In the Know by Dougie Brimson / #Interview @dougiebrimson

The Billy Evans Gangland Trilogy #3

It’s been over a decade since gang leader Billy Evans stepped away from his life on the wrong side of the law to mourn the murder of his beloved wife.

Yet when he is hit by a second tragedy, his first thoughts are not of more loss, but of revenge. Violent, bloody revenge.

However, even before he can make his first move, Billy is presented with an alternative method of extracting vengeance. One so intriguing that he quickly finds his past passion for organised violence reinvigorated.

And as Britain heads toward a future defined by Brexit and the political right wing, he realises that he’s stumbled upon the opportunity he’s been waiting for. The chance to wield genuine power within the very establishment he’s fought his entire life.

The only question is, will he be allowed to survive long enough to grab it.




1. Do you always take a book/erader wherever you go?

No. But I do take a notebook because I get so many ideas from watching people and listening to their conversations.

2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

That depends on the book! Ian Rankin famously used my name in his book ‘A Question of Blood’ and I wasn’t very nice in that.

3. Where can I find you when you are reading?

Either in bed, in my armchair or on the loo.

4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

These days, at my desk or asleep on the sofa.

5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

Easily. The average bookshop won’t stock my books so when I go in and stare at shelves full of other people’s work, most of whom sell far less than I do, I tend to get irritated or envious. Although if they have good coffee and great cake, I’ll be through those doors like a robbers dog.

6. What are you most proud of?

Aside from my children, the 18 years I served in the Royal Air force. Work wise, the obvious answer would be ‘the next one’ but of existing work, my favourite book is Billy’s Log which I genuinely adore. Movie wise, it has to be my first movie which was a short film called It’s A Casual Life which we filmed in 2005. It’s still the best on-screen depiction of a hooligan encounter I’ve ever seen.

7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

Generally it’s ‘At last’ closely followed by ‘I hope they like it’.

8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Don’t worry about getting an agent or finding a publisher until you have something to show them and that must be either a fully edited manuscript or a solid script. Those are the first things they’re going to ask for anyway and if you don’t have them, you’re just wasting everyone’s time. Worse, you’re almost certainly wasting an opportunity.

9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Aside from my grandparents, it would have to be Adolf Hitler. If only for the chance to ask ‘what the f**k were you thinking?’

10. How do you choose the names for your characters?

I always create my characters in the same way. I sit down and form an image of the type of person I want them to be and then I’ll search the internet until I find someone who fits that look. Then I will search social media for a name to suit them and after that I’ll give them the voice of someone I know. That could me a mate or a celeb. By doing that, if I ever get stuck on a scene involving that character, I can either phone that person or watch them on YouTube. Hearing their voice will almost always unlock the log-jam in my head. It’s a simple trick, but it works for me.

Thank you, Dougie Brimson


About the author

In recent years, former serviceman Dougie Brimson has emerged as one of the UK’s most diverse writers.  

Perhaps best known for penning the multi-award winning feature Green Street, his writing career began in 1996 when after 18 years service with the RAF, he co-authored the best-selling non-fiction work Everywhere We Go. A book that remains essential reading for anyone with an interest in the culture of English football.

A further 14 books have followed including the crime thriller The Crew which has topped the Amazon sports book download charts for almost 9 years following its publication in eBook format and the comedy Wings of a Sparrow which after a successful electronic release, was issued in print.

His 16th book, In The Know, the long awaited third book in the The Crew/Top Dog trilogy, will be published in May 2020.


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