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ISBN: 9781842435021
Price: £7.99
Casing: Paperback
Format: B (198 x 129mm)
Extent: 352pp
Rights: World
Pub. Date: April 2012


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Howard Linskey

Howard Linskey has worked as a barman, journalist, catering manager and marketing manager for a celebrity chef, as well as in a variety of sales and account management jobs. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites on a number of subjects. The Drop was Howard's debut novel, published by No Exit in 2011, followed by The Damage in 2012 and The Dead in 2013.

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The Damage

by Howard Linskey


'There's a thought that keeps me awake at night; I have to be lucky every time, they only have to get lucky once.'

David Blake is a worried man. He should be enjoying the high life now he's Newcastle's 'Top Boy', the man who controls everything in the city that's worth controlling. The money keeps on rolling in and Blake is sharing his life with the girl that he loves, Sarah Mahoney. Shame he had to murder her father to save his own skin but at least she doesn't know anything about that.

Blake never wanted to be boss but who else is savvy enough to deal with all of the firm's problems? Newly-crowned Glasgow crime lord, Alan Gladwell, wants to do business with the firm and the deal makes sense but can Blake really trust the man whose brother he brutally murdered?

Then one of his men takes two bullets in the back and someone tries to take Blake out. As he struggles to stay in control, Blake is in a race against time to find his potential assassin and discover the truth in 'The Damage'.


Think 'Geordie Shore' meets 'The Wire' and there's a TV masterpiece out there waiting to happen
- Peter Millar, The Times [read the full review]

One of the Times Top Crime & Thriller Summer Reads
- Peter Millar, The Times [read the full review]

Vicious, violent and unashamedly amoral
- Geoffrey Wansell, The Daily Mail [read the full review]

An incredibly enjoyable read, The Damage is an excellent novel which sets Linskey up as someone to watch out for
- Luca Veste, Crime Fiction Lover [read the full review]

I won't be happy until I've read all the books written by this amazing author
- Kay Burke, Amazon [read the full review]

The Long Good Saturday - A masterful take on the criminal underworld
- Keith B Walters, Books & Writers [read the full review]

A hard hitting crime caper which will leave the reader desperate for the next instalment
- GS, [read the full review]

Brilliant stuff
- Ian Ayris [read the full review]

fine examples of contemporary noir
- Missing Presumed Read [read the full review]

An intense and riveting sequel
- Publishers Weekly [read the full review]

A colourful array of characters who spout some of the sparkiest dialogue around. More please!
- The Crack [read the full review]

The Damage is gripping. I finished the book in one sitting.
- L J Hurst, Shots [read the full review]

Bristles with machismo, offers frequent violent thrills and ends with a taut finale. The Damage is Casino to The Drop’s Goodfellas.
- Mike Stafford, Bookgeeks [read the full review]

The King of Northern Noir... Taut. Tough. Terrifying. The Damage is a deeply atmospheric, in-your-face tale of immorality, seediness, violence, and murder, scintillating with menace from start to finish.
- Sam Millar, New York Journal of Books


'Linskey delivers a flawless feel for time and place, snappy down to earth dialect dialogue mixed in with unrelenting violence and pace. A Tyneside Dashiell Hammett to put Martina Cole firmly in her place.'
- Peter Millar, The Times [read the full review]

'Howard Linskey does for Newcastle what Ian Rankin has done for Edinburgh'
- Sam Millar, New York Journal of Books [read the full review]

'a brutal, hard-hitting debut which opens up Newcastle's dark, violent underbelly like a freshly-sharpened stiletto'
- Simon Kernick [read the full review]


Howard interviewed in The Journal Dec 2013

The Dead is in the Top 10 Books of 2013 for Best Crime Books

Howard Linskey Interview at authorsinterviews

Interview at authorsinterviews

Howard Linskey Interviewed on Book Noir

In the Booth with Ruth – Interview with Howard Linskey

Writer Howard Linskey hopes to make a killing as the US warms to his tales of a Geordie gangster

One of the stars of the Brit Grit revolution

Howard Linskey tells Rosy Moorhead about the release of his new book, The Dead

Newcastle gangster novel adapted for TV

Howard Linskey on the Joys of Editing ‘The Dead’

Howard Linskey interview on BBC Radio Newcastle with Simon Logan Nov 29th 2012

There's a cracking extract from the audiobook of The Drop, read by genuine Geordie actor David Nellist available on the WF Howes site here >>

Howard on What’s your perfect writing environment and What is your actual one like?

Zeit Online: Crime Machine - that's The Drop (to you & me) debuts at 8 in Germany's Top 10 mysteries

North-East author Howard Linskey has won a legion of fans after delving into the murky waters of the criminal underworld: Northern Echo

Exclusive pic of Chris Moyles replacement - or is it the author of The Drop & The Damage

Howard Linskey makes it big in Germany: Crime Machine | CULTurMAG | Fresh blood im britischen Gangsterroman

Crime Fiction Lover Interview with Howard Linskey

Newcastle backdrop for TV gangster: Howard Linskey feature in Sunday Sun

Getting to Know You: Howard Linskey - An interview with Victoria Watson

Former Guardian reporter scoops TV deal for debut book (

Q&A: Howard Linskey (

PUSHED FOR ANSWERS: Howard Linskey @ Pulp Pusher

Paul D. Brazill's You Would Say That, Wouldn't You? - Short, Sharp Interview: Howard Linskey

Interview with Howard Linskey on Inspiration Forum

Howard Linskey on The Drop

Interview with Howard Linskey on Guilty Conscience Blog

Howard Linskey interviewed by Morgan Bailey


The Dead (pb)
The Drop (pb)