Sunday, 28 November 2010

First press Article on 'The Drop'

The press release went out from No Exit this week. The following article is the first piece to appear in the Trade press about 'The Drop'. It's on

British Gangland Debut Snapped Up By No Exit
Posted at 5:15PM Monday 22 Nov 2010
A scorching debut novel set in the Newcastle underworld and likened to iconic British gangster movies, Get Carter and The Long Good Friday, for their hard-hitting portrayal of organized crime, has been acquired by leading crime fiction specialist No Exit Press.
World English language rights to THE DROP, the first novel by Howard Linskey, were bought from agent Philip Patterson at Marjacq, in a two-book-deal for an undisclosed sum by No Exit's Publishing Director, Ion Mills.
Brutal and terrifying, THE DROP tells the story of David Blake, a white collar criminal living the high-life on the payroll of ruthless crime boss Bobby Maloney. But when a big chunk of Bobby's money goes missing, along with Geordie Cartwright, Blake is in the frame and he must journey deep into the heart of gangland Newcastle to save himself and to uncover the explosive truth.
No Exit's Ion Mills said of the acquisition, 'The Drop is a pulverizing British crime story and an instant classic, rich on atmosphere and unflinching in its portrayal of gangs and mob violence. Howard has a razor-sharp ear for dialogue and The Drop is breakneck entertainment from start to finish. We are very much looking forward to launching it next April.'
A former newspaper and magazine journalist, Linskey was born and raised in the North East and now lives in Hertfordshire. He said, 'I am delighted to have signed a two-book deal with No Exit. The team has a first-class reputation for publishing edgy and gritty crime novels and I know The Drop is in expert hands.'
THE DROP will be published by No Exit Press in paperback in April 2011. Advance proofs are available on request.
For a proof copy, an author interview, or for further information call Chris Burrows PR on 0161 445 6635 / 07738903955 /


  1. Excellent news, Howard. I guess I won't be the first to congratulate you, but here's to The Drop being a huge hit. Looking forward to reading a copy.
    all the very best
    Matt Hilton

  2. Many thanks Matt - very kind of you mate.
    Hope to catch up with you again soon and that all is going really well with 'Cut And Run'.