A gritty, darkly fascinating story set inside two repugnant yet compelling organised crime gangs in Manchester. The O’Briens and the Boddlington gang find themselves at war after Paddy O’Brien, notorious criminal and gang leader is stabbed. As the flames of violent revenge flicker outwards, all hell breaks loose and lives are lost and forever altered. Marnie Riches handles the twisted relationships within this story beautifully, as I got to know these characters, see their lives behind the obvious violence, my thoughts and feelings flickered. There aren't any loveable characters trotting through the pages, instead greed, malevolence, and ruthlessness are set to rampage. Among the darkness, a lightness of touch by Riches, allows an occasional smirk or feeling of sympathy to float free. ‘Born Bad’ unflinchingly stomps it’s way through your awareness, and is an entirely thrilling and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
'Reading Born Bad for the first time was a totally immersive experience. Marnie Riches envelops the reader in the criminal underworld of Manchester – and every character is completely, terrifyingly alive, from violent gang leaders to sidekicks with a secret passion for classic fiction. Darkly comic, brutally honest and always razor-sharp, Born Bad explores what it means to be part of the most famous feuding families in the North – a place where only the strongest will survive. Marnie Riches is an incredible talent and we’re so proud to publish her at Avon HarperCollins.' ~ Phoebe Morgan, Editor, AVON HarperCollins
A powerful, gritty novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches. The battle is on...When gang leader Paddy O'Brien is stabbed in his brother's famous nightclub, Manchester's criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O'Brien family must face a tough decision - sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king. But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won't go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands - but only the strongest will survive...
PRAISE FOR BORN BAD:
'Gritty and gripping'
Kimberley Chambers, Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller
'I loved the energy of this book...Riches story-telling is blistering, vivid and super-pacy. It's also very funny, even at its darkest.
PRAISE FOR MARNIE RICHES PREVIOUS SERIES:
'Fast-paced and enthralling'
C. L. Taylor, author of The Missing
'Fast, furious, fantastic...One killer thriller!'
'A strong, edgy debut that deserves to do well'
'Raw, brutal and utterly compelling. Riches is an explosive new talent.'
'Marnie Riches arrives with a fully formed narrative skill that suggests decades of experience; she's created a wonderfully idiosyncratic heroine, prone to bad judgement, and placed her in an artfully constructed novel that even incorporates cogent discussions of sexuality and gender. Ms Riches is clearly a name to watch!'
BARRY FORSHAW, author of Euro Noir and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction
Publication date: 09/03/2017
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||9th March 2017|
|Publisher:||AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways prison. Able to speak five different languages, she gained a Masters degree in Modern & Medieval Dutch and German from Cambridge University. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser. In her spare time, she likes to run, mainly to offset the wine and fine food she consumes with great enthusiasm. Author photo © Phil TragenMore About Marnie Riches