First British Edition Headline (1999) |
The Last Big Job
|Paperback - Headline (2000) |
Blackburn on a Friday night at the beginning of summer is always a policing headache. But for the officers of Blackburn police station it's about to become a nightmare.
When three police cars explode in quick succession in the station car park, it seems as if a spectacular terrorist campaign is underway. But as Blackburn's finest get ready to do battle with the IRA, the real action is going down elsewhere - a building society heist that is about go badly wrong, and which will have devastating consequences for the whole force.
Consequences which will ultimately involve an ex-KGB hit-man, an undercover cop in danger from his own side as much as the villains he's trying to nail, and a spectacular attempt to relieve the Royal Mint of £20m.
The Last Big Job is serving police sergeant Nick Oldham's latest tough and authentic story of the men and women who put their lives on the line in the course of duty.
Praise for Nick Oldham
'Gritty and precise' The Times
'Every detail in this gripping, fast-paced story of police corruption and gang warfare has the ring of truth' Bradford Telegraph and Argus
'For sheer grab-you-by-the-throat readability, A Time For Justice takes some beating. Policeman Nick Oldham's high-speed thriller is the genuine article - a tale from the cutting edge of law enforcement that is utterly authentic. I think this new author is a real find!' Mystery and Thriller Guild
'A dark broody thriller, packed with stomach-churning suspense' Dorset Evening Echo
'Sergeant Oldham has put his experience to good use to turn thriller writer...he looks set to have a bright future as a bestselling author' West Lancashire Evening Gazette
'Chilling authenticity...a gripping tale' Manchester Evening News
'Nick Oldham makes a superb start to his career as a novelist… A Time For Justice is a good yam and well worth a read' Sunderland Echo
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It's the world's brashest, trashiest seaside resort, alive with daytime fun and night-time thrills - Blackpool, city of dreams. And for some, like Detective Inspector Henry Christie, a city of nightmares.
Match day is never enjoyable for the police, their hands are full of petty crime and the cells are full of yobs. It's a good time for serious criminals to pull a stroke. But shooting up a newsagents and killing a police officer demands priority action. Even though the local police are first on the scene, the North West Organised Crime Squad are called in. Christie would be jealous of missing out on a juicy case if he weren't so busy trying to stem the tide elsewhere.
There's a multitude of problems to deal with like the murder of a prostitute, found washed up on the beach. The wounding of a policewoman trying to question a motorist. A crazy car chase which causes mayhem all the way to Manchester. And the case which raises most public concern the accidental shooting of Boris the gorilla in Blackpool Zoo.
What Henry doesn't yet realise is that these incidents are linked together by a conspiracy that is about to spread indiscriminate pain. Gang warfare and official corruption are a threat to every citizen's life. Especially those of policemen who value their honesty - like Henry Christie.
|About The Author|
Nick Oldham was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, in 1956. he has been a police officer since the age of nineteen, spending the majority of his service in operational roles. He is married and lives with his wife and son on the outskirts of Preston.
The Last Big Job
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