"A powerful and violent first chapter precedes a superb opening 100 pages, the best I've read this year. And the pace never lets up in this cat and mouse thriller, evocatively set amid Manchester's threatening underworld." Review: Crime Thriller Hound. A crime thriller, in which two ex-Royal Marines are pitted against a former child soldier, and one of the most brutal gangs in Manchester. When Byron Mason's seventeen year-old nephew, Philip, becomes embroiled in a murder, he calls his uncle for help. Byron returns to the city of his birth and, having been thrown back together with his estranged family, he finds his nephew is being hunted not only by the police, but also by a vicious gangster, Ritchie McLaughlin, the uncle of the murdered boy, both of whom believe Philip to be guilty of the crime. Shortly after Byron's arrival, Philip disappears, leaving Byron and his firefighter friend, Adam Sterling, to track him down before time runs out. As part of her investigation into Philip's role in the murder, newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector Siobhan Fahey also uncovers the brutal past of Philip's friend, Mugisa, whose very survival has depended on burying his own emotions and controlling the people around him. She quickly realises that Mugisa is a very dangerous young man. The search for Philip is made all the more perilous when Ritchie McLaughlin decides he has unfinished business with Byron, and is bent on exacting revenge. Byron and Adam are faced with tough decisions as they fight to keep Philip and his family safe; legal and moral boundaries are crossed in their battle against ruthless adversaries. In the end, though, the greatest peril comes from an unexpected quarter... Due to the content of this book, it is recommended only for readers of 18 and over.
Used availability for David Beckler's Brotherhood
May 2014 : UK Paperback