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Shadowplay

(Anna Cameron #3)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Anna Cameron has been promoted to Chief Inspector and moved to a new division, but her work and personal life are threatening to implode. Her mother is in a coma in a foreign country, an old woman has disappeared from a care home, an Asian boy has been murdered and there has been an assault on one of her officers - can Anna be both a good cop and a good person?
Paperback, 467 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bibliophile
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
How does anyone go into law enforcement in the UK anymore? They must not have read British crime fiction, or they might consider a different career path. Judging from the many, many gritty crime novels being published there, it is a soulsucking, thankless job. The superiors are always bullies, and the underlings backstabbers. The criminals are petty thugs who can't pull off an interesting offense to save their lives, and there is of course the mandatory Ruthless Reporter, sure to mess up the ...more
Rog Harrison
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not come across this author before but this is apparently her third novel featuring Glasgow policewoman Anna Cameron. Cameron is promoted to Chief Inspector and moved to the south of the city at the start of this book and is soon embroiled in all sorts of situations. The author is a good writer who certainly managed to manipulate my emotions as well as writing a compelling story which I just had to finish as soon as I started it. I have her fourth novel to read next and I will certainly ...more
Mirren Jones
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third novel in the Glasgow crime fiction series that Karen has written featuring Anna Cameron of Strathclyde Police, and it's the third one I've read in a few weeks. It was also my favourite so far. I can best describe it as a 'rocket-fueled' read! There are no dull moments in Shadowplay. It is packed full of plots and sub-plots, weaving and intertwining throughout and it's impossible to predict outcomes.

Ms Cameron is now a Chief Inspector and has moved to a new division, but she
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Linda
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one thing I really like about Karen's books is she doesn't patronize the reader. Every technical term isn't explained over and over. It's like she figures if we are reading crime we must read a lot, therefore we know a lot. This I like!
Shadowplay is set in Glasgow Scotland. There are many threads to the book, an Asian boy has been murdered by a gang of youths, an elderly lady has been abducted from a nursing home and a police officer is being followed and is then beaten up. This is the main
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Linda
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Anna Cameron book I have read, although it is number 3 in the series. There are some references to past incidents but not that many that it spoils the story.

Anna is a complex character who is a beat police officer who finds herself promoted to a position where she rarely sees the beat and spends most of her time trying to work her way through the mire of divisional politics and the ever increasing paperwork. Add in a mother who lives in Spain who suddenly becomes seriously ill
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Ulana
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Very strange book. Story was quite interesting and varied but it was slow to start with. I wasn't so keen on the accent and the language that this book was written in. I found it difficult to read and understand at times. I guess it gave authenticity to the plot but it put me off considerably at times and definitely slowed down my reading.
Main character and her workplace was very miserable. I could not really like Anna much because she was so off putting. Her workplace was full of back stabbers
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Sandra
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a gloriously human person is Anna Cameron!
Flawed, complex, self-doubting and self-deluding as, indeed, are all the people around her, who may be guilty, or may not, but all are both, in part.
The sparkle of her writing is such that I despair of writing with similar verisimilitude: dialogue and description so very well-meshed.
I have her next novel on the shelf, awaiting, but will save it for a while, postpone the pleasure.
Marianne
First time with this author.

Kind of dark. A lot of the terminology I didn't understand because the story takes place in Scotland. From all the other Brit books I have read about cops, probably depicts female cops life accurately, as much as fiction can.

Good plot, but I'm not sure I liked the people.
Amanda
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is a good book But it the third in a series
. i must remember to read all of them
David
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story not too bad on the whole but finished a bit tamely.
Jon Breakfield
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glasgow crime written by a superb writer. You'll love Karen Campbell if you haven't discovered her yet. Watch out for the twists and weaving of storylines.
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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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