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Broken Cats & Cowboy Hats by [Knowles, Roger]
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Abandoned to an indifferent care system from a life torn apart by domestic violence, Mark Doughty gradually grows into a hard and violent man. Put behind bars for murder he escapes from custody, obsessed with exacting retribution on the people he feels responsible for his incarceration.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Forum Publishing; 2 edition (16 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00515LOKO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #608,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although fast paced and exciting enough to please fans of crime/thriller novels, Broken Cats and Cowboy Hats is not your average plot driven crime novel. The characters, in particular Mark Doughty himself, have a depth to them that so often can be missing in contemporary literature. That depth arouses our sympathy, maybe even empathy, and certainly offers an explanation as to why Mark behaves as he does. It would be too easy to condemn Doughty, too easy to catagorise him as the criminal and Mr Knowle's writing does not take that easy option. Is Doughty the criminal, or is Mark the real victim? A question we could, maybe even should, be asking ourselves in today's society.

This novel makes you think and is certainly worthy of the 'page turner' label. However it is more. It makes you think certainly, but it also makes you feel something. And it is that feeling which will remain long after the last page has been turned.

I highly, highly recommend this work.
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I bought this on the strength of the excellent reviews. However,I thought it tried too hard to follow the recent spate of 'my tragic childhood' autobiographies. I found that I could not accept the premise that everyone the boy comes into contact with (except one) is either uncaring and neglectful or just downright incompetent. The idea that the care system is not only badly run but also full of vindictively ambitious people is plainly unbelievable. That said, the story itself does have merit and is very well written. Unfortunately, the ending when it came, was disappointingly handled with, again, incompetence in a supposed professional, a deciding factor. Mark is an intelligent and complex character who, on one hand, can rationalise the horrific things he does but, on the other hand, makes several decisions during the book which are plainly stupid and, even worse, out of character.
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By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2012
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There are so many books about written by survivors of child abuse who have grown up and moved forward and made something of their lives but Broken Cats and Cowboy Hats shows the other side of the coin. It is the story of Mark Doughty who was let down by his parents, foster parents, social workers, educators, in fact everyone he came into contact with, with the result that he grows up into an evil minded violent sociopath who trusts nobody but himself. His story is extremely brutal yet at the same time you just can't help feeling sorry for him and hoping that he will find redemption.

The book also features the detective team of Hogg and Edwards, who we also come across in The Cupboard Under The Stairs and similarly, you can't help feeling sympathy for them as it seems that every case they touch is dogged with problems and goalposts that just keep moving - I certainly wouldn't rest easily if they were stationed at my local Police Station!

A nice quick read that flows at a good pace and certainly keeps the reader interested, with a very dramatic climax and ending. Highly recommended.
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This is definitely a book of parts. Part of it is Mark's upbringing and part of it is when he gets into trouble. Not that he's ever been out of trouble as Mark is truly a nasty piece of work.

This story is quite a bleak one. You know that there won't be a happy ending for Mark. But the writing kept me gripped.
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I suppose, as there is film noir, this would be a novel noir.

It tells the tale of Mark Doughty who has an abusive father, an ineffective (but at least she tried) mother and a childhood that moulds him into psychopath. The social services are ineffectual and the police not much better. The story of his adult life is told to the reader who, as the plot unfolds has an increasing sense of the inevitable. I don't think I'm really letting anything out of the bag here. If you start to read it, that'll be pretty clear. But that doesn't detract from the book. It's no thriller with a twist in the tail and doesn't pretend to be.

You could, if you like, criticise the book for wrong police and social service procedures, but I think that'd be petty. It is a novel after all, so isnt really true y'know. That apart, there's little else to gripe about. The main characters are well drawn, especially Mark and the story is compelling. Although Mark is a thoroughly dislikeable character, towards the end there's certainly some pathos.

It's a brutal (in places), compelling book that once into, you'll find hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it (if "enjoy" is the right word) and you're left with a worrying sense that one of the best social service systems and one of the best police systems in the world are so unwieldy that they can't stop a car crash such as this happening.

Right, what to read next? Something completely different...
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This book is an incredible insight into a life, moulded at birth by family, circumstances and events totally out of the person's control.

Mark Doughty became the person he did through a series of events both intentional and unintentional, the result of which was to mould an innocent baby into a very different man.

By picking on a young girl, he sets in place a chain of events, which will change the lives of everyone involved with him.

Incidentally, if anyone had told me my reaction to the end of the book at the beginning I would never have believed them.

I downloaded this book so I could read all Roger Knowles books, I didn't know what to expect and I hadn't read any reviews. From the start I realised it wasn't the sort of book I would ordinarily have picked, but, it was a tale that had a right to be told. There must be many people to whom this story will ring a bell, far more, I imagine than I would like to think.

I can only say well done to Roger for writing such an amazing, if harrowing piece of work. I hope others will read it because, it gives those who do, an insight into a world hopefully they may never experience.
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