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NICK RIPPINGTON is an award-winning author of crime and psychological thrillers.
Based in London, UK, he was the last-ever Welsh Sports Editor of the now defunct News of The World and wrote his debut novel Crossing The Whitewash after being made redundant with just two days notice when Rupert Murdoch closed down Europe’s biggest-selling tabloid in 2011.
The book received an honourable mention in the genre category of the Writers’ Digest self-published eBook awards, judges describing it as "evocative, unique, unfailingly precise and often humorous".
Follow-up novel Spark Out, a prequel set at the time of Margaret Thatcher and the Falklands War, received a Chill With A Book reader award and an IndieBRAG medallion from a prestigious website dedicated to Independent publishers and writers throughout the world. It was also awarded best cover of 2017 with Chill With A Book.
The third book in the Boxer Boys series Dying Seconds, a sequel to Crossing The Whitewash, was released in December 2018.
Nick later released The Boxer Boys Collection containing all three books in digital format and has just completed his fourth novel, a standalone psychological thriller called Rabette Run.
Married to Liz, Nick is now a full-time back bench designer on the Daily Star and has two children – Jemma, 37, and Olivia, 9. A Bristolian at heart, he lives near Ilford, Essex.
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Tough guy Big Mo has an overwhelming desire to emerge from the shadow of his career criminal father and lift his family out of the poverty trap.
So when a warehouse raid turns up more than he bargains for, Mo finds himself in possession of the tools he needs to transform himself from petty criminal to big-time armed robber.
Planning the ultimate raid, Mo’s fortunes seem to be on the rise until Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher orders British troops – including his younger brother Clive – to war in the Falklands.
As Mo fights the police and his own vicious temper, Clive faces a battle for survival in the desolate south Atlantic.
Eventually their two worlds will collide, threatening Mo and all he holds dear.
The second book in the Boxer Boys series, a prequel to Crossing The Whitewash, Spark Out has won three Chill With A Book awards, including cover of the year for 2017. It is also an IndieBRAG badge holder with readers describing it as "compelling" and "a great read". Will suit lovers of Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Stuart MacBride and Ian Rankin
TALENTED teen Gary Marshall is banking on sporting prowess to rescue him from the mean London estates where violence is a constant threat.
Streetwise Arnie Dolan has a simpler solution: form the toughest gang and fight your way out of the poverty trap.
Their unlikely friendship spawns the Boxer Boys, a bond of close-knit brothers-in-arms committed to defend each other against those wishing to invade their territory.
Yet for both boys, hidden dangers lurk closer to home and when a series of shocking events shatter both their dreams, it isn’t until eight years later that Arnie attempts to rekindle their seemingly unbreakable bond.
So where is Gary? And why is he so determined to let the past stay in the past?
What they've said about Nick Rippington's books...
"Evocative, original, unfailingly precise and often humorous"
– Writers Digest eBook judges
“Nick Rippington is an author to watch, creating characters that come alive on the page” - Amazon reviewer
'Knife-wielding drug gangs, an horrific accident, murder and a love story... Nick Rippington’s thriller is a white knuckle ride you won’t be able to put down.' - Book Blogger
Emerson Rabette sets off on a mission to save his job and ends up on the run with a beautiful woman.
If that sounds unlikely, you don't know Emerson. He is no ordinary commuter and this is no ordinary journey.
To get to work on time, the middle-aged graphic designer must not only overcome his paralysing fear of the London Underground, but also quieten the raging voices inside his head. And it's only when the enigmatic Winter arrives on the scene that Emerson is able to subdue his demons and board the train.
But who is this mysterious young lady and why is she so fascinated with a married man twice her age?
And why do Emerson's fellow travellers seem to be paying him so much attention?
Before he can come up with answers, a handwritten message scrawled on the carriage wall sends Emerson into meltdown.
Soon he and Winter are running for their lives, consumed by a mystery that will leave him to question everything he thinks he knows about his family, friends and the world in which he lives.
What the critics say...
’The perfect escapist read for our times’
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ARNIE DOLAN has been ousted by his gang and lost the use of his legs – but he’s determined to drag himself back to the top of the criminal underworld.
A hundred miles away, life has never been better for his former best mate Gary Marshall.
Having changed his name to Gareth Prince in an effort to escape his past, the sports reporter has landed a promotion on his newspaper, scooped a major award and moved in with girlfriend Anjie and son Max. A life free from Arnie is just what the doctor ordered.
That is until tragedy strikes to rock both their worlds.
Forming an uneasy truce in an effort to learn the truth behind a brutal murder, Arnie and Gary encounter hostility both home and abroad as the Brexit debate rages and football hooligans rampage through Marseille.
And as the layers of the onion peel away, they are left questioning everything they thought they knew about their past lives...