The third and final gritty Newcastle-set crime thriller in this acclaimed trilogy about a PTSD-suffering veteran turned sleuth in the face of local villainy. It follows two highly praised titles, The Man on the Street which won the CWA New Blood Dagger, and One Way Street. ‘FRESH, ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC AND GRITTY’ – LEE CHILD ‘CHARACTERS ARE EXCELLENT … RIVETING, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – PATRICIA GIBNEY
A group of vigilantes are carrying out a campaign of harassment against the homeless, hounding them both verbally and physically to get them off the streets.
Jimmy Mullen is approached by his friend Gadge, who wants to confront the people behind it but Jimmy has finally got his life back on track. He’s working at a hostel for 18 to 25-year-olds and he’s reluctant to get involved in anything dodgy.
Gadge decides to go it alone but is attacked by two of the vigilantes. The police find him unconscious in an alley, covered in blood. Problem is, there’s a dead body in the alley too and it’s his blood that Gadge is covered in. He’s also got the murder weapon in his hand.
Convinced that Gadge has been set up, and feeling guilty that he didn’t back him up in the first place, Jimmy returns to the streets to try and find out who’s behind his friend’s difficulties.
Unfortunately, he’s about to discover that Gadge has a lot of enemies to choose from.