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Bye Bye Baby
Title : Bye Bye Baby
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ISBN : B003Y5H8FI Edition Language English Other Editions 5 All Editions
Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 128 pages

A quick, taut thriller not a word is wasted Ian RankinAn top ten bestseller with sales of over 50,000 copies, BYE BYE BABY is a short novella that packs a big punch.When a seven year old boy disappears after school, the case is handed to Detective Frank Collins He s been looking to lead a high profile case for a while, and sets out determined to prove his A quick, taut thriller not a word is wasted Ian RankinAn top ten bestseller with sales of over 50,000 copies, BYE BYE BABY is a short novella that packs a big punch.When a seven year old boy disappears after school, the case is handed to Detective Frank Collins He s been looking to lead a high profile case for a while, and sets out determined to prove his worth But the missing schoolboy is only a trigger for another crime Someone is intent on exploiting the boy s grief stricken mother And they have plans for Frank Collins too.Praise for BYE BYE BABY A terrific read and a great premise from an excellent writer Stuart MacBride The approach is so fresh that it makes the whole thing feel like the first time I ve read a police story Do Some Damage a purely original, funny, sharp piece of writing It has a plot that develops in an unorthodox, non linear fashion hardly resembling many of the police procedurals I ve read It s often noted that Guthrie is one of the top working mystery writers, and he certainly lives up to that reputation Death By Killing A story that moves quickly, in short chapters of crisp prose, with plenty of plot turns to hold the attention, and characters you can love and others you can hate Like Guthrie s full length novels, Bye Bye Baby is sly, noir as all hell noir than some, actually , and it just might bring a tear of pity to your eyes It s a police procedural filled with incident and back story, and man, what an ending Detectives Beyond Borders a dark, clever, funny and sad story which races along to reach a smart conclusion A tough and lovely slice of the hard side of life You Would Say That, Wouldn t You Praise for SLAMMER SLAMMER is the most relentlessly page turning novel this reviewer has come across in a long, long time, but Guthrie does so much than just throw visceral action and sharp banter at the reader, teasing and cajoling us with red herrings and subtle foreshadowing, delving deep inside a mind that is quickly unravelling into psychotic madness At SLAMMER s core is a surprisingly subtle examination of what it means to be good or evil, and how easily that distinction can become blurred Guthrie creates empathy for all his characters there are no faceless monsters here and in portraying the prisoners and their guards as two sides of the same human coin, he nails a universal truth about the nature of life and about the way we differentiate good and bad, sanity and madness The Scotsman This is Guthrie s masterpiece to date, grim and brutal in tone, cunning in design and flawless in the telling Guthrie keeps the numerous plot turns both exciting and believable There is a surprise twist in the middle of the novel that stuns the reader and makes the pace even faster SLAMMER is not only artful, it s real art Bookgasm an absolute masterpiece, really should be at the top of everyone s must read list Eurocrime Guthrie s prose is a series of short, sharp shocks, reeking of the visceral brutality of the toughest contemporary noir those who enjoy the darker side of the genre are in for some serious thrills The GuardianABOUT THE AUTHORAllan Guthrie is an award winning Scottish crime writer His debut novel, TWO WAY SPLIT, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award and went on to win the Theakston s Crime Novel Of The Year


Bye Bye Baby Reviews

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews

    This was a rather funny, unusual crime novella which started as a typical missing child investigation case, but which then turned and twisted in a way I did not envisage.Since it is short, I cannot say a lot about the plot or I would be giving it away Basically, a frantic mother reports her seven year old son, Bruce missing She went to collect him at the school gate as usual but he did not come out Detective Frank Collins who is assigned to this investigation, soon discovers that this poor wo Th [...]

  • Tfitoby

    Short, dark and to the point Very enjoyable if a little unsatisfying due to its length.

  • Yvonne Davies

    Detective Frank Collins is a police officer involved in a missing child However this is not a simple investigation This is a quick read with plenty of twists I got involved in the story straight away and the ending was unexpected When I finished I did not know who I felt the most sorry for This was fast paced and I will look out for from this author

  • Elaine

    Enjoyable little audio book Liked the narrator very much

  • Robbie

    If this had been written to measure how quickly and deeply annoying a story can be, on the scale of 1 10, 10 being the most annoyed, I m happy to rate this one a 10.

  • Tony Black

    By the end of the first page of Bye Bye Baby I was hooked So hooked I finished it in one gripping sitting.I d read most of Guthrie s previous print works and been amazed how he never once repeated himself but this short novella surprised me in a different way It s at once vintage Guthrie and at once something completely new for this versatile author Expect tension, tough characters and suspense by the bucketful but also prepare to be rocked on your heels by the plot twists.Guthrie is known fo By [...]

  • Josh

    What originated from a short story evolved into the noir novella that is Bye Bye Baby Detective Frank Collins is handed a case to solve the crime of a missing 7 year old boy What looks like a straight forward kidnapping quickly turns out to be anything but as Collins is forced to play along with the delusional mother, emasculation from his wife, and be the brunt of jokes from his fellow officers Bye Bye Baby is filled with tension and page turning adrenalin with a nice twist here and there th Wh [...]

  • Mike

    Great and gritty novella by one of Scotland s top crime writers It s a story of a missing child, and his delusional mother, and has some clever and surprising twists I bought it on impulse as it was priced cheaply on the Kindle, and I d wanted to read of this writer s work I read Two Way Split a few years ago and enjoyed it.Writers will especially like it as after the main novella the author has printed the original short story that it grew out of Except the story is written through a Great and [...]

  • Marla Madison

    First of all, this is not a novel length story, only about 126 pages which I wasn t aware of before reading.The story started off with a very interesting twist a baby is reported missing and when the detectives arrive to interview the mother,they find out the child has been dead for a number of years I thought the first half very unique and interesting, but then about the lastthird seemed very ordinary and less compelling It kept me reading until the end, however, and the writer s style was g Fi [...]

  • Warren Stalley

    I first came across the author Allan Guthrie in the ebook anthology True Brit Grit Being curious I decided to investigate of his work Bye Bye Baby is an intelligent short novella that twists and winds its way along a police kidnap investigation I have to praise Allan Guthrie for his clever use of plot in this story He has created something quite unique and I was very impressed with the plot, execution and resolution This is what crime fiction should be surprising, flowing and rewardi I first ca [...]

  • Babs

    My 2 cents I really enjoyed Allan s book A boy goes missing and the mother has such fantasies about what is going on I don t want to tell too much as I don t want to give the book away Allan s characters are wonderful Frank is a great character with so many twists you will not want to put the book down I also like the fact it pining the villain down is hard to do I will be reading of Allan s work.

  • Cleo Bannister

    I don t normally read Novella s but this one may change all that.The story opens with a policeman visits a mother because she has reported her young son as missing and without spoiling the story line I can t really say much .This has a taut story line, characters are lifelike and the story progresses at a pace which makes this a fantastic read, I will buying of Alan Guthrie s work.

  • Max

    Allan Guthrie is a gem I have not read anything if his that I didn t thoroughly enjoy BYE BYE BABY is no exception A fast, fun read with compelling characters and a decidedly noir twist Also included in the ebook edition I read was the original short story, which acted as a great DVD extra , retelling two key scenes from an alternate pov Recommended Read Allan Guthrie

  • Simon

    A delusional mother claims her dead son has been kidnapped Det Collins gets the case as a prank, but when a ransom demands comes in, nothing is what it seems.Fast, twisted and quirky, this is a great little crime novella Easily the best thing I ve read this year.As others have mentioned, Ian Rankin fans will enjoy this one.

  • Keith Nixon

    A well written tale of madness and betrayal Collins investigates the apparent kidnap of a seven year old boy, but what was initially a joke turns into a kidnap It s clever with several unexpected twists and turns packed into this novella The characters are well developed and easy to relate to.My first taste of Guthrie and I ll be back for .

  • Adele Wharton

    A fast paced, dark novella with some nice plot twists The plot advances quickly which made it difficult to put down I liked the addition of the original short story at the end, telling part of the same story from the viewpoint of a different character A nice, easy, lightweight thriller.

  • Simon Logan

    A great, quick read not my usual fare straightforward crime fiction but the story is expertly structured and very light handed in terms of the prose There is only as much in there as needs to be, but hints at a lot .

  • Gary

    A very entertaining novella by Allan Guthrie I obtained this freebie book off when I noticed that it had been a top seller for sometime A very interesting story with lots of twists and turns and a well worth while read.I will be reading of his work.

  • Marcus

    A funny and circuitous little novella I loved the unique concept of the child being dead for years rather than kidnapped like the delusional mother thought, but the ending was very clear to me about 30% into the story and when I actually got there it was very anticlimactic.

  • Marley

    Another great Allan Guthrie novella A missing child A crazy mother a suspicious boyfriend Money And a cop who tries to do the right thing, though he sees the absurdity of the narratave he s thrown in to Noirish humor, twists.

  • Corey Dutson

    Fun story, if a bit terse Wishing the story wasn t a novella, but what can you do Reminds me a lot of The Night Listener from a while back If nothing else, it s got a similar premise Quick and enjoyable.

  • Laura

    Really enjoyed this novella I read it all in one sitting and didn t guess who was behind it until it was revealed at the end Can t really say anything else without spoiling it Another good book from his author.

  • Wilde Sky

    Police investigate the kidnapping of a child that died years ago.Unusual short story with a few good twists and turns The writing is so so, the four star rating is for the story.It only takes an hour to read so if you like odd police stories this is probably worth reading.

  • Thomas

    AUGUST 2013 3.5 STARS A great short story

  • Brian

    About half way through, I thought I had it figured out Turned out, I was mostly right, but picked the wrong character for the bad guy.

  • Josh Stallings

    What a wonderful quick hit of noir, Guthrie gets in fast, nails the story and slips out A vastly entertaining read.

  • Gary Marshall

    Twistier than a Chubby Checker song, I had no idea where this was going to end up until the last page I d have given it five stars if I d liked the protagonist .

  • Tony Walker

    bizarre book very much reminded me of an incident I dealt with with a missing husband instead of a child a little far fetched though

  • Thomas D Sinex

    Wrong book

  • Julie York

    Bye Bye BabyIt was a very good detective story, which held my attention for the last twenty four hours I would highly recommend this book.