Blue Knight, White Cross

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A gripping thriller from a former policeman -The Blue Knights are ‘Black & Decker’, aka Steve Decker and Dave Black: 'the blunt instrument of modern day policing'. White Cross is the rough Yorkshire estate where they are set upon by a pavement-stone wielding attacker. Decker is rushed to hospital where, as he fights for his life, he struggles to reconstruct the chilling series of events . . .

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Overview

A gripping thriller from a former policeman -The Blue Knights are ‘Black & Decker’, aka Steve Decker and Dave Black: 'the blunt instrument of modern day policing'. White Cross is the rough Yorkshire estate where they are set upon by a pavement-stone wielding attacker. Decker is rushed to hospital where, as he fights for his life, he struggles to reconstruct the chilling series of events . . .

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of this routine police procedural from British author Campbell (Through the Ruins of Midnight), Yorkshire Det. Constable Steve Decker lies in critical condition in a hospital after being bludgeoned by an unknown assailant. Decker and his partner, Dave Black (much is made to little purpose of “Black and Decker,” as in the power tool company), were ambushed while searching for a reckless driver at White Cross, a tough council estate. As Decker drifts in and out of consciousness, he tries to piece together the details of the fateful encounter and identify the person who tried to kill him. Despite a final twist, the plot never generates the kind of suspense found in a similarly themed work like the classic noir film D.O.A., nor do the characters emerge as more than stock types. Readers interested in gritty portrayals of modern British policing will find Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus novels more satisfying. (Dec.)
Kirkus Reviews
Two experienced police officers find themselves in trouble as they investigate a car theft in a dangerous Yorkshire housing estate. Steve Decker and Dave Black are tough coppers whose friendship goes back many years. They supported each other through Dave's divorce and Steve's problems with a sick child and a wife who handles the stress by drinking. Now Steve is in the hospital clinging to life after being bashed with a paving stone at the White Cross estate. Slowly, Steve relives the day in his mind: the routine briefing before starting his shift, the equally routine incidents like investigating an egg-throwing episode, the hunt for a stolen car involved in several dangerous and damaging incidents. The chief suspect is Shaun Pennington, a much-arrested teen responsible for most of the crime in the area Black and Decker patrol on foot. With Dave's support Steve struggles to remember, flatlines, recovers and keeps repeating the events leading up to the moment the paving stone comes crashing down on his head, until in a electrifying conclusion he finally recalls what happened to him and Dave. Campbell's 30 years as a Yorkshire policeman infuse this unusual debut procedural with grim reality and the harsh humor that helps keep the coppers sane.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780727868169
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Black & Decker Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    Gripping, surprising and gritty

    Colin Campbell writes like Joe Wambaugh. He takes police work and spreads it on the page in all its gritty and gripping reality. I wonder if the title 'Blue Knight, White Cross' isn't a nod to one of Wambaugh's best books, 'Blue Knight'.

    This novel is told through flashbacks and conversations. It never lags and the characters are believable and one cares for them and their challenges. There is an amazing plot twist that is just first rate.

    I think that anyone who likes police procedurals or good mysteries will find this a first-rate read. Highly recommended.

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