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3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Finbar Black's day is turned upside down when a crazy, beautiful girl bursts into the house with a gun and a bag full of cash. Here we meet the Black family: four generations of schemers, liars, cheats and losers and, via a succession of twists and turns, we find out why she's there.
Paperback, Dyslexia Friendly, 117 pages
Published 2006 by Barrington Stoke (first published 2004)
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Apr 26, 2017 Crispitina30 rated it liked it
I liked it. Simple, amusing, with quite good characters and easy to read if you want to improve your english.
Jennifer Avila
Oct 21, 2016 Jennifer Avila rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
Used as a read aloud with my year 9 EAL class. Never again.
Mar 16, 2014 Komal rated it really liked it
I read this book because it is written by my favourite author and it was a short and simple book i could read in this bus.
I liked the simplicity and complications and the same time. It is a short and sweet book. I didn't like however how the story ended.
My favourite character in this story is the grandfather of Lucas. He is easy yet witty. Money hungry but ignorant. He is an interesting character not a usual old man you would expect. “never feel guilty about anything shame and guilt are a wast
Dec 05, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
This was actually quite a suspenseful book considering how few pages it has. You really feel for him because his male family are awful and while reading the story, you can imagine how bad it must be to sit in that house with 3 generations of your family who ignore you when you visit. I liked how the day was dull and ordinary one minute then from the arrival of one person the whole book changes to a suspenseful thriller and you aren't certain which way it is going to go.
Really good short read.
Kate Brown
Feb 19, 2013 Kate Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
Another suspenseful tale by my favorite author, Kevin Brooks. With just a few curse words, this book would make an excellent read aloud for adolescents. There are a few plot twists and the story moves very quickly. Finbar is spending a boring Saturday afternoon with his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Everything is as mundane as usual until a girl breaks in with a gun and a bag full of cash. Finbar is unsure of what she plans to do, but the older generations in his family may be just ...more
I have a tendency to rate authors by how good their short stories are. I read this in about an hour and although I liked it, it is certainly not reminiscent of Brooks' standard. The writing seemed slightly rushed to me, and the ending was rather bizarre. Worth a read but certainly wouldn't recommend this to someone who had never read any Brooks beforehand.
Reetta Saine
Tavallinen pakkovierailu lauantai-iltapäivänä isän, isoisän ja isoisoisän luona. Takaovesta paukahtaa sisään aseistettu moottoripyöräkuteissa oleva tyyppi, poliisi piirittää talon ja sitten aletaan hieroa kauppaa...

Mukava lopputwisti, helppoa lukion enkkuvinkkauksiin.
Lili Kathey
Mar 03, 2014 Lili Kathey rated it did not like it
Well... it was OK. Took me about an hour to read, easy language and concepts. A nice but simple story, with slight plot twists.
Xime Lage
Sep 20, 2009 Xime Lage rated it really liked it
Great for young adults... lee en un ratito.
Feb 25, 2012 Den rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: struggling readers
Shelves: teen, 2012
Read to see which teens it would appeal to. Basically about 4 generations of a family (all the older ones being wheelie dealers) coming face to face with a young thief. They try to outdo each other.
John Lane
Jul 13, 2016 John Lane rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this read it had a good storyline
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Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter, Devon, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham, Aston University in 1980 and Cultural Studies in London in 1983. Kevin Brooks has been in a variety of jobs including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, civil service clerk, hot dog vendor at the London Zoo, post office clerk, and railway ticket office ...more
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