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Man Down by Mark Pepper

The Blurb


Matt Spiller drives a souped-up taxi, suffers from SAD, and has a troublesome past.

It’s Christmas Eve, and one of his fares is about to become extremely problematic.

Helen Spiller still loves her husband, but can no longer live with his moods.

She’s a wonderful mum, with a screw quietly working loose in her head.

Now, their eldest daughter has hooked up with a very bad boyfriend.

Spiller thinks he has the skillset to handle all these problems.

He’s dead wrong.

The Author

Mark lives in Manchester with his wife of 30 years, Jeannifer, and his daughter, Jade. 

In his day job, Mark is an Intelligence Analyst for a financial regulator in Washington DC. He is a qualified secondary school drama teacher, and worked as an actor for fifteen years, having graduated from RADA in 1990. 

His first two novels, The Short Cut and Man on a Murder Cycle, were published by Hodder & Stoughton, and his third, Veteran Avenue, by Urbane. Veteran Avenue, mainly set in LA, is currently being developed as a TV series by the actor Warren Brown. 

His latest novel, Man Down, is due to be published on February 22 2022.

Find him on twitter @PepSixSix

The Review

What happens when you have anger problems, SAD and you see something you think is going wrong in the street?

If you’re Matt Spiller you will jump in there and then and unleash the strangest, darkest, but strangely comedic set of events that are humanly possible.

All Spiller wants is to live with his family again. Sounds easy. But Matt isn’t easy. Neither is Helen. They love one another. But he’s depressed and she’s more than a little crazy.

This is great book which I read in one sitting because it hooked me from the off. I loved where the tale led, who was involved and who wasn’t. And the question of what exactly would you do m? lies there within it’s pages.

With thanks to Red Dog Press and the author for the advanced reading copy of this book.


Published by Books’n’banter

Hi and welcome to my new blog. I’m reading and reviewing the books I read, after a long break I realised just how much I missed reviewing. I’ve been a voracious reader since childhood and I don’t imagine that changing. 
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