And your enemies closer

In the North West criminal underworld, a deal goes tragically wrong, resulting in war between the two main organised crime factions in the region. Shockwaves rock the 30-mile gap between Liverpool and Manchester – with retired detective Brendan Foley right in the middle of it all. 

For Brendan, six months after his resignation, life is all different. His marriage is a mess, he’s working as a nightclub bouncer, his brother is still missing and he just can’t stop searching for the crime family that destroyed his life. And at last, he’s found them – and he’s got them bang to rights.

Iona Madison, his one-time partner and now successor as a DI in Warrington Police, is tasked with a body pulled from the River Mersey – a teen-age boy that went missing the previous year, which might bring her own conduct into question. Not only that, Brendan is feeding her information whether she likes it or not – and his unsanctioned activities are causing her headaches.

And now, there’s a price on his head. A million pounds, dead or alive. 

And Your Enemies Closer is a serpentine race against time as Brendan and Iona must stay one step ahead of criminals at every corner, while trying to bring justice – in whatever form it takes, and whatever loyalties it might burn.

Critics reviews

Robert Scragg
‘Absolutely loved the first in the series – Far From The Tree – and the anticipation levels were high for this one. It absolutely delivered. The two main characters, Iona Maddison and Brendan Foley, power this story along in the fast lane. Overlapping themes of family, organised crime, loyalty and betrayal had me powering through this in no time, and my only issue is that I have to wait a full year for book three. To top it all off, Warren Brown does an amazing job as narrator. The kind of story that deserves to be on a screen sometime soon – could not recommend enough.’

Jude O’Reilly
‘Propulsive, high adrenaline and an all-round cracking story. @robparkerauthor is owning gritty urban noir with his latest. Delivered with the assurance and flair of a massive crime writing talent. Loved it.’

M. Sean Coleman
“And Your Enemies Closer hits the ground running and doesn’t take its foot off the gas for the whole ride. What a dark web of deceit Parker has strung his characters into. And what a follow-up to the incredible Far From the Tree. Breathless and unrelenting. Perfect.”

Neil Broadfoot
‘Rob Parker has delivered another cracker – tightly plotted, just-one-more-chapter immersive and pleasingly brutal, this is top-drawer storytelling from a writer who is getting better and better. Watch for it!