NICK RIPPINGTON is the award-winning author of gritty UK gangland thrillers. His debut novel Crossing The Whitewash received an honourable mention in the 2016 Writers' Digest eBook awards with judges describing it as "Evocative, unique, unfailingly precise and often humorous". The second novel in the Boxer Boys series, Spark Out, is a prequel which won a Chill With A Book award with readers describing it as a "Fantastic Read", "Compelling" and with an "unexpected twist". A former Welsh Sports Editor of the News of the World, Nick started writing the series after being made redundant with two days notice after Rupert Murdoch closed down Europe’s biggest-selling tabloid six years ago. He lives in London with wife Liz and has two children – Jemma and Olivia.