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About the Author: Andy Rivers

I've been a Butlins barman, pretend carpenter on a Spanish construction site, coach holiday rep, mobile sandwich salesman and outdoor traffic cone washer to name but a few of my eclectic 'career' choices. Whilst I always had a desire to be a writer the neccessity of earning beer tokens on a regular basis, as well as the nagging little voice in my head that proclaimed that 'people like us don't do things like that', distracted me from this aim. However, the death of a close friend at a young age, combined with the soul-destroying office politics of the middle-management tier in the logistics industry I had somehow blagged my way into, sent me frantically scrabbling for my pen again.

To date, I've had four books published (see the 'Books' tab) and written countless articles for fanzines and online mags. I've had short stories published in the mighty 'Radgepacket' collections (Byker Books) and various other places and have provided a number of excerpts from my stuff for other author/publisher collections.

Originally from the East End of Newcastle I currently live in Oxfordshire where, as well as following Newcastle United around the country and being disapppointed, I pass the time by indulging in my passion for dossing about. Luckily this fits the writers profile extremely well...

I'm currently unrepresented but will be seeking to rectify that soon as I have a number of ideas and projects in the pipeline that'll take the world by storm...honest!

Feel free to email me at, leave comments on my website, check out my facebook page and say hello or even follow me on twitter - I'll follow you back man!



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Goodreads rating: 3.76

Paperback, Published in Jul 2010 by Byker Books

ISBN10: 0956078869 | ISBN13: 9780956078865

Page count: 268

A British Crime Thriller.

After Billy Reeves had survived a poverty ridden and violent childhood on a council estate in Newcastle he thought he had it all; a loving family, money and respect but a face from the past with a point to prove and muscles to flex is out to bring his world crashing down on him.

He turns down an offer of a job with Tyneside’s most paranoid and psychotic gang lord and is faced with bent police, a corrupt judge, an army of bouncers and the knowledge that if he makes one wrong move in this game of cat and mouse his family will end up imprisoned, abused or worse.

Billy is going to have to work very hard just to keep everyone he cares about alive and that means the gloves are coming off...

From The Publisher:

Andy Rivers has crafted a Machiavellian tale of council estate politicking amongst the sex, drugs, good guys and thugs of the Tyneside underworld. This crime thriller is written in an, almost unique, multiple first person point of view and will entertain and appal you in equal measure. We think it's a corker and hope you do too.

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