Robert Newman's second novel is courageous in subject matter, yet brilliantly executed, combining the very personal account of a police officer's demise and eventual breakdown, with a fervent social conscience. 'Manners' is also shrewdly researched, presenting an honest and surprisingly new slant on police work - a far cry from the hackneyed 'bobby on the beat' that we've become so accustomed to on TV. PC John Manners is a modern day Byronic hero. He'll charm you then let you down at every turn, proving the novel at times infuriating yet utterly engaging. The character quickly slips through your fingers and then drags you down with him into the dark and unsettling world of life without structure or responsibility, chillingly reminding you that actually it's not that far down.