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The Norway Room

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Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Crime, Fiction

The Norway Room

Mick Scully

A boy is caught in the crossfire of rival gang-war to control a nightclub.

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9781847659798 (13 Mar 2014)

About the book

Meet Ash, thirteen years old, saying goodbye to his father before he goes to serve a stretch in prison. His dad's friend Kieran helps get rid of social services and then school's out for ever. But when his father's house begins to fill with stolen goods and armed gangsters, it's easy for Ash to get into trouble. When Kieran enlists him on a job, an attempted takeover of the Norway Room club, it goes disastrously wrong. Alone in a dangerous city, Ash is forced to hide out on the Mendy Estate, in the towers and takeaways, in the back rooms where the real work of the city is planned.

Meanwhile, an ex-copper working as a bouncer for the city's busiest club gets caught in the middle of a hostile takeover and is tempted towards joining the criminal underworld. And a trained Chinese killer falls in love with his target.

As these narratives converge in a spectacular finale, who would bet against born survivor Ash, alone in the city, to do the impossible and stay alive?

About the author

Mick Scully lives in Birmingham. He has been a bouncer, teacher, acupuncturist and now works as a humanist funeral minister. His story collection Little Moscow was highly praised; The Norway Room is his debut novel.


Praise for short story collection Little Moscow: 'A dark new talent

- Jake Arnott

A brilliant portrait of a city on the make. He has a fine eye for human frailty, a wry compassion for the doomed and a meticulous ear for dialogue

- Guardian

A densely plotted look at Birmingham's underclass ... Mick Scully is uncompromising in his portrayal of violence but the characters have an emotional depth and emotional insight ... His portrayal of urban criminals is worthy of Jake Arnott or Ian Rankin.

- Charlotte Eyre, We Love This Book

Scully's Birmingham is worth a visit ... Definitely a new writer worth keeping an eye on.

- Calum MacLeod, Shots

Clever, converging narratives ... [Scully's] gritty, urban tragedy is full of compassion and humour

- Andre Paine, Metro

Additional Information

Imprint: Tindal Street
Subject: Crime, Fiction

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