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300 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Mobipocket, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: November 2019

ISBN 9781912374670

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Nov 2019)


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A pulsatingly tense, deeply moving psychological thriller from the author of Fault Lines

Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh's most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people's homes by his bullying older siblings, he's also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mother. On a job, his brother stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead—and the woman is the wife of Edinburgh's biggest crime lord, Deke Holt. With the police and the Holts closing in, and his shattered family in devastating danger, Tyler meets posh girl Flick in another stranger's house, and he thinks she may just be his salvation, unless he drags her down, too. A pulsating, tense psychological thriller, Breakers is also a breathtakingly brutal, beautiful, and deeply moving story of a good kid in the wrong family, from one of Scotland's finest crime writers.


"This may be Doug Johnstone's best book yet. An unsparing yet sympathetic depiction of Edinburgh's ignored underclass, with terrific characterisation. Tense, pacy, filmic." —Ian Rankin

"Doug Johnstone is for me the perfect free-range writer, respectful of conventions but never bound by them, never hemmed-in.  Each book is a different world, each book something new in this world."  —James Sallis

"A cracking story, great characters … it's also about something and really addresses the "whys" of crime." —Mark Billingham

"It's as psychologically rich as it is harrowing. I've come to expect nothing less from Doug Johnstone, one of the genre's premiere writers." —Megan Abbott

'Breakers again shows that Doug Johnstone is a noir heavyweight and a master of gritty realism. This may be his finest novel yet' Willy Vlautin

'Breakers is bloody brilliant. Gut punch after gut punch after gut punch and you can't put it down. But it's the final, huge punch to the heart that blows you away. Pages you can't stop turning, characters that linger long after you've finished the book. This is premier league crime writing' Martyn Waites

Author Biography

Doug Johnstone is the author of Fault Lines and The Jump, which was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year.