#review Black Moss by @Nolanwriter
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In April 1990, as rioters took over Strangeways prison in Manchester, someone killed a little boy at Black Moss.
And no one cared.
No one except Danny Johnston, an inexperienced radio reporter trying to make a name for himself.
More than a quarter of a century later, Danny returns to his home city to revisit the murder that’s always haunted him.
If Danny can find out what really happened to the boy, maybe he can cure the emptiness he’s felt inside since he too was a child.
But finding out the truth might just be the worst idea Danny Johnston has ever had.
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I am huge lover of crime thrillers and this was bloody brilliant. Black Moss is set across duel timelines for Danny Johnston – the early 1990’s and 2016, each chapter is set around one timeline and after finishing the book I realised that although it started off slow the timelines were following the same pace and as events were picking up pace in the 90’s so to was the pace in the 2016 timeline.
I remember the riots at Strangeways always dominating the TV screens back then, granted I was but a bairn, but reading this brought back the vivid memories of seeing the prisoners on the roof with their faces covered. Nolan has done a ton of research for this book which is clearly evident, and this is a gripping story that had me reading into the wee hours of the morning.
For a debut novel I was impressed and hooked with David’s style, I look forward to reading more on his work.
David is a multi-award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter. He has written a dozen books including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police.
He presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary based on the book called The Abuse Trial. It won both the Rose D’Or and the New York International radio awards in 2016. Officers involved in the case helped David with the police procedures featured in Black Moss, particularly the way the system deals with missing children.