David Blake series by Howard Linskey (#2-3)
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Overview: David Blake, a white-collar criminal, working for gangster Bobby Mahoney, in Newcastle, England.
Genre: Mystery Crime
The Damage (#2) here’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 that he is Newcastle’s "Top Boy," the man who controls everything in the city that’s worth controlling. He lives in exiled luxury, while his brother Danny and trusted right-hand men, Palmer and Kinane, take care of business. 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 she doesn’t know anything about that. Blake never wanted to be boss but no one else is savvy enough to deal with all of the firm’s problems: the rogue drug dealer keeping too much of the take, or "The Turk," Blake’s new source of "product" who’s taken a million Euros as a down payment on a shipment that never arrives. Newly crowned Glasgow crime lord Alan Gladwell wants to do business with the firm, and the deal makes sense but can Blake trust the man whose brother he brutally murdered? Then there is his obsession with the beautiful but troubled Simone, who chooses to work in one of the firm’s massage parlors when she is so much better than that. When one of his men takes two bullets in the back and someone tries to kill him, Blake struggles to stay in control. From the heroin-laced high rises of Newcastle to the seedy back streets of Bangkok, in a world of contract killers, corrupt politicians, bent detectives, coke-snorting footballers, fixers, hookers, and pimps, Blake is in a race against time to find his potential assassin and discover the truth.
The Dead (#3) David Blake is back in Newcastle, running three cities. Life is sweet until his bent accountant is arrested for murder. The money man is nailed on for a life sentence until he puts five million pounds out of Blake’s reach. Now Blake faces an agonising choice; fix the acquittal of a child killer or run out of the cash he needs to bankroll his empire. Meanwhile, Serbian gangsters are taking over his territory and a crazed Russian oligarch wants to use Blake’s drug supply line for his own ends. Back at home, the Police are closing in and his girlfriend is asking awkward questions.