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Top Dog [Paperback]

Dougie Brimson
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Book Description

15 Mar 2001
When Billy Evans, kingpin football hooligan, decides to go semi-legit and start his own security firm he believes no one can touch him. But when he agrees to help a football club out of its financial crisis by putting its young Irish star out of action so they can claim the insurance money, his troubles are only just beginning. For the footballer has connections in Ireland who will not let this crime go unpunished. Suddenly Billy Evans realises that everything he holds dear is under threat.

Product details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (15 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747270244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747270249
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,508,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Having written 15 books and a multi award winning feature film in under 16 years, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has emerged as one the UK's most prolific writers.

After 18 years service with the Royal Air Force -including both the Falklands and Gulf War 1- the ex-Sergeant engineer's literary career began in 1996 when he co-wrote a book based on his experiences as a soccer casual entitled Everywhere We Go.

This groundbreaking work examined the culture of soccer fandom from the inside and has become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the game and its supporters. A further 13 books have followed and their success has established the author as one of the worlds leading authorities on the issues of both the game and lad culture. His latest book, Wings of a Sparrow, was released in December 2012.

The next 12 months will see the addition of at least two new ebooks onto the Brimson portfolio.

The first, will be the third book in the best-selling 'The Crew/Top Dog' trilogy followed by the much anticipated sequel to Billy's Log.

Away from the literary world, Dougie is also an accomplished screenwriter having penned the critically acclaimed short movie IT'S A CASUAL LIFE and the full length feature, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS starring Elijah Wood. Following its release in September 2005, the film won numerous awards including:

Narrative Jury Prize - SXSW Film Festival
Narrative Feature Audience - SXSW Film Festival
Best of Festival - Malibu Film Festival
Jury Award (feature) - Malibu Film Festival
Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

After a successful worldwide cinema release, the movie went on to sell over 80,000 DVD units during its first week on sale in the UK alone.

TV and radio credits include Sky News, BBC News, BBC News24, NBC, CBN, ESPN, Talk Radio and Radio 5 Live whilst Dougie has also produced and presented two motorsport series for Granada Television as well as working as a presenter for Bravo TV. In 2007, he also produced a motorsport series for Channel 5 in the UK covering the sport of BrisCA Formula One Stock Car racing.

Dougie is currently working on a variety of new movie projects including the forthcoming Brit-zombie flick Killerweed (currently in pre-production), Mister One Hundred (a biography of Welsh darts legend Leighton Rees), Wings of a Sparrow (a football based comedy), Soldier, Soldier (based around the war in Afghanistan) and an adaptation of his own novel, Top Dog, which is due to begin filming in Summer 2013.

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Review long as you are not too faint-hearted (David Mattin, The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

A thriller in the tradition of 'The Long Good Friday.'
Hooligan gang leader Billy Evans is above the law. He knows it, and they know it. And when you regard the law as an irrelevance, all kinds of opportunities can open up for you. Especially when you begin to exert your increasingly powerful influence over the back street pubs and clubs of East London. So when Billy gets the chance to make some serious money very quickly by helping a football club with an insurance scam, he grabs it with both hands. But he’s about to discover that this time, he's finally pushed his luck too far. And this time it isn't the law he'll have to contend with. It's something far more dangerous.

Review from 'Over Land and Sea.'

For those of you who are familiar with the genre of ‘Football’ books, Dougie Brimson needs no introduction as an author. He has given us many factual title’s including Derby Days and Capital Punishment to name but two. Last year he came up with a ‘fictional’ story entitled ‘The Crew’. In this, Dougie introduced us to the character of Billy Evans who, as leader of the infamous West Ham CSS (Cockney Suicide Squad) led a team of lads from various ‘crews’ around England on a trip to the Euro Championships. Now, as a follow up, Dougie has written a story that, for all West Ham fans at least, is a must for your collection!

The story revolves around the CSS again but this time, in more depth. We travel with the gang to various football locations and read, in great detail, the workings of the fans minds on away trips. The description of the match at Old Trafford is one that will transport you so as to be able to feel ‘you are there’

Mind you, the story is not just another ‘soccer violence’ yarn. Interwoven within the football is the story of a ‘business’ man trying to get on in life and, setting up a company to give fellow lads various forms of ‘employment’.

The story runs along at a furious pace, but never loses sight of detail. The author has gone to great lengths to do his research and, from this reviewer’s point of view, has done a marvellous job. His characterisations will have readers thinking that they even know people exactly like the one’s in this novel and the plot will have you caught up in the web of intrigue from beginning to end, especially the end as there is rather a good twist written in to this book.

All l can end on saying is……MORE PLEASE!

Review from 'The Yellow Experience.'

While a natural follow up to the highly acclaimed ‘The Crew’ this book is not a sequel in the true meaning of the word. Many of the key characters remain, and the gritty world of underground business still provides the central plot to the story; but other than that, the similarity of the 2 books rests with the quality of story, and the unnerving final twist to the plot. Billy Evans, like all top boys, believes he is infallible. Cocky, arrogant and successful! Everything he gets involved in seems to work out for his benefit. He has the uncompromised support of his mates in the CSS, a sense of loyalty that any true fan of the beautiful game will instantly recognise. But perhaps he has just too much confidence. I am not going to give you any help with the storyline, and you will thank me for that. For ‘Top Dog’, like ‘The Crew’ is a scintillating journey. But this time it is not Europe, but the dark streets of the East End where on every corner there is a way for Billy Evans to improve his position. It is a must read book as the current season gives way to summer, which will give way to the new season, and new opportunity for someone.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as The Crew. 4 April 2001
By A Customer
Having read the brilliant 'The Crew' last year, I was eagerly awaiting this book although I had my doubts that Dougy would be able to deliver anything as punchy and dramatic. But I shouldn't have worried for this is certainly an excellent sequel and is, if anything, even punchier than the first book. The descriptive but raw style of the writing leaves the reader in no doubt that here is an author who knows exactly who his books are pitched at while the content shows, if there were any doubts, that he clearly knows his stuff.
A great read and I only hope that this isn't the end of the line for the hero Billy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read ! 20 July 2012
By Hampton
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Having read the first book I felt it right to read the sequel.Really worth a read although slightly far fetched with the security and the involvement with the IRA but with a really surprising twist at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Downloaded after reading The Crew 19 Jun 2012
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I wouldn't have read this if I did not have a kindle. Really enjoyed The Crew for free so paid for this to share with my dad. Gosh is football really like this!
I got a bit bogged down about 75% through but then could not put it down. I didn't see the ending twist and it's true I got to quite like billy as a character although he didn't deserve being liked. A nasty man..but there are worse
Am female and near 60 and i don't do chick flick preferring more of a story which this was
It could be read stood alone from The Crew
Well done and look forward to book 3
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 14 Mar 2012
By Berry
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Got this for my husband to read, he thoroughly enjoyed it, as he has all of Dougie Brimson's books. Great plot, well written and thought through and excellent twist at the end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storming! 16 April 2001
By A Customer
Top Dog was one of the best reads I've enjoyed in ages. True to life, brilliantly researched and more fist and boot violence than any book legitimately requires!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Lad Lit 30 April 2001
By A Customer
At long last there seems to be some 'real' books written by 'real' people, finding there way on to the shelves. Streetwise, working class 'bloke' authors are somehow getting passed the stuck up twats in publishers who don't seem to realise that a lot of people have no interest in the diary of some fat old boiler, or struggling through a novel where the author seems more intent in proving how clever he or she is, rather than writing an entertaining story.
This book is real lad lit. Colin Butts, Is Harry On The Boat? and Kevin Sampson, Powder, are two other authors who seem to fall within this category, and I wish there were a lot more. Unlike the two aforementioned books, Top Dog probably wouldn't appeal to the fairer sex. What it has in common though, is a feeling that it would make great viewing. All these books seem to contain little mood or scene setters, which are great for conjuring up mental images.
In Top Dog though, one of these is done to death and has made me take off one star - smoking. Was the author sponsored by B&H as well as a computer co? It became tiresome, annoying and almost laughable. More imagination and variety next time please!
On the whole the book was well researched and the best complement any book can have in my opinion, is that I looked forward to picking it up again. To make the reader care for such an obnoxious 'hero' is no mean achievement. The ending had some nice twists and didn't quite go down the Long Good Friday route I was expecting.
On the whole, this is the sort of book I'd recommend to friends who don't normally read books. If there were more Lad Lit books like this, then I reckon the book buying greater than it already is. Keep churning them out son!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 9 Dec 2011
By Andy
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Wow, what a book. A really gripping sequel to The Crew, with more twists and turns than a snake around a corkscrew. A really great author who I might have overlooked without my Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars top dog 14 Mar 2014
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good easy read, that said you could not warm to the characters in the book. the police came across as out of depth and disorganized which am sure is untrue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bill
This is a great free book and a must for your kindle I don't normally read this type of book but found it hard to put down
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Dog
I'd have bet you a pound to a penny that Dougie's fiction would be no good, but then again I'm not a good gambler. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars top dog
An absolute brilliant read, well worth the time, and a great ending anybody who follows football will enjoy this ...
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I refuse to write so much for each little object and do will cut and paste this into each section to avoid having to retype endlessly.
Published 4 months ago by janet quick
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent book
Good read, dark in places. Can be slightly repetitive in places though. The Crew is better of the two in the series but both are winners.
Published 4 months ago by Chris Wingett
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Read this after reading "The Crew" and enjoyed it nearly as much. Not for younger readers due to extreme language. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm
I read this too quick, impossible to leave, great twists and a storyline which leaves you wanting more yet sadly it finishes with a come uppance never expected,
A must read.
Published 4 months ago by Mr Michael C Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Brimson does it again!
This is the second book I have read by Mr. Brimson. I stumbled upon 'The Crew' by pure accident, however, was hooked by the first chapter. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dionne Sulph
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read excellent book that in my opinion was even better than The Crew which was also an excellent read
Published 5 months ago by darren Lee
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was really looking forward to this book as I really enjoyed the crew. It started really well but got a little far fetched near the last quarter. Read more
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