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No Good Brother

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  30 reviews

The Coen Brothers meets Patrick deWitt in this glorious novel from award-winning author Tyler Keevil: a high-stakes adventure of love, loss and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws…

Tim Harding has spent the fishing season in Canada working as a deckhand, making an honest living. When his hot-headed younger
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 22nd 2018 by The Borough Press
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Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Tim Harding is a deckhand working out of Canada - it's the end of the fishing season and he's looking forward to some downtime - that is until his brother Jake turns up. Jake insists that Tim meets him that very night, and tells him that it has to be tonight or not at all. Jake's a hothead, an ex-con, who drifts from one disaster to another, and the death of their sister Sandra some years ago has also coloured the way he looks at life, and dictates his behaviour to a great extent. Sandra was kil ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Your brother walks up to you and says “I’m in a terrible spot with some really bad people. Will you help me?” You say “Is this illegal?” and your brother says “Yes, but if we don’t do it, they’ll kill me.” What do you do? Are loyalty and brotherhood more important than lawfulness? I suppose it also depends on what the request is, and who’s asking? Tyler Keevil has written a really skilful and entertaining book that weaves suspense, sharp dialogues and some very hilarious situations in
Louise Wilson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tim Harding has spent the fishing season in Canada working as a deckhand, making an honest living. His hot headed younger brother tracks him down at the shipyards in Vancouver. Tim senses trouble. Jake is a drifter, a dreamer, an ex-con, and now he needs help in repaying a debt to the notorious Delaney gang.

We learn the brothers have lost their sister, Sandy, to a drunk driver. The consequences of her death casts a shadow on her brothers lives. Jake owes a debt to the Delaney brothers and persua
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
In brief - This is an easy read which I found enjoyable. Think of the phrase "what could possibly go wrong with this plan" and you'll get a clue about how the brothers' fare in their activities. A solid 4 for me.

This is the story of Tim (AKA Poncho) and Jake (AKA Lefty) his "no good brother". Tim has spent the season on a fishing boat in Canada. Jake, ex con, turns up at the shipyard in Vancouver to see his big brother. He doesn't really need help from Tim for anything dishonest honest... The st
Andrew Smith
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As the title suggests, this tale is about a brother who has had his share of troubles. We learn that he’s been ‘inside’ and that as a result of some protection received during his time served he now owes a debt of gratitude to a local gang of hoodlums. And this is where the good brother comes in. Jake (the bad one) seeks out Tim as he returns from a commercial fishing trip. We soon learn two things:

1) The brothers still mourn the death of their sister who was killed, some years ago, in a car cr
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
If you would like to experience good storytelling, then pick up a copy of No Good Brother and allow Tim Harding, the older brother of Jake, tell you exactly what happened… No Good Brother is an interesting mix of thrilling, at times dangerous, adventure delivered through the prism of humour. Tim and Jake are an example of brothers where, as individuals, one is the voice of reason and the other is a magnet for trouble. Put these two together and a number of things can happen- sometimes the voice ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I was both attracted and intrigued by this book’s description on NetGalley (my thanks to the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review). It says, "The Coen Brothers meets Patrick deWitt". I am a fan of both The Coen Brothers’ movies and Patrick deWitt’s novels, so that’s two names that will pull me in. But the intrigue comes from the fact that, for me, there isn’t really any difference between the two apart from one being films and the other being books. It’s like saying "water ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This book is excellent. read it. it's a page turner with a bunch of zany action and a tender, touching underside, real meaning, so rare. I loved it ...more
Diane Law
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story of family loyalty.

I found the book, told in the first person, was well written and engaging - starting off slowly and building to a big crescendo.

You really got to know the main characters but I was exasperated at how they could consistently make such bad decisions. It was probably meant to be funny but I just found it to be frustrating.

I enjoyed that it took place in and around Vancouver.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
If this novel is ever made into a movie, it will be called a road movie of sorts. For that’s what No Good Brother is, a road movie of a novel. Tim Harding works as a deckhand on a fishing trawler. Come the end of the fishing season, the crew are washing down the ship and stowing away the equipment when Tim’s brother, Jake, shows up. Jake is an ex con, a drifter, and a dreamer, a man who tends to slide from trouble to trouble.

Jake tells Tim that he needs help repaying a debt. Tim senses that no g
Ella (The Story Collector)
When Tim’s ex-con brother, Jake, turns up asking for his help, he knows it’s not going to be entirely legal. What he’s not expecting is to be roped into stealing a racehorse and smuggling it across the border from Canada to America. What follows is an unpredictable, unforgettable journey, with a shocking discovering awaiting them at the end.

I love Tyler Keevil’s writing. His stories are whacky and crazy, but completely believable at the same time. No Good Brother is written from Tim’s perspectiv
Chuck Slack
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Colette Lamberth
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well that was quite a journey. Younger brother Jake has a plan to repay a debt and against his first instinct Tim agrees to help him. What follows is part laugh out loud comedy and part tragedy and the many revisions to their plan made ‘on the hoof’ make for a journey full of adventure. Essentially it’s an examination of the relationship between the brothers and how it holds up under pressure and anyone with siblings will be able to relate.
My thanks to the Borough Press for the ARC received via
Susan Foulkes
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it

I struggled with this book at first as it was depressing and bleak at the beginning, as were the lives of Tim and Jake.

I don't think I've ever read such a miserable description of Vancouver, but it certainly sets the scene for what ensues.

The lives of Tim and Jake have been coloured by the death of theirs sister, Sandy, to a drunk driver.
Tim is taciturn, Jake has gone off the rails....but they are brothers, so they help each other.

What follows does lighten the tone of the book as we are intr
Tom Mooney
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a hell of a lot of fun. Like a modern day western, this wild tale manages to be both a great adventure, a tender story of brotherly love and at times absolutely hilarious.
Reads like a mix of Patrick deWitt, Annie Proulx and Johnny Cash. My only reservation is that it's a teeny bit long, maybe could have been 50 or 60 pages shorter.
Still, it's great adventure writing.
Douglas Osler
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This book goes on a bit in the middle although the early and later chapters are good. The relationship between the brothers is well done. The story is s bit Wild West!
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Half analysis and half review

No Good Brother finds itself necessarily in the unfortunate position of having to be compared to Keevil's excellent debut novel Fireball and its equally excellent followup The Drive. Several years removed from reading either of those novels, what I most recall from the former is the emotional impact of the story and the framing of it. I don't so much remember the little vignettes showing Chris and Razor's relationship as much as why those vignettes mattered, and what
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Good Brother gets off to a leisurely start as we see the boat Tim crews on winding down after the herring season. You get a real sense of how important this boat is to the family business which operates it and how the crew works together like a family, whether they’re related by blood or not. Tim’s made himself invaluable as a crew member and is being coaxed into becoming a more permanent part of the actual family at the heart of it.

Which is when his younger brother, Jake, turns up and things
Graham McGhie
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two Brothers Storm the Great Lakes in style - a gripping read:
The fourth novel by award winning author, Tyler Keevil, introduces us to the hapless Harding Brothers: Jake and Timothy (or Lefty and Poncho, to use their nicknames). The Hardings lost their sister, Sandy, to a Drunk Driver just as her Dancing career was taking off. The consequences of her death still casts a dark shadow on the lives of her surviving siblings and is the spark for a madcap agreement by Jake to steal a prize racehorse a
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No Good Brother is a wonderful read. Tim is a deckhand on a fishing boat in Canada, just as the season ends his brother Jake turns up at the dock wanting Tim's help with a job, Jake is a drifter and has served a jail sentence, full of ideas that never pan out and now in debt to the notorious and vicious Delaney brothers, and economical with the truth when persuading Tim to help him.
So starts an epic journey across land and sea with almost unbelievable moments of danger, slapstick comedy and path
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The last Tyler Keevil novel I read was his phantasmagorical road trip The Drive, which I hugely enjoyed. This is a different beast, one much more grounded in reality, but it's just as good a read. Our narrator is a fisherman, working a difficult but above board life until his brother, out of jail and involved with some gangsters, shows up needing his help....that's all the plot description you're going to get, because the twists, turns and reveals of the novel are half the fun. Basically, if you ...more
Glenn Carmichael
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Two Canadian brothers.
One has served time in prison and owes the gang, that protected him while inside, a favour. They call in the favour and ask him to steal a racehorse from a Canadian stable and deliver it to the gang’s boss’ ranch in the United States.
The story is told by the other brother - the good brother, and from page one we know we’re in for a fast-paced heist drama, where the big event has already happened.
This story is expertly written by Tyler Keevil. Well drawn characters, a brilli
Catherine Laing
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed No Good Brother - it had me hooked from start to finish, and as I approached the end I slowed down because I didn’t want it to be over too soon. It made me laugh out loud, and I also cried during one of the earlier chapters; I found the two main characters very absorbing and got easily carried away with their escapades.

But what captured me most was the relationship between the two brothers. I have a younger brother myself, and much of what they go through in the novel is re
Daniel Stern
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
struggled with this book at first as it was depressing and bleak at the beginning, as were the lives of Tim and Jake.

I don't think I've ever read such a miserable description of Vancouver, but it certainly sets the scene for what ensues.

The lives of Tim and Jake have been coloured by the death of theirs sister, Sandy, to a drunk driver.
Tim is taciturn, Jake has gone off the rails....but they are brothers, so they help each other.

What follows does lighten the tone of the book as we are introduced
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this a little annoying initially - a bit like 'Dumb and Dumber' as the two brothers blundered from one ridiculous situation to the next.

After about half way and certainly towards the end I began to feel some empathy for the brothers who had had an unhappy youth and struggled to come to terms with their sister's death.

Tim, the 'good 'brother is willing to sacrifice everything to try and keep his brother, Jake safe. He
also cares for his mother who is mentally ill and sned money as well a
Pamela Scott

I didn’t know what to expect from this book as I’d never heard of the book or author before. So I had no expectations. Which can be a good thing. This is the kind of book you can get swept up in and sucked right into. I really enjoyed the way the author explores the brotherly relationship between Tim and Jake. The book involves a long, sometimes devastating journey by land and sea. The novel combines humour, farce and sadness to make a unique reading exper
May 27, 2018 added it
Read the first couple of chapters or so, decided to flip to end, read last chapter or so & decided not to read the rest of the book. I was drawn to the book because of its west coast connection, and fishing, but the story just didn't grab me enough to persist. It certainly touched on a lot of challenging relationship issues. Maybe another time I might have seen it differently, but not today. I haven't read any of the author's previous books. ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a couple of haywire, loveable characters!!
A very well written and quite enjoyable story. It was cool that the setting took place in the Vancouver area and I recognized so many names and places.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this stories of brothers!
It was fast paced and entertaining.

Matthew Tett
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this from the outset and found Keevil's writing quite different to other novels I would choose to read - but exciting as well. This is a suspenseful thriller about two Canadian brothers, Tim and Jake Harding, and the crime they get caught up in as they travel from Vancouver to Olympia, Oregon. ...more
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Tyler was raised in Vancouver, Canada. He first came to the UK in 1999 to study English at Lancaster University. He returned home to finish his degree, and after graduating undertook a variety of bizarre jobs, working as a treeplanter, a landscape gardener, a deckhand on a fishing barge, a ‘greenhorn’ in the shipyards, a restaurant busser and a kayak shop assistant. After paying back his student l ...more

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