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One dead man and a missing lottery ticket.


Two family members who need that money to get away from the rundown Blades Edge estate.


Three local gangsters who want that money for themselves.


Meet Malachite Jones – the foremost (and only) psychic medium on the gritty Blades Edge estate. All he wants are two things: a name that isn’t ‘Malachite’, and a quiet life. And maybe some
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Published June 4th 2021 by Wavesback
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David Harris
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Numbers Game introduces (and promises more of?) Malachite ('Mal') Jones and Jackie Singh Khattar. Mal is a bereavement counsellor/ con artist/ cold reader, basically a well-intentioned fraud who comforts those who've lost someone. Jackie is a 'legitimate businessman' who takes protection money and installs security for all the local businesses - all the easier to gain entry afterwards, perhaps. But he seems to have a heart of gold: as well as beating Mal up when they were kids, he systematical ...more
G.R. Matthews
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
A gritty northern buddy crime novel where the heroes aren't the police or the criminals, but sit somewhere inbetween. ...more
Quiraang
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an review copy from the publisher.

One of the best books I've read this year.

I know that this is RJs first venture into mystery/crime novels and it's a terrific debut.

Great off the wall characters, dark humour, and a plot that kept me guessing to the end.
And set in Yorkshire!

Mal and Jackie are two very unlikely friends, indeed when they were at school together they were more like enemies. Mal Jones is a reformed drug addict and alcoholic, who runs a business as a psychic medium. Ja
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Queen Terrible Timy
This review was originially posted on Queen's Book Asylum.

Actual rating: 4.5*

I received an eARC via Netgalley from the publisher, Wavesback, in exchange of an honest review.

‘Could be wireless?’
He nodded. ‘Could be. Anyway, I got the box plugged in off my friend George, he calls it The Fuckenator.’
‘What does it do?’
‘Fuckenates things.’
‘Thanks.’


Look, it’s not really a secret that I developed a literary crush for RJ Barker‘s writing with The Tide Child series, so when I learned he was publishin
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FantasyBookNerd
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shameless meets gritty gangland noir in RJ Dark's story of the criminal underbelly in the Wilds of a Yorkshire council estate.

'A Numbers Game' is the first book in a new Northern Noir series written by RJ Dark, the once underground musician and club promoter, who now spends his life tottering around his ancient mansion.

If you have seen interviews with RJ Dark, you will be familiar with the fact that most his personal reading revolved around crime novels that he got from local second hand shops
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Ariana
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Wavesback for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is an explosive (sometimes literally) crime debut by RJ Dark – also known as RJ Barker, who I feel like I mention every other blog post because his books are incredible… anyway, where was I? Oh yes, A Numbers Game by RJ Dark is the first ‘Mal & Jackie’ novel, and I, for one, cannot wait for the next one. Going into it, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d find it, because when I read crime I tend to like it a bit
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John Derek
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller-fiction
A Numbers Game by RJ Dark
When one of the Notorious Stanbeck family members dies in a motorcycle accident, leaving an unclaimed but hidden 8 million pound lottery ticket behind, little did he know the mayhem he would cause?
Family members need that money to get away from the run-down Blades Edge estate, and also some local gangsters want that money for themselves. All of these people plus hangers-on are looking for that ticket.
And so here we meet the main protagonist, Malachite Jones – the only ps
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Katrina Evans
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this gritty crime story.

Full review here

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Adela
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This start of a new series was really enjoyable. If you liked early Brookmyre this has a similar feeling, great cast of characters, violence and a really strong sense of setting.

RJ Barker needs to watch out, his evil twin is pretty good!
Alex Jones
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The debut crime thriller from RJ Dark introduces Mal and Jackie, a mismatched pair to say the least. Mal, is a practising medium - problem is he can’t talk to the dead because he’s a fake, and there is Jackie, an Asian Gentleman....

The duo find themselves caught up in a deviously plotted story that brings them upon a search for a missing lottery ticket, murder, local gangsters and snappy police.

The book is riddled with smirk inducing humour throughout, as well as a little bit of brutal violence
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Alicia White
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, crime
RJ Dark's first crime novel is a real rollercoaster ride.

What's it about?
"A Numbers Game" introduces us to Malachite Jones—he prefers to be called Mal, but who wouldn't with a name like that? Mal is the only physic medium in the roughest council estate in Yorkshire, England. Mal's best friend, Jackie, is a very dangerous man who somehow manages to stay one step ahead of the cops and his competition in the mob.

The story starts when a grieving widow hires Mal to find a winning lottery ticket wor
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