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by Chris Simms

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Chris Simms
ISBN: 193285925X
ISBN13: 978-1932859256
Language: English
Publisher: Bloody Brits Press (October 1, 2008)
Pages: 216
Fb2 eBook: 1931 kb
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Outside the White Lines Paperback – October 1, 2008

Outside the White Lines Paperback – October 1, 2008. by. Chris Simms (Author). Chris Simms has ensured that breaking down on the highway at night will never be the same again with this chilling story of a man who deals with road rage in a terrifying and deadly way. This darkly frightening serial-killer story is starkly different to every other serial-killer thriller I have ever read

Outside the White Lines.

Outside the White Lines. A standalone crime novel. Chris Simms combines psychological insight with gritty realism to give the reader a genuinely exciting story. Chris Simms’ debut novel is a compelling psychological drama. Get ready for twisting plots that are pretty dark, often violent and, just sometimes, tear-jerkingly sad. I hope you enjoy them. 2003) A novel by Chris Simms. The Killer roams the motorways looking for his next victim. The Hunter is determined to hunt the Killer down.

Outside the White Lines book. Don’t drive at night.

Chris Simms(Born in 1969, Horsham, West Sussex) is a British author of crime novels, he graduated from Newcastle University before travelling around the world. He then moved to Manchester in 1994 where he began writing. He is married with four children and lives in Stockport and as well as being the author of a number of works he is also a freelance copywriter.

Chris Simms has ensured that breaking down on the highway at night will never be the same again with this chilling story of a man who deals with road rage in a terrifying and deadly way. This darkly frightening serial-killer story is starkly different to every other serial-killer thriller I have ever read.

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"A gritty, suspense-filled first novel . . . here is a new crime writer who really knows his stuff—a compulsive and compelling read."--Publishing News

“Simms’ fresh approach, and the way the story weaves between three viewpoints, makes this one of the most promising debuts in crime for some time.”—City Life (Manchester)

“Anyone reading this will do so in one sitting . . . Simms is really a name to watch out for . . . a potential classic.”—Deadly Pleasures

There’s a killer on the roads masquerading as a breakdown rescuer who strikes without warning, killing brutally with no remorse. Roaming the motorways looking for his next victim, even he doesn’t know where and when his next murder will be.

Andy, a young recruit to the traffic police, is determined to hunt the killer down, jeopardizing his own police career in the process. After the third victim is found, he believes he’s seen something crucial—but his more senior partner won’t believe him. Increasingly alienated from his colleagues, Andy becomes obsessed with finding the murderer.

The searcher is an outcast from society: Lonely and misunderstood, he unwittingly links Andy and the killer through his midnight searches of the motorway.

As the police fail in their search for the killer and the murders continue, increasingly savage and unprovoked, Andy is determined to bring them to a halt. The action he takes brings all three together in a chilling finale.

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Tujar
Chris Simms has ensured that breaking down on the highway at night will never be the same again with this chilling story of a man who deals with road rage in a terrifying and deadly way.
This darkly frightening serial-killer story is starkly different to every other serial-killer thriller I have ever read. Whereas most stories of the genre focus on the investigation into the killer and the frustration shown by the police or FBI as they struggle to gather evidence that may eventually lead them to the killer, this book simply focuses on its 3 principle characters and lets their actions lead us to the shocking conclusion. It's obvious that these 3 people are going to be linked together somehow (otherwise, why focus so carefully on them) but just how they come to affect the others' lives provides the surprise at the end.
The book is broken into chapters titled for each of the characters. The chapter titles are: The Hunter, The Killer, and The Searcher.
THE HUNTER
Andy is a rookie cop, a young man who has only ever dreamt of being a road traffic cop, nothing more or less. He loves driving cars and it's his goal to get behind the wheel of his police car but at the moment has to be content with riding shotgun for his senior (but much less motivated) partner. He is also a young man of high morals and is outraged when his partner drags him into a lie to their superior officer about their whereabouts while a murder was taking place on their patch. This murder was one of a series of brutal bashing murders taking place on motorists who had broken down at night.
Andy becomes obsessed with the case but runs into problems within the force when he speaks out against his unmotivated partner. He winds up getting suspended from the police, a devastating outcome for so dedicated an officer, but it also allows him to spend more time on the highway killings. He's probably the closest the story comes to being a protagonist and certainly the most likable character.
THE KILLER
Dave is the highway murderer. His road rage knows no bounds. Whether he's a driver or a pedestrian he is aggressive and intimidatory - and this is his public persona. It doesn't matter that his wife and baby daughter may be in the car with him, he is prepared to abuse and yell at other drivers. Heavy traffic has him fuming by the end of even the shortest trips. But what really ticks him off, what really boils his blood, is motorists who know so little about caring for their cars that they break down on motorways. He sees these people as the main cause for the constant heavy traffic that dares to block the roads he drives on.
His answer is to cruise the motorways late at night acting as a road recovery worker, stopping to assist the broken down motorist (he only preys on men who are driving alone) and then bashing their heads in with a monkey wrench. He's a brutal man with a failing grip on sanity thanks to an incident that takes place early in the book.
Dave was brilliantly described by the author, evoking all sorts of feelings of outrage and frustration from me. The more I learnt about him, the less I found to like about him.
THE SEARCHER
The Searcher is the strangest character of the trio. It is also the most difficult to work out how he will fit into the story. What he does have in common with the others is his presence around motorways at nighttime. What he does is, he dresses up in camouflage gear, complete with face paint and then crawls through the grass and bushes along the side of the road. This behaviour is unusual enough. But then we find out what he is searching for and what he does with what he finds when he gets back to his home and discover that this is one truly bizarre character. Strangely enough, we find out most about The Searcher's past, what has driven him to this behaviour, but we never find out his name.
Chris Simms has written a powerful thriller that I've found unique in its presentation, particularly in the spotlight focus of the central characters. A great guide as to the effectiveness of his writing style was the strong emotions I felt while reading it. It's not often I get drawn into a book so deeply that I virtually forget that I'm reading about fictional characters, but that's what happened to me while reading this book.
The story progresses at a steady pace, rather than as a helter-skelter romp of mayhem. It's the kind of story that builds in intensity, magnifying the importance of the actions of the 3 main characters. This results in an exquisite tension building and had me wondering just how the climax to the story would be reached. I must say it was in a most unexpected, but wholly satisfying way.
I should also add a warning, although it may already be obvious, that this book contains graphic descriptions of violence. I would advise readers who are distressed by these kinds of scenes to give this book a miss.
Whitecaster
The story basically focusses on three characters who have reason to be on stretches of the motorway at night. My favourite character was The Searcher and the more we learned of him the more fascinating I found him.

Oddly enough this book made me realise that whilst some people don't like descriptive text about decomposing bodies, others dislike graphic violence (there is certainly an eeeuuuwww factor concerning the murders) I personally find reading about how cruelly people treat others more upsetting.

Although the book involves a police investigation into motorway killings, it's not a typical detective story. We know who the killer is throughout and because of the way the chapters are written, from the point of view of each of the three main characters, we also get an insight into their fears and motivation.

Motorways are lonely places at night and I'll probably never look at the central reservations in quite the same way again. Unlike some novels which when I hear their title, I struggle to remember what the story was about, this is a story that although relatively simple, will stay with me for quite a while.
The Sphinx of Driz
This is a suspenseful, fast-paced crime-drama, with good insight into its three major characters. Unfortunately, the last chapter suffers from something of a letdown, as the climax is told from an unusual, 'detatched' point of view, which doesn't fully engage the reader, while the story's other subplots are wrapped up a little too quickly, considering how much attention Simms gave them throughout the story. It's too bad I have to downgrade the book for this. The edition I read contains a 30-page 'preview' for Simms' next book, 'Pecking Order'. While I would give Simms another chance, I would have preferred if he'd been given a few more pages to flesh out the conclusion a bit.
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