How to Be a Vigilante by Luke Smitherd
How to Be a Vigilante From the author of the international best-seller The Stone Man, shortlisted for Audible UK’s Book of the Year Award 2015
In the late 1990s, a laptop was found in a service station just outside of Manchester. It contained a digital journal entitled ‘TO THE FINDER: OPEN NOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE!’ Now, for the first time, that infamous diary is being published in its entirety.
It’s 1998. The internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen year old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he’s going to become a vigilante.
There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume – and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry – on a shoestring budget? And will his history of blackouts and crippling social inadequacy affect his chances?
This is Nigel’s account of his journey; part diary, part deluded self-help manual, tragically comic and slowly descending into what is arguably Luke Smitherd’s darkest and most violent novel.
What do you believe in? And more importantly …should you?
PRAISE FOR LUKE SMITHERD’S WRITING:
“… a novel that intrigues, enthralls, horrifies, thrills, and hits the reader with an emotional resonance as only the best stories can.” – Ain’t It Cool News.com
… strong characterization, moral quandaries, mystery, and a whole lot of tense moments. Reading the final sentence was truly a bittersweet moment.” – SFsignal.com, Hugo award-winning website
“I couldn’t help myself and read this is one sitting” – simon211175, Amazon Vine Voice
“Fantastically written characters who make you care about them right from the off.” – Andy Pettifer
“It was one of those books where you tell yourself you will read just one more page, then look at the clock and realise that it’s 2 hours later. I would thoroughly recommend it” – Elaine Hosegood
“I have owned a Kindle for about 2 years and downloaded some excellent books for very little cost but Luke Smitherd’s works beat the lot” – Silversmith, Amazon UK Review
“As soon as I started reading I was completely sucked in, which very rarely happens for me. I couldn’t wait to get home and read it each night. I laughed. I cried. I did actual real life gasps of horror.” – Katie, Amazon Review
“I spend a lot of time trawling through the kindle book store looking for cheap books, relying on reviews to make my purchases. I have come across some less than average books using this method, but also some real gems. This book definitely falls into the latter category. It had me gripped from page one.” – Steve Sut, Amazon UK Review
“This story could, probably should, be made into a movie at some point. I honestly have to believe that Smitherd should contact a producer/director and make a fabulous movie deal. Totally enjoyed the read.” – Bonnie Gleckler Clark, Goodreads
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Biography How to Be a Vigilante
Luke Smitherd is the bestselling author of the hit novel THE STONE MAN, as well IN THE DARKNESS, THAT’S WHERE I’LL KNOW YOU and his latest bestseller KILL SOMEONE.
A former singer and guitarist, Luke now writes full time for a living. He a: can’t quite believe it, and b: has to remember that he shouldn’t drink before lunchtime. Not on a weekday anyway.
He currently travels and writes, and ignores cheap jibes about not having a ‘proper job’.
Luke says: If you like my stuff, please leave a nice star rating for any books of mine that you liked. You’ll be doing me a bigger favor than I can say, and it’ll mean the work keeps coming. Thanks for reading. Vigilante