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The Twilight Time

(Anna Cameron #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Anna Cameron is a new Sergeant in the Flexi Unit. On her first day in the new job she discovers she'll be working with her ex, Jamie, now married and with a child. 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. Someone is c ...more
Hardcover, 462 pages
Published April 3rd 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2008)
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Christine Blachford
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really interesting book this one. 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. It's more of a drama, with relationships starting and ending, inter-office politics going on, and plenty of self-loathing.

What's great about it, aside from the fresh take on the ge
Feb 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
THE TWILIGHT TIME is the debut novel from ex-cop Karen Campbell - featuring Sergeant Anna Cameron as the central character. In 2009 Campbell won Best New Scottish Writer at the Scottish Variety Awards, and there is now a second book out: After the Fire, which switches the viewpoint to two characters from the first book - Jamie and his wife Cath.

But THE TWILIGHT TIME is a book that was recommended to me by somebody whose preferences I follow closely, and coincidentally was nominated as a discussi
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
The One Sentence Summary: Anna Cameron, a Sergeant and rising star in the Glasgow police force, struggles both personally and professionally when she’s transferred to head the unit where her ex works, and has to investigate a series of brutal attacks on prostitutes.

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. On the first day in her new unit though she finds out she will be working wi
Edith Wasserfall
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this book a bit difficult to get into, and felt the story progressed pretty slowly. I stopped reading a few times, and then started again, so got a bit lost with all the characters at times. However, I started to enjoy it much more towards the last quarter of the book, and felt it had quite an interesting ending. The accents/language of the characters was not something I was used to or really related to, but I found it very interesting to read about Glasgow and it's people and characters ...more
Phetsy Dutchko
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tartan-noir
As much a psychological study of identity, loyalty, and love as a police procedural, this book mixes gritty police procedural with literary character study. Very well crafted, but rather heavy going if one is looking for simple entertainment.
j andrews
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good fast paced easy read.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nope
I didn't enjoy this book. I could never really connect with the story or any of the characters.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It had been on my to read list for a long time and then I found a copy in a 2nd hand store. Really character driven story which kept me really interested
Great read
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this debut novel from Karen Campbell and purchased the next in the series as soon as I finished. Excellent Glasgow-based police procedural with a brilliant female protagonist. Highly recommend.
Val Penny
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was book of the month at my book group. We meet in the local library and our leader is the author, Evelyn Hood whose 40th book was published last week. She is an remarkable person who is very generous about sharing her time and experience with less experienced writers in her workshops.

The author of The Twilight Time, Karen Campbell, is another author Scottish writer. She is a graduate of Glasgow University's prestigious Creative Writing Masters, and author of several other books in the
Mirren Jones
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is Karen Campbell's debut novel but it's the second novel of hers that I've read. Although they are stand-alone books, I do wish I'd read them in sequence, if only to have appreciated the character of Anna Cameron better in 'After The Fire'.

Strathclyde Police Sergeant Cameron is a woman who in Southern Scotland might be call a 'nippy sweetie'. One minute she's giving people a veritable tongue-lashing and the next she will risk her life for them. Despite her manner, you can't help but like
Ian Mapp
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Ordered after reviews read in various places.

This is a very interesting addtion to the police procedural series of popular fiction.

Campbell is an ex police woman, so for once, a police book that shows coppers for what they are like. The characters in this book are not super heros - in many ways that make more morally dodgy decisions than some of the criminals in other books. This is told without prejudice and an unmoralistic eye.

The main character is Anna Cameron (how that name caught my eye as
Pam Fox
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, police, procedural
This is the debut book by this author and the first in the series around the character Anna Cameron. And what a debut it is. I loved every word written...Ok I'm probably biased as it's set in 'A' Division in Glasgow which is where I served the majority of my police service but I also think that could have made me very critical. 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 ...more
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
When it came down to it, this felt a touch 'over-written'. The first third of the book was slow-paced and bogged down in too much internal monologue (like with some other female authors, I felt that the balance between activity and inactivity was a little too much in the latter direction), and I almost gave up. 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 ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gritty realist book set in our own Glasgow, a book where the city is as much a character as the people. Portrays the police world that Karen Campbell herself worked within and the criminal underworld that surrounds us all without our recognition of it!

Absolutely recommend and hooked in enough to read the next in the series.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed feeling I had an insight into what being a policewoman in Glasgow might be like but didn't particularly enjoy the revelations. Good characterisations although not one really likeable and the plot tended to get a bit lost, I thought, beneath the personal stuff going on. I'd like to read a second novel of Karen Campbell's to make up my mind whether or not her writing is my cup of tea.
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an interview with Karen Campbell in Len Wanner's 'Dead Sharp' and thought her books would be worth a try. Within a couple of paragraphs I knew I'd come across yet another superb Scottish writer - characters, dialogue, sense of place all superb and the plotting tight. Have already ordered a couple more from Amazon.
Jan 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I made a mistake by starting at the end of this quartet, so this was backstory for me. In the later novel, the characters are more rounded. Here, I didn't like any of them and didn't find them convincing. I found the plot convoluted and silly, too - and what a lot of convenient coincidences. Don't think I would have kept going until the end if I hadn't been filling in the gaps in the later story
Katherine Stewart
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoy the writing of Karen Campbell. I don't know if it's the pull of the characters or the familiarity of the Glasgow setting, but I found the trilogy totally hooked me until the end. And the end left me reeling.. 10/10
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing

First book written by this author its based in Glasgow and i really enjoyed it, look forward to reading the next one
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Had trouble getting interested in this book. The Glasgow dialect was difficult for me, and I had trouble finding the characters or story likeable.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author to me, still unsure but will try the next one.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
slow slow slow i expected so much more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think I want to read her others, was a bit slow to start with but times when I really wanted to know what was going on!
Jack Heath
Oct 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
Synopsis: Anna Cameron is a new Sergeant in Glasgow. She's plunged into the Drag: working girls, drug dealers, seedy men, and murder.
Kay Wells
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure
it was just ok not very page turning not got much umph to it. Disappointing read.
Laura Coyle
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it

Grabbed me enough to want to read the next in the series!
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author by this name in the Goodreads database.

Scottish writer Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University's prestigious Creative Writing Masters, and author of The Twilight Time.

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',

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