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The Man on the Street

by Trevor Wood

Part of the Jimmy Mullen Series

The Man on the Street Synopsis

Introducing the most unforgettable investigator of 2020. Gritty, Newcastle-set crime for fans of Ian Rankin and Val McDermid. 'A unique protagonist and a cracking plotline ... a smart, thought-provoking crime read with bags of heart and humanity' MARI HANNAH 'I can safely say it will be huge ... an excellent read' PATRICIA GIBNEY It started with a splash. Jimmy, a homeless veteran grappling with PTSD, did his best to pretend he hadn't heard it - the sound of something heavy falling into the Tyne at the height of an argument between two men on the riverbank. Not his fight. Then he sees the headline: GIRL IN MISSING DAD PLEA. The girl, Carrie, reminds him of someone he lost, and this makes his mind up: it's time to stop hiding from his past. But telling Carrie, what he heard - or thought he heard - turns out to be just the beginning of the story. The police don't believe him, but Carrie is adamant that something awful has happened to her dad and Jimmy agrees to help her, putting himself at risk from enemies old and new. But Jimmy has one big advantage: when you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose.

The Man on the Street Press Reviews

I can safely say it will be huge ... flying through it. An excellent read -- Patricia Gibney Wood's vivid evocation of Newcastle takes us into the depths of the city, and through Jimmy - our unlikely investigator - delivers an unsparing examination of life on the streets * Val McDermid * I've just finished The Man on the Street, and I hugely enjoyed it. Wood is the real thing. I recently read the last Rebus, and it absolutely stands up to that level. It's smart, witty, compassionate and real, and the dialogue is brilliant. It's a fine thriller with something to say - and it feels like a blast of fresh air in the genre -- Stef Penney, author of The Tenderness of Wolves Brings a fresh voice and a totally original perspective to the 'detective as outsider'. A homeless man, traumatised and violent, makes an unusual hero, but a hero with wit and courage who will win readers' hearts -- Isabelle Grey Superb and going to make serious waves. Love it -- Rob Parker A superbly written trip through the shadows of my hometown with a unique protagonist as a tour guide -- Robert Scragg I can safely say it will be huge . . . Flying through it. It's a brilliant read and I love Jimmy -- Patricia Gibney Intricate, expertly paced with a shocking conclusion. The dialogue is on-point, the narrative is flawless and Jimmy is a character you root for from page one. Believe me when I say this, Trevor Wood has a bright future in the world of crime fiction. Simply superb -- M W Craven, author of The Puppet Show The story races along at a cracking pace, lots of tension in the twists and turns, and Jimmy is hugely engaging and complex. It's a rare skill to develop a sympathetic character with such a chequered history for whom one so wants a happy ending. A deeply satisfying read -- Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange What more do you want from a debut than a unique protagonist and a cracking plotline? A smart, thought-provoking crime read with bags of heart and humanity -- Mari Hannah Fresh, original, authentic and gritty - should be an instant classic * Lee Child *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787479166
Publication date: 19th March 2020
Author: Trevor Wood
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 432 pages
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Trevor Wood

Trevor Wood has lived in Newcastle for twenty-five years and considers himself an adopted Geordie. He's a successful playwright who has also worked as a journalist and spin-doctor for the City Council. Prior to that he served in the Royal Navy for sixteen years. Trevor holds an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) from UEA. The Man on the Street is his first novel.

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