Publication Date: Available Now from Endeavour Press
Source: Review Copy
The streets of Preston are alive with music and banter.
But nothing can drown out the sound of breaking bones.
Inseparable since childhood and feared by their community, Tony, Eddie and Frankie are beyond the reach of justice.
The brutal gang, The Three Dogs, are a law unto themselves.
Detective Jim Hacker has watched The Dogs grow from thuggish youths to psychotic criminals. He seems to be the only one who wants to see their empire fall.
Meanwhile Jamie Strange, a young Royal Marine, finds himself embroiled in the lives of The Three Dogs when his girlfriend, Laurie Holland, cuts off their engagement… to be with the most dangerous of The Dogs: Frankie Verdi.
Jamie vows to save Laurie, before Frankie damns them both.
Every dog will have its day.
Breaking Bones is a fast paced, highly authentic crime thriller, set in the Eighties with some cleverly drawn characters and an engaging story.
I’m not usually one for books about gangs and the such but I found myself immersed into this one fairly early on – although I have to say I was more into the military layers perhaps than the main one – this is a novel that encompasses many things and keeps you turning those pages.
It is violent, as is it’s subject matter but the author draws a vivid and immersive picture of life on the streets, the “Dogs” themselves are fascinating as a unit. Breaking Bones was well written to really draw you into a different world as a reader, that plus the 1980’s setting, one I remember well, made this an addictive and enjoyable read.
If you like the Martina Cole style of storytelling, dark, gritty and realistic then this one will be for you.
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