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rank 206
word count 99189
date submitted 18.01.2013
date updated 27.05.2014
genres: Fiction, Thriller, Crime
classification: adult
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Capital Offence

Robert S. Scott

Two brothers, madness on a motorbike, a policeman dies. One surrenders so the other can escape. But the debt will bind them fatally together, forever.

 

Two brothers, fired up with motorbikes, beer, women and the reckless relish of a summer night. A night which ends with the death of a policeman. As vehicles blaze Dave gives himself up so that Jamie can escape. Dave’s life spirals downwards. He disappears down south, while Jamie goes on to complete his law degree. A decade later he becomes first Prime Minister of a newly independent Scotland. Political horsetrading leads to a referendum on capital punishment. The public is shocked by a brutal sexual murder the night before the vote, and to the politicians’ horror the death penalty is reintroduced. The killer has been caught red-handed, and the hours tick by as the legal process draws closer to the time of his execution. But when the Prime Minister receives a plea for clemency he discovers that he and the killer are linked by unbreakable bonds from that summer of heedless abandon - and more than one life may be at stake...

Stupendous piece of storytelling - brilliant writing.
Massive creative energy.
Jimmy McGovern - Writer, 'Cracker', 'The Street', 'Hillsborough'

 
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brothers, cliffhanger, death penalty, erotic, execution, independence, more sex, political, scotland, scottish, sex, thriller

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Cathy Hardy wrote 550 days ago

This is a great story. Great pitch! What a dilemma for Jamie. It is exciting and fast paced. I like the little one line hooks at the end of the second and third chapters. It is also good to see such a contrast in the two brother's characters and yet they share this terrible event in their lives. Very clever plot and I particularly like the 'Scots accents in the dialogue. 6 stars!!

Chickadee wrote 545 days ago

Robert

I've just read the first 3 chapters of your book, and will definitely carry on reading. You have drawn your characters really well; I am already invested in Jamie and what will become of him. I don't feel that I know Dave that well yet, but I sense that it's coming. The foundations are laid for a really fast paced and gripping story. The writing is tight, which is a pleasure to read, and I was transported to those bars and that lonely road with ease. I now wish that I had a paper copy so that I could take it in the bath to read.

Marnie

Cosmicdancer83 wrote 530 days ago

This has a brilliant retro feel to it. I love the setting, the accents and the dialogue. Really genuine. Totally different to the caterpillar book but just as entertaining. Fast paced and well written. I dream of having a vintage bike one of these days so this hit my buttons! I'm keeping this book on my shelf.

Seringapatam wrote 531 days ago

Robert, I enjoyed this because it has it all in one book. Talk about action packed. I am also a big fan of Edinburgh and can relate to a lot of what you talk about from my army days. You have a good narrative voice and I think if you push this book it will do well. Your characters have been built up just right and you introduce them in a clever way when you can now use them to help dictate the pace of the book. Very intelligent. I loved it. Big score.
Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R) Please consider me for a read or watch list wont you?? Many thanks. Sean

Susan oops wrote 21 days ago

Great read so far I'll be back starred and on my wl x

Susan -
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R.E. Ader wrote 22 days ago

Cleverly written, an outstanding example of polished and professional work. Well done.

rajdevanblr wrote 192 days ago

The first few lines started of with an attitude that totally hooked me. Somehow the way you described the engine of the the motorcycle reflected the spirit and dare devilry of the machine itself in a way that completely superseded the fact that you did not grammar to do it.

From there on the narrative flows smooth and fast while hitting hard and without mercy. The angst of your characters is very well reflected in your writing style, and that is something that has hooked me onto this book.

Grafton wrote 484 days ago

Do you ride? I take it from your description in chapter one, you must ride a bike. Had a sportster(always leaking oil) back in the day, wife and I would ride through the hills of New Mexico and Colorado, reading this story brought back pleasant memories. Overall this is an interesting story. You do a good job of moving the plot along. The characters are authentic and so is the dialogue. I enjoyed reading ch1-3 and will be back to read further- high stars- Mark Stone.

Brendie wrote 491 days ago

Because I have the attention span of a gnat on Guinness, I need my stories to be fast and furious - and this one ticks all the boxes! There’s not a sentence wasted, and the characters are spot on.
The use of italics to show sudden bursts of emotional expressions is becoming quite common now, but here they’re used to great effect.
I’m not a big fan of writing dialogue as it is spoken without any sympathy for those of us who’ve led a sheltered life and don’t understand it, but I can’t say that it detracted from the story at all. In fact it added to the overall drama … Good luck with this, Robert.

Janet/Helen wrote 504 days ago

Capital Offence Chapters 1 to 3 inc.

One of the best pitches I've read for a long time - really grabs you. Only had time to read three chapters this morning but I like this. Fast moving, strong characters and good dialogue. The only bit I was dubious about - in chapter 2 the paragraph introducing Ritchie, Joe, Malkie Paterson, Vaila, Tom Byrne ....... My brain moved into overload as I tried to assimilate these new characters - all appearing in one block from nowhere. But perhaps that's just me and my brain.
An excellent start. Will return to read more. High stars in the meantime. Janet

Janet/Helen
The Stranger In My Life

stearn37 wrote 506 days ago

Hi
I thought this was superb and a ver enjoyable read.
A full six stars and is ready on my watchlist to go onto my bookshelf when space allows.
From
John Stearn
Author of Derilium

Zane Stumpo wrote 512 days ago

The idea behind you story Capital Offence is most intriguing and entertaining.

In my opinion the set up is totally confusing as I cannot get a handle on where the story is going.

DOWN TO

The idea behind the story is great but will need to be put in the correct format.

Good luck with Capital Offence and it is a story you should not neglect.



I've done a fairly major edit to address these points. I've also now altered the formatting.

Thanks B+B!

Cosmicdancer83 wrote 530 days ago

This has a brilliant retro feel to it. I love the setting, the accents and the dialogue. Really genuine. Totally different to the caterpillar book but just as entertaining. Fast paced and well written. I dream of having a vintage bike one of these days so this hit my buttons! I'm keeping this book on my shelf.

Seringapatam wrote 531 days ago

Robert, I enjoyed this because it has it all in one book. Talk about action packed. I am also a big fan of Edinburgh and can relate to a lot of what you talk about from my army days. You have a good narrative voice and I think if you push this book it will do well. Your characters have been built up just right and you introduce them in a clever way when you can now use them to help dictate the pace of the book. Very intelligent. I loved it. Big score.
Sean Connolly. British Army on the Rampage. (B.A.O.R) Please consider me for a read or watch list wont you?? Many thanks. Sean

Trenor wrote 531 days ago

Hey Robert. I really like how this started. There is an interesting story here, and I am liking the writting style. I think this deserves to advance.

HIGHT STARS and BACKED!

Trenor
-THE LORDS OF INVENTION

David Tybee wrote 540 days ago

Robert

I am four chapters in and it went with a flash! A very interesting story and well written. The description is great and reference to pieces that I remember from my own childhood (like the Capri!) are a welcome add. The intro to the first chapter was a little confusing to me but on a second read it was clear and is certainly a unique way to step in. I hope I get chance to read more and wish you continued success.

David

Chickadee wrote 545 days ago

Robert

I've just read the first 3 chapters of your book, and will definitely carry on reading. You have drawn your characters really well; I am already invested in Jamie and what will become of him. I don't feel that I know Dave that well yet, but I sense that it's coming. The foundations are laid for a really fast paced and gripping story. The writing is tight, which is a pleasure to read, and I was transported to those bars and that lonely road with ease. I now wish that I had a paper copy so that I could take it in the bath to read.

Marnie

Cathy Hardy wrote 550 days ago

This is a great story. Great pitch! What a dilemma for Jamie. It is exciting and fast paced. I like the little one line hooks at the end of the second and third chapters. It is also good to see such a contrast in the two brother's characters and yet they share this terrible event in their lives. Very clever plot and I particularly like the 'Scots accents in the dialogue. 6 stars!!

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