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- Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 18mm | 323g
- Publication date: 4 March 2010
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1845966023
- ISBN 13: 9781845966027
- Sales rank: 522,410
'If those pricks want a war, lad, we'll show what some proper soljas can do.' The gripping debut novel by the bestselling author of Powder Wars is a mind-blowing tale that is all the more shocking because it is inspired by real-life events. From burgeoning organised crime to warped celebrity culture, Soljas is an apocalyptic vision of a world in freefall. Dylan, Nogger and their crew 'tax' rival drug dealers using a red-hot steam iron and celebrate by making videos of themselves raping wannabe WAGs. In their world, guns and knives are as common as mobile phones. But when an innocent three-year-old girl is killed in the crossfire, a militarised police then controversial anti-terror laws and private military contractors are brought in to combat gang warfare. Will the mayhem stop? Will the teenage murderers find redemption? Or will they be elevated to superstar status, in the media as well as the underworld?
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Graham Johnson is an investigative reporter and crime writer. This is his first crime novel, following the true-crime publications Powder Wars, Football and Gangsters, Druglord and The Devil.
"A rip-roaring plot set against a backdrop of gang shootings, burning skylines and the heavens filled with police choppers and unmanned surveillance drones ... [A] terrifying insight into gang culture" The Sun "[Johnson] is an expert on inner city life and his grasp of gang culture seeps through every page ... a bloody good read" News of the World