But I needn't have worried, from the detailed descriptions of the police offices and streets to the very accurate radio communications, I was taken back to my years there. I particularly liked the way that she cared about what happened to Ezra, a lonely old man who gets murdered. Even the central character Anna, is far from perfect. When she is injured in the chase for a man who has been carving up the faces of prostitutes, Anna doesn't cope at all well when Jamie's wife Cath an ex-cop in her own right, with a very bad case of post-natal depression , reaches out to her, having known Ezra as well. Campbell is an ex police woman, so for once, a police book that shows coppers for what they are like. A former police officer, Karen can legitimately claim to have worked the streets of Glasgow, and her debut novel, described as 'gritty as hell, shot through with black humour', Librarian Note: There is more than one author by this name in the Goodreads database. Anna is a great, original character, the plot fairly whizzes along and Karen Campbell has a great way with images.
I found the plot convoluted and silly, too - and what a lot of convenient coincidences. We meet in the local library and our leader is the author, Evelyn Hood whose 40th book was published last week. What's great about it, aside from the fresh take on the ge Really interesting book this one. This is a debut book however, and sometimes they can have some flaws. This is resolved reasonably well, although at points it does seem to disappear into all the personal stuff a little, and in both investigations there were a few procedural twists and turns that didn't make a lot of sense. Frank Chapel, a young black soldier fighting for a country that refuses him the vote, is unlike anyone Vittoria has met.
Then an old man has been brutally killed. There is a convulted story of racial tensions with a jewish pensioner and assaults on glaswegian prostitues that never rings true, or builds tension. The Meat and Potatoes: Anna Cameron is a devoted police officer who excels in an arena where women have to fight to earn and keep the respect of their peers. This throws her in at the deep end emotionally after years without him. She is suffering from post natal depressions and struggles to adapt to the new life as a fulltime mother. I stopped reading a few times, and then started again, so got a bit lost with all the characters at times. In the investigation there were some procedural twists and turns that I thought were superfluous.
The slow-burn investigation and the car-crash relationships were absolutely compelling. Despite her manner, you can't help but like This is Karen Campbell's debut novel but it's the second novel of hers that I've read. You can feel the thick fog of pain or discomfort or depression that surrounds the characters a lot of the time, and it's almost visceral. She has hidden depths and strengths-a fact with Anna seems to subconsciously recognise, and resent. The story improved after that, and there was some very convincing dialogue and long conversations - much more realistic than vital discussions in other novels which only last a couple of pages when they actually should last for hours.
It's sits in a unique halfway house of crime fiction, in that it doesn't get too bogged down in the details of the crime although we are following an active investigation , instead there is more focus on the police staff going about their business and trying to deal with their lives. Then an old man is killed, drawing both Anna and ex-officer Cath into the investigation. Ordered after reviews read in various places. Anna is also plunged headlong into the underworld of Glasgow's notorious Drag which is the haunt of working girls, drug dealers, and seedy men. It also examines the choices women make in life. Still, the interactions between the characters keep the reader interested and the novel flowing until the connection between the crimes is revealed.
. The slow-burn investigation and the car-crash relationships were absolutely compelling. Someone is carving up the faces of local prostitutes, an old man has been brutally killed, and racist violence is on the rise; Anna must deal with all this alongside tensions and backstabbing within her own team. I would highly recommend this to everyone. This is a very interesting addtion to the police procedural series of popular fiction.
Finally, while primarily a crime novel, this offers so much more besides. Copyright © Karen Campbell 2015. She is also plunged headlong into the violent underworld of Glasgow'w notorious Drag, the haunt of working girls, drug dealers and sad, seedy men. On her first day in the new job she discovers she'll be working with her ex, Jamie, now married and with a child. Also, The Twilight Time includes a number of passages in well done stream-of-consciousness style.
The minor characters are also remarkably well drawn-from baby Eilidh described by Anna as a live teddy bear! Someone is carving up the faces of local prostitutes, an old man has been brutally killed and racist violence is on the rise; Anna must deal with all this alongside tensions and backstabbing within her own team. In at the deep end emotionally after many years without him, she's also plunged headlong into the underworld of Glasgow's notorious Drag - the haunt of working girls, drug dealers and sad, seedy men. That's an easy word to use to describe a book set in Glasgow, but there's something really raw and distasteful about it all, something that really gets under your skin. Burst like eggs, spilling life in puddles. This is an excellent first novel. She is a graduate of Glasgow University's prestigious Creative Writing Masters, and author of several other books in the crime genre now too. In terms of plot - there were some good touches, with the mystery of the death of Ezra, and what seems to be, on the face of it a racist plot, quite interesting.
It's sits in a unique halfway house of crime fiction, in that it doesn't get too bogged down in the details of the crime although we are following an active investigation , instead there is more focus on the police staff going about their business and trying to deal with their lives. Campbell unites our sympathies initially with Anna, the main character who was dumped for another woman without so much as a goodbye, but then chapters later completely reverses our allegiance. Campbell can clearly write well - much of the prose was beautiful and witty and evocative - but it didn't quite make for an entertaining, involving, readable story. We've recently reviewed another based in Glasgow, but The Twilight Time is much better. Does she side with her Scots-Italian father or Fascist mother? Excellent characters, a location which has a voice all of its own and a gripping plot - Karen Campbell really could be the new Rankin.