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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 (58 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

Books In This Series (6 Books)
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    Chris Barraclough is an award-winning and best-selling crime writer and journalist from the 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 fast-paced crime thriller 'Crack', the first in his Twin Towers Estate series, was shortlisted for the Page Turner Prize and SpaSpa Award for Best Psychological Fiction. Soon after came his second novel 'Dead Dogs' - a suspenseful but darkly comic portrayal of a family torn apart by Albania's archaic Blood Feud revenge laws - which was nominated for the Sony Reader Award. His third novel, Devil's In A Different Dress, is out now alongside all six parts of the Twin Towers Estate series and the best-selling Bitch Is Back series.

    See for more news/sneak peeks on upcoming crime and thriller books from Chris Barraclough.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    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
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Debbie
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I was expecting this thriller novella to be about drugs, so I was surprised when it wasn't - at least not as directly as the title suggests it might be. Nathan Pang is a police constable, working an estate that could be anywhere in Britain's darker underbelly with its tower blocks, concrete and gangs roaming wild. Of course there are drugs, but then there are all manner of other crimes - it's all just part of the day-to-day life here.

    Now Nathan is part-Chinese. His grandfather was Chinese, and he clearly looks Chinese to the extent that he's questioned about his ancestry. So why do I mention this? Because coincidentally (how bizarre is this?) my grandfather was also Chinese and neither I, nor any of my gazillions of cousins look remotely oriental. But hey, I'll suspend disbelief here, because Pang is an interesting character and full of internal conflict. He's as much a victim of society as the thugs he arrests. Public sector cuts force the police to patrol alone, without backup, in areas where the slightest spark will ignite a tinderbox of rage and aggression. And the spark that Pang drops does all of that and more, as he's distracted by domestic issues and unable to be with his young son in hospital. In a moment of inattention, Pang does something he will regret for the rest of his life and suddenly we are in the middle of a full-scale riot.

    Scene-setting is clearly one of Barraclough's talents. From dark stairwells to exposed walkways, lifts that stink of urine to burnt-out shops, we get a real vision of what it's like to live here and of the lives of the inhabitants that do. There's a depth to the bad guys too - a sense of why they live the way they do and the code of ethics that permeates such a society.
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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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars CRACK 15 Dec. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    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
    3.0 out of 5 stars .. just ok.. worth a read ...
    ..just ok..worth a read I guess.
    Published 1 month ago by J. V. Froggatt
    4.0 out of 5 stars but unfortunately all too real - good read.
    Horrific story of violence in an inner city estate, but unfortunately all too real - good read.
    Published 1 month ago by P. Graham
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 3 months ago by marie evans
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Couldn't put this down ..
    Published 8 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 12 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 12 months ago by sam stevens
    5.0 out of 5 stars gd read. worth buying.
    gd read.worth value for money
    Published 12 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 14 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 15 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 16 months ago by Jacky N
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