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The Crew is about the lengths two men on opposite sides of the law will go to, and the risks they will take, to achieve their own aims. The novel builds up to an astonishing climax which ultimately ends in disaster. But for who?

The central character is Billy Evans who has a sinister dark side to his nature as well as being a frightening football hooligan. Using violence as a tool, Billy has worked his way up to a position of power within the hooligan hierarchy. But for him, violence is only a means to an end. He has other ambitions, and not all of them involve football either.

His adversary is Detective Inspector Paul Jarvis of the National Football Intelligence Unit. He is well aware of Billy’s involvement with organised hooliganism and crime outside the football field. Jarvis has sworn that he will never give up trying to nail Billy down. His chance comes when Jarvis manages to infiltrate the group during the build up to an international fixture involving England and Italy in Rome when Jarvis finds out that Billy Evans is recruiting a gang of violent hooligans to cause serious trouble.

Represented for translation rights by Sparkling Books. Italian and Russian 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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The Crew was an unusual book choice for me, being female, not familiar with the football/hooligan scene, not interested in football and not too keen on thrillers and detectives in general - but decided to give it a try as it was free. The book surprised me, and ended up being a page-turner. The beginning wasn't too interesting, but the story built up, and my interest quickly grew, eager to find out what the master plan behind this all was. It turned out to be a clever plot, for which several people were used, unaware of their purpose. This climax was the best part, but the descriptions of the violence are just not my cup of tea, as I found it too descriptional for my taste and I would have liked to learn more about the characters and their underlying thoughts, feelings and motivations. I'm more than happy to have given it a try, and I am convinced that the thriller/detective readers amongst you may like this.
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This book is not just about football hooligans, its also a shows you how the authorities try to deal with these people some very strong scenes written brilliantly a fantastic book that gives insight to both sides of the law. Excellent read
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Was swept along with a rollercoaster of emotions and my feelings towards the main characters were constantly changing through out. The author had a way of making you care about the fate of these "hooligans" by letting us in their heads to view their true thoughts and emotions. Loved it so much i instantly purchased the sequel "Top Dog"
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An absolutely gripping story from the start to the unexpected finish. From 'the' authority on football hooliganism so you know that the subject has been written from the perspective of real knowledge gained over years of experience (Just google his name for any further confirmation). It was a book that I had no real interest in initially (subject matter), but had been recommended to me, and certainly if I'd took notice of some of the disparaging reviews I may not have bothered, but instead I took heed of the 90% of GREAT reviews and was so pleased I did. Yes, it's graphic, yes it's descriptive, yes there's 'foul' language...we're adults and it's an adult subject. If you think you're going to be offended, then don't download it...YOU have a choice! For God's sake it's FREE...enjoy the book and then read the sequel Top Dog...AMAZING.
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First book I've read from Mr Brimsom, and the first ever "hooligan" book. Terrific story, great pace and a disturbing, unexpected ending. Very highly recommended - don't miss out on this little gem!
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Not my usual type of book, but I loved this. The characters were believable and the story was great. The ending wasn't the one I wanted though. I won't go into as don't want to spoil it!!

Reviews taken from amazon.co.uk
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