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Top Dog Paperback – 2 Jun 2014
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Enertaining...as long as you are not too faint-hearted (David Mattin, The Times) --The Times
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GANG LEADER Billy Evans has ruled his turf in London for more years than he can care to remember. So long in fact, that even he realizes that things have become a little too easy. So when an old adversary reappears on the scene, Billy sees a golden opportunity to not only reassert his authority, but to have some much needed fun. Yet all is not as it appears. For this new enemy is far more powerful than any Billy has ever had to deal with before and he's about to discover that he's finally pushed his luck too far. But this time it isn't the law that he has to worry about, it's something far more dangerous.See all Product description
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Can I say something nice about him? He’s loyal to his mate, Hawk. He loves his wife and kids. And he stands his round in the pub. Apart from that he uses and exploits just about everybody.
But who is Billy Evans? I’ll tell you who he is. Back in the 70’s Richard Allen published a cult classic on youthsploitation and the skinhead culture in East London. Joe Hawkins had no morals, no principals to know right from wrong, no scruples, no decency, and he lived for violence and rape.
Billy Evans is Joe Hawkins grown up, but with a difference. He’s got a brain. Those who read the cult Richard Allen books would expect skinhead Hawkins to move into businesses with easy money. Skips for instance. Easy money. But Billy Evans has intelligence. Skips are a dirty business, and Evans likes to keep his hands clean. He controls West Ham’s Cockney Suicide Squad with an iron fist, but finds it unseemly to fight rival supporters himself unless he really has to. And for a business he runs his own BMW and Mercedes showroom. Clean, you see
He’s wealthy, has a business that ticks over nicely and gets his kicks organising violence at football matches. But he’s ambitious, and is ever on the look-out for more easy money.
How about a protection racket. What could be easier? Billy moves into that game, providing protection for East End pubs through the very credible threat of violence. Some would call it extortion. Who cares? For Billy Evans it’s a nice little earner, and if things go wrong he can send some of his Cockney Suicide boys to sort things out.
But then an opportunity comes his way almost by accident, and he tenders to run security at West Ham home matches, the irony of which is not lost on him. It would spoil the story to disclose more. Suffice to say, though, that Billy Evans has the morals of a sewer rat, and no matter how tough the rat there’s always a tougher rat in the next sewer
If you want a good read then my advice is to buy this book, but let me warn you; Dougie Brimson is not afraid to stand toe-to-toe with the reader if that’s what it takes to keep you turning the page. This really is a very readable with a well thought out plot.
Fantastic reading, I could see the characters in my mind, which made it all very real.
Billy, hard man but also family man, likeable at first but when I realised what he was capable of, he got what he deserved.
Unlike his poor wife Sam who didn't seem to realise just how hard he could be.
Unfortunately, it was Sam who suffered the consequences.
Both books are about football hooligan gangs but I can highly recommend them to everyone as a good read.
I have no interest in football but my attention was held throughout.
Dougie Brimson is one of this country's finest modern authors specialising in subjects closest to most men's hearts Football, beer, sex and women.
I got a bit bogged down about 75% through but then could not put it down. I didn't see the ending twist and it's true I got to quite like billy as a character although he didn't deserve being liked. A nasty man..but there are worse
Am female and near 60 and i don't do chick flick preferring more of a story which this was
It could be read stood alone from The Crew
Well done and look forward to book 3
Brimson has in my opinion done the really difficult thing for a author, and has made the sequel better. I enjoyed this book immensely and the twist in the tale was excellent, I hope that the next book in the trilogy wont be long in coming, excellent
Excellent book. Really enjoyed it.
Hope for another to see the top dog get his true desserts.
I read part of this and decided to check the Text to Speech on new Kindle Keyboard.
Quite funny as the robotic speaker seemed to start new paragraphs and then take "breaths" mid sentence.
Not found this before.
Book will be enjoyed by late teen to adult readers not bothered about swear words.
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