Dying Seconds (Boxer Boys #3)Dying Seconds by Nick Rippington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dying Seconds by Nick Rippington is the third book in the Boxer Boys series. It’s just as good as the first two.

Once more the story revolves around the Dolans, a nasty East End of London crime family. Drug dealing, and extreme violence are their thing.

Gareth Prince, once known as Gary Marshall in his East End days, is a half-brother to the psychopathic Arnie Dolan, now disabled and confined to a wheelchair. Prince is a sports journalist on a Welsh newspaper, having tried to put his old life behind him.

The murder of Prince’s (Marshall’s) father in faraway Stoke sparks a police investigation resulting in Prince and Arnie Dolan being arrested. They are released eventually for lack of evidence. This leaves the puzzle as to who did kill Stan Marshall and why. It’s also the main thread of the plot.

The story is layered with many sub-plots equally as interesting as the main plot. They are embedded in different locations – London, Stoke, Wales, Australia, and France against a backdrop of Brexit, football hooliganism, and the Lions rugby tour of Australia.

It is the skill of the author in tying in all the pieces that makes this book such a compelling read right through to a surprising and satisfying ending.

The characters are realistically portrayed, and some are simply loveable such as The Legend and the ageing sports editor of the Welsh newspaper.

This is a book that’s hard to put down once started and comes highly recommended – five stars!

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