The Breaking of Liam 2nd edition Glass Cover

After teenager Liam Glass is mugged and crime journalist Jason Crowthorne finds him lying in hospital in a coma, it seems an open-and-shut case. But what is the boy’s secret?

Can Jason discover the truth in time to revive his own career and pay for the treatment Liam now needs? Or will his new colleagues betray him? Or the police arrest him for interfering with their investigations? And does Liam’s mother really know the identity of the muggers?

Jason had better find out before he becomes another statistic for someone else to report on.

★★★★★ ‘An intensely addictive page turner’ – Liz Barnsley, Latest Reads

★★★★★ ‘Verve and wit… cutting and dissolving like scenes from a gangster movie’ – Piers Plowright, Camden New Journal

An Amazon bestseller debut.
Finalist: The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2017
Finalist: Eyelands International Book Awards – Novels – 2018

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Praise for The Breaking of Liam Glass:

Book reviews:

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 – CNJ
“Verve and wit… cutting and dissolving like scenes from a gangster movie…”

Amazon readers:

★★★★ Breaking good!
Nicholas Rippington

★★★★★ 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

★★★★ In a fast paced tale set against a backdrop of local and national unrest with parallels to the current climate – could The Breaking of Liam Glass be more pertinent, I wonder?  In local journalist, Jason Crowthorne, desperately faking it to try to make the move to the Nationals, Charles Harris has created a character akin to conman Louis Bloom, in Nightcrawler but infinitely more likeable and engaging.  
Helen Baden

★★★★★ 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.
Wayne Harris (no relation)
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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Published by Blue Coast Publishing
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  1. Asta Musvicaite said:

    June 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Witty, gripping, truly beautifully written.
    Asta Musvicaite