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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing; First Edition, First Printing edition (15 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955407028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955407024
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 435,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Quantrill was born and raised in Hull, an isolated industrial city in East Yorkshire. His Joe Geraghty crime novels, "Broken Dreams" and "The Late Greats" and "The Crooked Beat" are published by Caffeine Nights.

A prolific short story writer, Nick's work has appeared in Volumes Eight, Nine and Ten of "The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime" alongside the genre's most respected names. In 2011, Nick became the first person to hold the role of 'Writer in Residence' at Hull Kingston Rovers, contributing exclusive fiction to the match day programme and assisting with the club's literacy programme.

Nick's stories are both entertaining and thought provoking, and although the settings may be local to him, the ideas and issues resonate on a much wider basis.

When not writing fiction, Nick contributes reviews and essays to a variety of football and music websites. He lives in Hull with his wife, daughter, cat and the constant fear Hull City will let him down. For more information, please see www.nickquantrill.co.uk.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luca Veste on 30 July 2011
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Joe Geraghty is a private investigator. Asked to investigate a member of staff's absenteeism by a local businessman, he soon becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. With links to a feared gangland boss, Geraghty finds himself treading on very dangerous ground.

Broken Dreams is the debut feature length novel from Nick Quantrill. Set against the backdrop of the historic city of Hull, this book is extremely well crafted. With a believable lead character, who proves time and time again during the course of the story that he is just a normal guy, this novel is an example of the best type of realism in British crime fiction.

Whilst the character of Geraghty is well rounded and an excellently written, it is the urban landscape of Hull which really takes this book to the next level. Quantrill manages to bring the city to life, skilfully weaving the heart of this city and its former times into a modern tale.

The pace never drops, with continual action and plot strands effortlessly revealed as the story unfolds. This is a very cleverly created novel.

Gritty, realistic and excellently written, this is surely the first in what promises to be an exciting new series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2013
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So this was my first book by Nick Quantrill and also the first featuring Joe Geraghty. Some of you that follow my reviews know I'm a sucker for a series however having finished this book I have to be honest and say it was a pretty refreshing male lead character! Joe Geraghty is a Private Investigator who works with his friend Don and her daughter Sarah. His case starts off as being a straightforward find my daughter scenario. However, from quite early on we see that Joe is tangled up in the case that involves Jennifer Murdoch who was found dead.

In the early part of the book I found myself wondering if I had missed a bit as the whole Jennifer Murdoch case and how Joe is in the centre of it left me feeling a bit bewildered. Pretty soon there are many threads to the plot involving many people and it certainly made for interesting reading. I was trying desperately to work out who it was, and found myself surprised as it's been a while since I read a real "whodunit"!

The characters are surprisingly ordinary and to be honest when you read the amount of crime books that I do, it makes a refreshing change. I kind of found myself gaining another favourite male lead character but only because Joe was so normal. He likes a beer, has trouble with his past, and the most surprisingly does not posses any martial arts or firearms training (hurrah, at last a male lead that isn't an expert!). The actual story like I said before was a real mystery and although I felt was a little slow at the beginning it picked up pace and towards the end was brilliant.

As usual with any series I read and enjoy I have already brought book 2. I always find it difficult to really gel with the characters in just one book (especially in a series) but this is a great platform for it and I'm really looking forward to book 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2013
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I wasnt aware of this author until I was pointed in his direction and I am very glad that I was. I am a big fan of the crime/mystery genre, and I'm quite fond of those novels featuring Private Investigators as opposed to Detectives - quite often these stories are more well rounded (see the Elvis Cole series!) and that is certainly the case here. Joe Geraghty is a great creation - a sympathetic character with his own personal demons, who is struggling along making a living as a Private Investigator. Investigating a staff absenteeism, the lady under investigation turns up dead. Not a good start for Joe, who feels that he may become a suspect. Intertwined with this case, he is also looking into the disappearance of a singer several years earlier. You will also get for your money a couple of great sidekicks and a terrific villain. A whole lot of fun, great pacing and characterisation and a pretty darn good story to boot, you won't be disappointed. Looking forward to reading book 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Warren Stalley on 3 July 2013
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I first came across the author Nick Quantrill in the impressive ebook compilation True Brit Grit. Being curious I decided to investigate more of his work. Broken Dreams follows a private investigator Joe Geraghty and his colleagues looking into the murder of a woman they had under surveillance in Hull, East Yorkshire. The job becomes a lot more personal for Joe as the mystery links into his private life. The style of the story in the beginning is very much procedural based with lots of dialogue and very little action. Various threads of the plot were slowly revealed through conversations, a dark pattern of greed and corruption gradually emerging. While the background details regarding Hull really add flesh to the bones of this novel. I only give the novel four stars as I think the best is yet to come from Nick Quantrill. To summarise this is a dialogue heavy novel but well worth reading if you're prepared to put the effort in.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Hewtson LE ROUX on 17 Jan. 2010
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Over the last couple of years, Nick Quantrill has made an enviable reputation for himself as a highly accomplished true-to-the-gospels (of St. Elmore Leonard and St. Raymond Chandler) crime fiction writer who reliably delivers precisely crafted plots, authentic hardboiled dialogue and classic PI fisticuffs action in tales suffused with an atmosphere of compounding tension which slices through the shifting dynamics and corkscrew effects of the narrative and where the characters will inevitably find themselves hanging upside down in their own story.

After many successful and celebrated shorter tales, Nick wrote the full-length e-book `Black & White' which started out in leisurely fashion but soon got into its stride as a police procedural investigation of the dark fate of a body found in a dockside container. I particularly enjoyed the accompanying side-story of the relentless stress of the anti-heroic DS Coleman's working life being exacerbated considerably by his wife's undermining resentment of her husband's all-hours, underpaid job (not a new theme, but tenderly done).

In his first paperback novel, published by the recently-established Caffeine Nights imprint, we get to catch DS Coleman from another angle, as an incidental character, while two new characters step to the fore - the private detective Joe Geraghty whose wife died during an arson attack two years previously, and the City of Hull itself.
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