Outside the White Lines

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9780091795382: Outside the White Lines

He's every policeman's worst nightmare - the killer who leads an innocuous and apparently blameless family life. His next murder can't be predicted: even he doesn't know when it is going to be. He roams the motorways, attacking breakdown victims who wait alone for help to arrive. Interwoven with his story is that of two people: the young policeman who loses the support of his colleagues during the murder hunt, battling even with his more experienced partner; and the Searcher. In the Searcher, Chris Simms has created a character who ranks alongside the best of Ruth Rendell's classic portrayals of psychological cripples. The author's depiction of the murderer's unravelling mind, the young policeman's self-doubt and the Searcher's strange obsession creates a darkly compelling psychological drama. As the book moves inexorably forward, all three are drawn together in a final meeting.

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'A gritty, suspense-filled first novel...a new crime writer who really knows his stuff - a compulsive and compelling read.' -- Publishing News

'Simms' fresh approach, and the way the story weaves between three viewpoints, makes this one of the most promising debuts in crime for some time.' -- City Life, Manchester

Page turning brilliance – I cannot recommend this highly enough.’ -- Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge

‘Chris Simms’ debut novel is a compelling psychological drama.’ -- Sky Text

From the Author:

The idea for this novel came to me one Christmas when, driving home to my mumís, our family car broke down not once, not twice but three times. By the third time it was the early hours of the morning and the motorway was almost deserted of other traffic. Eventually a white van with a flashing light pulled up behind us and I nearly got out of the car. But the way the driver and his passenger just sat there staring at our vehicle suddenly made me uneasy - and I realised how vulnerable we actually were.
After a couple of minutes of no one moving, he and his passenger got out and began sweeping up some debris from a previous crash that was behind our car. When they eventually carried on their way I saw that it was a motorway maintenance vehicle. But the possibility of it being someone far more sinister remained in my head.
The novel also arose from my own despair over how crowded Britainís motorways are. Being delayed for hours has become a way of life for so many people using the roads for work purposes. Quite often I listen to the traffic reports on the radio at home and am amazed that the reports can take so long to read, the background music runs out. With congestion set to get worse by another 15% over the next few years, Iím sure itís only a matter of time before someoneís road rage tips them completely over the edge...

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