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Black's Creek Paperback – 8 Sep 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon; UK ed. edition (8 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847175287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847175281
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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echoes of Huckleberry Finn, Stand by Me and other wonderful coming of age novels … pure gold

(Bleach House Library)

fast-moving thriller … the short chapters keep the pages turning … an imaginative noir with an unusual narrator


a tense read … an ending that is more poignant that you would usually expect in a crime novel. This for me added an extra touch to a well-written and gripping novel


a dark story, often violent, but with a tenderness that more than offsets the gory detail

(Random Things Through My Letterbox)

a sweaty slice of dark Americana, part crime novel, part coming-of-age tale … heady, atmospheric journey into the dark heart of adolescence. And, by god, we liked it … gothic noir, a small town fever dream in the vein of Jim Thompson, and in this world of cookie-cutter procedurals, that can never be a bad thing

(Crime Thriller Fella)

powerful and atmospheric coming of age story ... beautifully atmospheric, the unfolding story is hauntingly realistic and the sparseness of the narrative only emphasises the stark reality of the story. The writing is imaginative and well-conceived; the author captures perfectly the brooding nature of small town America, a place where resentment lingers and long held grudges are allowed to fester and grow … a compelling page turner and the need to know just how the story would eventually be played out kept me turning the pages long into the night

(Jaffa Reads Too)

The big Sunday question- why have I never read Sam Millar @Thebrinksman before? #amreading Black's Creek- it's ace!

(Raven Crime Reads)

When you begin to review a book with the phrase, “How the hell have I not read this author before?” you know you may be on to a bit of a winner. Such is my reaction to this recent discovery of Sam Millar … this is a real read-in-one sitting book as the slowly escalating sense of peril and Millar’s descriptive prowess, both of characters and location, keep you immersed in the events of this small but multi-faceted community. There is a brilliant build-up of tension, offset by the powerful dynamics of friendship and family that Millar brings to bear on the story. Millar pulls no punches in his depiction of the violence that permeates the attacks, with the more violent interludes in the book being perfectly placed, so the details of these and their ramifications for the community at large, become more vital … Highly recommended and an author that I will unquestionably seek out again

(Raven Crime Reads)

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… a sickening déjà vu kicks me back through all those years; to a time I had hoped would remain buried, days and nights filled with madness and nightmares, when I was barely a teenager, with cold-blooded murder in mind ...

When young Joey Maxwell drowns himself in Jackson’s Lake, near the small town of Black’s Creek in upstate New York, everyone knows who is responsible – an outsider who molested Joey in the woods. The police investigation seems to be getting nowhere, and three teenage boys decide to take justice into their own hands.


A brooding, atmospheric novel from Ireland’s master of noir.

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