Bye Bye Baby

Mystery & Thrillers

By Allan Guthrie

Publisher : Smashwords

ABOUT Allan Guthrie

Allan Guthrie
Allan 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 Theakstons Crime Novel Of The Year in 2007. He is the author of four other novels: Kiss Her Goodbye (nominated for an Edgar), Hard  More...


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.

Towards the end of February 2008, I was invited to write a short story for Shattered: Every Crime Has A Victim, an anthology of crime stories for the charity, Victim Support Scotland. The remit was to write a story written from the perspective of the victim. For a long time, I'd been looking for an opportunity to explore a very unusual idea, one that I wasn't sure would work, and this seemed like a great chance to try it out. The story turned out pretty well. At least, I was happy with it, the editor was happy with it, and once the book was published, I received more positive feedback on it than any other story I've written. I realised there were a lot more possibilities for telling this story, particularly if it was narrated from an outsider's perspective. So I approached Barrington Stoke, an Edinburgh-based publisher, to ask if they'd like to see a novella based on the original idea. They said yes, and I set about writing it. I found I had to make several changes to the original for the longer version to work. Changing the perspective was only a small part of it. But the premise remains the same. What follows is the novella. The original short story it was based on is included afterwards for those who might be curious to see how the central premise unfolds from a different perspective.

"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 (more 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?