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Life on Mars: A Fistful of Knuckles [Kindle Edition]

Tom Graham
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Time to leap into the Cortina as Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt roar back into action in a brand new installment of Life on Mars.

DCI Gene Hunt plunges into the boxing underworld – and this time, the gloves are coming off!

The travelling fair has rolled into town, but it has brought with it more than just dodgem cars and candy floss. A young boxer is found brutally murdered, and as Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt delve deeper into the case, it leads them behind the gaudy lights and painted caravans of the fairground, into the shadowy underbelly of bare-knuckle gypsy brawlers and bloody illegal fights.

But Sam is coping with more than just police work. He is still being plagued by The Test Card Girl with horrifying visions of the terrible doom that awaits he and Annie. What is this monstrous presence that is pursuing them both? Can Sam find a way of defeating this remorseless evil – or are their fates sealed?

Violence, murder, betrayal and revenge. Could this be a case so macho that it will see even the mighty Guv himself on the ropes?

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About the Author

Tom Graham left school at 14 without qualifications. He is a smoker, and says that writing the Life on Mars novels is the nearest thing he’s had to a regular job since he got banned from driving. He part-owns a greyhound called Arthur and his ambition is to get fruity with Raquel Welch (to be clear about it, that’s Tom’s ambition, not Arthur’s).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 887 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JE7RG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By DebbieB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved 'blood, bullets and blue stratos'. I could hear and see the characters as I read it. I'm afraid that was less true of this book, it was not, to me, such a faithful recreation of the series I loved. It was also, for me, rather gratuitously violent.
There are a smattering of errors that should have been picked up:

But Gene got hold of her waist, dragged her out, and flung him over his shoulder...

Denzil and Spider got into the word of illegal bare knuckle fights...

...what counts if that you'll be 'fessing up...

Also surely 'gotten' is an American word. It crops up a couple of times in this book.
However despite these niggles, it was an enjoyable read which held my attention for a pleasant afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal ... and The Real Author 24 Aug. 2013
This excellent quartet of new tie-in novels entertainingly, fascinatingly and at times poetically develops linking mythology between the last episode of LIFE ON MARS and the beginning of ASHES TO ASHES. All the characters are represented with accuracy, humanity and humor, and the author, while certainly expanding the format for novelistic prose, also honors it assiduously, never leaving Sam Tyler's point of view (even though those of us who know the additional "answers" provided by ASHES TO ASHES realize that at this point he could) which makes the writing even more of a tour de force.

As to the writing: it's so accomplished, focused and genre savvy that I didn't buy the claim that the author was series co-creator Matthew Graham's brother, since "Tom" seems to have no other professional credits or even online existence; the author bio/picture display in the book is rather conspicuously an inside-joke concoction, so I went a-Googling to see if I could Gene Hunt down the actual wordsmith. It wasn't easy, but I did. The official LIFE ON MARS novelist is not one of the current generation of usual tie-in writers, which is in part why he's so well-camouflaged...or at least is until you flip the byline names. He's not Tom Graham; he's independently published British science fiction/fantasy novelist Graham Thomas, author of HATS OFF TO BRANDENBURG (The Roxy Compendium), among others (not to be confused with the late Canadian mystery author Gordon Kosakoski, who used that same by-line as a pseudonym). If you click to Graham's (slightly obsolete) bio on his website, The Never Press (as one word) dot-com, one of the sentences in it reads: "He is currently at work on a four-part mini-cycle that exists within a sixteen-part saga." (LIFE ON MARS ran for 16 episodes.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life On Mars: A Fistful of Knuckles 9 Feb. 2013
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This was an excellent book, I have watched previous series on tv and have DVD would be pleased if this book was made into a tv series also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fistful of knuckles 2 Feb. 2013
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Enjoyed the book. Better than the first one. A bit more violent. It feels like its been rushed a little as there are quite a few spelling mistakes. It didn't spoil the book though. Looking forward to the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Gene Genie. 30 Jan. 2013
By Mwlewis
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I loved the programme and DVD box set and these series of books have not disappointed.Let's hope there will be a few more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit Stephen King 21 Jan. 2013
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I enjoyed being back in time with Sam, Gene and the gang. However, I thought the language was a little over the top and vulgar which is not in keeping with the series. The Test Card girl visits far too frequently and some scenes are a bit Stephen King for me....decaying bodies etc. The decision making by Sam does seem out of character at times too.
Its not as good as the first novel, but in fairness I still could nt put it down and have already ordered the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big improvement on the first book 20 Jan. 2013
By Emma
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Better in many ways than the first book in my opinion. Better editing, better dialogue and a better storyline. Although there is still room for improvement, I enjoyed this and hope for more. I would really like to find out what happened to Sam and Annie in the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some fine moments 17 Jan. 2013
By Hannah
Format:Kindle Edition
I got carried away most of the time feeling back in Life on Mars. But I would prefer less Test Card Girl and more Gene Genie!
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