The day Finn Maguire discovers his father bludgeoned to death in a pool of blood, his dreary life is turned upside down. Prime suspect in the murder, Finn must race against time to clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him. Trawling the sordid, brutal London underworld for answers, Finn exposes dark family secrets and faces danger at every turn. But he's about to learn that it's the people you trust who can hit you the hardest...
''A fast-paced thriller with real heart’ Simon Kernick
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One of my favourite authors is Simon Kernick whose books I can devour in a single sitting. I would put the amazing Niall Leonard in the same category because CRUSHER was just as gripping and pulse-pounding and gave me sweaty palms from start to finish... If you enjoy crime novels then you'll love CRUSHER, which is one of the best young adult novels within this genre I've ever read. - A Dream of Books blog
I was addicted to this from the first chapter... The storyline is compelling, peppered with so many twists and turns that you will question everything, and has an amazingly explosive ending that you will not be expecting. CRUSHER is a fabulous debut from Niall Leonard that is definitely not to be missed! - FictionFascination blog
I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult debut thriller by Niall Leonard... Finn Maguire is an extremely well-drawn and empathetic character. - Raven Crime Reads blog
Finn is beautifully observed - a teenage boy in a world of trouble who is brave and persistent but who also inhabits a taciturn emotional landscape that readers will engage with... There are some fantastic action scenes, including a truly great escape and a visceral fight... The plot is cleverly worked-through with all sorts of twists and turns and paced for breathlessness and page-turning. CRUSHER has all the ingredients of a great YA thriller - accessibility, character, plot, action, pacing. - The Bookbag
This thriller travels at a gripping pace - Publishers Weekly
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Niall Leonard is a successful TV screenwriter with a long list of credits including international hits such as Hornblower, Wire In The Blood and Monarch of the Glen. Niall grew up in Newry, Northern Ireland and now lives in West London with his wife and their two teenage sons. He studied English at the University of York and trained as a screenwriter and director at the UK National Film and Television School. Niall’s wife recently won fame as a novelist in her own right when as EL James she created the publishing phenomenon Fifty Shades Trilogy. It was James who challenged Niall to write a book. So last November he took part in the 2011 NaNoWriMo novel writing event in which writers create a book in a month, and thus his debut YA thriller Crusher was born. Niall is currently writing the sequel to Crusher.