Time to Win
By Harry Brett
The first in an unmissable crime series from an exciting new voice in the genre - think Raymond Chandler meets The Sopranos in Great Yarmouth.
'The Godfather in Great Yarmouth' Ian Rankin
'An atmospheric and riveting tale' Guardian
* * * * * The Sun
'Harry Brett writes a fun plot with witty elegance' The Times
When local crime boss Richard Goodwin is pulled from the river by his office it looks like suicide. But as his widow Tatiana feared, Rich collected enemies like poker chips, and half of Great Yarmouth's criminal fraternity would have had reason to kill him.
Realising how little she knows about the man she married, Tatty seeks to uncover the truth about Rich's death and take over the reins of the family business, overseeing a waterfront casino deal Rich hoped would put Yarmouth on the map.
Out of the shadows at last, it is Tatty's time now, and she isn't going to let Rich's brother, or anyone else, stand in her way. But an American has been in town asking the right people the wrong questions, more bodies turn up, along with a brutal new gang. The stakes have never been higher.
With her family to protect, and a business to run, Tatty soon learns that power comes with a price . . .
'Fearsomely good' Nicci French
'A 21st century Long Good Friday' Tony Parsons
'Taut and atmospheric' Eva Dolan
'Gripping, compelling, original crime drama' Dreda Say Mitchell
'Darkly brooding and atmospheric' M.J. McGrath
'Time to Win redraws the landscape of British noir' Stav Sherez
'A tour de force' William Ryan
'I loved Time to Win' Julia Crouch
'Gritty and stark' Sunday Mirror
'Time To Win is firmly in the top flight of crime writing' Crime Scene
Harry Brett is a pseudonym for Henry Sutton, who is the author of nine previous novels including My Criminal World and Get Me Out Of Here. He also co-authored the DS Jack Frost novel, First Frost, under the pseudonym James Henry. His work has been translated into many languages. His fifth novel, Kids' Stuff, received an Arts Council Writers' Award in 2002, and became a long-running stage play in Riga, Latvia.
He has judged numerous literary prizes, including the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. He has been the Literary Editor of Esquire magazine and the Books Editor of the Daily Mirror. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he is a Senior Lecturer and the director of the new Creative Writing MA Crime Fiction.
He lives in Norwich with his family.
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27 Apr 2017
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The Godfather in Great Yarmouth — Ian Rankin
In Harry Brett, British crime fiction has its new big beast and in Time To Win, Brett has written a heart-pounding thriller for our time - a 21st century Long Good Friday — Tony Parsons
Darkly brooding and atmospheric . . . a claustrophobic combination of dysfunctional family drama and small town corruption. In Tatty, Harry Brett has created a matriarch to be reckoned with. Noir at its best — M.J. McGrath
It's not just a body that's washed up, but a seaside town's secrets. Gripping, compelling, original crime drama
— Dreda Say Mitchell
Time to Win is fearsomely good: doomy and atmospheric — Nicci French
'A tale of family and power and mayhem, Harry Brett's Time to Win is a winner on all counts. Rivetingly told and bracingly paced, it offers readers not only propulsive storytelling but deeper pleasures - foremost, in Tatty, as rich and complicated a female character as one could hope for — Megan Abbott
A taut and atmospheric work of Fenland noir. Time to Win exposes the seediness and brutality which so often dominates rural communities and marks out Harry Brett as a new must read author for fans of the dark stuff — Eva Dolan
'Brilliantly atmospheric, claustrophobic, tense and gripping, Time to Win redraws the landscape of British noir and introduces a fresh and vital voice in Harry Brett — Stav Sherez
Time to Win is a tour de force - a gripping organised crime drama that feels like the start of something big — William Ryan
I loved Time to Win. Harry Brett captures the fog and mud and murk of the Norfolk coast, mixes it with a dose of violence, vengeance and warped loyalties, and turns it into a curiously addictive example of North Sea Noir — Julia Crouch
The character-driven plot, masterful suspense and stark coastal setting ensure that Time To Win is firmly in the top flight of crime writing. — Crime Scene
Gritty and stark, with a skilful evocation of the down-at-heel, bleak seaside town. — Sunday Mirror
5* . . . dark and gritty. — The Sun
Harry Brett writes a fun plot with witty elegance. — The Times