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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842439626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842439623
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'No Name Lane' published by Penguin Random House is the first in a series of books by Howard Linskey set in the north east of England, featuring journalists Tom Carney & Helen Norton with detective Ian Bradshaw.

His David Blake books have been optioned for TV by Harry Potter producer, David Barron. They are published in the UK by No Exit Press, in Germany by Droemer Knaur and in the US by Harper Collins. The Times newspaper voted 'The Drop' one of its Top Five Thrillers of the Year and 'The Damage' one of its Top Summer Reads. Both books broke into the top five Amazon Kindle chart.

Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, he now lives in Herts with his wife Alison and daughter Erin.

Howard's web site is www.howardlinskey.com





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'A Tyneside Dashiell Hammett to put Martina Cole firmly in her place.' - The Times

'Howard Linskey does for Newcastle what Ian Rankin has done for Edinburgh' - New York Journal of Books

'An exhilarating and wild ride through the dark and mean streets of Newcastle, bringing to mind the terrifying rush of Goodfellas as well as the urban noir of George Pelecanos... a white knuckle read.' -- - Catholic Herald (2 July)

About the Author

Howard Linskey has worked as a barman, journalist, catering manager and marketing manager for a celebrity chef, as well as in a variety of sales and account management jobs. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites on a number of subjects. The Drop was Howard's debut novel, published by No Exit in 2011, followed in 2012 by The Damage. Originally from Ferryhill in County Durham, he now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Alison and daughter Erin.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookBunny on 11 Sept. 2013
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Life as a gangster has been going well for David Blake. Years have passed and his daughter is almost two, he has settled easily into domestic life with Sarah Mahoney, business is doing well, and no one has died... Until he gets arrested for the murder of a police officer's daughter. Not long after, his bent accountant is arrested for the brutal rape and murder of a child. Amongst all the events taking place, Davey is summoned to the UK home of an über rich Russian oligarch and pressure is put on him to use his narcotics supply route via Amsterdam to smuggle a "Joe" into Russia to kick start his plan to overthrow the Russian government. On two separate occasions, Davey is marched to a secluded spot for imminent execution, only to be saved at the last moment. No longer can he refer to himself as a "plastic" gangster as he has thoroughly immersed himself in his new role. Amongst all the mayhem, Davey desperately searches for the truth around his father's disappearance and subsequent death, only to he confronted with some harsh truths. The only way he can see matters resolving is if he dies, and a lot of thought and planning is put in place to deal with that possible eventuality. Without a doubt, this book is the best of the three. Linskey tackles some very topical issues in the book such as money laundering, terrorism, the life and influence of an exiled oligarch, not to mention the daily problems of a crime boss. The writing is fabulous. The characters are likeable and utterly believable (Palmer is now my hero with his ex-SAS background). And the storyline it magnificently unpredictable and thrilling. Whatever you do, read this book and make sure you read the other two first. It will make it so much more enjoyable. I can't wait for the next one. Well done Howard Linskey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. D. A. Davis on 16 July 2013
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This is the third of the David Blake books and, in my opinion, the best. Once again, we are thrown headlong into the action from the outset with grizzly murder that succeeds in unsettling first the Northumbria police constabulary and then, by extension, the local criminal underworld. This in turn sets in motion half a dozen interconnected story lines that thread their way inexorably through the book delivering plenty of trouble (plus some thorny moral issues) for Blake along the way. A page turner in its purest sense, this is an intelligent and beautifully constructed read and another triumph for Howard Linskey.
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By Ian Ayris on 23 May 2013
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THE DAMAGE is the third book in the David Blake series, featuring Tyneside's numero uno gangster, David Blake. Having returned to Newcastle to take control of his empire, Blake's days are spent taking care of business, unencumbered by the law, and doting on his wife and his daughter.

But when the startling identity of the dead girl lying on the river bank is confirmed, it looks like David Blake's comfortable existence will come crashing down around him. It's going to take all his nouse to keep his head above water on this one. It's the dead, see. They might not be able to talk, but they whisper - they whisper into the ears of the bereaved and they create images of desperate suffering, and they cry out for resolution. But it's not only the recently deceased Blake has to contend with. Blake's whole life has been filled with the dead and the dying and the missing. And when you've had a life like that, it's bound to catch up with you some time.

As in the previous two books in the serious, Linskey's prose crackles and burns and pops off the page. Blake is brilliantly written, as are his cohorts - Kinane and Palmer. There are sub-plots and side characters galore - deviant accountants, old time gangster associates, gun-wielding Serbians, and even a nutty Russian billionaire straight out of a Bond film. Indeed, the sub-plots are so strong each almost deserves a novel all to itself. THE DAMAGE stands defiantly in the gangster/crime genre with its gang turf and tangled webs of violent retribution, but something deeper lies beneath. There is a moral compass to David Blake, a notion that he was not born to do this work. And that's not a good thing for a man where one sign of vulnerability could spell the end of it all.
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David Blake has come back to his native city, and though he still rules Newcastle his proprietary grasp on the underworld is difficult to maintain and is being challenged by rivals both domestic and foreign. His family life is no less complicated, with secrets from the past just waiting to burst out. The police ask him for help with a murder case and this starts a chain of events which it would seem can only end badly for everyone involved.

When I picked up this book I hadn't heard of the author before and on reading some of the cover quotes and the blurb on the back of the book I had a bit of a heart-sink moment. Comparing the book to Martina Cole's work was the first problem as I've read a couple of her books (the first as an experiment, the second to check that the first wasn't just an anomaly - it wasn't, it was just as dreadful as the first) and hated everything about them. The second problem was the mention of Serbian gangsters and a Russian oligarch - I feel like this theme has been done to death (no pun intended!) recently in novels, film and TV, and usually as a way to get lots of extreme violence into the particular work. So having noted all this I didn't have any great expectation of enjoying the book.

But I was wrong - I liked it (though I could still have done without the Serbians and the Russians). The first person narration really drew me in and is a clever way to get the reader to sympathise with David Blake, a man who does unspeakable things, but who is still an attractive, complex character. The author makes him so attractive that at times I had to take a breath and remind myself that Blake is far from being a saint, but then I'd get caught up in the narrative again and find myself completely rooting for him.
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