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The first in an unmissable crime series from an exciting new voice in the genre - think Raymond Chandler meets The Sopranos in Great Yarmouth.

Time to Win will be published
by Little Brown on April 27, 2017.

Read an extract

When local crime boss Richard Goodwin is pulled from the river by his office it looks like suicide. But as his widow Tatiana feared, Rich collected enemies like poker chips, and half of Great Yarmouth's criminal fraternity would have had reason to kill him.

Realising how little she knows about the man she married, Tatty seeks to uncover the truth about Rich's death and take over the reins of the family business, overseeing a waterfront casino deal Rich hoped would put Yarmouth on the map. 

Out of the shadows at last, it is Tatty's time now, and she isn't going to let Rich's brother, or anyone else, stand in her way. But an American has been in town asking the right people the wrong questions, more bodies turn up, along with a brutal new gang. The stakes have never been higher. 

With her family to protect, and a business to run, Tatty soon learns that power comes with a price...


The Godfather in Great Yarmouth’ – Ian Rankin

‘A tale of family and power and mayhem, Harry Brett’s Time to Win is a winner on all counts. Rivetingly told and bracingly paced, it offers readers not only propulsive storytelling but deeper pleasures —foremost, in Tatty, as rich and complicated a female character as one could hope for’ – Megan Abbott

‘Time to Win is fearsomely good: doomy and atmospheric’ – Nicci French

‘In Harry Brett, British crime fiction has its new big beast and in Time To Win, Brett has written a heart-pounding thriller for our time – a 21st century Long Good Friday’ – Tony Parsons

‘A taut and atmospheric work of Fenland noir. Time to Win exposes the seediness and brutality which so often dominates rural communities and marks out Harry Brett as a new must read author for fans of the dark stuff’ – Eva Dolan

‘It's not just a body that's washed up, but a seaside town's secrets. Gripping, compelling, original crime drama’ – Dreda Say Mitchell

‘Darkly brooding and atmospheric ... a claustrophobic combination of dysfunctional family drama and small town corruption. In Tatty, Harry Brett has created a matriarch to be reckoned with. Noir at its best’ – M.J. McGrath

‘Brilliantly atmospheric, claustrophobic, tense and gripping, Time To Win redraws the landscape of British noir and introduces a fresh and vital voice in Harry Brett’ – Stav Sherez

‘Time to Win is a tour de force – a gripping organised crime drama that feels like the start of something big’ – William Ryan

‘I loved Time to Win. Harry Brett captures the fog and mud and murk of the Norfolk coast, mixes it with a dose of violence, vengeance and warped loyalties, and turns it into a curiously addictive example of North Sea Noir’ – Julia Crouch