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' - The Times
'Vicious, violent and unashamedly amoral' - The Daily Mail
Look out for the other books in Howard Linskey's David Blake series, The Drop and The Dead, as well as his Second World War thrillers: Hunting the Hangman and Ungentlemanly Warfare
Linskey's intense, riveting sequel to his 2011 debut, The Drop, finds Newcastle crime lord David Blake living in Thailand with Sarah Mahoney, daughter of a rival Blake has murdered. Since Sarah is unaware of his involvement in her father's demise, their life is relatively tranquil. But vexing problems in Newcastle, where Blake runs such enterprises as drugs, prostitution, and money laundering, force him to return home: a major shipment of heroin from Turkey is missing; a top member in his outfit is facing hard jail time; and rival gangs are encroaching on his territory. Even more frightening, someone is making serious efforts to kill him. Blake uses his finely tuned baser instincts to try to save his organization and his own life. Along the way, he manages to rid himself of some enemies in uniquely appalling ways and to cling to some innate sense of decency.