The battle is on…
When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king.
But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won’t go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – but only the strongest will survive…
You may know Marnie Riches for her fantastic George McKenzie series. I’ve previously reviewed the series debut The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die and loved it. Marnie is back with a peek into Manchester’s criminal underbelly.
After being stabbed, Paddy O’Brien takes a long hard look at his life and decides to retire to a life in the sun, away from the violence he has become accustomed to. The only real choice available to him is to sell his criminal empire to his arch-rivals, the Boddlington gang. They’re up for it. A mere £10 million to gain control of the whole of Manchester, what’s not to love? But someone somewhere doesn’t agree, and they start pulling people’s strings. People to whom violence is second nature.
Whilst I hope that this is only a temporary departure from her George McKenzie books, I did enjoy this journey into the shadier side of Manchester. Marnie has created some great characters, and I particularly liked Leviticus and Conky – and Paddy and Sheila O’Brien’s toxic relationship made for interesting reading. There are a number of different subplots in this book, but like any good recipe, they are deftly woven together and all have an impact on the final dish.
If you don’t mind a bit of gangland death and mayhem, this is a great read!
p.s. I didn’t technically read Born Bad. I listened to it via Audible. Samantha Seager’s narration was top notch!