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The Dogs in the Streets [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Murray Davies
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5 May 2006
An explosive tale of justice and revenge in the aftermath of a gruesome terrorist attack

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; 1 edition (5 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330434926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330434928
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,856,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Imagine the one you loved most has been killed by a fanatic’s bomb explosion. Imagine that the politicians’ promises of justice turn to ashes, that the police investigation stalls. That the bombers still walk free – and they will strike again. Then hopes for justice turn to dark visions of revenge – especially as the names of these terrorists are known to all – known even to the dogs in the streets. The relatives of the slain prepare to take the law into their own hands. For they carry their own guilt. Maddy because, unwittingly, she sent her two small children and her husband out to meet their deaths. Rob because he had brought the crippled boy who had saved his life home to Britain, only for him to be killed. Maddy and Rob – and the others – owe debt to the dead. Now they will be avenged. ‘Davies is now firmly established among the premier league of writers delivering fast, well-crafted thrillers…should be in everyone’s beach bag this summer’ Daily Mirror

About the Author

Murray Davies is the author of four previous thrillers, The Drumbeat of Jimmy Sands, The Samson Option, The Devil's Handshake and Collaborator. He lives in Greenwich and Wiltshire.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Never in this world 23 April 2008
Yet again I am astounded how this can be given 5* unles the reviewers are mates or family.
The plot is facile -the ending is apparant before you reach page 10 and the writing feel like year 1 college.

In fact as I read all his 5* reviews the suspicion of all written by the
same hand creeps in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High paced thriller! 1 April 2008
What a find this author is for anyone who hasn't heard of Murray Davies! I picked this up from the library for a business trip, and am thoroughly taken by his style and talent.
Fast paced, with emotive and gritty scenes are the mainstay of this novel, based on a semi-bungled terrorist attack on Salisbury.
I've bought his first novel, "The Drumbeat of Jimmy Sands", and its a cracker too!
Try out this author! Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hands-down, one of my favorite thrillers 13 July 2009
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It's Christmastime in England, and a group of very disparate people are in the streets of one city, trying to get their shopping done or run other errands. Then a bomb goes off, and Maddy loses her husband and son instantly; her daughter is gravely injured. Rob, a doctor, loses the African child he had brought to England for medical treatment and whom he planned to adopt, along with his African girlfriend. An actor loses his partner, another man his girlfriend. But as the death toll mounts, the police investigation stalls...

From the start, this isn't a book about "whodunnit". The reader knows, from very early on, that the culprits are a renegade group of Irish terrorists try to derail the peace process. Indeed, a big part of the tension and drama in the story revolves are juxtaposing the experiences of Maddy, Rob and the other victims with the ordinary lives of the perpetrators, once they are safely out of England and home again. One sister, pregnant with her first child, plans her wedding as the other ponders future terrorist actions.

But with some mysterious tips about who police believe -- but can't prove -- are the culprits, Maddy, Rob and the others decide their only course of action is to punish the terrorists themselves. The tables are turned, and the suspense of this gripping thriller revolves around whether the victims can become perpetrators, whether the police will, ironically, manage to identify and prosecute them for their acts of revenge when they still can't make a case against the terrorists, and whether the terrorists will find a way to strike back in their turn.

This is a straightforward thriller with a difficult question at its heart: is it ever acceptable for victims to take revenge themselves? The pace is non-stop and the drama intense, from Maddy's daughter fight for life to the final confrontation among the three groups of protagonists -- victims-turned-vigilantes, terrorists and law enforcement.

Highly recommended to anyone looking for a book that will remove them from the 'real world' for hours at a time. It's one that I read when it first appeared, and keep re-reading even now that I know all the plot twists -- the ultimate tribute. If you enjoy it, take a look at Davies's other excellent book, Collaborator, set in a world where the English lost the war in 1940 and have been invaded by the Nazis. His other books, while good, don't measure up to these two excellent offerings, however.
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