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A lot of people know that the city of Seattle burned down in 1889. And it's common knowledge that when it was rebuilt, much of the old city remained, buried beneath the modern streets. But nobody really knows what's down there any more... Now a suspected psycho and the eight-year-old girl he's taken hostage during a bungled heist are about to find out, when they crash through the floor of an abandoned warehouse into a street no one has walked down for a hundred years.Pursued by an ex-Vietnam Tunnel Rat brought in by the Seattle PD - a man with one or two mental problems of his own - Hilton Badcock has no choice but to drag young Ali further into the underground maze in search of a way out. But the deeper they go into this strange, secret world, the weirder and more dangerous things get...

Underdogs - Robert Ryan

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Title
Underdogs
Author
Robert Ryan
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Feature
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19991104

A lot of people know that the city of Seattle burned down in 1889. And it's common knowledge that when it was rebuilt, much of the old city remained, buried beneath the modern streets. But nobody really knows what's down there any more... Now a suspected psycho and the eight-year-old girl he's taken hostage during a bungled heist are about to find out, when they crash through the floor of an abandoned warehouse into a street no one has walked down for a hundred years.Pursued by an ex-Vietnam Tunnel Rat brought in by the Seattle PD - a man with one or two mental problems of his own - Hilton Badcock has no choice but to drag young Ali further into the underground maze in search of a way out. But the deeper they go into this strange, secret world, the weirder and more dangerous things get...

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Rob Ryan was born in Liverpool in 1951 and took a Masters degree in Environmental Pollution Science at Brunel University, after which he lectured until the mid-1980s. His first articles as a journalist were published in The Face, Arena, American GQ and the Sunday Times. He joined the staff of the latter in 1990 as Deputy Travel Editor. In 1997 he left to help launch Conde Nast Traveller, before deciding to finish Underdogs. He is now a freelance writer and lives in London with his wife and three children.

'UNDERDOGS has already become the Seattle mystery novel par excellence' Guardian

A wonderfully exhilarating novel, combining a cinematic narrative drive with winning characters... A brilliantly imagined dreamlike subterranean landscape and winning characters distinguish Ryan's smart and genuinely creepy debut
THE SUNDAY TIMES

GUARDIAN

'UNDERDOGS shows Ryan...utilising a fascinating setting with real aplomb and delivering something of a treat' The Times

Brilliantly realised
GQ

`This novel has got brilliant written through it like a stick of rock.... a superb crime writer.... halfway between The Sopranos and and a John Woo movie' Independent On Sunday

UNDERDOGS shows Ryan...utilising a fascinating setting with real aplomb and delivering something of a treat
THE TIMES

'brilliantly realised' GQ Magazine

A hardboiled tour-de-force, I doubt whether there's going to be a better first crime novel this year
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY


A cracking chase thriller...Impressively, it is a first novel and...a young British writer takes on the Americans on their own turf
DAILY TELEGRAPH

'a dazzling first novel set in the underground tunnels that lie beneath Seattle...[an] always unpredictable tale that combines the sheer giddy pace of a road movie with a touch of Lewis Carroll' Time Out

'fantastic, head-spinning, surreal and hilarious by turns' The Guardian

A dazzling first novel set in the underground tunnels that lie beneath Seattle...[an] always unpredictable tale that combines the sheer giddy pace of a road movie with a touch of Lewis Carroll
TIME OUT

'a hardboiled tour-de-force, I doubt whether there's going to be a better first crime novel this year' Independent on Sunday

'pacy and intriguing, [this is] a dark thriller with a refreshingly different angle brought about by its unique and surreal setting' Big Issue

'A dark thriller witha refreshingly different angle brought about by its unique and surreal setting' Big Issue in the North

'For most of its engaging length, Ryan's book functions as an efficient and pungent thriller. But when the reader encounters a literary labyrinth leading back to the last century, the imaginative sparks really begin to fly. One of the most original British thrillers in some years' Crime Time

'A cracking chase thriller...Impressively, it is a first novel and...a young British writer takes on the Americans on their own turf.' Daily Telegraph

'Compulsive thriller...for most of its engaging length, Ryan's book functions as an efficient and pungent thriller. But when the reader encounters a literary labyrinth leading back to the last Century, the imaginative sparks really begin to fly. One of the most original British thrillers in some years' Crime Time

Praise for NINE MIL:
'NINE MIL confirms the travel journalist [Rob Ryan] as a noteworthy exponent of rough and gutsy Stateside-set tales where anything can - and necessarily does - go wrong for its low-life characters... Fast, violent and a breathless delight' Guardian

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Seattle (Wash.) - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
352

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