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  • Title: The Drop
  • Author: Howard Linskey
  • ISBN: 9781842433942
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 himDavid 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 gDavid Blake is no gangster, or so he likes to think the trouble is, when money and a man go missing, his gangster boss blames himDavid 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.
    The Drop 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 himDavid Blake is a white collar criminal working for gangster Bobby Maho

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    1. Genre Crime Fiction, mafia element.POV First person, singular.Theme Be careful who you trust.Setting Newcastle, England.I love books where the setting feels like a character all on its own and this book with all of its landmark descriptions and comedic dialogues full of slang made for a fun, interesting read The side characters were very colorful and it was refreshing to read work from a male author This book had a lighter tone to it definitely enjoyable, but not a dark story, despite some darki [...]

    2. This book was recommended to me by a fellow reader, and I am extremely glad that I took their advice Howard Linskey released this, his debit novel in April 2011 and his follow up book is due for release in April 2012.It takes less than two chapters for me to be utterly engrossed in this book David Blake is a gangster, except he isn t your ordinary violent and ruthless man He is somebody that has worked his was on to Bobby Mahoney s firm by giving his sound judgement on things and proving his loy [...]

    3. The Drop is set in Newcastle and the story is told from the perspective of David Blake, an organizer and ideas man for Bobby Mahoney the Mr Big of the criminal underworld David has what some would see as a great life, money, fast cars and women, but is seen as an outsider by many members of Bobby s gang because he doesn t have to get his hands dirty with real crime like murder or robbery Thing start to change for David when a money drop to a middle man for an organized crime outfit disappears wi [...]

    4. I really, really enjoyed reading The Drop Howard Linskey brings a breath of fresh air to this genre David Blake is authentic dangerous he used his intelligence to confidently uncover a plot that was out to end him a tense novel building up into an explosive ending I enjoyed reading the conversations didn t want them to end the interactions between characters left me feeling like a fly on the wall, can t wait to read the next book.

    5. Surprisingly goodI hate to admit it but I 1 click order quite a few crime novels for 99p which I never yet read I couldn t even REMEMBER buying this one but gave it a go on a slow train ride The train ride past very quickly At the start its a bit of a get carter layer cake mash up but it rapidly gets into its stride and the ending is excellent I ve just bought 2 I grew up in Glasgow and lived in Newcastle for 5 years and can t fault any of the descriptions of the bars etc in this book The authen [...]

    6. Brooding Geordie gangster fiction noir Introducing the somewhat naive white collar criminal David Blake The first of a superb trilogy each better than the last This is a superb debut The tension builds steadily as the plot unfolds Imagine Get Carter meets the Long Good Friday and you re part of the way there Get this, get the two sequels and enjoy.

    7. I first came across Howard Linskey in the eBook anthology True Brit Grit, with his story No Shortcuts which also features some of the characters from The Drop, but this was my first experience of a longer format of his work The Drop is an astonishing British crime novel that effortlessly draws the reader into the drama David Blake works for Newcastle crime lord Bobby Mahoney but when the Drop goes missing it s his fault and Blake has to find out what s happened and get the money back or he ll be [...]

    8. The Georgie Godfatherof sorts This is debut by Linskey and is written from David Blake s perspective, a self styled plastic gangster In his own words Blake works for a Newcastle crime lord as the ideas man his sales and marketing director He fancies himself suitably far enough removed from the day to day running of a gang life to not see himself as one until someone starts muscling in on their turf It starts with the drop and its courier going missing The drop is exactly what it seems bribe mone [...]

    9. WOW That s the only word I can find to start this review appropriately.I have read a lot of British crime novels I have been disappointed by a lot of British crime novels But not this one Debut novels are sometimes a bit sketchy Not this one The Drop is one of the most gripping novels I have read in a number of years.I won t go into the plot others have already done that I just want to praise the author for his plots, his characters especially the relationship between David Blake and Finney , an [...]

    10. WOW That s the only word I can find to start this review appropriately I have read a lot of British crime novels I have been disappointed by a lot of British crime novels But not this one Debut novels are sometimes a bit sketchy Not this one The Drop is one of the most gripping novels I have read in a number of years.I won t go into the plot others have already done that I just want to praise the author for his plots, his characters especially the relationship between David Blake and Finney , an [...]

    11. An absolutely stunning first novel I was engaged from page one and read it in one go an absolutely superb thriller crime novel that s up there with some of the best stuff around Gripping, witty, bloody it has pretty much everything going for it Set in Newcastle Upon Tyne, which is a perfect location for a gritty story of low life criminals, honour and dishonour among thieves, The Drop tells the story of a white collar criminal who finally has to get his hands dirty.If you enjoy a good crime nove [...]

    12. This book Had some great reviews, so I downloaded it However, I couldn t quite grasp what everyone was raving about at first I just couldn t connect with this story, setting or its characters for the first half of the book but then all of a sudden I was hooked Intrigued at the turn in events I soon found myself gripped and unable to put the book down The second half of the book I thoroughly enjoyed This is the reason I ve only given it 4 stars Usually, if a book doesn t grab me within the first [...]

    13. A very gripping crime novel that will not allow you to put the book down or get anything else done There is a fair bit of violence, but it is so well written that at least on the side of the protagonist, I found myself saying they had it coming and almost cheered him on Set in Newcastle, England it is well worth the readers while to choose the audio version of this book as it makes the book come alive even Well done to Howard Linskey and well done to the narrator.I will make an effort to find [...]

    14. This was a terrific crime thriller, with suspense, action, humor, and a likable protagonist This is all written from the criminal s point of view, so it is not your typical cops and robbers police procedural It is a lot like Goodfellas or The Sopranos as we learn how things work inside the mob The story is set in Newcastle, England and is full of local slang and cultural references, some of which I knew, and some of which I was forced to look up If this is really Linskey s first novel, he has do [...]

    15. First rate and a great concept by a debut author Criminal gangs paying protection money to a shadowy and far powerful gang, to allow them to continue with guarantees of protection from police Unfortunately for the gang s money man, the last drop of protection money has gone missing, and the money man who doesn t think of himself as a criminal finds himself with one option find the cash or die.Gritty, northern England setting, billed by the publishers as Get Carter for 2011.

    16. I liked it Wasn t crazy about it, but it was a fun, sharp read while bedded with a terrifying stomach fly It s a novel that plays too much in the classic buddy gangster trope, but it s nonetheless smartly plotted, populated with great characters especially Sarah and it s focused Howard Linskey has put a clear vision on paper THE DROP is paced like a Camaro on a friday night out Fast, with a great pulse.

    17. A fast paced tale of the underworld of Britain s northeast, Newcastle on Tyne with a few trips to Scotland and London Told in the first person by the kingpin s college educated adviser, considered soft by the old guard, he proves himself far tougher than anyone imagined A rare look at life in an area seldom written about and its Geordie culture.

    18. A gripping debut novel set in Newcastle s underworld, this story sets off at full speed and just keeps accelerating right to the last page with nary a chance to draw breath Filled with characters you can believe in but wouldn t want to meet on a dark night this is a very well told story with twists and turns you don t always see coming Highly recommended

    19. Wow, a decent British gangster story, well told and interesting, main character was brilliant, everyone loves a bad boy Have read those other popular gangster books everyone likes, they re a bit too 80 s for me, this was so much better than them, held my interest all the way through, wanted to finish but didn t want it to end, going to read the next one straight away.

    20. Started this on holiday on a Friday, finished on a Tuesday Absorbing, gripping, well fleshed out story, good characterisation Have now bought the next two books on the strength of this Highly recommended

    21. This was excellentansports the reader right into Newcastle s underworld and leaves him immersed there right to the final page Gritty plot, gritty characters and than the odd touch of humour as well Thoroughly recommended.

    22. This was an easy read I mostly enjoyed it but sometimes found the story too brief and not developed enough This certainly isn t a must read, but if you came across it and didn t have something important waiting, I d say go for it

    23. I wasn t certain I was going to like this one, but somewhere around the middle, I found myself rooting for the protagonist, and I reached the ending with white knuckles This author is one to watch Now to see if I can find the TV adaptation.

    24. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, well written, not over dramatised Can t wait to read his new trilogy when released

    25. Another excellent thriller from Howard Linksey tension, a real sense of place, Newcastle and real characters.

    26. A great British crime novel A vivid description of Newcastle s criminals and their crimes, the iolence they undertake and the power they crave

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