Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

Red, Red Robin – 1995

When Ruth Lasseter hires an escort to cover for a workplace affair, she lets a deeply disturbed young man into her life. Though she survives the consequence, she’s left with the lingering suspicion that he hasn’t simply disappeared. He’s still out there, taking out his problems on other women just like her. There was a moment when Ruth had her chance to stop him for good. But she didn’t take it. Now she sees that closure—for both of them—lies on the other side of that line.

A classic of the suspense genre, an obsessive read with a genuinely sinister central character to rival Psycho‘s Norman Bates, and enough surprises to keep you turning the pages as fast as your stomach will let you.

Peter Millar, The Times

The final, inevitable showdown proves as powerful as the promise that Gallagher has built up, page upon gripping page of this compelling, unusually sensitive chiller

Mystery Scene

A smashing serial-killer thriller that embraces all the conventions of the genre while adding several page-turning twists of its own

Publishers Weekly

Powerful prose, wrenching psychological intensity and icy suspense characterise Gallagher’s newest thriller

Library Journal

A genuine gripper

Literary Review

A satisfyingly twisty suspenser with a truly menacing villain

Kirkus Reviews
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