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The Narrowback

(1999)
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Tom Farrell thinks he's got the perfect heist: a job on a ritzy hotel with maximum gain and minimum risk. All goes off according to plan, except that one of his crew decides he wants a bigger slice of the pie than he's owed, and soon ends up in the Harlem River for his trouble. Problem solved - until the deceased turns out to be a favourite operative of the Bronx chapter of the IRA. Then, trying to fence the goods, Farrell draws the ire of the Albanian mob by disrespecting its godfather. Suddenly Farrell's looking at a hail of bullets instead of an early retirement, and as his gang scatters around him he's off and running - not sure who's been killed, who has survived, and who will claim the money ...

A breathless and brilliantly gripping spin through the mean streets of New York City, THE NARROWBACK is a dazzling debut.


Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"THE NARROWBACK is a thriller with real sweat on its brow and dirt under its nails. Michael Ledwidge can make the pages fly when he wants to, but he can also make you stop and admire the grace in his prose and the edge in his dialogue. A superb and hard-bitten New York noir." - Peter Blauner

"Michael Ledwidge can write, and I mean really write." - James Patterson

"Here's a debut as sharp and dangerous as a brand-new knife. Preaching like a street-corner prophet, Ledwidge writes with a wicked sure-handedness and cooks up a novel that's the love child of authenticity and savage creativity. Hard, tough, and undeniable, the pages fly by just as fast as your fingers can turn them," - John Ridley


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