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Successful criminal defence lawyer, Jon Shaw, comes face to face with, Danny Hallam, the man he tried to murder twenty-five years ago…

Then: While drug running for a local crime lord, Danny decides to call in a large debt from a young female drug addict, Micki Ashton. During a chaotic night on a riverbank, in which punches are thrown, Shaw steps in to protect the defenceless woman, but things turn deadly when Danny produces a knife and Micki is stabbed. Appalled by his friend’s actions, Shaw deliberately pushes Danny into the river. Danny survives and, arrested and charged for murder, spends the next quarter of a century in prison.

Now: Meanwhile, the gang disintegrates, each haunted by the death of a young woman. Throughout his sentence, Danny refuses to name those involved. But someone knows and believes they should all pay. As, one by one, the former friends are picked off only Danny and Shaw remain. With the race on to identify a determined and forensically aware killer, Shaw throws in his lot with a detective who has her own cross to bear and her own reasons for abandoning routine police procedure.

Reviews

Six by GS Locke is that rare thing: a work of fiction that manages to realistically depict serious and very real subjects. Young people in crisis; the vagaries of the criminal justice system; the dark truth that a single ill-conceived action can ruin not just your own life, but the lives of those around you, too. Handled with a deft touch and a keen eye for character and pace, Six is a crime novel with a message that does not preach to the reader, but remains a thrilling and suspenseful read right to the last page.
Shane Dunphy