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  • A gritty story

    This is a well paced gritty novel set in Newcastle, Jimmy Mullen is a veteran from the Falklands war, struggling with PTSD he has refused help for, haunted by things he saw, hallucinations, nightmares, awful dreams revisiting the trauma. On his way home from the pub one evening, sees a girl being slapped by her boyfriend, Jimmy intervenes, problem is the boyfriend an off duty police officer, who is left lying on the pavement in a pool of blood. Jimmy sent to prison. On release, Jimmy finds himself homeless, divorced, a daughter who is now a stranger to him.The streets become his home, anywhere he can find shelter from the rain, his group of friends now consists of other homeless people, all suffering from either, drug addiction, alcoholism, mental health problems or in some cases possibly That is until he sees a young woman making a plea for news of her father, Roger Carpenter who has gone missing. Despite not knowing whether what he heard was real or just a dream. Jimmy finds the young woman Carrie, with some help from the people at The Pit Stop. He tells Carrie what he heard. She persuades him to go to the police with her to report it. But the police aren’t interested in what a homeless man has to say. Because of the police’s lack of interest Carrie goes to the local press. However, when Jimmy’s photo appears in the newspaper he is far from happy, and he has good reason, as his past catches up with him, simultaneously, Carrie and Jimmy have to face dangers from digging into her fathers past. The writer has clearly done his research, highlighting the predicament that some ex servicemen, find themselves in, they have fought for Queen and country, but on returning they no longer have the structure that they had whilst serving, but equally they don’t fit in back home so are left in a state of anomy. With PTSD as well, and in some cases this not being addressed, not just necessarily by the person but also by the lack of funds and facilities to treat these people. The homeless are invisible people, being passed by everyday, they are more likely to be beaten up because they are easy targets, most being misjudged as lazy, worthless. But no one wonders how they have ended up so low, what has led to this. How does society allow someone to fall so low that they feel they have nothing left to lose, because they literally have nothing! I would like to thank #netgalley and # quercusbooks for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review

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  • Great main character, excellent crime novel

    I really liked this. I was concerned that the main character being homeless might be a gimmick, but Jimmy is a fully-rounded, believable, sympathetic character - one among many in this enjoyable, fast-paced, empathetic crime novel. Looking forward to reading more from Trevor Wood.

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  • What a first book !

    I'd never heard of Trevor Wood but a saw a reference to this book's title and looked for it. I'm so glad I did ! It's far from the usual of "Cop solves crime" or even "Clever civilian solves crime". Brilliantly written and twisted into a gripping (believable) story about PTSD screwing with your brain and living with the consequences. I understand he's written another book. I'm about to go looking for it ! Well Done Trevor

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  • Great read

    Twists and turns kept me fascinated. Great charecters felt for them.

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  • Astonishing First Novel

    Perhaps not as surprising, given his play writing success, but still a great achievement as a first piece of crime fiction. It does that great thing of getting you to know 3D characters in a real place and time, while keeping you addictively turning the pages.

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