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What would you do for seven hundred and fifty grand?
Would you betray your friends? Would you gamble your future? Would you kill?
Four men with dirty pasts and uncertain futures discover just what they're capable of when they have the chance to get their hands on a fortune, in this action-packed noir from the author of The Hunters and The Glasgow Grin.
They lie, they steal, they double-cross, they kill, and they gamble it all for the big score. But one thing’s for certain, when the gamble is this big somebody has to lose.
The Gamblers is a powerful, complex, well-plotted crime thriller that makes the most of its gritty British setting. A cast of strong characters spout profane and snappy dialogue at each other and, once experienced, its explosive blood-spattered finale is difficult to forget. It would be a crime to miss it.
The author of The Glasgow Grin and The Gamblers serves up 11 sharp slices of Brit Grit for you to sample. Tales that grab you by the throat and don’t let go. Tales that beat you down and do nasty things to you while you’re out cold. Tales that live with you long after you've finished the final page.
A security guard gets more than he bargained for when he pays a visit to The Carpenter’s Arms; two women cause all manner of mayhem when they suffer from a bout of Bus Rage; a mother’s death brings about a permanent rift between brother and sister in The Short Goodbye; and the Stanton brothers cut a kneecapping, bone-breaking, foul-mouthed swathe through the underworld in The Greatest Show in Town, The Beautiful Game, One Sixteenth and The Fight.
This here's the hard stuff. And you'll take it and like it!
Eric Stanton has a big problem. Three armed robbers have stolen ten grand of his boss’ money from him. So far, so bad.
However, his boss isn’t the kind of man who will take that kind of loss lying down. If Eric can't get the money back, then it becomes his debt. And Alan Piper isn't the kind of man he wants to owe money to, especially when he can’t afford to pay. So that leaves one option: get the money back before anybody notices it’s gone!
But when Eric realises that he’s been set up and that this is part of a bigger picture, he does the one thing he can think of to even up the score – he brings in his brother, Derek. Now, Derek might not be the smartest man on the planet, or the most reliable, but he’s six-feet-four, strong as an ox and handy with his fists.
So the brothers decide to play detective and take a trip around the seamier parts of Teesside in search of the money – upsetting the locals, breaking bones and trading quips, right up until the brutal finale.
Foul-mouthed, fast-moving and bone-crunchingly violent – this is one Case that’s bound to make you curious!
Mike Hollister is in trouble. Deep trouble. Having been sucked into a trap by a stunner with emerald eyes, he's now being taken for a ride by some very smart blackmailers. He's fresh out of luck and almost out of time. So he does the one thing he can in that situation. He brings in the Stanton brothers to help him. All he wants is the blackmailers off his back, but the brothers have other ideas. They intend to play these scumbags at their own game and make a lot of money into the bargain. They're going to make them really pay.
This 9,000 word prequel to Bone Breakers has the foul-mouthed bickering brothers coming up against some of their smartest and most venal opponents. It's as sharp and cutting as a blade.
When the Stanton brothers decide to rob Teesside construction magnate, drug dealer, and all-round scumbag, Terry Albright, they think it’s going to be easy. Get in, get out, break a few bones, and make a tidy profit.
But when the money isn’t where it’s supposed to be, they find themselves holed-up in a high-rise flat, trying to break into the bedroom of a fat Eminem wannabe. And when Albright raises the stakes by bringing in a family of psychotic bone breakers to deal with the mess, the brothers find out that this job isn’t going to be easy at all.
The Stantons come to realise that if they want to get out of the flat alive they will need to play dirty – very dirty. And the only way to do that is by getting bloody – very bloody.
Bone Breakers is a crime thriller with the emphasis on thrills. It screams along at a furious pace, mixing fast action, ultra-violence, black comedy, and the Stanton brothers at their bickering, foul-mouthed best.
The Stanton brothers have their lives well mapped out. They steal money from villains and give it to… well, themselves. They have it easy. Or they would if it wasn’t for the various scumbags who come at them with fists, knives, guns…
So when a disgruntled woman tells them about a half-million of undeclared cash in her ex-husband’s safe they think they’ve got it made. And when she tells them he runs a regular high-stakes poker game with some of Teesside’s most colourful villains they think they’ve died and gone to Heaven.
But when the job goes wrong, it turns out it’s not Heaven they’re in, but Hell. They’re left hunting the underworld for the money armed only with some well-aimed quips… and knuckledusters… and nailed-spiked baseball bats… oh, and some guns.
It’s time to get back what doesn’t belong to them…
The Hunters is crime fiction with bite. It mixes bone-crunching action with a motley crew of Teesside villains, adds in some healthy doses of bleak black humour and serves it up at a furious pace. It would be criminal to miss it…
The Stantons are in hiding. They have a pile of money that doesn’t belong to them, and a lot of dead bodies to show for it. And now they're being blamed for a savage attack on a mother and her innocent daughter.
This puts them in the sights of Bob Owden, feared local crimelord and businessman, who also wants to know exactly what happened at the Hollis Haulage Massacre. As Bob’s investigation progresses, he comes to realise that the Stantons might just know a thing or two about this too. And anyone who comes to Bob's attention is unlikely to have a long and happy future.
In order to survive, the brothers are going on the warpath. They’ll use blackmail and intimidation to flush out the culprits, all the while dodging hitmen, gangsters, and the ever-increasing bounty on their heads. But even they might have bitten off more than they can chew this time…
The Glasgow Grin combines intense, fast-paced plotting, ferocious ultra-violence, snappy, foul-mouthed dialogue, and a rogue’s gallery of twisted villains to create a crime thriller so wild that it just might leave you grinning from ear-to-ear.
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The job should have been a doddle. Fifty grand of easy money. Put a gun against a drug dealer's back, walk him to his car, take him to the countryside, and dump him in the middle of nowhere.
But when Eric Stanton chooses the wrong partner for the task he realises that there's no such thing as easy money. And soon Eric, Derek, and their idiotic new partner are scouring Teesside in a desperate attempt to save the life of a snitch who's probably better off dead.
Little do they know that their screw up has had consequences...
Reluctant criminal Harry Sparks is dragged so deep into the mess that he's left with little choice but to either get the money back or kill his boss before his boss kills him and his young family.
And then there's psychopathic Billy Chin, who'll quite happily take care of anybody in his way...
This day is going end badly for somebody...
Fast, funny, and ferociously violent. A Funny Thing is the best Stanton brothers' thriller yet.