Nick Rippington's debut novel received an honorable mention in the prestigious Writers' Digest sel-published eBook awards for 2016 in the genre category. Judges described it as "Evocative, Original, Unfailingly precise and often humorous". They also described one of the main protagonists, Arnold Dolan, as "terrifying, but never two dimensional."
The novel is a UK gangland thriller that one 5* review referred to as "Martina Cole with added rugby".
Young Football Prodigy Gary Marshall and his best friend Arnie Dolan spend their teen years battling adversity and local gangs on the tough London Council Estate where they live. Then a series of shocking events occur with life-changing consequences for both of them.
Eight years later Arnie wants to hook up again with his old mate and impart a secret he has kept hidden all his life.
So where is Gary? And why does he prefer that the past stays in the past?
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'Flows and rages like a Welsh mountain river to an end I never saw coming' S Hampson, 5-star review on Amazon/Goodreads
'Like Martina Cole... with added rugby' - Suspense reader (5 stars)
'Would make a good film!' - Mags (5 stars)
'A gripping story line that keeps you turning the pages right until the end, a truly great read. Ladies, please note, you do not need to be a sports fan to enjoy this book. It has something for everyone' - Shanny (5 stars)
'If you like your stories with grit, tension and more than a few twists you didn't see coming, then I recommend a trip down to the estates of London with the Boxer boys in this great debut novel from Nick Rippington' - Emma (4 stars)
Nick Rippington is one of the silent victims of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. As the paper's Welsh Sports Editor he was informed at 48-hours notice that it was closing, and had to collect the contents of his desk from a colleague in a Wapping car park, never being allowed back into the building. His response was to write his first novel, the thriller Crossing The Whitewash. Nick lives with wife Liz in London and has two daughters, Olivia and Jemma. When he's not writing he works for the Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday.