David Blake is no gangster, or so he likes to think—the trouble is, when money and a man go missing, his gangster boss blames him
David Blake is a white-collar criminal, working for gangster Bobby Mahoney, enjoying the good life while the money keeps on pouring in. The trouble is, a big chunk of that money has just gone missing, along with Geordie Cartwright, and Blake is getting the blame. Has Geordie run off with the drop, or has he been killed by a rival gang? As Blake goes deeper into the Newcastle underworld, a seedy and violent place filled with dodgy clubs, pubs, lap-dancing bars, and brothels, he slowly starts to uncover the truth—there's a rat in Bobby's crew and someone else is planning a take-over. Meanwhile with the crime squad and an ambitious D.I. both closing in on Bobby, it's just a matter of time before he's finally nicked for good. If that weren't enough, he has to choose between his girlfriend and his boss's gorgeous young daughter, who could be the most dangerous person in his life right now, if her dad finds out. In a desperate and bloody finale, Blake has to make an agonizing choice, and someone has to pay the ultimate price.
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Howard Linskey has worked as a barman, journalist, catering manager, and marketing manager for a celebrity chef, as well as in a variety of sales and account management jobs. This is his debut novel.Review:
"A good old-fashioned gangster story, brought up-to-date by Mr. Linskey’s gritty and realistic writing. Author Linskey has done for Newcastle what Ian Rankin has done for Edinburgh . . . an impressive and intelligent début." —New York Journal of Books
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