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THE DOMINO BOYS (a psychological thriller) [Kindle Edition]

D. M. Mitchell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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With his acknowledged individual storytelling expertise, D. M. Mitchell pens yet another taut psychological thriller with a difference that twists and turns to its deliciously devious and unexpected conclusion. Discover for yourself why D. M. Mitchell is being hailed as one of the most exciting new writers of thriller and supernatural tales in the UK.


It began with a funeral…

Mickey Craddick had long been the town of Overthorpe’s Mr Big – a man with his dirty finger in all sorts of dirty pies, from drug-pushing to extortion and blackmail. But now he is dead and the residents of Overthorpe start to breathe a sigh of relief.

None more so than three men, close friends since childhood. They gather each Friday to enjoy a quiet game of dominoes. Duncan Winslade is a retired police officer; Barry Stocker is unemployed and down-on-his-luck; Alfie Parker runs his own business. All three of them are united by the fact they’re more than glad to see the back of Mickey Craddick.

That’s because each one of them has a secret, and Mickey Craddick has been blackmailing each in turn for years. And not only the Domino Boys, as they are affectionately called; Mickey Craddick has been using and abusing many people in the town of Overthorpe. They’re all happy and relieved that their secrets have been taken to the grave with him.

Just when the Domino Boys think it’s safe to relax, Mickey Craddick’s son, Donnie, comes onto the scene. He wants to take over from where his estranged father left off. He’s got plans and wants to begin by becoming Overthorpe’s next Mr Big. Unbeknown to anyone, Mickey Craddick had kept a detailed record of the town’s many secrets, set out in a pile of little red books. Donnie gets his hands on these and first sets his sights on Duncan, Barry and Alfie, dragging their past misdemeanours back into the open again. He’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Then Donnie discovers a million pounds in counterfeit notes, which his father had been about to sell on before his death, a haul that will help him finance his plans. But the notes go missing, stolen by another contender for the throne – Roberto Ginetta.

The Domino Boys find themselves embroiled in a double-crossing, no-holds-barred underworld power game in which they’re dragged deeper and deeper. Can the three friends survive the vortex of corrupt ambition, extortion and murder unscathed?

The Domino Boys is D. M. Mitchell once more at his imaginative best, penning a fast-moving, twisting, complex, character-driven psychological thriller driving towards his trademark unexpected conclusion that will leave you gasping for breath.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2455 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Agamemnon Independent Publishing (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D1ZAMNG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,702 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You can now follow D. M. Mitchell on Facebook and on Twitter at D. M. Mitchell@dmtheauthor, or visit his official website at www.dm-mitchell.com for book details, his blog on how to be a successful writer, latest releases and author biographies etc.

D. M. Mitchell has been compared to Ruth Rendell, Martina Cole, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Linwood Barclay, Dickens and even the Bronte sisters! This wide array of writing styles is appropriate - though Mitchell is known for his psychological thrillers, he is determined that each of them will be different, so they might be set in different eras, may be straightforward thrillers or have a supernatural or horror twist, and he avoids like the plague the standard and unimaginative serial killer format! You'll find he uses different styles of writing to suit different types of books - it also keeps him from getting bored...

D. M. Mitchell was born into a small mining community in Yorkshire, England. His career advisor said he had two options - go down the mines or become a policeman. Being scared of the dark and never having much meat on his bones, he declined both and in his early years bounced like a pinball from job to job - warehouses, cinema projectionist, market trader, salesman - you get the picture. He sort of made a success of himself and now lives in a money-pit of a cottage in a tiny village in the cream tea heart of the South West of England.

His first remembered attempt at pushing the boundaries of creative writing was during a school lesson at the age of nine. Titled simply 'Rain' his proud masterpiece began with 'It started to rain' then there followed eight pages of nothing but the words 'pitter-patter', concluding with 'and then it stopped'. It was handed over and duly reviewed by his brick wall of a teacher, whose eyebrows flickered up and down ominously, his cheeks flushing bright red, before declaring it total rubbish. He tore it up into ribbons, showered him with his first, and no doubt only tickertape ceremony, and gave him a meaty slap around the head (they could do that sort of thing in 1967). He made him write 'I will not write stupid things for eight pages' for eight pages. Thus he learnt a number of valuable early lessons - the meaning of irony, writing is very subjective, everyone's a critic, and no-one likes a smart-arse.

He persevered, his first novel appearing in 1986 and disappearing into the attic the same year. It's still up there. Many manuscripts later he used to save the piles of rejection slips to paper his bare walls. So the adage is, keep at it, in these times of economic depression you'll soon have the house fully redecorated. Nowadays, writing is the one thing he feels totally comfortable with, except perhaps for a cup of Horlicks on a cold winter's night when the rain goes pitter-patter against the window panes (there it is again...).

Characterisation is an important and noticeable aspect of all Mitchell's novels. It allows him to be whoever he wants to be when he gets fed up of being himself, which is quite often. So too is a sense of mystery and the exploration of the darker side to humanity. There are always strong elements of a complex puzzle to be solved in a D M Mitchell novel, many disparate parts ultimately coming together, tragedy and comedy sitting side by side. As in life, nothing is as it first seems. He takes a keen interest in history, a thread which runs through his writing, whether it's the 1960s or 1970s, as in 'Max' and 'Pressure Cooker', or the Victorian 1880s, as in 'The House of the Wicked'.

His favourite novelists include Barry Unsworth, Thomas Hardy, John Steinbeck and Graham Swift. Top two favourite historical books: Culloden, by John Prebble and The Face of Battle by John Keegan. He also collects first edition novels and takes a keen interest in anything old, tatty and in need of love and restoration. His wife says he needs to get out more.

He has three grown children and also enjoys photography, painting and walking the Blackdown Hills with his wife and an overly excitable Border Terrier - or is that an overly-excitable wife and a Border Terrier... One of the two.

He'd like to thank his growing legion of fans for allowing him to practice being a writer and sharing in his strange and lurid imaginings.

The story 'Rain' has not yet been made available on Kindle...




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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing 27 Oct. 2013
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guessed the ending half way through was easy to put down and not exciting enough to make you rush and pick it up
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateur dramatics 22 Jun. 2013
By Willow
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Sorry, it didn't work for me. The end of the plot was far fetched and the ending could be seen coming from a distance. The premise was a good one, just a shame it didn't meet my expectations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I tried this book on the kindle offers to try a different author. I was disappointed.
I thought it was quite immature but persevered to the end only to discover I had worked it out correctly many chapters ago.
I would not recommend this to my friends, but younger readers may enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating 26 Aug. 2014
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I hadn't really heard of this author, so was intrigued when this title popped up on my Kindle. I'm glad it did. It took me only 3 evenings to read, I just couldn't put it down. I was kept on the edge of my seat, not wanting Donnie Craddick to succeed. I had no idea that the ending was going to be so 'dramatic'. Really impressive. Thank you for such a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 13 Jan. 2015
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After reading The Woman from the Blue Lias and then going for my first ever trip to Lyme Regis, I have now read my second book by D. M. Mitchell and by goodness what a wonderful read it is! I am again right in there with the characters and oblivious to the outside world. Perfect! Thank you Sir, just what I need and love in a book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By PhilR
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The three main characters are well drawn and convincing, as they struggle with pressure from the newly arrived son of a dead local gang leader who had been blackmailing them. When the son tries to take over where is father left off, tensions rise as the three men try to extricate themselves from the situation, without revealing what each of them had done to generate the blackmail in the first place. I read the book very quickly, so I must have found it entertaining. It was a very enjoyable read, though stretching credulity in parts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read 7 July 2014
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This is the 2nd D M Mitchell book I have read. I loved the first one "Blackdown" so decided to try another by the same author. The first thing that struck me was how different this one was, not just the obvious stuff like characters and location but the style of writing, almost as if it were written by someone else. Sometimes when you read more than one work by the same author you get sucked into the style as much as the plot etc but for me the difference in style was noticeable and enjoyable and fitted the work nicely. "The Domino Boys" is an enjoyable read, not too heavy, I found. Perhaps good as a holiday read? The characters are well defined and the description of the Northern pit town struggling in harsh economic times is convincing. I have found in both novels read so far Mr Mitchell has a nice turn of phrase and sometimes sentences stop you in your tracks because they are so apt and well constructed. This book got 4 stars from me because I'm afraid I did guess the ending (and I'm not a reader who likes to solve crime novels). However this did not detract. I like the style, the setting and the characterisation. Will I try another D M Mitchell novel? You bet. Not only to see if his style changes again, but also because his novels are an enjoyable read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant story from this great author 1 July 2014
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Another great read from this author.

Read it all in one day.

Mickey Craddick is dead, a lot of people are relieved.

He’d always been a bully starting from a young age at school, tormenting everyone he could well except his other gang members.

Barry, Alfie and Danny (Barry’s brother inlaw) have all been friends from school and stuck together.

Barry is at a low point in his life, no job, spend all his redundancy money and then to top it off his wife left him. Barry is a carpet cleaner and Danny is a copper well just retired.

All appears to be settling down since Mickey died well that is until his son Donnie turns up strutting around like he’s the big I am.

As soon as he appears he starts trying to pull the strings on all the people that his dad did but no one can understand why until Barry finds out that he has a red journal for lots of people and expects to carry on where his father left off.

But Donnie thinks everyone will take this from him but little does he know that all is not well in Overthorpe.
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