Past Imperfect #1 [NOOK Book]

Overview

Two boys.

One Murder.

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most ...

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Past Imperfect #1

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Overview

Two boys.

One Murder.

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier's only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy's psyche... and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

Reviews:

The Times
'Matthews maintains the suspense... an engrossing odyssey into the seamy side of a world that is so near, yet sometimes seems so far. Compulsive reading.'

Time Out
'Impressive... strong characterization and a relentless race against time to avert the worst carry the reader along the thick pages of this psychological and legal thriller with a difference.'

Prima
'Intriguing thriller (with a) ...dogged and sexy French detective. Treat yourself.'

Cork Examiner
'One of the most compelling novels I've read... an ambitious and big novel which will keep you enthralled to its last page.'

Yorkshire Post
'A classy, well-written and unusual thriller.'

Dublin Evening Herald
'Matthews delivers one of the best debut thrillers in years, brave, ambitious and remorselessly entertaining. Past Imperfect is a stormer.'

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044597563
  • Publisher: John Matthews
  • Publication date: 6/19/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 67,379
  • File size: 310 KB

Meet the Author

As any Hollywood executive will tell you, there are three main acts in a film - and I suppose it could be said that my writing career has followed the same path.

The first act was two novels written in my twenties, Basikasingo and Crescents of the Moon. Published by Hutchinson/Arrow Books in London, both did well, selling 100,000 plus. But I became distracted with other publishing ventures and didn't return to writing novels for some while.

That return (Act Two, if you will), was with one of my strongest books to date, Past Imperfect. A crime thriller with a difference - think in terms of John Grisham meets Stephen King, but with an atmospheric 1960s French setting - Past Imperfect went on to sell over 500,000 copies in 8 countries. The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser and Ascension Day followed in similar crime-thriller style. This in turn led to me penning a film treatment for Past Imperfect and also a fresh film script, 'Blind School' (Act Three).

Part of this has also involved a book in a different style, crossing the mythology-political thriller genre, which has been particularly succesful with foreign rights sales, adding Brazil, Turkey, Portugal and Bulgaria to my existing list of teritories. Putting my back-list on Kindle - which has seen the three titles so far listed all in the top-ten legal thrillers list on Amazon (again!). And finally penning a new novel in collaboration with TV producer Richard Belfield (for which we've become J.R. Mattfeld) to kick-start a crime-detective series set in 1890s New York, the first of which involves Jack the Ripper (yes, you heard right!). More on that later...

John Matthews is a leading British author with total sales of 1.2 million books. He is the author of Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Second Amendment, The Last Witness, The Shadow Chaser, The Prophet and Letters from a Murderer (with Richard Belfield). Film scripts: Blind School and Of Lesser Angels.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Very good, but feeling cheated.

    It was slow to start, but captured my interest. I had a hard time putting it down. Very disappointes at the end, because it is not complete. Note to author: if you feel you need to write a second book, and start it on chapter 22, then you are clearly NOT finished with the first.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    It is only half a book

    The book has no ending, just says continued with next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    When do the next books come out for Past Imperfect and The Last

    When do the next books come out for Past Imperfect and The Last Witness?  The stories in both books leave the reader hanging!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Also feeling cheated.Each of the two story lines was interesting

    Also feeling cheated.Each of the two story lines was interesting, but one has very little idea how they connect until 3/4 of the way through. Just when the story gets most engrossing, the reader is told it will be continued in the next book, which, apparently, has not yet been released.  Frustrating!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Not worth reading

    In fact it's takenn a couple of weeks to male it to page 80

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    This book has no ending.

    I have no problem with sequels, but this book aanswers absolutely nothing from the storyline. I could have overlooked the choppy writing with some conclusion to the mystery, I don

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Horrible

    Dont waste your time

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

    Had me on the edge of my seat. Need the next book now!

    Had me on the edge of my seat. Need the next book now!

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    Posted January 7, 2014

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    Posted December 27, 2013

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