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Chris Barraclough is an award-winning crime writer and journalist from the UK.
His debut novel 'Bat Boy' (told from the POV of a blind British boy searching for his father after a family tragedy) took him a sweat-inducing four years to write, but the pain was worth it. Bat Boy won the UK Authors Award 2011 and was published by the UKA Press, to great critical acclaim. 25% of paperback royalties are donated to the RNIB (so buying a copy makes you a wonderful person).
His fast-paced crime thriller 'Crack', the first in his Twin Towers Estate series, was shortlisted for the Page Turner Prize and SpaSpa Award for Best Psychological Fiction. His second novel 'Dead Dogs' - a suspenseful but darkly comic portrayal of a family torn apart by Albania's archaic Blood Feud revenge laws - was nominated for the Sony Reader Award and his third novel, Devil's In A Different Dress, is out now and free for a limited time.
See www.chrisbarraclough.co.uk for more news and info on upcoming books.
on May 09, 2012 :
Bought this on a recommendation for hols but ended up reading it all before even leaving. I never knew about Albanias blood feuds before so was very interesting reading, scary how things like that go on even today! Thankfully dead dogs is funny too, to lighten the mood despite the dark subject matter. There's some great twists about the grandad and why the town is so suspicious of them all, and the ending was surprising but perfect. If you want a funny but addicting book that makes you think I recommend dead dogs.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)