All Down The Line by Andrew Field (ISBN: 978-1-9999826-9-0 price £8.99) is a Manchester crime novel about a PR restauranteur who risks his life to force the city’s nastiest gangster to tell the truth about the death of his daughter.
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.
A PR himself, Andrew handled Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday. Other clients 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 Manchester noir love story. Hopefully, it debunks gangster mythology. Critically, it asks what does revenge actually look like?”
“I lived in Manchester most of my adult life and it was and is a great city. As the Stone Roses’ Ian Brown famously said, ‘Manchester has everything, except a beach.’ When I arrived, Castlefield was an industrial wasteland. Now, giant Man-chatten skyscrapers tower over the basin,” said Andrew, who now lives in Northumberland. His previous novels include Wicked Games (published in 2014) and Without Rules (2018).
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