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Nottingham, 1997. Sarah Bone is a Labour politician with a hidden
radical past, about to face the election battle of her life. She also has a radical ex-boyfriend Nick Cane, just released from prison for growing and selling cannabis. They're brought together again when Sarah campaigns successfully for the release of Ed Clarke, a wrongfully imprisoned 'murderer', only to be
Published March 1st 2011 by Tindal Street (first published January 1st 2011)
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Pauline Ross
This is a British political thriller and murder mystery combined set in Nottingham. A couple who were lovers at university have been separated by time and differing circumstances - Sarah Bone is now a Labour MP, Nick Cane is just released from a five year prison stint for growing and distributing dope. The murder mystery concerns a man acquitted after an appeal which Sarah helped to orchestrate, but who she discovers might be guilty after all. The story takes as its backdrop the 1997 General Ele ...more
Martin Cooper
David Belbin's novel has been in the top ten at for several weeks. It introduces an "unusual and dynamic crime partnership", according to regional fiction specialists Tindal Street Press (a pretty dynamic bunch themselves - three Booker nominations since 2003).

Sarah Bone is young, female and a Labour MP, still in opposition in early 1997. She has made a name for herself as a campaigner for penal reform. The book opens at a party to celebrate the release of a man wrongly convicted fo
Reading for The Walk Cafe Book Club, meeting Thursday 28th July at 7pm.

Political crime thriller set in Nottingham, I don't do politics in books and really wasn't looking forward to this, however once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It's not necessarily gritty or fast paced as a crime thriller, however for me the character worked well, giving a sense of time, place and person.

Set against the backdrop of the 1997 general election where Labour won by a landlside majority, it tells the
I added this to my to-read list following a brief, but positive review in "The Times", but I was disappointed. To my mind the combination of politics and crime did not work well and although the basic premise was interesting neither the plotting nor the actual writing were strong enough to take it forward so as to be really interesting.
This was on offer for £1 on Kindle. Was the first book I read on Kindle iPad app, and enjoyed the experience.

Liked the fact that I recognised a lot of the settings in the book (being a local lass), the book kept my attention and I stayed up later than I should in order to finish it. Didn't particularly warm to the characters, but overall a good read, and good value for money.

Not particularly interested in reading any of Belbin's other books.
The Walk Book Club book for July 2011. Meeting on 28th July at 7pm.

I would have preferred it if this was just a crime novel. I found the election stuff boring. Liked reading about places that I know in Nottingham and the caves were mentioned. It didn't take long to read but I don't think I'll read more by this author.
Nicely written crime thriller; quite 'gritty' and very British. The politics angle gives it an extra edge, and the characters are interesting and well rounded. The setting - Nottingham, 1997, as Labour win a landslide - is particularly well done.
An enjoyable mystery set against the backdrop of the 1997 general election.
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Belbin's work is known for breaking boundaries and dealing responsibly with difficult social issues that affect teenagers. He first attained success with a number of books for Scholastic's Point Crime series.
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