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Col Bury
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Book Description


If you enjoy these short stories, be sure to check out Col's bestselling debut novel MY KIND OF JUSTICE.

Praise for The Cops of Manchester

“Short, sharp, shocking - and all set in my beloved Manchester. Great Stuff!” - Mandasue Heller, bestselling crime writer.

“I've been impressed by Col’s writing and been happy to have the opportunity to publish him, three times.” - Maxim Jakubowski, author, editor and publisher.

“Bury is going places. He shows boldness by tackling different styles of writing which encompass humour, paranoia, action thrillers and urban discontent.” -

“Col Bury pulls no punches, landing a flurry of hard jabs to the solar plexus that leaves us breathless. This is tight, gritty, bare-knuckle writing.” - Howard Linskey, author of The Drop.

“Fast dialogue and edgy plots, keeps you turning the pages. Cracking!” - Sheila Quigley, author of the Seahills series, and the Holy Island trilogy.

“Bury has the ability to draw you into a story fast, gripping the reader by lapels and not letting you go. With razor sharp dialogue and a vast array of grim characters, Col Bury epitomises the term ‘Brit Grit’.” - Luca Veste, author of Dead Gone.

Product Description

Ever fancied being a cop?

Could you handle the pressure of hunting down a vigilante who’s killing criminals at a ferocious rate? Consider how you would deliver a death message to a distraught parent. Would you protect the public by tailing a gangster’s vehicle, knowing the occupants were armed? Or follow a suspect into a dark alley? How would years of dealing with society’s appalling, and often violent, underbelly affect you? And, does anyone really like a bent cop?

Love them or loathe them, cops run toward danger as everyone else flees.

With alternating short and longer fiction, The Cops of Manchester provides an eclectic taste of life as a cop - with a few 'surprises' - in the gritty urban setting of Manchester, UK.

Author’s note: some of these stories are hard-hitting, so not for the faint-hearted.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Ganglion Press; 1 edition (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BP3WWX4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I sincerely hope you enjoy 'The Manchester Series'. It's not for the faint of heart. I promise twists and dark wit of the true 'Brit Grit' variety, plus characters to remember. After eBooks of gritty, short crime stories and flash fiction, the plan is to culminate via a crescendo of novels on shelves, featuring my unusual cop, Jack Striker.
Update: the plan is coming to fruition - my debut crime novel, MY KIND OF JUSTICE will be published by Caffeine Nights in 2015.
Thanks for reading.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cops of Manchester 10 Mar. 2013
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I enjoyed Mr Bury's previous collection (Manchester 6)so was interested to read this new set of stories. Col Bury is associated with the Brit Grit tough crime movement, so some of these are not suitable for my mother.I will be honest and say that I am not an avid reader or particular fan of this genre, so may well not represent the target audience here.
All of the stories are based around the theme of Manchester policemen, though in quite a few of them the connection is very tenuous, and the protagonist might just as well have been a plumber from Leeds for all the difference it made. Oddly enough, these were some of the best stories for me, since they dealt with experiences of everyday people and I could relate to them more. There was humour, sadness, despair and hope, all evoked in very few pages.
Of course, we need to take a run through some of the staples of the genre,so out on the mean streets we go where there are good cops, bad cops, Glocks a-plenty, vigilantes, missions of revenge, brutal slayings, sprayed brain matter,tough dialogue and, naturally, someone Duct-taped to a chair. Also thrown in are a couple of pure horror stories. These I liked a little less, but that's just me, you may find them the highlights of the collection.
Mr Bury tells good stories, very economically. I read these last night and this morning I can remember the plot and characters of each one very clearly. I much prefer someone telling me a story to an author shoving great chunks of writing in my face, and Col Bury fits the bill to perfection. No clunking adjectives, no attempts to write "prose" at me, he gets out of the way and lets the characters get on with it.
This is a very short collection and costs money, which may be a drawback in a world where everyone has a Kindle full of free novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Crime Collection 20 April 2013
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There's something very satisfying about getting to grips with a short story collection. You can see a story through to the end in a relatively short bus journey and be satisfied and ready for the next. I was concerned that the author had pigeon holed himself into a relatively narrow theme but my concern was misplaced. Col Bury has delivered an interesting range of tales told from different perspectives.

The writing was descriptive and cleverly so, I never felt that anything was dragged out, so the stories flowed just as they should. As with any diverse collection there were a couple of stories that didn't really work for ME. I emphasise the me because there was nothing wrong with the writing, I was just unsatisfied with the conclusion.

A nicely rounded collection and the emphasis IS on the action. This is where Bury comes into his own. The action sequences were believable and really sucked me into the story. My favourite? Mopping Up the final story. He saved the best for last! This could easily have been a novella such was the breadth and scope of it. Well worth the money and a real treat for lovers of the crime genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written short stories on life as a cop 7 April 2013
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The Cops of Manchester is a collection of twelve short stories on life as a cop in Manchester England.

Col Bury is an author closely associated with the Brit Grit genre – epitomized by tough, no-nonsense writing – and The Cops of Manchester clearly fits smack bang in the middle of it. The stories within vary significantly in length and stretch along the continuum from humorous to hard. As the title implies all are based in Manchester and have police officers at the core of each story.

The collection starts with Broken, only a matter of pages and a brutal image of life betrayed.

Death Message is a longer, much lighter tale where a probationary Constable has to deliver notice of the demise of a member of the public to a relative. However, he makes a fundamental error which is on one hand funny, the other incredibly incompetent (and believable).

Frantic is short and shocking. A paedophile is living in the area and an off-duty policeman is shopping with his children. It’s a quite disturbing ‘what if’ tale that would deliver a shiver to any parent.

The Writing on The Wall is a nasty story. A couple buy a house and uncover scores on the wall. I won’t say any more in case of giving it away. It’s sad and harsh.

Eyes Wide Shut is a cracker, one of the best in the collection. A policeman is tied to a chair by a local man who accuses him and his partner of raping his prostitute daughter. The policeman tries to talk his way out of a certain death.

Mopping Up is a story that deserves turning into a full length novel. A vigilante (The Hoodie Hunter) is mopping up local crime, literally knocking off the criminals. The police are trying their hardest to catch him, but without success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short stories 11 Mar. 2013
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A good series of short stories which build up to a brilliant vigilantly style story that ends the book so well, a story that has the potential for a longer part two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fair Cop Guv 23 Mar. 2013
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This is an excellent collection of short stories, giving an insight into the grittier side of the good old British Bobby. There are plenty of thrills, spills and kills the likes of which you would never have seen on The Bill. Mr Bury writes with a no nonsense gritty style that drags you along into the story, leaving you no choice but to carry on reading until the end. So if you want to see Manchester like you have never seen it before grab a copy and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not for me
Published 16 days ago by Mr M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
really enjoyed this book, being a cop this reminds me of some of the incidents that I have attended in the past. Look forward to many more books by Col
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 5 months ago by Alexandru G M
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cops of Manchester
Wish I'd come across this sooner! Really happy with my purchase and Eagerly await Mr Bury's novel release.
Published 6 months ago by michael leigh redfearn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cops Of Manchester
The Roald Dahl of crime! Grabs you from page one. Hard hitting with a twist in the tale... A brilliant writer.
Published 7 months ago by Adela
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Poor in comparison to better know authors.
Published 9 months ago by Malcolm Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of the dark side of manchester
It reflects perfectly the grittiness of manchester and gives you an insight to some of the lowlife that live there
Published 21 months ago by Elizabeth Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and extremely gritty
Read this following a recommendation from a friend. i have to say after reading the first few pages i was completely hooked. Read more
Published on 12 July 2013 by SCOTT WEBB
5.0 out of 5 stars Life on the mean streets.
Another hard-hitting and realistic collection of flash fiction and short, sharp stories from Col Bury. Read more
Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by Paul D Brazill
5.0 out of 5 stars City slicker.....
I was a bit disappointed with this collection,but only because I read it in one go! I just had to finish it cos I needed to see what direction Col was going to go in next! Read more
Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by Redeye
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