I promised to get my hands on this début novel from Chris Simms after I heard him speak at Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival last year. He’s produced three novels since this début, but the motorway setting for Outside the White Lines was what caught my attention. It sounded different and it is. Road rage in this instance creates a killer and it’s someone who can’t stop killing.
Outside the White Lines tells the tale from three viewpoints: "the killer" (a nasty, feral and uncontrolled piece of work); "the hunter" (young Andy who has just joined the traffic police and wants to prove himself, but a nearing-retirement colleague who prefers to take it easy stands in his way); and finally, "the searcher", (an oddball character who lives on the periphery of society, finding a home on the central reservations and hard shoulders of the motorways, collecting and storing items found in his searches).