The Man on the Street - Jimmy Mullen Newcastle Crime Thriller (Paperback)Trevor Wood (author)
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A homeless veteran turns dogged investigator in Wood’s edgy, deftly structured mystery as a girl pleads for help in finding out what happened to her father.
Longlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021
Winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2020
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.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 301 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm
'Fresh, original, authentic and gritty - should be an instant classic' - Lee Child
'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
'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
'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
'I can safely say it will be huge . . . Flying through it. It's a brilliant read and I love Jimmy' - Patricia Gibney
'A superbly written trip through the shadows of my hometown with a unique protagonist as a tour guide' - Robert Scragg
'Superb and going to make serious waves. Love it' - Rob Parker
'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
'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
'The characters are great and the descriptions of life on the streets are heartbreakingly convincing' - Literary Review
'An impressive debut, offering unsentimental insights into the everyday lives of people who end up on the streets' - Sunday Times
'Wood has done his research to create a credible and compassionate tale of society's most marginalised. Crime fans will welcome the arrival of Sherlock Homeless' - Sunday Times Crime Club (Star Pick)
'Solid plotting, strong characterisation and a likable and sympathetic protagonist add up to an assured debut' - Guardian
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