Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

Rain – 1990

Lucy Ashdown is a girl with a mission – to find the driver who ran down and killed her sister Christine. Now she has a lead and she’s off to London. Disgraced Detective Joe Lucas is as dedicated as Lucy. His aim is to bring her home. By any means necessary.

Stepping into her sister’s shoes, this small-town girl is thrust into a terrifying night journey of deceit, danger, and degradation. By recreating her sister’s journey, she unwittingly heads toward her sister’s fate; and even as she believes that she’s closing in on the murderer, the murderer is closing in on her.

This is the sort of tension that one could savour for more than 244 pages… a tense, nerve-racking tale… I’d be surprised if a better London novel hits the bookshops this year

Anne Billson, Time Out

Hard to put down, impossible to forget… subtle and disturbing

Today

Since Valley of Lights he has been refining his own brand of psycho-thriller, with a discomforting knack of charting mental disintegration and a razor-sharp sense of place

Daily Telegraph

A strange, powerful story of love and vengeance

Felicia Lamb, Mail on Sunday

Gallagher’s descriptions pin down London’s underbelly with deadly accuracy

The Times

Unquestionably Gallagher’s finest novel yet

Vector

Paperback cover for Rain, shows a teenaged girl, drenched and afraid. Trust me, she's not a victim, she has agency