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A stunning debut crime novel from an exciting new voice in British crime.

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Alison Bruce is the author of nine crime novels and two non-fiction titles. Her first novel, Cambridge Blue (2008), was described by Publishers Weekly as an 'assured debut' and introduced both detective, DC Gary Goodhew, and her trademark Cambridge setting. She went on to write six further novels in the DC Goodhew series before writing the psychological thriller I Did It for Us (2018). Her latest novel, The Moment Before Impact, is described by Ian Rankin as 'tense, twisty, terrific'.The other books in the DC Goodhew series are The Siren (2010), The Calling (2011), The Silence (2012), The Backs (2013), The Promise (2016) and Cambridge Black (2017). Other works include, two true crime books and a selection of short stories. Her work has attracted both critical acclaim and a loyal readership. In 2013 and 2016 Alison was short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library Award.Alison was awarded a first in BSc (Hons) in Crime and Investigation at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge which included subject areas such as: crime scene investigation, policing practice, major investigations, mass fatality incidents, fire investigation, forensic pathology and forensic anthropology. This included practical skills such as: lifting fingermarks, bone identification, testing for bodily fluids and recovering trace evidence.Alison is currently working on the UK's largest policing professionalism contract which is delivering policing degrees to the Metropolitan Police and to 7 police forces including Cambridgeshire.Alison never underestimates her readers and aims to challenge them with expertly crafted plots, vivid characters and the kind of realism which will put them in the front row of an investigation.


Gary Goodhew, a young hotshot detective, gets his first murder gig in Cambridge, England, in nonfiction author Bruce's (Cambridgeshire Murders) first mystery. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

In Bruce's assured debut, idealistic 25-year-old Gary Goodhew, recently promoted to detective constable at Cambridge's Parkside Station, gets a chance to prove himself to Parkside's seasoned veterans after the discovery of a young woman's body atop a heap of trash bags on Midsummer Common. Like many a British police procedural, the novel opens with a flurry of activity and the introduction of numerous characters, but the action soon slows to a series of scenes, marked by descriptive passages full of precise details, in which the victim's actions leading to her murder come into focus. Fortunately, halfway through, the pace picks up as the workaholic Goodhew pursues every twist in the case. By the end, readers will be flipping back to the beginning to suss out those clues that they may have missed. Bruce is also the author of two works of nonfiction, including Cambridgeshire Murders. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Menacing and insidious, this is a great novel. - R J ElloryAn exciting debut from a very promising new talent. - Paul JohnsonA fast-paced gritty tale guaranteed to have you hooked from beginning to end. - Cambridgeshire PrideMeaty and deeply plotted. - Morning StarDC Gary Goodhew could just develop into a worthy succesor to those venerables of the police procedural now drawing their pensions. - TribuneA gripping tale of murder and mystery. - Cambridge Style

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