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Mickey Take: When a debt goes bad...

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When a debt goes bad... someone's looking to make a killing. Michael Field just lost his City job and his beautiful wife in one fell swoop. Unemployed and down on his luck, he's propositioned by one-time friend, Herbert Long. The job is non-negotiable. It's pay-back for a cover-up years ago. But something's not right; it all seems too easy. And it's not just the job that d ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by Steven Hayward (first published October 18th 2014)
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
I had the pleasure of purchasing a signed paperback of "Mickey Take - When a debt goes bad" a couple months ago and unfortunately never got round to reading it, but boy do I wish I had read it sooner, it's brilliant! I was hooked from the first chapter to the last thrilling page.
I loved the way the story was told from the first person narrative as you always get to know exactly what is truly going on inside that persons head and this was really well done.
Mickey is class - he's a great character
Susan Hampson
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant find Steven Hayward has been,this is his debut novel and a little bit off track to my normal gendre but he can certainly tell one hell of a story.
The first chapter sets the scene back in 1983 which will change so many lives. It is here where you are introduced to The Watcher, who will raise the little hairs on the back of your neck more than once.
The story on the whole is told in the first person narrative through Michael Field an ex banker doing a favour for an old friend and
Shell Baker
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having won a signed copy on The Book Club auction I couldn't wait to start reading it. And I sure has hell wasn't disappointed. Oh Mickey your so fine, your so fine you blow my mine is what I think of this book!

So we start off with the prologue and one gritty scene of a car crash in December 1983.Which left me wanting to know more. Then we fast forward to the year 2009. Where we meet Michael Field an ex banker who is having much luck, having lost his job and wife. Herbert who is Mickey's old ti
Susan Miller
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed this book. It did take me a bit of time to get into it, but after the first few chapters, it really flowed with a quick pace and intrigue. I am not a huge fan of first person writing, but this plot really works best from Mickey's point of view. He has ongoing debates with his more sensible persona 'The Banker' and the reader gets a real feel for the inner struggles Mickey faces daily. For me, I felt empathy for Mickey even though he often succumbed to poor choices. It took me a
Helen Christmas
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had me hooked from start to finish

This was a truly mesmerising story!
The sub-title “When a Debt goes Bad” had me thinking it would be a story about gambling. Not so. The suspense unravels from the very first scene and keeps you gripped right to the end. All you know about the main character Mickey Field is that he owes someone big time. It is a notion that has him searching an abandoned house, hoping to retrieve a camera that contains something incriminating. Yet what he finds is worse, the sme
Claire Sayan
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Received my copy today, thank you :-) I'm just in the middle of 4 books im reviewing but I'll read and review this after those. Thanks again

2.5-3 stars. Review to follow

I've just realised I'd forgotten to review this. And the fact that I still remember the story is a good thing, for the book, not necessarily for me :-/

This is totally not my genre but my New Years resolution was to try to read around a bit which is why I gave this a go. It took me over 100 to even partially understand wtf was go
Susans bookworld
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Michael field split up from his wife and got fired from his job as a city banker he cant seemed to turn his life around until his friend and a small time ganster herbert long turns up in his life and needs help from mickey, herbert is after payback from mickey from years ago and he cant get out of it,then theres grace but who is this grace is she connected to herbert.

this book was not crime its more psychological thriller and i really enjoyed it and hoping theres more to this sequel and more fro
Georgie Logan
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Long overdue and with a smile similar to Jack Nicholson's iconic leering face whilst holding an axe, Michael Field walks away from his city life. Then bang, leaving behind a job that along with the break down of his marriage was never really the life he wanted, his elation soon vanishes when he reluctantly walks into a situation that makes his old life appealing.
Written in the first person, Michael takes you on a journey that begins with a phone call from an old friend, and continues along a pa
Cy Wyss
Mickey is a man who, in some ways, is entirely unsympathetic --- yet his story is so compelling you won't be able to put it down. The suspense never stops. From the love interest, Grace, to the shadowy father figure, Herb, or the even more shadowy men in the background, Mickey Take features a memorable cast of characters, each with a dark secret. If you're a fan of the Guy Ritchie type of British gangster movies, you'll love the pace and tone of this really fun book. I found it a smooth and magn ...more
Angie Smith
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Loved it!
Expertly written, intriguing plot, keeps you guessing!
It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Steven I think you will go far!
We have a complex but cleverly interwoven plot, with characters that are easy to relate to, a believable set of circumstances which all come together expertly at the end. I particularly loved the fluidity of writing – enough long and short sentences and such varied language. WELL DONE!
Mark Pearce
Mar 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
It isn't too often that I find a book that I can't finish. This is one of the few. I have to say that the prologue started me thinking ' this is going to be good'. I read the next few chapters and just couldn't get into it. The first person POV usually works for me but I just couldn't get to like Mickey. I don't know what it was about him but he just didn't grab me. If I'd managed to get past the first few chapters, I might have found it to get better. But I couldn't! ...more
Donna Maguire
I really struggled to get in to this book initially but I'm so glad that I persevered as the book gets a whole lot better! I thought that the characters were great and edgy that gave the book a great feel. The pace was spot on and the storyline was thrilling. You didn't know which way it was going to go! I'm interested already to see what Steven comes up with next - should be very good if this one is anything to go by! ...more
Jackie Roche
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
It took me a few pages to get into this book and I nearly abandoned it. Boy oh boy, I'm so glad I didn't as I would have missed out on a cracking story.
I loved Mickey and felt so sorry for him. Everything going wrong at once. He's not perfect but there again who is? That's what makes him human.
There are lots of twists and turns and this makes it quite a complex tale but it's easy to follow.
I hope we get to meet Mickey again.
An excellent start to Mr. Hayward's publishing career.
Vicki Hobbs
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
Mickey Take -Steven Hayward 4*

The first few chapters are choppy and jump about a lot. Stick with it and hold onto your hat as this is a layered complex story with some great characters. Packed with twists and flashbacks the writing style is almost cluttered, but overall the story is compelling enough that you overlook that. Mickey is a strong enough character to carry a sequel, or even a series - I look forward to seeing what he gets upto next.
Sue Gale
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book full of action and thrills drawing to a conclusion in which all the various themes are drawn together and explained.The characters are well drawn and believable leaving us as the Reader to want to follow their adventures and mishaps.An excellent start for a debut novel boding well for the future
Donna Maria
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the style it was written in, atmospherically it made me think of smoking guns and shady dealings.. loved this.. The characters are very attractive, which I think is incredibly important, and I can easily see this as a slick film making pots of money!
I absolutely recommend that you pick up a copy, this book is a real treat!
Michael Tappenden
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gripping debut novel that introduces us to Mickey - ex-banker and something of a loser, who finds himself embroiled in things dark and dangerous. Very well written with a complexity of twists and turns that will keep you wondering and turning pages until the end. Let's hope there will be a sequel. ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book hard to get into at first but I kept going and boy am I glad I did . Full of twists and suspense . Mickey was a loveable rogue And Grace was very intriguing . I couldn't wait to see what happened to them both. I give this book 5 stars ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It is a real page turner and I was reading til 4 this morning because I couldn't put it down. An excellent debut, I am so looking forward to his next one. ...more
Sandra Weaver
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
End to end great reading amazing story telling and writing thoroughly enjoyable
Christine Hammacott
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great page turner.

Mickey's wife has left him and he's been fired from a good job as a city banker so he feels he has lost everything and doesn't know how to move forward. Herb, a friend from his youth gets in touch and wants him to do a job for him. Herb has something over Mickey. With the void in his life, Mickey almost becomes an insecure teenager again as gets sucked into a world of crime.

This is a complex book and clever on many levels with a lot of twists and turns. I had no idea where i
Misfits farm
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fairly light hearted very enjoyable book. Michael loses his job and his wife in a short space of time and is asked to “do a favour” by a life- long friend. Things from his past come to haunt him and the girl he chatted up for a bet turns out she was out to catch him for a very different reason.
Mickey is the innocent pawn in all of this, except for what he did years ago which he feels very guilty about. A little fish in a very big pond. What goes around comes around springs to mind.
Excellent c
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would highly recommend this book. It is an engaging read, with a strong storyline.
It has a unique style as it uses flashbacks a lot, which I was a bit worried about but they are done so well with their own titled sections that went really well with the main story. I felt they did not distract as they were as solid as the rest of the book.

I really liked Mickey. He seems like a real person not just a one dimensional main character. and I thought the supporting characters were well rounded too.

Chris Nolan
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mickey Take is a fantastic read from start to finish! I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Michael Field is a fascinating character and, in spite of his misdemeanours, he comes across as a likeable rogue and the first person narrative works very well and adds to the vividness and immediacy of the narration. The other characters are also well-drawn and again sympathetic inspite of character flaws. There are many interesting twists and turns along the way and the denou ...more
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read! kept me hooked throughout, even the beginning which other people said was slow I enjoyed. The twists and turns of the story added to my enjoyment. I didn't want the book to end! good job on a brill first novel, can't wait to read your next book!!@ ...more
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mickey Take is a well written easy book to read. Mickey lost his job and his wife and is asked for help by an old friend, he meets Grace and their relationship develops along with other twists and turns. I will definitely read more by this author
Alfred Nobile
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Just staeted
booklover BEV
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
gripping read and cannot wait to read more by this author
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Dissapointed book was not has good has back cover read up
salma zaman
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Waste of time

I hate leaving bad reviews but the book didn't deliver it started well. I thought it would be exciting and nerve wracking but it was boring
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I'm a financial crime consultant who suddenly decided some time ago that my dream was to write fiction. My debut novel, Mickey Take, features an ex-banker who throws in the towel on his "big" City job, but that's where the similarity ends. Between writing crime thrillers and volunteering as the financial controller of the annual New Ways Advent Ball (, I periodically venture back in ...more

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