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The Rule

(2021)
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'Horrific, hilarious and often rather moving' THE TIMES
'The master of razor-sharp one liners. An absolute belter' - MANDASUE HELLER
'Brilliant. This is British crime writing at its best' - MARK EDWARDS

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MY DAD SAYS BAD THINGS

HAPPEN WHEN I BREAK IT...

Daniel is looking forward to his birthday. He wants pie and chips, a big chocolate cake, and a comic book starring his favourite superhero. And as long as he follows The Rule, nothing bad will happen.

Daniel will be twenty-three next week. And he has no idea that he's about to kill a stranger.

Daniel's parents know that their beloved and vulnerable son will be taken away. They know that Daniel didn't mean to hurt anyone, he just doesn't know his own strength. They dispose of the body. Isn't that what any loving parent would do? But as forces on both sides of the law begin to close in on them, they realise they have no option but to finish what they started. Even if it means that others will have to die...

Because they'll do anything to protect Daniel. Even murder.
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'Excellent as always. Grimy and heartbreaking in equal measure' - WILL CARVER


'A pacy, smart and darkly funny heartbreaker of a crime novel' - SUSI HOLLIDAY

'A stupendous piece of literary engineering' - JENNY O'BRIEN


'An intense and compelling read. Highly recommended' - LISA HALL


'David Jackson has done it again. The Rule is incredible' - NOELLE HOLTEN


Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Excellent as always. Grimy and heartbreaking in equal measure, peppered with Jackson's trademark wit and humour. May be his best yet." - Will Carver

"Brilliant. Spiralling tension, wit and heart, this is British crime writing at its best." - Mark Edwards

"I really enjoyed The Rule. Jackson doesn't do cosy thrillers. There is dark, ultra dark, and then there is The Rule. You've been warned." - Paul Finch

"An intense and compelling read, that will evoke complicated emotions in every reader. Highly recommended." - Lisa Hall

"A stomach-lurching descent into parental desperation, full of surprises from start to finish. A gasp-out-loud read after which I dare you to break The Rule..." - Janice Hallett

"The master of razor-sharp one liners, David Jackson's The Rule is an absolute belter." - Mandasue Heller

"A pacy, smart and darkly funny heartbreaker of a crime novel." - Susi Holliday

"David Jackson has done it again. The Rule is incredible. Creepy, emotive, dark tense and disturbing." - Noelle Holten

"A stupendous piece of literary engineering. When highrise tenants meet the local vicious lowlife, who knows what the outcome will be." - Jenny O'Brien

"Jackson is one of the finest British thriller writers... a thrilling, propulsive and ultimately heart-breaking tale of the lengths a father will go to in order to protect his family." - Martyn Waites


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July 2021 : UK Hardback
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Paperback Editions

February 2022 : UK Paperback
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ISBN: 1-78816-438-5 / 978-1-78816-438-2 (UK edition)
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July 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Rule: The new heart-pounding thriller from the bestselling author of Cry Baby
Author(s): David Jackson
ISBN: 1-78816-439-3 / 978-1-78816-439-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

July 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Rule: The new heart-pounding thriller from the bestselling author of Cry Baby
Author(s): David Jackson
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU