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In the North West criminal underworld, a deal goes tragically wrong, resulting in war between the two main organised crime factions in the region. Shockwaves rock the 30-mile gap between Liverpool and Manchester - with retired detective Brendan Foley right in the middle of it all. 

For Brendan, six months after his resignation, life is all different. His marriage is a mess, he’s working as a nightclub bouncer, his brother is still missing and he just can’t stop searching for the crime family that destroyed his life. And at last, he’s found them - and he’s got them bang to rights.

Iona Madison, his one-time partner and now successor as a DI in Warrington Police, is tasked with a body pulled from the River Mersey - a teen-age boy that went missing the previous year, which might bring her own conduct into question. Not only that, Brendan is feeding her information whether she likes it or not - and his unsanctioned activities are causing her headaches.

And now, there’s a price on his head. A million pounds, dead or alive. 

And Your Enemies Closer is a serpentine race against time as Brendan and Iona must stay one step ahead of criminals at every corner, while trying to bring justice - in whatever form it takes, and whatever loyalties it might burn.

©2021 Rob Parker (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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And Your Enemies Closer

After absolutely loving book on in this series - Far From The Tree, I was very much looking forward to this!


Brendan is still coming down from the events of the last book and his life is looking very different. No longer working for the police, a job he loved and was good at, and with his once rock solid marriage in tatters, he cannot shake the urge to find the people responsible for ruining his life, no matter the cost.


His trusted ex-partner Iona, who he recommended for his job when he left, is busy keeping the crime in Warrington in check. But when she gets a call from Brendan with information about a case she is working on, it is hard to forget that he isn't her boss anymore!


Another cracking instalment in this dark, gritty northern series with great characters, both good and bad. All in all a brilliantly written tale with a fair few gobsmacking moments too (I had to pause and take a minute at least once 😲) which is brilliantly written and has an impeccable narration from Warren Brown. The only negative is the wait for the next!

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I enjoyed this novel. Think of a British Jack Reacher. Nice to hear a British narrator. After a prologue and some characters’ backgrounds the action comes thick and fast. For me, as I live down the road (literally) from where most of the story takes place, it was of particular interest.
The “scene setting” is good and so is continuity. This is not a literary masterpiece but tells a story and that suits me. The narrator does his job well and I hope that there are other books by Rob Parker as I will be a purchaser.

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brilliant, gripping, full of twists and turns. Againl3ft with a brilliant cliffhanger. What will come next....

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Just Wow!

I was gripped all the way to the end! Brilliant narration, brilliant story! Just wow! You need to read the book preceding this to get more of an insight into the Foley family and what previously happened. Looking forward to listening to his next book.

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An exciting read from the first to the last page

I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in the series, the story develops really well with all the Characters featuring strongly, I was really looking forward to the second book and this certainly did not disappoint, so exciting with some great twists. I thought Warren Brown really added to the atmosphere and suspense of the book, he was really great. I would highly recommend both books and would say without doubt are the best books i have had the pleasure of listening too since joining Audible 4 years ago. They would make a great film or box set. I really hope there will be a third book in the series very soon. Brilliant.

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Rob has done it again!

Gripping, fast paced, and brilliantly crafted!

This book will not disappoint, I challenge anyone to argue.

Congratulations Rob, a job very well done!

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shockingly amazing

love the characters, first class narration bery fresh, fast and original loved the first one love this one A*

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Gripping

Loved it. Thrilling to the end. A few surprises. Look forward to the next one

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Just brilliant 👏

what a superb follow up to Far from the Tree, a must listen to.

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As before

Great second part to the trilogy. Followed on from the first well. Can’t wait for the conclusion. Keep it up Mr Parker.

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  • 14-01-22

Things Go From Bad to Worse (and then Even Worse)

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An expanded version of this originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the predecessor—but I'm pretty sure that has everything to do with this being the second installment in a trilogy. It's just the way I am with trilogies. I do wonder if some of it is also the way D.I. Madison was used here. On both counts, I fully expect that the close of this trilogy is going to leave me impressed and maybe even liking this a bit more than I do right now.

I thought that the image of the mass grave from the beginning of Far from the Tree was the apex for disturbing images for the series. A big shock to get the ball rolling, and it'd be all down here from there. I don't remember being that naïve and foolish, but man...Parker outdoes himself in creating one location in the book. I'm just glad the Smell-O-Vision technology hasn't made its way to smartphones. Also, there's a method of murder used here that I've never run across before, I'm dying to know if it's real, but I don't even know how to search for it online without going on the FBI's radar. Seriously, the book is worth your time just to hear about it. I'm not sure the book is also worth the poor sleep you'll get if you think too much about the method, however.

As I said before, there are many point-of-view characters running around in this novel, and I wouldn't have complained about having more time with any of them. Other than Madison, we got enough time with them all, but I enjoyed each perspective enough that I could have taken at least one more scene with them all. I typically think less is more on the multiple-perspective novels, but this isn't one of them. Both Parker and Brown handle all the voices really well.

I couldn't predict anything about this story. Parker keeps you on your toes and on the edge of your seat—he zigs when you expect him to zag. Or, he zags when you expect, but in a way that turns your expectations upside down.

Once again, Parker and Brown have delivered something brutal, unrelentingly gripping, and full of the unexpected. I can't wait to see what they've got in store for #3.

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