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Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down

(Street Duty #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Fourteen-year-old Ashleigh Jarvis is so scared and running so fast that she doesn't see the truck that knocks her down. Holly Blades is sixteen and a new type of policewoman - a T.P.O. or Trainee Police Officer - a new team of teenagers, recruited early and fast-tracked into the police force. After only two weeks on the job, Holly is first on the scene of the road traffic ...more
Paperback, UK, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Usborne Publishing
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Lara Crafford
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone! It's CSI For Teens - You Gotta Read It!!
4¾ Out of 5
“Ashleigh Jarvis was lying bleeding and unconscious in the gutter behind him.
“She was no longer hugging herself though, and perhaps that's why she looked as if she had finally fallen apart...”
The police service has just set up a pilot scheme called the Trainee Police Officer program. It lets exceptional young people join the force at the age of sixteen and fast track them those with the ability to be amazing officers through the ranks...
Holly Blades is one if those people. Her first
Beth Kemp
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brilliant start to a new police procedural series for the YA market.

As a lover of crime fiction, and an enthusiastic YA reader, I was really pleased to hear about this exciting new series. Reading it made me even happier, as it was everything I would have wished for in such a combination.

Chris Ould has written for The Bill amongst other things, and the knowledge he gained from this - of how the police operate and of what makes a successful crime narrative - is put to great use in this brilliant
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm honestly quite surprised by how much I liked this book! It was so much better than I thought it would be! The only thing that put me off was the cover, it just doesn't seem to fit too well for me, after reading the book I can see why it is, what it is but I think it could have been better. Anyway past that the synopsis is very intriguing and it interested me right away. After all how many young adult crime books are there with a female heroine? Not many. It was great to see a young female ta ...more
Celia Hext
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Why I decided to read this book:
I was looking through the school library and just picked out some random books and decided to read them as a lucky dip to see if they were any good. Some of the books I picked were terrible when I started them but this one I loved the whole way through. I love the concept behind it as it’s like CSI written down in a book.

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Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it

That's what it felt like for every word, every sentence and every paragraph I read in that book. To say it was boring would be the understatement of the year! With every turn of the page I thought to myself: "Oh sweet Jesus, the end is nigh!"

Plot - boring. Characters - boring. Twists and any shock factors? No twists and there was only one shock factor that came when? Surprise, surprise at the very end. There was nothing in this book that kept me interested or motivated to read it. There was no m
Sarah-jayne Sanders
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway, this is my honest review of the book.
First off, the cover is really striking, the blue reminds me of a police siren and the girl's eyes draw my attention. Though I don't tend to read crime books I found this book really enjoyable, I will probably read crime stories more often after this book! It was easy to connect with the character Holly (the trainee police officer), she is a strong girl who doesn't let others put her down and her intelligen
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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‘Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down‘ by Chris Ould is a great introduction to crime writing for YA. Although I dislike the stereotypical gang culture of the teenagers in this book, I still found it a good read. There are quite a lot of characters in the book, but I thought it was easy to keep track of them. I was intrigued by Ashleigh’s secret, and this made me keep reading. It was also quite refreshing to have a female heroine; an
Megan Houston
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Megan by: Recieved from a Goodreads Giveaway
I recieved this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and would give it at least 3 and a half stars. I know that the author, Chris Ould, previously wrote crime for television and I think that he made the transition between writing for TV and writing books, well. The plot was realistic and developed nicely, really making you think about what was coming next. It wasn't an outlandish plot and I think the setting also brought that out. It was set in a rough area in London and was quite relatable, with a sens ...more
Paula  Phillips
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Are you on the lookout for a new series to start this summer break or winter break if you are over the otherside of the world than me ?
Do you love reading Crime novels or dream of being in the law force yourself one day?
Chris Ould's new series "Street Duty" tells teens the tale of what its like to be a Trainee Police Officer and the different crime scenes that one in the force can stumble onto. The first book in the series Case One: Knock Down tells the tale of Ashleigh a fourteen year old girl
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Received as a prize on goodreads
This was the first book I have received as a competition win on goodreads, and was impressed at the fast delivery. I am a massive fan of crime fiction, and although this is a book aimed at young adults, I have to say, I really enjoyed it, even at the age of 26. Whilst the idea of Trainee Police Officers at the age of 16 is something that I find hard to believe (I work with people of this age and very few I believe would be able to handle situations with the mature attitude of those in the book), ...more
Tirza Horvath
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book was really interesting, I didn't even notice that I was reading pages after pages. The first 50 pages were a little boring, but that is normal. The crimes and criminals; well I had suspects of my own but they weren't the ones who committed the crime. So the book was written in a really good way because I just could not guess who was "the one", and it never even crossed my mind that it was that person, not once. ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the pace of this book. The short chapters and rate at which details were revealed whisked me along with the story. It was refreshing to read a British crime novel that doesn't overdo it with British slang or lingo in every other sentence like a lot of others I've read. A shorter novel than I'm used to and the age of the TPO's aside, I'm rating this 5 stars - an enjoyable easy read that keeps your attention throughout ...more
I'm not sure I've actually ever read a YA police procedural before - but in any case, I enjoyed this a great deal. Great pacing, decently drawn characters, a plot that had a few nice twists in it. Looking forward to more in this series! ...more
Oct 26, 2014 added it
i have red some pages of this book and i would like to finish it and up to now i can say it is perfect.

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Chris Ould is a BAFTA award winning screenwriter who has worked on TV shows including The Bill, Soldier Soldier, Casualty and Hornblower. Chris has previously published two adult novels, and the second of his series of Young Adult crime novels, The Killing Street, was published by Usborne in June 2013.

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