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The Death You Deserve: A Novel

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For struggling author Billy Dye, ghost writing the memoirs of Manchester gangster Malcolm Priest seems like a great way to make a quick buck, but when Priest tires of the wry writer he hires a vicious hitman to take him out. When the assassin--named Rawhead--turns out to be a schoolfriend he hasn't seen in years, Billy's life is spared and the killer vows to protect him. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 2nd 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published 2002)
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RandomAnthony
Dec 29, 2007 RandomAnthony rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tarentino, Elroy fans
Why isn't this book a movie already? I've read this twice, over two years, and each reading was satisfying. Imagine James Elroy grows up in Manchester, England, watches a lot of action and horror films, reads the books on which the movies are based, drinks some magical talent concoction, and writes a book. "The Death You Deserve" (as well as its sequel) draw you in and make you read a little further than you had planned in any one sitting. Plus, you're hard pressed to find a character as cool as ...more
Barbra
Aug 10, 2016 Barbra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brutally funny novel about murder and revenge. Can be gory in parts but has a good twist at the end.

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Struggling author Billy Dye agrees to ghost the memoirs of Manchester gangster Malcolm Priest. But Priest soon wearies of Billy's big mouth and hires his best hitman to take the writer out. The assassin, Rawhead, turns out to be a schoolfriend Billy hasn't seen for twenty years, so he spares Billy's life and hides him away in an old dark house. After Priest learns that B
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Interesting story; thought it was going to proceed along the lines of the film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" which was a humorous setting involving British hoods and their quaint (yet violent) ways. The story started out that way, but went to a level of violence I was somewhat uncomfortable with. It didn't help that there was no one, including the "hero", who I could say I liked. Still, it did have some humorous bits. Overall, probably wouldn't recommend it.
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Born in Manchester but now living in Cambridge, David Bowker is author of six novels, including The Secret Sexist, From Stockport with Love and, most recently, Rawhead and Rawhead in Love. He was voted 'Manchester Writer of the Year' by City Life magazine.
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“Some writers, no matter how good they are, can't speak to us. Something about the way they see the world, I think, string sentences together, alienates us as surely as the ramblings of a madman on a bus.” 2 likes
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