Meet Jacob Smith, your good-old British policeman. But Jacob’s no ordinary beat bobby. He’s a tactical firearms officer; a handsome, popular, financially secure specialist.

He’s a connoisseur of fine cinema, who also enjoys his expansive collection of do-it-yourself ‘art’ DVD’s (the latest of which was ‘borrowed’ during a drugs warrant). And he likes to keep himself in shape, hence the large steroid habit – and the even larger amount of money he owes his dealer. And did we mention he’s partial to women’sfeet? The girlfriend who’s desperately trying to shrug him off? Or what about his parents’ dark past?

And now his family and friends are starting to worry… and his police superiors are increasingly taking notice of the way he conducts himself. Jake’s a very busy boy. And life is about to get even more complicated…

Pocket Notebook is the brilliant debut novel from serving police officer Mike Thomas. An angry black comedy, it follows Jacob’s very public fall from grace, all of which he meticulously records in his police notebook.

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Praise for Pocket Notebook

“Stuns like a truncheon, grips like a pair of handcuffs, crackles with charge like a taser… terrifying.” Niall Griffiths

A superb, riotous debut novel about a cop’s spectacular steroid-induced meltdown.” Sunday Herald, Books of the Year

“This arresting tale doesn’t miss a beat… While Pocket Notebook might become cult reading in police circles, it certainly isn’t about to become a recruit training manual.” Tim Relf, The Independent

A fantastic debut… written with blistering brio and fantastic energy.” The Big Issue

“Chaotic, nasty, exhilarating.” The Guardian

Amusing, in a very black way… A cracker of a read.” The Mirror, Book of the Week

Black laughs… keep you turning the pages.” The Financial Times

And the author’s favourite Amazon review of  Pocket Notebook:

I hated this book, possibly more than any book I’ve ever read.” MrBear