Good Book Guide, Chris Simms 'has never shown any reluctance to chill the blood of the reader.' Born in 1969, West Sussex, Chris graduated from Newcastle University then travelled round the world before moving to Manchester in 1994. Since then he’s worked as a freelance copywriter for advertising agencies throughout the city. The idea for his first novel, Outside the White Lines (2003) came to him one night when broken down on the hard shoulder of a motorway. Staccato chapters alternate between viewpoints of The Searcher, The Hunter and The Killer - each character roaming the roads of Britain in pursuit of his own obsessive agenda.

Chris has written eight acclaimed novels, all of which explore the darker side of the human psyche. He is the author of the Manchester based DI Spicer series, Killing the Beasts and its sequel, Shifting Skin. Third in the series is Savage Moon and Hell's Fire and followed by The Edge and Cut Adrift. His second stand alone book is Pecking Order. His novels have won an array of accolades, including Best Crime Book of 2005 by Shots magazine and Best British Crime Novel by Deadly Pleasures magazine. Most recently, Chris has been shortlisted for the 2009 CWA Short Story Dagger.

"He's every policeman's worst nightmare; the killer who leads an innocuous and apparently blameless family life. His next murder can't be predicted - even he doesn't know when it is going to be. Roaming the motorways at night, he attacks breakdown victims as they wait alone for help to arrive.

Interwoven with his story is that of two people. First is the young policeman who loses the support of his colleagues during the murder hunt, battling even with his more experienced partner. Second is the Searcher. In the Searcher, Chris Simms has created a character who ranks alongside the best of Ruth Rendell's classic portrayals of psychological cripples. The author's depiction of the murderer's unravelling mind, the young policeman's self-doubt and the Searcher's strange obsession creates a darkly compelling psychological drama.

As the book moves inexorably forward, all three are drawn together in a final meeting."

'One of the genre’s all-time great debuts' - Lee Child

‘A gritty, suspense-filled first novel. . . here is a new crime writer who really knows his stuff – a compulsive and compelling read.’ - Publishing News

'In the tradition of Ruth Rendell, this is not a whodunit but a whydunit that takes you into the minds of the three central, very different characters. Chris Simms combines psychological insight with gritty realism to give the reader a genuinely exciting story.' - Crime Time Magazine

203 pages.

ISBN: 0 0917 9538 9

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  • Weight:
    0.54kg
  • Product Code:
    1947
  • Condition:
    Used
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