Joe Donovan was once a renowned investigative journalist. Since the unsolved disappearance of his 6-year-old son, he's lived a broken, reclusive life in a bleak Northumberland village. He's abruptly thrust back into the real world when Jamal, a teenage boy on the run for his life, desperately needs Donovan's help. Jamal has in his possession something that holds a key to Donovan's past, a past that can only be unlocked by forcing him to make a terrifying journey into the present. As long buried secrets begin to emerge and bodies pile up, Donovan finds himself caught up in a harrowing web of fear. In order to survive and uncover the disturbing truth at the heart of the dangerous world he's found himself in, he puts together a team to help him, a team of outsiders that doesn't care which side of the law it operates on. And Donovan will surely need their help. For he and Jamal are being hunted. The Hammer, a death metal addicted serial killer, is on their trail. A killer with a 100 per cent success rate, a killer who doesn't know the meaning of the word mercy.
Born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Martyn Waites now lives in Essex with his wife and two children. He has turned his hand to many professions: market trader, bar manager, stand-up comic and professional actor, a career he now combines with writing. Most recent TV appearances include a benefit fraud advertisement and The New Adventures of Robin Hood on Channel 5! Martyn is Writer in Residence at Huntercombe Young Offenders' Institution in Oxfordshire. BORN UNDER PUNCHES is his fourth novel.