The hard-hitting sequel to Bali Rai's award-winning novel, THE CREW.
The Crew didn't think things could ever get that bad again. They were seriously wrong.
Things have calmed down for the Crew (Billy, Ellie, Della, Jas and Will) and life in the Ghetto is ticking on as usual. But things are about to kick-off all over again. The police have launched Operation Clean-up and dealers are regularly being pulled off the street and into the police station. Someone's got to be grassing them up, and soon Nanny and the Crew are getting blamed. Billy is mugged, Ellie is picked on in school, and Billy's house is being targeted. The Crew need to find out who's pointing the finger before things get really serious.
As tough and uncompromising as ever, Bali's latest novel won't disappoint his army of fans and will undoubtedly win him many more. A thrilling sequel that also stands alone.Author Profile
Bali Rai is from Leicester. As a Politics graduate, if he absolutely had to get a real job, he’d pick journalism. For now, he is happy to write, although he quite misses working behind a bar. However, this is more than made up for by the fact that he can now get out of bed when he likes and that nice people keep asking him to visit them in wonderful places all over Europe. Long may they continue to do so.Reviews
Bali Rai's mixture of third and first-person narrative serves to heighten tension while the city scene depictions are sordid and threatening...a well paced thriller.,'Exhilirating sequel to The Crew
...unflinching and authentic'.,'Rai knows his audience to a T and writes powerfully and engagingly...it is this kind of book that should reignite older boys' enthusiasm for novels.',Named in article about teeangers and politics written by Bali Rai,Article about Booktrust Teenage Prize shortlist,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize.,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize,Article about the Bootrust Teenage Prize,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize,Article about the BookTrust Teenage Prize,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize,Article about Booktrust Teenage Prize,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize,Article about the Booktrust Teenage Prize,Interview with Bali Rai,'An intricately plotted drama...Rai builds his story with consummate control...his empathetic portrayal of his multi-cultural cast of characters is underpinned by a sure grasp of street-language and mores.','Vividly written, The Whisper tells it like it is.',Article about school visit and promotional signing,'As tough and uncomprimising as the city streets they depict...highly recommended.','A hard-hitting tale about love, drugs, the ghetto, and betrayal. Bali Rai hits the mark yet again, pulling no punches, telling it how it is in the real world...it's addictive stuff.','As ever, Bali Rai handles the streetwise dialect of Asian youth with the surest of touches. This is a tough book, relieved with both humour and humanity, but powerfully moving nonetheless.','Serious and hard-hitting.','A challenging and provocative novel.','Expertly paced...the ending is tragic, but the energy and verbal brilliance evident on every page also convey hope...an author to watch out for.','Rai holds his reader with a convincing, disturbing portrait of excluded people struggling for something better...a thought-provoking, eye-opening picture.',Short review,A hard-hitting, totally convincing and yet strangely sympathetic tale of life on the streets of our cities today.