In The Know By Dougie Brimson Rated: 5 stars *****
Crime meeting the world of journalism at its best! There are excellently conceived concepts within this very accomplished, fresh feeling thriller. It is an enjoyable read that I highly recommend. I thank Dougie Brimson for getting in touch with a request for me to review and for sending me a physical copy of the book, all of which I am grateful for. Below you can discover more about the author, the blurb and my review.
About the Author
‘The most famous author you’ve probably never heard of!’
Bestselling Author, Award Winning Screenwriter, Public speaker, Finalist in the English Armed Fores Awards 2020
With just over one million books sold worldwide and three multi-award winning feature films on his CV, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has forged a reputation as one of the UK’s most diverse writers.
Perhaps best known for penning the cult movie Green Street (Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam) his first book Everywhere We Go (first published in 1996) remains a firm favourite amongst football fans the world over whilst his debut novel, The Crew, has enjoyed an almost unbroken nine year run at the top of the soccer charts of both Amazon and iTunes.
This website contains details of all Dougie’s fifteen books and three feature films as well as information on future projects including In The Know, the third book in the The Crew/Top Dog trilogy, the forthcoming feature films The Gentle Sex and Three Greens as well as the forthcoming TV drama, Kathy.
In The Know…Revenge is a dish best served quickly
From the writer of the cult hooligan film, Green Street and the best-selling thrillers The Crew and Top Dog comes the third and most explosive book yet in the most successful hooligan thriller series ever written.
It’s been over a decade since gang leader Billy Evans stepped away from his life on the wrong side of the law to mourn the murder of his beloved wife.Yet when he is hit by a second tragedy, his first thoughts are not of more loss, but of revenge. Violent, bloody revenge. However, even before he can make his first move, Billy is presented with an alternative method of extracting vengeance. One so intriguing that he quickly finds his past passion for organised violence reinvigorated. And as Britain heads toward a future defined by Brexit and the political right wing, he realises that he’s stumbled upon the opportunity he’s been waiting for. The chance to wield genuine power within the very establishment he’s fought his entire life. The only question is, will he be allowed to survive long enough to grab it.
“Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Quickly” is the by-line. My first impression is that it sounds chilling! I do actually like that concept for the book. It intrigues and creates interest. Graham Hawkins is the main protagonist. He has a heightened sense of trouble ahead, which may come with his anxiety. What makes it worse is that he doesn’t know why he feels this way, not on this particular day, as he recalls days of football and his dear friend Billy, whose wife was murdered 12 years previously. Quite a spectrum of emotions, which inhabit the characters is displayed well. Instantly, sympathy for the characters for what happened 12 years ago and how it manifests, would embody any reader. I hadn’t quite expected this and I mean that in a good way. It’s a good hook into the characters.
The tone then changes pretty quickly as full force action takes place and the tension of whether Graham survives or not, builds. The sensitivity mixed with raw emotion is impressively written and with a sense of realism.
There are references to football – predominantly West Ham, which gives a sense of atmosphere and a bit more about the characters and the scene.
Pete Goodwin and Jamie Brown are journalists and sarcasm is strong in their working partnership and these are the folks in the know, as they research and investigate the latest stories. It makes for a great read as it is a whole different perspective on an unfolding crime story. The discussion points within the interviews between politicians and journalists are relevant and intelligently conceived and highly relevant topics about policing comes into it. The investigative journalism gives this thriller a refreshing feel to it. There seems to be a highly readable grasp of adding social aspects into both the focused story of the crime and also showing a wider picture of opinions and actions of the day, through the journalist’s part in the story.It’s all in all, a dark book with some brutality, with current affairs and characters that seek revenge. It has enough tones of voice and plots to it that I think would keep a wide spectrum of readers enthralled.
I’ve enjoyed this book from beginning to end and highly recommend it.