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The Dead Won't Sleep (Rosie Gilmour) Paperback – May 1, 2011

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'Rosie is such a believable character ... I had to read the whole thing from start to finish in one sitting' Lorraine Kelly.

About the Author

Anna Smith has been a journalist for over twenty years and is a former chief reporter for the Daily Record in Glasgow. She has covered wars across the world as well as major investigations and news stories from Dunblane to Kosovo to 9/11. She writes a regular newspaper column in the News of The World with a readership of more than a million in Scotland alone. The Dead Won't Sleep is the first thriller in a series featuring crime journalist Rosie Gilmour.
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Product Details

  • Series: Rosie Gilmour
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Books (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857382950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857382955
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,717,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Smith has moved focus from children in Scotland to serious crime novels. She knows more than average about those having spent years as a reporter with Glasgow's "Daily Record"
In this the first of those books we meet the central character Rosie Gilmour as she investigates an apparent suicide which turns out to be much more as the tale progresses. Two of Scotland's most senior police officers and a string of other "Top People" are eventually involved in a particularly evil exploitation of young children.Some of Glasgow's most notorious gangsters come into the picture and In the dramatic climax Rosie only just escapes a faked suicide herself. Final lesson is it pays to do good deeds to total strangers in your life.
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A great book
Brillant story I love Rosie she's feisty and brave
The story is very realistic and shows how power can go to the head
The sad parts were heart wrenching and I loved Gemma the little girl
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I keep getting told by FB followers that I MUST read Anna Smith and that her books are brilliant. Sadly, my to read list is stupidly long which means authors whose books I have on my Kindle, can sometimes sit there `undiscovered' for months! Anna Smith is one such author. What an idiot I felt once I'd finished this book, her debut novel. As soon as I was finished, I immediately downloaded her second book, and have her third release firmly in the calendar (31st Jan 2013 for anybody interested!).

The synopsis sounded great before I had even started the book, but once I got going I was in for a treat. It's Glasgow in the 1990s and when the body of a young girl washes up on a beach, people don't pay much attention. It's just another dead junkie, except the media gets hold of the fact that the victim Tracey Eadie was just 14 years old and was meant to be in the safety of a children's home. The first few chapters had me hooked and from then on, things got put on the back burner (such as dinner!).

The main character in this book is the journalist Rosie Gilmour. Rosie is certainly not whiter than white, but comes across as a little bit vulnerable too. One of the things that struck me about this book is the language, and I don't mean swearing. My husband family are from Glasgow so I am very well adjusted to the way they talk and their accent. Anna Smith manages to get across the accent and the way in which the Glaswegians talk, which translates on paper (if that makes sense?!?). In my opinion it gives the writing a real edge and you get a real feel for the way they speak which I really loved.

The plot was what really kept me gripped, and the shocking part about it, is that it is 100% believable.
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This story packs a powerful punch with a very strong plot involving prostitutes, junkies, murder, police corruption, a paedophile ring at the home of a Judge, gutter press journalism and the Glasgow underworld. Despite the scope, the plotting is both taught and credible throughout and it's rich in character.

The opening pages set the scene well with a death and disposal of the corpse overboard at sea. The first shock is the revelation as to who's involved. The story follows a headstrong investigative reporter, Rosie. Keen to expose corruption and totally involved in her journalist lifestyle, she's a likeable and well rounded character. She carries a personal burden and along the way, the nature of her difficult past are revealed through a liaison with another troubled individual. All the core central characters have a real feel to them. In particular, the dialogue really hits the spot. The language used changes according to character, so whether it's a child, DCI or Editor, it sounds exactly right.

Great plot, strong characters and fast paced from start to finish. I was totally drawn in to an exciting exposé of dirty dealing in Glasgow's underbelly and the machinations of the press. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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I was disappointed by the foul language used in this book. I was looking forward to reading the story as it had been recommended, and took place in Glasgow, my home town. Didn't use this kind of language ever.
However, in the genre of the story and where it took place, in the city, I suppose it was the 'norm'.
Won't be reading any more of Anna Smiths books.
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enjoyed meeting Gritty yet soft hearted Rosie. Was totally in Glasgow with descriptions and language. Tough subject. exciting and gripping. have already ordered next book. I am a fan.
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