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Dog Fight


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Kenny O’Neill, a villain with a conscience, returns in a hard-hitting thriller of exploitation, corruption and criminal gangs.

When Kenny’s cousin, Ian, comes to the aid of a fellow ex-squaddie in a heap of trouble, he gets caught up in the vicious underground fight scene, where callous criminals prey on the vulnerable, damaged and homeless.

With Ian in too deep to escape, Kenny has no option other than to infiltrate the gang for the sake of his family. Kenny is an experienced MMA fighter, as tough as they come, but has he found himself in the one fight he can never win?


“An outstanding thriller… truly gripping… The story is beautifully crafted and perfectly paced…set against the background of an issue that truly matters.” Undiscovered Scotland

"A terrific read." - Martina Cole

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  • Rights: World
  • BIC code(s): FF
  • BISAC code(s): FIC050000

Dog Fight

About the author

Michael J Malone

Michael J. Malone is the author of four previous crime novels starring DI Ray McBain and/or Kenny O’Neill: the Pitlochry Prize-winning Blood Tears, A Taste for Malice, Beyond the Rage and 2016’s Bad Samaritan. His thriller The Guillotine Choice is the amazing true story of an innocent man’s time in the notorious Devil’s Island penal colony.

Praise for Michael J Malone’s previous titles:

“A terrific read. I finished it in one sitting. Disturbing but compulsive…it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Loved it.” – Martina Cole.

“Strong female characters, honest, pithy dialogue and ever-present empathy for the victims make this a deeply satisfying read.” – Sunday Times.

“Twisted, sharp and just a little bit heartbreaking. Malone’s characterisation is fantastic, which makes things all the more shocking when you get to the end. I was quite literally stunned.” – SJI Holliday.

“Pitch black Glasgow noir with a conclusion that hits you like an express train.” – Mason Cross.

“Brilliant writing… totally engrossing… and chock full of grit, first page to last. An intense, emotive and beautifully honed piece of gritty crime fiction.” – Liz Loves Books.

“Malone’s writing is first rate and his ability to transport the reader into the world he has created is beyond compare. Extremely highly recommended.” – Eurocrime.

“Every once in a while, a book comes along and redefines the term unputdownable. Beyond the Rage is one of them. The plotting is sublime … The prose is faultless throughout.” – Crimesquad.

Beyond the Rage is a brilliant read…the characters are well realised, expertly utilised and the story is gripping. I have no qualms over scoring it 5/5, it’s an absolute gem.” – Grab This Book.