All Down The Line (ISBN: 978-1-9999826-9-0 price £8.99) by north Northumberland author Andrew Field will be published on 7 December 2020 by Boomslang Books.
Set in the author’s former home city of Manchester, a PR man and restauranteur risks his life to force the city’s nastiest gangster to break his own wall of silence to discover the chilling truth about the death of his daughter twenty years ago.
The synopsis reads:
Cain Bell thought he had closure over his daughter’s hit and run death after Ted Blake confessed he was behind the wheel just before he died.
Fast forward twenty years and Cain’s fiancée claims the driver was lying. Before she can say more, a savage attack leaves her in a coma fighting for her life.
To make sense of the assault, Cain must discover why four friends swore blind to never reveal the tragic truth about the circumstances surrounding the killing of his daughter.
He can only succeed if he persuades Manchester’s most terrifying gangster to talk.
But Billy McGinty is in no mood to break his own wall of silence. Somehow Cain must convince him to spill the beans, even if it means putting his own life on the line.
“All Down The Line’s tense noirish menu of Manchester, Rock’n’Roll, prime-time Rolling Stones, restaurants, gangsters, accountability, truth and human frailties is impossible to resist,” said Boomslang publisher, Julian Charles.
Andrew Field spent most of his working life PR in Manchester raising the profiles of others, handling Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday. Clients have also included a convicted armed bank robber and another who did eighteen months prison time for blackmail, although he didn’t know about their colourful backstories at the time.
“All Down The Line is an interrupted noir love story set in Manchester. How does a bereaved father convince Manchester’s nastiest and most ruthless gangster to spill the beans about the death of his daughter and an attack on his fiancée that leaves her fighting for her life? And if he succeeds, what does revenge looks like?”
“As Ian Brown of the Stone Roses famously said, ‘Manchester has everything, except a beach.’ When I arrived in the city, Castlefield was an industrial wasteland. Now it is overlooked by Manc-hatten’s giant skyscrapers that have transformed the city’s skyline. What is progress for some, might be a step too far others,” said Andrew, who currently lives in north Northumberland by the sea with his partner Catherine. Previous novels include Wicked Games (published in 2014) and Without Rules (2018).