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After the Fire Paperback – September 1, 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Anna Cameron Series

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Constable Jamie Worth, a newly qualified Strathclyde firearms officer, views himself as a John Wayne sharpshooter with a Glasgow swagger, but after he shoots Sarah Brisbane, an unarmed teenager fleeing a domestic disturbance, his life and the lives of his wife, Cath, and their children, devolve into chaos in this searing sequel to Campbell's The Twilight Time. Jamie's marriage was already strained by an affair with Insp. Anna Cameron, a former associate who becomes a U.K. representative on the U.N.'s Police and Justice Task Force for three months in New York. After failing to secure a long-term appointment, Anna returns to Glasgow only to learn of Jamie's murder conviction. Despite their mutual distaste, Anna and Cath join forces to prove Jamie's innocence. Campbell deftly explores the horrifying repercussions of a botched investigation and a miscarriage of justice. The heart-wrenching portrait of Sarah, who was caught in a nasty web of family abuse, adds to the book's power. (Feb.)
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"Searing . . . Campbell deftly explores the horrifying repercussions of a botched investigation and a miscarriage of justice."  —Publishers Weekly


"It's difficult to convey precisely what makes reading After The Fire so gripping. . . . Bigger than the sum of its parts, and transcending its thriller label, this is a canvas of human nature, of "finding grace in tiny things", of love and loss and heartbreak and how ordinary people recover after the fire."  —Scotland on Sunday
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340935626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340935620
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenneth C. Mahieu on October 14, 2013
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"After the Fire" (AF) is the third in the Anna Cameron series about a bright, ambitious Glasgow-based police inspector. The opening of AF blew me away like no other book has in a long, long time. There is a long chapter detailing the incarceration of a former policeman for murder. The reader is exposed to every detail of the remand process; Jamie is humiliated, treatened, abused far beyond his expectations. These pages are heart-wrenching and very upsetting to read; they expose every man's fear - going to prison for a crime not committed or at least not intended. The book then jumps back several months. Jamie's wife, Cath, a former cop, is struggling with a pair of weens, 4 year old Eilidh, and 2 year old, not-quite potty trained, Dan. They are a handful, everything goes wrong at once. And you wonder - if these two present such a struggle, how will this woman cope with what's just around the corner for her on top of everything else? We are also witness to Jamie's training to become a gun-toting officer, still a rarity in the UK. There is a process for everything, from loading a gun to patching a shot up target. Then on to Jamie's first active crime scene. Chaos, and its aftermath. And where is heroine Anna all this time? In NYC, in training and evaluation for a possible long term UN assignment related to human trafficking. Back to Glasgow. There's been an incident and everyone has turned on Jamie. Then there's the trial.....Well, enough o the storyline. What makes this book so special is that everyone of these scenes is laid out in such exquisite detail. It is impossible not to feel yourself walking in Jamie's shoes.

Campbell is an excellent author. You feel that you are in Scotland, she does the dialect so well.
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It doesn't happen very often that the second book in a series differs so much from the first. The debut was good, gritty novel plagued with some growing pains. This book, however, uses some of the same characters but takes a completely different path. Jamie ,a dependable cop becomes a victim of current political climate and ends up in jail. Ms. Campbell's book, about the slow disintegrating of a cop and his family is a tough, but ultimately rewarding read. Unflinching look at the prisons, prisoners and ever so blurred line that separates good and bad guys.
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Jamie Worth is a newly qualified Firearms Officer with Glasgow police when he gets a shout to an incident in a south side tenement. At the scene he finds a young inexperienced Inspector and with no tactical firearms advisors available is left to go in with just one other firearms officer. In a scene that is tense, fraught with confusion and lacking control a young girl is shot dead, by Jamie.

Suddenly propelled into the media glare and with the public baying for blood, Jamie and his family face the harsh reality as the system turns against him, the colleagues he thought he could trust one by one turn their backs on him, the force he saw as his family hang him out to dry and he gets sentenced and sent to Barlinnie prison where the jungle drums have been beating and the inmates are waiting for him.

This story is not just about Jamie, its also about his wife Cath and his two small children who find themselves isolated with none of the protection they've been used to. Cath is the true heroine of this story; she is already haunted by Jamie's previous extra-marital liaison with Inspector Anna Cameron and as his trial approaches she has to cope with his downward spiral into despair and his inability to fight back, at the same time trying to protect their two young children from the backlash, the gossip and the media.

What made this book for me was the authors characterisation, the relationships, the tension and the realism that just jumps off the pages at you. The confusion at the scene of the shooting when Jamie makes that split-second decision and fires, Caths utter devastation as the system they'd grown to rely on turns its back on her and her family, it all comes together to make a truly compelling novel.
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One of the worst I've ever tried to read and didn't make it very far:

1. written in UK dialect and very hard to follow the structure of the sentences, conversations.
2. In the first 30 pages I didn't make much sense of anything except the fact Jamie was in prison and treated bad, then you get to the pages of Mom (Cath) dealing with the children and 3-4 pages of them just going to the bathroom #1 and #2 and the telling of the awful stink and mess of it then telling she had to chase a #2 around the bathtub? So unnecessary and what does that have to do with a story?
3. What makes an author think you have to use the 'f' word in every paragraph? I have read so many books that are excellent without that and it was just ridculous how much it was used in just the first few pages.
4. The writing style was not very good and didn't seem to be able to stick with just the main story and for 450+ pages I just couldn't stick with such an awful messy book.
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