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Swear Down

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Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Crime, Fiction

Swear Down

Russ Litten

One murder, two confessions; who didn't do it? Now available in paperback.

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9781906994983 (4 Apr 2013)

About the book

A young gang leader is found stabbed on a Hackney estate, but two people confess to the murder.

Ndekwe, an ambitious, newly promoted Detective Sergeant within a subtly racist police force, believes the more obvious of the two confessions: from McKenzie, a teenager from the estate with a police record of juvenile crime.

But why does Jack Shepherdson, an ex-merchant seaman in his sixties, come forward with his own confession? Is he covering for McKenzie, his colleague in the bar they worked at? Or is there more truth in his statement than Ndekwe at first believes?

As we listen, with Ndekwe, to their stories, to the lives of the segregated and unheard, a heart-breaking and suspenseful story emerges.

About the author

Russ Litten has written drama for television, radio and Hollywood film. He currently works as a writer in prisons and lives with his family in Kingston Upon Hull.


Compelling and utterly convincing, this is real life, not just a crime novel

- Jake Arnott

Russ Litten has taken guidance and lessons from the great modern Americans - Richard Price, Elmore Leonard - and the concrete walkways and stairwells and gaols and dives of this septic isle and has written a gripping, magnificently paced book that, for four days, accompanied me from bar to bench to bath to bed. It is superb.

- Niall Griffiths

A gritty urban crime thriller ... Litten invests craft and energy in establishing the individual voices .. it's easy to imagine Swear Down being successfully adapted for television

- Metro

Subtle, moving and disturbing

- Guardian

A thrilling and sometimes darkly comic look at lives lived on the margins

- Nick Quantrill, Hull Daily Mail

Additional Information

Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Crime, Fiction

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