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Crack (Twin Towers Estate British Crime Thrillers (Book One))

Crack (Twin Towers Estate British Crime Thrillers (Book One)) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Barraclough
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Shortlisted for the prestigious Page Turner Prize, award-winning UK author Chris Barraclough's thrilling and internationally acclaimed crime novel Crack is now available on Kindle (British Crime Thrillers series) for a fantastic price. Don't miss the other best-selling books, Kitty, Smack and Hero

"I enjoyed every minute of it. Its pace is so frenetic and the events pile up one on the other so rapidly that you won't want to put it down." - eBookanoid Reviews

The tragic accidental death of a teenage girl in a notorious crime-ridden British council estate leads to a bloody and shocking uprising, led by the girl's father and her ruthless boyfriend.

The man responsible, PC Nathan Pang, finds himself trapped on the thirteenth floor of Disraeli tower, traumatised and cut off from help. Facing the rioters head-on, he discovers the horrific truth behind the girl's death, but can he protect the innocents caught up in the violence and get out of the estate alive?

Crack is the first book in the Twin Towers Estate series and a best seller in Amazon's crime category, gathering praise from critics and readers both in the UK and worldwide:

"This is seat-of-the-pants reading, so grab yourself a drink and snack and make yourself comfortable before you start. And remember to breathe occasionally...Five Stars." - Indie Ebook Review

"I was immediately sucked into action packed, tense thriller...I found the book gripping, the prose that I could not put down and that, I’m sure, will haunt me for some time. Five stars" - Author Susan Russo Anderson

This book contains very strong language and occasional violence and is intended for mature audiences only. Scroll up and click the cover image to read a sneak preview, and check out for more info on Chris' Kindle novels, including the other books in his thrilling Twin Towers Estate British Crime series.

Check out all of Chris Barraclough's UK crime thrillers, available now for a great price on Kindle:

Crack (book one)
Kitty (book two)
Smack (book three)
The Riot Trilogy (Crack, Kitty and Smack)

Hero (book four)
Villain (book five)
Versus (book six)
The Gang Wars Trilogy (Hero, Villain and Versus)


Chris Barraclough is a British journalist and award-winning crime author who bagged the UK Authors Award for his highly-praised debut thriller/mystery novel, "Bat Boy", following a blind teenage boy and his brother's search for their long-lost father (out now in paperback and on Kindle). His follow-ups, "Crack" (shortlisted, Page Turner Prize 2011) and "Kitty" are fast-paced urban crime thrillers set in the notorious Twin Towers council estate.

More praise for Chris Barraclough:

"A great story, beautifully excellent crime book. Once you start you will not stop, I promise you." - Graham Sclater's Book Review Show, Venture Radio

"Fast, funny, rivetting...a glorious read" - Times Suspense

"A wonderful, gripping thriller, from the first words to the last. Marvellous!" - UK Crime Writers

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 212 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LHC Publishing (8 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Barraclough is an award-winning crime writer and journalist from Sunderland, UK.

His debut novel 'Bat Boy' (told from the POV of a blind British boy searching for his father) took him a sweat-inducing four years to write, but the pain was worth it. Bat Boy won the UK Authors Award and was published by the UKA Press, to great critical acclaim. 25% of paperback royalties are donated to the RNIB (so buying a copy makes you a wonderful person), and the Kindle version has just been released.

His follow-up, a fast-paced crime thriller called 'Crack', was shortlisted in the Contact Publishing Page Turner Prize. It's the first in his best-selling Twin Towers Estate crime series, following a violent uprising on a notorious Northern council estate and its bloody aftermath. You can get the full Twin Towers series now in two great-value trilogies, The Riot Trilogy and The Gang Wars Trilogy.

His latest crime series 'The Bitch Is Back' is also available now on Kindle.

See for more news and info on upcoming crime and thriller books from Chris Barraclough.

Customer Reviews

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different 30 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A good read -different ! a good insight into gang mentality and life on the streets worth a read! Very well written !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have just finished reading Crack by Chris Barraclough, a young British writer to write a review of it on my blog ([...]) and have to report that I enjoyed every minute of it.

It literally starts with a bang, and then simply keeps going at a very rapid pace right up to the end, with almost no let up in the action, good fun too.

The main characters in this story, both good and bad, all lived for me, and obviously had lives outside the book - if you see what I mean. What is called a "back story" in America I believe. And as mentioned above, the events in this ebook describe in part, the frightening and mindless violence that took place in Britain a few months after its publication... I kept having to check the publication date to reassure myself that he hadn't in fact written this ebook after the riots.... But nope, he has put his finger all too accurately on what seems to me to have been the main cause of those riots.

So, while this ebook has the appearance of a simple thriller, it actually is much more than that, it is an examination of the effects of anomie in society, and the resulting breakdown in public order and values. Very scary stuff in fact.

Thus not a book about drug dealers as its title had led me to expect.

So if you like books that are written in the style of thrillers, but actually have much deeper ideas in them, then this is the book for you, but be prepared to have to read it in one go if possible, as its pace is so frenetic and the events pile up one on the other so rapidly that you wont want to put it down until you have finished it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gritty, Relevant, Novella of Inner City Life 25 Oct 2011
By Gavin
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Written before the riots earlier in the year it turned out to be quite prophetic considering what happened. You follow the story of an individual policeman and how a tragic accident kicks off full scale rioting, and how/if he can escape the situation he finds himself in. The language and style is perfectly suited to the story. The dialogue is excellent and you easily find yourself rooting for the main character.
The important aspect of a Novella is to immerse the reader straight into the action, and the first thing that strikes you is the immediacy of the writing.
You are plunged straight into the action and it doesn't let up for the entire book. It is interspersed with newspaper commentaries on the situational backstory, which is very cleverly done.
The only negative comment I can make is about the subplot with the policeman's son. Subplots are hard enough to weave well into full novels, let alone the shorter form here. In my opinion it would either need expanding and made more relevant, or to be removed completely as the story is strong enough.
All in all though an excellent Novella and I'll be reading the writer's full novel 'Bat Boy' next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 7 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Brilliant for a quick read. Couldn't put it down quick and fast paced.
I will definitely be reading more of his books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 5 Mar 2013
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Riveting book couldn't't put it down, just shows there are always two sides to every story!! Can't wait for the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and cinematic 20 Feb 2013
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Crack tells the story of a police officer being hunted by a gang, after accidentally hitting a young girl with his car. Fast-paced, with realistic dialogue, it's an easy and enjoyable read. Barraclough writes in a cinematic style, with superb attention to location, and it's easy to picture this story playing out in your head like a movie. I genuinely look forward to reading more of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 2 Feb 2013
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I couldn't stop reading! It wasn't what I expected, read it in 2 evening. I recommend this book to anyone
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4.0 out of 5 stars CRACK 15 Dec 2012
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Would highly recommend this book. I had just changed my original Kindle to the new paper white Kindle, so thought I would buy a new book to read with my new Kindle. Well I could not put the book down. Stayed up till 3 am then went to work the following day. When I came home from work I could not wait to get the kids fed & sorted just so I could go to bed early to finish the book. You really get into it. I wont go in to it so as not to spoil the story, but I must say that I would of thought that the main character actually owed Kate a bit more than what she got at the end of the story. At least a thank you in person. But anyway a brilliant read & just going to look for some more books by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Can not even believe this was published however it was absolutely not edited!!!!! Sorry I wasted my precious time reading it.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Two and a half hours of my life wasted
Although this book only cost 89p, it was a wasted 89p. Not many pages to it so that was one good thing - that's what earned the 1 star. It is poorly written, predictable, boring... Read more
Published 27 days ago by nalgab
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping from start to finish.
Gripping from start to finish. Excellent writing... Can't wait to read KITTY now hope it's as good as the last.!
Published 2 months ago by diannemcgregor
2.0 out of 5 stars confused
I found the book ,very confusing,and think it could have been all explained ,in one chapter ,rather than one book !
Published 2 months ago by carol nedley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but disjointed
I found this book a good read but tended to jump about too much. Could have been so much longer and a bit more detailed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Charman
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
ok but don't think I will read the follow up . not much of a plot just a good story
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed
I gave this four stars as it's a great read, filled with action.
The book was well written and easy to read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bubbles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Like this book a great deal, managed to read it in a day, easy to relate to the characters and the story is very believable.
Published 4 months ago by Tx1oss
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense thriller
A really good read hard to put down keeps you riverted from the first chapter would recommend this as a good read to anyone
Published 4 months ago by ian crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Crack
Brilliant. Edge of seat read. Couldn't put it down. Will definitely b reading the other books now. Fab author looking forward to more from him.
Published 4 months ago by caroline shearsby
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