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A journalist sexes up a story to save his career, only to find he has put a teenager’s life in danger.

About to be sacked as part of a corporate cost-cutting exercise, journalist Jason Crowthorne stumbles on the scoop that could save him.

Teenage footballer Liam Glass lies in a coma after a mugging. Jason has heard rumours that the boy’s secret father is an England international, but however much he digs he can’t prove it.

He’s approached by dubious football agent Tony Potts. Potts represents a star player who wants to counter social media rumours that he’s gay. He offers to make Jason and Liam’s mother very rich if they name him as the love-rat father.

All it takes is a little lie…

But that lie will put Liam Glass’s life at risk.

Packed with twists and turns, this sparkling debut thriller novel from a prize-winning film director takes us on a rollercoaster ride through modern Britain, with dark comedy and suspense, peopled by unscrupulous detectives, powerful celebrities, hapless politicians and angry Londoners – all led by an unlikely hero who doesn’t know when to give up.

★★★★★ ‘One of the tensest books I’ve read in some time,’ Robert Parker, Crime Reviews
★★★★★ ‘Utterly gripping, darkly realistic and endlessly entertaining,’ Liz Barnsley, Latest Reads
★★★★★ ‘Scabrously funny, full of venom,’ David Prestidge, Between the Covers

Nominated for the Eyelands International Novel Awards
Nominated for the Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Amazon bestseller

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Praise for The Breaking of Liam Glass:


Robert Parker – Crime Reviews
“A crime story that is both very topical and darkly funny…”

David Prestidge – Fully Booked Reviews: Between The Covers
“A brilliant satire on modern Britain. Charles Harris draws his dagger and spares no-one…”

Andrew Wallace – Book Reviews
“Charles Harris’s darkly humorous broadside of a thriller…”

Col’s Criminal Library
“Life in the world of tabloid journalism with the vultures gathering…”

Liz Barnsley – Liz Loves Books: Latest Reads
“An intensely addictive page turner…”

Richard Fernandez – Cafe Thinking Book Reviews
“Funny, concerned and sharp…”

Piers Plowright – Camden New Journal
“Verve and wit… cutting and dissolving like scenes from a gangster movie…”

Amazon readers:

★★★★★ A fast-paced, entertaining ride from start to finish
Paul Bassett Davies

★★★★★ A brilliantly told satire about modern British life
Helena Halme

★★★★★ Noir, gritty and fast-paced, the novel feels a classic, gripping, pulp-fiction that immediately engages the reader in the investigations after Liam’s attackers. The chase is a magnificent journey across a contemporary London and its people, where their daily lives are a powerful portrait of humankind… Highly recommended to true noir lovers!
I loved it 🙂
Natalie Saiph Massone

★★★★★ Must-read book this summer. A crime story with a twist… highly recommend
Rita Wheeler

★★★★★ A sparkling story about things you suspect are true and hope are not. Be entertained by a couple of careerists, on a breakneck path. Playing fast and loose with moral scruples, their shady methods turn into dirty tricks, deceptive manipulations and fake facts. Liam Glass deserves to become a bestseller.
Lolita Fortuin, Copenhagen

★★★★★ Finally a British story that has crackling insight into contemporary London life of ordinary folks and which surprisingly reflects the city’s true ethnic mix. It pops with snappy one-liners that make you laugh and stop you dead with their honesty.
Somi De Souza

★★★★★ You will find it hard not to be seduced by this unlikely hero or to chuckle inwardly in horror at the goings on around us that are sadly probably more truth than fiction.
Myrna Jelman

★★★★★ The Breaking of Liam Glass by Charles Harris is a gripping read, sometimes satire and sometimes a too believable insight into the world of the tabloids, cheque book journalism and police investigations. I didn’t want to put it down right until the end.
Associate Editor Albedo One

★★★★★ This exciting must-have book by award-winning writer Charles Harris is an entertaining insight into contemporary investigative journalism and even politics in England… a highly researched modern life crime novel.
Spiros Kagadis

★★★★★ An ambitious picaresque satire of the press, local government and the police in London. Bitter, comic and exceedingly human.
Shelley Katz

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  1. Asta Musvicaite said:

    June 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Witty, gripping, truly beautifully written.
    Asta Musvicaite