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A powerful, darkly comic novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches.

The battle is on…

When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king.

But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won’t go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – but only the strongest will survive…


Wow what an incredible read! This novel is a dark, gritty Northern thriller/noir, with a sense of humour. Thoroughly entertaining, well plotted and superbly written.

A tale of two rival gangs on the street of Manchester, separated by a North and South divide. Where money talks and power, violence and an underworld of criminality rule the streets! Forget the glossy shopping centres and high end boutiques. This is about the ruthless, crime lords who stalk the streets, drugs, prostitution and murder. You’re about to experience a whole new side to a city you thought you knew…And its dark, VERY very dark.

This is a dark, gritty page turner with thoroughly despicable characters that are well developed and engaging. Riches as an astounding ability to transport the reader into the seedy, crime ridden streets of Manchester. The sounds, sights and smells as vivid as a 3-d film with superbly written descriptions that had me hooked.

The story line is well executed, action packed and with enough twists and turns to keep you riveted to the very end. Oooh and the end!! ( No spoilers here)… but the surprise at the end will knock your bloody socks off!

If you love Crime thrillers you will LOVE this! The first book in a series I can’t wait to see for the release of the next… grab this book, make and brew and enjoy!