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Crack (Twin Towers Estate British Crime Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Barraclough
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Book 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: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LHC Publishing (8 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

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 Great read 13 Dec. 2013
By Tx1oss
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense thriller 10 Dec. 2013
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A really good read hard to put down keeps you riverted from the first chapter would recommend this as a good read to anyone
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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
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by marie evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put this down ..
Published 5 months ago by Sherree Spooner
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Chris Barraclough book
My favourite Chris Barraclough book. Bear in mind this was written before the London riots in 2012, the parallels are scary. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James Wightman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read...
A short story but one that has you gripped from page one...already downloaded the next story so can't wait to start it..
Published 9 months ago by sam stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars gd read. worth buying.
gd read.worth value for money
Published 9 months ago by G M Sutcliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars Crack
Very good and well worth reading..held my interest from start to finish of book...made me feel I was part of events
Published 11 months ago by Mary Craig
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
It is Hard Hitting thriller. Enjoyed Reading but not my normal genre. Probably wouldn't read another from this author again.
Published 12 months ago by Heather Lea
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 13 months ago by Peter N
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 13 months 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 14 months ago by diannemcgregor
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