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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (10 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755345703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755345700
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 785,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Owen has been carving out a name for himself as the author of tough and pungent crime novels, and his upwards trajectory is continued with Two Tribes, a novel which delivers quite the same kind of punch as its predecessors. The time is the 1970s, and the police in north Manchester are girding their loins for a large scale riot as extremists line up for a major confrontation. Handstead New Town in north Manchester in at the epicentre of this potential flashpoint, and the beleaguered band of coppers are desperately formulating tactics. DCI Dan Harrison has a useful resource: the hooligan cops in uniform (who we met in previous books in the sequence), but he'll need everything he can call on to get through the most challenging policing problem of his career. And it's not as if he had limitless physical resources of his own to summon up -- he has been working round the clock, and is feeling the effects. Needless to say, the ordinary problems of crime in the area have not taken a holiday, and another major headache is a serial rapist who is cleverly eluding capture. Not to mention an outbreak of murderous violence among the retired, a persistent flasher and numerous other intractable problems; Dan Harrison has his work cut out for him.

Charlie Owen's publishers invoke both Life on Mars and The Sweeney on the jacket to give readers an idea of what they will find between the covers here, and these two references are canny subjects to mention; although Two Tribes is not a parodic as the former, we see a lot of the same kind of policing as we find in the Gene Hunt squad (with the same sardonic sense of humour on display), and the tough coppers of The Sweeney are hovering in the background. Charlie Owen was, of course, himself a policeman, and has personal experience of everything from the Poll Tax riots to football hooliganism. He's the perfect chronicler for the barely controlled mayhem that he delivers in his series of novels. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A kaleidoscope of unbridled moral mayhem. [Charlie Owen] narrates with a genuinely deft, distinctly nonregulation-issue wit." "--Daily Telegraph" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terence R. Bell on 6 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
once again charlie Owen has written a brilliant book, this follows all of the others in the saga. this last one is both funny and sad, Charlie blends the humour and the sadness in just the right amounts. you would need to read the rest of the series to get a better understanding the background to the many characters in his book. it is really funny and follows the trials and tribulations of a motley group of cops who patrol the fictional northern town of Handstead. You feel all the humanity within his characters,its just so sad this is the last one , but we can live in hope that Charlie Owen might reconsider. Read this you will not regret it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Alderwick on 4 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Ive had the pleasure to read all three previous books!! Two Tribes is again brilliantly written and the characters are again truely amazing!! You cant put the book down once you start. It starts nice and slow and builds to a brilliant ending!! Please dont put an end to such a wonderful group of characters Charlie!! Keep going!! Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Stephen Grant on 17 Feb. 2010
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I've read all 4 of Charlie Owens book and this one has to be the best (close call with his 2nd book Foxtrot Oscar)Foxtrot Oscar, Horse's Arse, Bravo Jubilee. If your a bobby, or especially a retired bobby you will love these books (unless your of the uptight politically correct type), which are all about policing in the 60's in the worst division in a policing area - we all know one. As soon as you start reading you'll realise that you know all the charecters as there is someone like that in your own force area. I've lent these books to a number of mates in the job and they are all addicted to the story lines and the rip roaring humour that will leave you short of breath and dieing for more. Charlie Owen has said that he isn't going to write any more horses arse books and I think thats a major shame, as he's on to a gold mine here and I need my fix. For those of you who aren't in the job I've been told (only got 10 years in) that this is what it really was like so buy them, read them, enjoy them and laugh like you've never laughed before! If you like life on mars then you'll love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Stewart on 13 Feb. 2010
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Yet again another great book by Charlie Owen. I came across Horses Arse (the first book in the series) by accident and really enjoyed getting to know the characters at Handstead. Every time another book was due to be published, I was one of the first to buy it. Each book is written with whit and insight into life at a police station in the seventies and, to be fair, it could have been anywhere. Those were the days before political correctness and a cotton wool state came into force. When you could call "a spade a spade" and not be had up in court for racial abuse. The way that the books are written make you actually believe that you are re-living those wonderful times. I would like to thank Charlie Owen for sharing his stories with me over these last few years. It is such a shame that all good things must come to an end!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Adkin on 14 Feb. 2010
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i now own all of the series, 4 books and they are so funny and riveting. its all about a shift of police officers in the late 70's to early 80's, back when they werent bogged down with paperwork, and didnt do the job for the money, just do yourself a favour and get all 4. you'll be chuckling for days
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By carol owen on 10 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
As the author's sister, you'd expect me to be biased! But the story builds with the now known and loveable? charactors to a finale worth waiting for. You sometimes wish that policing today could take a little of the action from the 70's to sort out some of our current poblems! Another page turner and very entertaining.
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This is the 4th and final book in the series.
Being an ex policeman, who policed during the period the stories covered, I have to say I see pen pictures, if somewhat over empasised, of people that I know.
Some of the incidents mentioned did actually take place as described, in fact I worked at a station where one did take place. I also know the originator of one of the others.
The author in this series has clearly collated a number of tales from around the country and welded them into a great mini series.
Loved this book as much as the first but understand fully his reasons for not carrying on.
You dont have to be an ex cop to enjoy, for some it will be an eye opener.
If you have not read the earlier books, read them first, you will not be dissapointed. If you are an ex cop and policed during the period 1969-82ish. A MUST READ!
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This is a shame as in Mr Owen says in his foreword that it's the end of the saga, and a joy as in it's another blinding success. A previous reviewer has commented that this was "a book too far", I respectfully disagree on the grounds that with the format of the books and the continued growth of the characters that I would gladly read one a year, as they came out, if the author felt the urge. By this I mean that the characters are so broad in personality and age that a book a year would, in my eyes, be always interesting as these are mostly based on dialogue and the progession of the characters.

All in all, I'd highly recomend this, and the previous three Charlie Owen books and can only hope he does a u-turn on his decission and again brings back DCI Harrison, Pizza, The Brothers and the rest.
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