Capital Offence by 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'

  • Classification: Adult
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Jan. 18, 2013
  • Last updated Jan. 18, 2013
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  • Susan oops's avatar
    Susan oops wrote 1 year, 1 month ago

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

    Susan -
    Mixed Bag
    All About Sex

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    R.E. Ader [Retired] wrote 1 year, 1 month ago

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

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    rajdevanblr wrote 1 year, 7 months 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the engine of the the motorcycle reflected the spirit and dare devilry of the machine itself in a way that completely superseded the fact that you did not grammar to do it.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 ...
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    Grafton [Retired] wrote 2 years, 5 months 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 ...
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    Brendie wrote 2 years, 5 months 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 ...
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    Janet/Helen wrote 2 years, 5 months 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 ...
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    stearn37 wrote 2 years, 5 months ago

    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.
    John Stearn
    Author of Derilium

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    Zane Stumpo Author wrote 2 years, 6 months ago
    [QUOTE] 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. [ENDQUOTE] I've done a fairly major edit to address these points. I've also ...
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    Cosmicdancer83 wrote 2 years, 6 months 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.

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    Seringapatam wrote 2 years, 6 months 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 ...
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    Trenor [Retired] wrote 2 years, 6 months 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.



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    David Tybee wrote 2 years, 7 months 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 ...
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    Chickadee wrote 2 years, 7 months 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 ...
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    Cathy Hardy [Retired] wrote 2 years, 7 months 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!!