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Devil Take the Hindmost

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This year's winning title, Devil Take the Hindmost, is a gripping historical noir set during the amphetamine-fuelled craze for velodrome racing which took London by storm in the late 1920s.

Into this world stumbles Paul, a bewildered Scottish farmboy running away from home. Powerfully built with a fierce passion for cycling, he is taken under the wing of Silas, a local loan
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 20th 2016 by Freight Books (first published 2016)
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Jeroen
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dit boek kwam vrij toevallig op mijn Kindle terecht omdat ik eigenlijk dacht een boek binnen te halen rond de beurs en speculatie met exact dezelfde titel. Maar ik ben zeer blij dat ik niet zo oplettend was die dag, want dit was echt een zeer fijne verrassing.

De habitat van de hoofdkarakters is een "Peaky Blinders"-stijl grimmig Londen eind jaren '20 (XXe eeuw) waar een van huis weggelopen Schotse kerel recht in de handen van een rottig mannetje loopt. Een huisjesmelker die een handje heeft in a
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John Houston
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As an avid cyclist and road racer for many years this book intrigued me and it did not disappoint. The plot worked well, mixing a 1920's gangland London and the murky world of track cycling- which was huge in it's heyday - into a nicely worked story. Interestingly the story is not told by the primary character in the book- our young and naive Scottish runaway cyclist from Lennoxtown (coincidentally where I myself was born!) - but by one of the "baddies"! The writing didn't try to convey any Scot ...more
Gordon Mcghie
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cycling in the 1920’s was an unexpected backdrop to Martin Cathcart Froden’s Devil Take The Hindmost but this is an engaging and extremely entertaining story.

Devil Take The Hindmost follows the story of Paul MacAllister. Farmer’s son, cyclist and newly arrived in London having left the Scottish farm to come to the big city. He falls in with Silas Halkias, a Greek “businessman” who can see potential in Paul’s cycling to earn some money in the city velodromes.

Silas gives Paul a room, finds him a j
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Fran
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Innocent, penniless Scottish farm boy Paul MacAllister has left home. An offer of a free meal and place to sleep sounds too good to be true. Paul is now under the thumb of Silas Halkias-money lender, game fixer and debt collector. Paul becomes trapped in the underworld created by boss Mr. Morton.

Silas must make Paul profitable. Mr. Morton's demands and oversight continue increasing .Silas taps into Paul's love of cycling. Paul delivers envelopes to various drop points for Mr. Morton taking short
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Elizabeth Madden
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was another one which I'd initially assumed might not be my "cup of tea", because the storyline follows the career of a young Scot as he makes his name in the world of competitive cycling. However, the plot also concerns the dark, criminal underworld of London in the early part of the 20th century, and I am most definitely drawn in by those aspects of the novel, The social and historical settings were competently portrayed throughout, albeit with slightly less of an eye to historical d ...more
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