Pete Wyatt is a nineteen-year-old trainee hairdresser funding styling school with what he convinces himself is small time, drug dealing in a Manchester nightclub.
His money-making scheme sends him deep into the shadows of the Manchester drugs trade where he witnesses a gangland execution that will change his life forever.
Suddenly every crook in town wants a piece of him. Tortured by the pain of what unfolds, and let down by the courts, he promises to exact his own revenge, risking his job, his life and every relationship he’s ever forged. As his hairdressing career takes off he realises he is perfectly positioned to deliver retribution.
A double life emerges. During the day he styles in a camp city centre salon, in the evenings he cuts the hair of the wives and girlfriends of the men he wants to kill most, priming them for information. At night his alto ego hunts down those who have wronged him. His mission is to bring down one of Manchester’s leading crime families. His sacrifice is the normality of his own existence.
But with success comes suspicion; the spate of unusual deaths is no coincidence. Manchester’s underworld has spawned a vigilante but who will stop him; his girlfriend, the police or those at the top of his list?
Nightclubs, gangsters, drugs and one normal clubber’s thirst for revenge after the three collide to change his life forever. Killing Doves is nineties Manchester at its naughtiest.