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It’s hard to know where to start with this. I suppose I could tell you all about where I was born, what it was like when Mum was still around, what happened when I was a little kid, all that kind of stuff, but it’s not really relevant. Or maybe it is. I don’t know. Most of it I can’t remember, anyway. It’s all just bits and pieces of things, things that may or may not have happened – scraps of images, vague feelings, faded photographs of nameless people and forgotten places – that kind of thing.
Anyway, let’s get the name out of the way first.
Martyn Pig.
Martyn with a Y, Pig with an I and one G.
Martyn Pig.
Yeah, I know. Don’t worry about it. It doesn’t bother me any more.

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'Did I hate him? Of course I hated him. But I never meant to kill him.'

With his father dead, Martyn has a choice. Tell the police what happened and be suspected of murder, or get rid of the body and get on with the rest of his life. Simple, right? Not quite. One story leads to another. Secrets and lies become darker and crazier, and Martyn is faced with twists and turns that leave him reeling. Life is never easy. But death is even harder.

The extraordinary, ground-breaking debut novel from Kevin Brooks is darkly humorous, strangely moving and completely riveting.

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Press reviews

“Like its eponymous hero, British author Brooks's self-assured debut manages to be at once hard-boiled, wide-eyed and—despite its downright grisly subject matter—laugh-aloud funny ... a satisfying and oddly buoyant story.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

“This sometimes grossly funny, always absorbing gut-wrenching thriller tells the slippery-slope story of how a few (granted large) ethical missteps can send a character sliding down a moral mineshaft ... an engrossing debut.”


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