Top Dog
Film adaptation won best feature award at British Independent Film Festival, also best actor (Leo Gregory), best supporting actor (Ricci Harnet)

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Billy Evans is now above the law. He knows it, they know it. And when you regard the law as an irrelevance, all kinds of opportunities open up to you. Especially when you own a security firm that plies its trade amongst the backstreet pubs and clubs of East London.

So when Billy stumbles across the opportunity to make some serious money very quickly by helping a football club with an insurance scam, he grabs it with both hands. But Billy’s about to discover that he has finally pushed his luck too far.

Represented for translation rights by Sparkling Books. Russian language rights already sold.

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A multi‐published best‐selling author and increasingly sought after screenwriter best known for penning the multiaward winning Hollywood funded Green Street starring Elijah Wood, former serviceman Dougie Brimson is one of the UK’s most prolific writers. With over half a million books sold worldwide, his first title The Crew, held the #1 slot on the soccer charts of both Amazon and iTunes for over four years and was the most downloaded football title of 2012!

This ex‐Sergeant engineer’s literary career began in 1996 when he wrote a non‐fiction book based on the culture of football hooliganism from the outside looking in.

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Having read the brilliant 'The Crew' last year, I was eagerly awaiting this book although I had my doubts that Dougy would be able to deliver anything as punchy and dramatic. But I shouldn't have worried for this is certainly an excellent sequel and is, if anything, even punchier than the first book. The descriptive but raw style of the writing leaves the reader in no doubt that here is an author who knows exactly who his books are pitched at while the content shows, if there were any doubts, that he clearly knows his stuff.
A great read and I only hope that this isn't the end of the line for the hero Billy.
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At long last there seems to be some 'real' books written by 'real' people, finding there way on to the shelves. Streetwise, working class 'bloke' authors are somehow getting passed the stuck up twats in publishers who don't seem to realise that a lot of people have no interest in the diary of some fat old boiler, or struggling through a novel where the author seems more intent in proving how clever he or she is, rather than writing an entertaining story.

In Top Dog though, one of these is done to death and has made me take off one star - smoking. Was the author sponsored by B&H as well as a computer co? It became tiresome, annoying and almost laughable. More imagination and variety next time please!

On the whole the book was well researched and the best complement any book can have in my opinion, is that I looked forward to picking it up again. To make the reader care for such an obnoxious 'hero' is no mean achievement. The ending had some nice twists and didn't quite go down the Long Good Friday route I was expecting.

This is the sort of book I'd recommend to friends who don't normally read books. If there were more Lad Lit books like this, then I reckon book buying would be greater than it already is.
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Billy Evans is at the top of the CSS hooligan squad and is struggling with his own conscience after getting his best mate Hawk and second in command in the CSS deported from the previous summers football tournament and getting him the sack from his employers on his return. Billy decides to try and help Hawk and give him a job as the boss of his newest venture St George security specialising in looking after pubs & clubs and the occasional garage forecourt but when the firm get the opportunity to bid for the contract for the security of there beloved West Ham a series of events are triggered that have some devastating consciences for the pair.

Dougie Brimson is one of this country's finest modern authors specialising in subjects closest to most men's hearts: Football, beer, sex and women.
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Great to see that someone has finally moved the hooligan genre away from the increasingly boring autobiogrphies of sad, self-obsessed idiots and on to something more interesting (and genuinely fictional).

As with his previous novel The Crew, Dougie has delivered a cracking story which, if anything, drives along at an even more frantic pace than the first book. The story, clearly based on rumours that surrounded a certain East London club throughout the 80's(!) is both credible and thought provoking and is delivered in a brilliantly descriptive and atmospheric manner.

If this is the future of the genre, all I can say is thank goodness. Lets have more of this and less of the non-fiction dross please.

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