The LondonCrime Authors
Londoncrime has formed some great relationships with some terrific authors. Here we present some author biographies written especially for LondonCrime.
Learn about your favourite author, or explore the world of a new author and get some great background info behind the fantastic books on the Londoncrime website.
I was born and raised in London. My mum was a district nurse in Greenwich and dad was a decorated officer in the City of London Police. He'd would show me all walks of life around the East End. Dad's good friend and colleague was - and still is - the father of Matt and Luke Goss, of Bros fame. They're my brothers' age and hailed from Bethnal Green, whilst we spent a considerable amount in Stepney, around twenty minutes or so away, with creepy Whitechapel sandwiched between. From bank robberies, murdered priests, fast-paced car-chases to terrorism, bent coppers, spies, conspiracies and the underworld, I can say I was exposed to it all and more. It's certainly influenced my screenwriting , especially the Die Hard(s) and spy scripts, as well as, of course, two of the novels featured here on the brilliant London Crime site. What a great platform for a writer and filmmaker who showcases our great city, London.
'Down & Under' is my fourth novel and my favourite to date. Spawned from my love of Japanese crime fiction, hard boiled detective noir and, wait for it, my passion for craft beer. Yes, this is craft beer infused crime fiction, with a lead character in Aussie private detective Joe Bookbinder that could run and run. We begin in Brixton and end in Bangkok. One reader messaged me to thank me for introducing her to some wonderful new brews, whilst another said it should have been called 'Eat, Pray, Love and Kill.'
Ben lives in Westcliff-on-Sea, in Essex, with his partner, Jenni and their little boy Finn.
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A former Royal Navy bomb disposal diver now working in the offshore diving industry. Plenty of time on my hands, especially now I live in (very) rural France, so I decided to type. Huge fascination with history and crime. Mr. Goodister grew from a combination of spare time and a chance to share my writing inspirations. Whilst the Goodister series is complete fiction I have made every effort to intertwine historical facts and my own personal idiosyncrasies. Every effort has been made not to mention Jack the Ripper, Goodister’s London has enough evil to deal with. It needs to be noted that @Londoncrime1 is doing sterling work bringing unknown authors to the public’s attention. Thank you.
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David P Perlmutter
DAVID P PERLMUTTER, that's me, and welcome.
I have a led a very colourful life, with some episodes so noteworthy that so far they have produced three thrilling true stories, with more to follow.
Away from writing and along with my girlfriend, who is also my editor, I am a volunteer Cancer Campaigns Ambassador for Cancer Research UK, and have done many charity book signing events, to raise money for a cause that is very close to my heart.
I have four children and a grandson and I'm very close to my large family who feature in each of my books.
I started to write my first book when I lived in Portugal in 2013. I now live in London. The book, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, has been a #1 BESTSELLER on Amazon around the world, with many hundreds of 4 and 5* reviews. The story is based on true events that happened to me when I visited Marbella in 1991 and ended up wrongly arrested for arson and manslaughter. I'm very excited to say that the book is currently being turned into a movie, which is every author's dream and something I could never have imagined when I began writing.
Another of my true stories is called FIVE WEEKS, about a trip I made to Pennsylvania, America for five weeks of training for a new job. I won't give too much away, apart from saying that I was nearly left for dead in a Pennsylvania wood, and that's after having a gun in my back in London.
Also a true story, follows my escapades as a 21 year old, seeking fame and fortune in America. Entitled 24 HOURS IN NEW YORK, the clue is in the name as to the duration of my stay. My new book, yes, another true story called 13 is due for release on Amazon on the 5th December 2018.
Away from writing true stories, I also write self-help books for indie authors. There are eight books in the MY WAY series, the majority being guides to self-publishing and book marketing, the others featuring authors from around the world in various different genres. All details of my books can be found on my website: www.davidpperlmutter.com You can also follow me on Twitter at @davepperlmutter
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G&R Robson (London Large)
Garry and Roy Robson are, unsurprisingly, brothers, hailing from Walworth in South-East London.
Both have sensibly eschewed lives of crime (unlike some of their relations and friends) and enjoyed chequered but lawful careers before teaming up to write the London Large thrillers in their fifties.
These books feature hard-boiled, explosively violent, expletive-filled stories based on the exploits of a grizzled old-school copper trying to cope with crime in the fast-changing global metropolis. Each book combines the close details of the lives of Harry Hawkins and his inner circle with big-picture issues such as international gang wars, high-level paedophile conspiracies, people trafficking, hi-tech surveillance and hybrid warfare etc. The series (we are now five books in) has garnered over 600 five-star Amazon reviews and counting, and 130 thousand copies have been downloaded to date.
Garry still works, for his sins, as a sociologist (in Krakow, Poland) and Roy lives a happy suburban life in West Wickham..
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I grew up in North East London and according to family legend, my brother taught me to read before I started school. I was one of those kids who lived for books and lived through them. Stories enchanted me and I'd make up my own, creating play characters with complicated histories, strengths and flaws. The first thing I saved up for when I got a job wasn't a car or a scooter or a decent set of clothes - it was a typewriter I bought in Stratford!
All my jobs were north of the river - making drugs (legal ones!) in Islington and Holloway Road, delivering milk in the East End, at a Civil Service desk at Holborn and near Liverpool Street, and finally in various roles for BT, before relocating to the West Country.
London never leaves you though. Its history and your own become intertwined like DNA. Our family home wasn't far from the final resting place of Mary Kelly, said to be Jack the Ripper's last victim. And a friend of our Dad's used to drive for the Krays. And Dolly Kray's mum was on my milk round - off the Old Ford Road - as was the old Bryant & May's factory (in what is now called Bow Quarter). I remember spending one Christmas Eve with friends in a pub in Hackney, where a bloke leapt the bar to take a boil off someone's face with a broken glass just because the barman came from another part of Scotland. Fortunately, no blood was spilled. No police were called either. Different times.
Aside from writing novels I've had some short stories published in obscure anthologies, a few gags on radio and performed life, and I wrote a piece for The Guardian about my brother.
I've been a huge fan of film noir since I first saw The Big Sleep and the genre is a massive influence on my Spy Chaser thriller series, published by Joffe Books. A lot of my fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes, write about what you know.
London Crime evokes a slice of London we hope never to encounter in our own lives - the shadow side of every great city. Even so, good people that we like to think we are, we're fascinated by those margins of society where we glimpse, perhaps, a sliver of our own darkness. Nice work, Jim!
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London is one of my favourite places to visit and its right on my doorstep so I’m lucky enough to be able to jump on the train each time I need inspiration for my work. The city features heavily in Broken, my psychological crime thriller.
When I connected with the face behind LondonCrime, I was given so much support and that support has continued. Having my book on the website alongside all the other talented creatives in fiction, non-fiction and film is an honour and has created a community of extended support between us. Through teamwork, and friendship we all help each other to become noticed.
Writing began for me two years after a serious head injury and provided me with direction, focus and determination to strive again. Unable to function either physically or mentally to my full capacity, Broken gave me the scope to strengthen my memory, concentration and to a degree I lived through my characters for a while because I was unable to live the life I wanted – this book saved my sanity!
The following words are the synopsis but also the speech from my USA trip where I won the thriller category at the Author Academy Awards for my debut novel.
“Carl Ashbeck is a psychopath. The signs were ignored in childhood, and his behaviour allowed to escalate. Leaving himself no alternative but to run away from home, he joins the US army and is deployed to Vietnam, where he meets a man who feeds his imagination beyond his wildest dreams.
During the last hours, there’s reason to seek revenge on the men who served with him and once on home soil, his personal vendetta commences. Fleeing to London, blood is soon shed on her soil too.
Years later, a team of three female detectives catch up with Ashbeck and he’s sent to prison for horrific crimes. With time on his hands, he plots his revenge.
We re-join him the day he escapes from prison, determined to see each of these women broken. Katie-Ann Warwick has, however, teamed up with Sam Cooper and he won’t see any harm come to her. Together they vanish from society in an unconventional way and venture undercover to fight the conspiracies and corruption that Ashbeck has created within London’s metropolitan police force. They need to trace a kidnapped woman, Kate’s friend and former colleague, they believe to be at Ashbeck’s mercy. Faced with many truths that will test their faith in humanity, this dynamic duo will take you on a nail-biting journey of consequence, revenge, injustice and intrigue that will have you re-evaluating who you can trust.”
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Born in Paddington during the sixties, and apart from four years living in Bristol, I still live in London. Married with five children, when they flew the nest, in my spare time I started to write my first book when my son bought me a computer. Once I finished THE HAT, encouraged by my husband and family, I went on to write two more books, THE LIE and THE LIST. Working in a dress factory, Church Street Market, and Portobello Market in my teenage years, and then when my children reached their early teens, various pubs. Some of the characters are loosely based on the colourful people I have encountered from all walks of life. THE HAT, THE LIE and THE LIST are the first three books in the ABSOLUTE VENGEANCE series and can all be read as standalones. Gritty family sagas, along with the criminal world of London, all three books deal with greed, grief, regret and revenge. When I'm not writing my fourth book or working behind the bar, or ‘the jump’ as I call it, I enjoy taking my granddaughters and great-nieces sightseeing all over London. I also enjoy my annual holiday in Cyprus and I am thrilled my children make it a family affair and I can now show the younger ones a country I fell in love with over twenty years ago and along with London was the inspiration for my first novel THE HAT.....
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Before writing crime I spent twenty-seven years investigating it. Serious and Organised Crime was my day-to-day business. As a Detective Sergeant those years were great, the best of my life to date. Not, as you might assume, because of bashing down doors and locking up criminals. That had its moments for sure. It was about the people I met along the way that I look back on with fondness. Not just the decent minded citizens but the rebels and rogues that I engaged with on a daily basis too. London is unique in her inhabitants and that’s what makes her so special. When I first joined up in the late eighties there was a healthy respect on each side of the house from cop and criminal alike. Today, sadly, that’s gone. My writing focuses on how a good man can turn due to injury, trauma and austerity. It’s a dystopian take on the life of an undercover cop operating in the grips of a service on its knees in terms of cash and cops on the street. The BBC has optioned Rubicon for a six part TV series and is currently in development. Fahrenheit press is my publisher. If you like your crime fiction dark, urban and gritty with authentic realism then look no further. This is just the beginning; there will be more. Will you side with DS Sam Batford or DCI Klara Winter in the race for justice? You’ll have to read on to find out.
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James Raven/ Jaime Raven/ JP Carter
Firstly I'd like to thank Londoncrime for inviting me to include my books on what is a terrific site.
I was born and raised in London and it's where I began my writing career, so to me this is a huge privilege.
I should point out that my name is James Raven, but I also use two pseudonyms - Jaime Raven and JP Carter. I've so far had eighteen crime novels published and five of them are set in the capital.
I spent the early part of my life in Peckham, South London where my family were stallholders selling salads and fruits. I myself chose a career in journalism and worked for The Sun, The Mail, the Press Association and the Fleet Street News Agency before moving into television as a news producer and then station executive.
As a reporter in London I covered mostly crime stories and often worked the night shift. This suited my personal circumstances and meant I was on hand when major crime stories broke during the night.
I covered murders, robberies, police raids and terrorist attacks. I saw dead bodies, police firearm officers in action, witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by a bomb blast and interviewed dozens of victims of crimes. I was also a regular in the press box at the Old Bailey.
However, I took a three-year break from journalism early on to work as an illegal 'Del Boy' street trader because it was the only way I could save enough money for a deposit on our first house. I had a regular 'pitch' in Oxford Street and visited various London markets and high streets selling cheap jewellery and perfume from a suitcase. I was arrested hundreds of times for obstructing the highway and given fines but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
During that time I came into contact with some of London's most notorious gangsters, including the Richardson brothers and 'Mad' Frankie Fraser. In those days I also enjoyed boxing and one of my sparring partners was the son of George Cornell, who was murdered by one of the Kray twins at the Blind Beggar in Whitechapel! He himself was a family friend. So to me this was all a tremendous experience and I've drawn on it throughout my writing career. The characters I create are loosely based on people I met, including police officers, journalists and criminals. And I'm pretty sure that if I hadn't lived and worked in London back then I wouldn't have become a crime novelist.
Before I sign off I'd like to mention briefly my books that are set in London. They are:
The Alibi, The Mother, The Rebel- Jaime Raven
Stark Warning, The Depraved - James Raven.
In Safe Hands - JP Carter. Two more JP Carter books are due to be published in 2019 by Avon/Harper Collins and will feature the same lead character, Detective Chief Inspector Anna Tate, who heads up the Major Investigation Team based in South London.
Finally, my thanks again to Jim and Londoncrime for helping to promote my books. It's very much appreciated.
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I was born in Dagenham and now live in Hornchurch, Essex. After working in education for most of my life, I’m now retired and spend my time writing.
Having worked for much of my life with vulnerable teenagers, many of whom had a mental illness, it is all too obvious to me how quickly many of them fall foul of school and society. Young people who don’t fit in are particularly vulnerable, not only as victims but are also becoming drawn into the growing gang culture. And, whilst youth and knife crime increases, public sector budgets for the police and mental health services have declined. I decided this would be good grounds in which to base my crime novel.
Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in The Fourth Victim are based on real incidents and people I have come across. Although I have allowed myself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters and the killings that are depicted.
I love London – it is the greatest city – so setting my novels here is a natural step. For my latest novel it was walking around some of my old East End haunts that inspired me, seeing how they had changed, becoming modern and ‘lighter’ but with the same old dark underbelly:
‘Whitechapel is being gentrified, the many green spaces of the area, which typify London as a capital city, give the illusion of peace and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder... ‘
London Crime @londonCrime1 is a great and growing Twitter community that enables writers and film makers to share ideas about the genre they are working in. And, if you enjoy reading about London Crime, wether fiction or non-fiction, then it is a fantastic one stop shop to discover what is available.
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I was born and grew up in North London and have spent over thirty years working in the City of London across the Financial Markets. The whole of London has been hugely influential on me; as a youth I played sport all over it and as an adult I’ve worked, at some point, in almost every corner. I’ve had hundreds of moments of extraordinary joy across the city and could tell you exactly where I was; I’ve also just missed a few bombs going off. London is a place that once you’ve got it under your skin it never leaves. It’s the little things that you might spot like an alleyway with a pub at the end; it will almost certainly have an immense history that you can discover.
I started writing in 2017 and I’m working on finishing the third book in my ‘Shadow Series’. This series introduces you to Danny Benedict, an ex-MET murder detective now working with the NCA. You also meet, Ray Hanson; a man with buried secrets who is returning to London, the city that started a career which made him a billionaire. When a body is found in the Thames and a robbery happens in Hatton Garden is there a link? The first book, ‘The Weight of Shadows’ is the start of a gripping London based crime thriller mystery with global sub-plots which unfolds across the series. The book was a finalist in the ‘Mystery’ category of the Independent Author Network 2018 Book of the Year Award.
London Crime is putting together a fantastic collection of authors and films with a London focus, so fans can come to one place. This is a brilliant idea, Jim and thank you so much for including me in such an amazing array of talent. I’m looking forward to supporting everyone involved.
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My name is Kerry and I live on the border of East London and Essex. I grew up on one of the largest council estates in the UK, and it is here that I set my novels. In a way I am very lucky to live here as each time I step outside my front door I see and meet people who’s traits and way of life make up the colourful and sometimes charming characters that I write about, and I believe it’s this knowledge that brings the characters to life in my books.
I have always had a passion for books and I begun writing stories when I was a child. Those stories soon become full length novels, and I wrote my first novel, which was a historical romance when I was in my twenties.
I am fascinated by crime, true and fiction and my crime series was influenced by a conversation I had with my younger brother about football violence. Many rewrites and years later I completed what would become the second novel in the series, Top Dog.
After writing and thinking about my main character, Danny McKay, for over ten years I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to him, so I went back and added in the Carter family to my novel so that I could go on and write what then became the first book in the series, Barking Boy. In doing this I was able to give my character Danny McKay a minor role. I’m so glad that I did write Barking Boy as the novel has had some wonderful reviews and I am honoured to have it showcased on the LondonCrime website amongst many other talented authors.
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Feeling very humbled and incredibly priveledged to be included here on 'London Crime' amoungst such talented authors. I guess my feelings of angst are generated from the fact that I am a total newbe to this world of writing having only just self- published book 3 in the Hanging Tough Crime Series.
After reaching a certain milestone age, I decided I wanted to do something which I considered to be 'grown up' and publishing a book was one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed reading books from the crime genre and felt drawn towards this area of writing.
Like most of us that grew up in the 'Good Ol East End, I knew a handful of rogues whether friend or family and after gaining their consent, I began to put together what I had learnt and so the Hanging Tough trilogy was born.
The story is based on true events, although some of which have either been elaborated or toned down. Its a story following a young boy growing up on a council estate in East London, learning to fend for himself and being drawn into the underworld of crime to survive. A rollercoaster of events keep knocking him down with the added twist of heartbreak and deceit. It'll make you laugh, cry and wince in places that's for sure, and definatley not for the fainthearted.
The response and reviews I have received was mind blowing to say the least and with that, I found myself plotting new storylines for more books as I have enjoyed every single minute of it.
My dream....like everyone else that starts out ... be up there, hitting the best sellers lists, being approached by agents, but for now, well... I'm just Hanging Tough
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A Londoner by birth, Matt Johnson served for 25 years as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer. His debut novel Wicked Game – a crime thriller based in our capital city - was published by Orenda Books in March 2016. The sequel Deadly Game, was published March 2017 and the final part of the trilogy, End Game, came out this March.
Wicked Game was listed for a Crime Writers Association Dagger award, has topped Amazon and KOBO charts in several categories and in 2018, Matt was voted at #22 in the WH Smith national poll of the world’s top 100 best-ever crime writers.
Peter James, the international best-selling novelist said of Matt’s work - "Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers."
Kevin Maurer, co-author of No Easy Day wrote “ … has the authenticity I look for in a thriller. While the plot kept me turning pages, the characters made me care. Matt writes like a man who has lived it.”
In 1999, Matt was retired from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. His novels are the result of that process.
Matt's trilogy of books is led by former SAS officer turned cop, Robert Finlay. Set in 2001, Finlay works on the Royalty Protection team based in London. Age is catching up him and he's looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life with his new family. But fate has other plans. Finlay's deeply traumatic, carefully concealed past is about to return to haunt him. A policeman is killed by a bomb blast, and a second is gunned down in his own driveway. Both of the murdered men were former Army colleagues from Finlay's own Regiment, and in a series of explosive events, it becomes clear that he is not the ordinary man that his colleagues, friends and new family think he is. And so begins a game of cat and mouse "a wicked game" in which Finlay is the target, forced to test his long-buried skills in a fight against a determined and unidentified enemy. Wicked Game is a taut, action-packed, emotive thriller about a man who might be your neighbour, a man who is forced to confront his past in order to face a threat that may wipe out his future, a man who is willing to do anything to protect the people he loves. But is it too late?
Following the success of his debut novel, Matt agreed terms to write two further books in a trilogy.
Deadly Game came next. Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed.
Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered. Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all…
Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate.
In the final part of the trilogy, End Game, Matt takes the reader into the secretive and mostly unseen world of the hostage negotiator.
Robert Finlay seems to have finally left his SAS past behind him and is settled into his new career as a detective. But when the author of a book about secret operations goes missing, along with his agent and an explosive new manuscript, it’s clear that Finlay’s troubles are far from over. With his friend and former colleague, Kevin Jones, in trouble, and police complaints branch gunning for them both, Robert teams up with MI5 agent Toni Fellowes to find out who’s behind the growing conspiracy. Their quest soon reveals a plot that goes to the very heart of the UK’s security services.
End Game, the final part in the critically acclaimed Robert Finlay trilogy, sees our hero in an intricate and terrifyingly fast-paced race to uncover the truth and escape those who’d sooner have him dead than be exposed.
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Michael Jenkins MBE
I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my debut novel, and of course browsing the London Crime web site. The site is truly immersive for everything that is the mystery of London’s crime history - its underworld, it’s organised crime, subterfuge, espionage, murder, and gritty intrigue. It’s a masterpiece, as are many of the books, history, films and goodies on this site. Go on choose one, be immersive and buy from LondonCrime !
My novels are based on modern day geo-political espionage, with a fair smattering of crime and forensics, some political corruption and subversion, and some linkages to the cold war. Much of the tradecraft and action takes place in this great city of London, and includes elements not just of Russian and British spy escapades, but also a few nods towards its international ganglands. My background as an Intelligence officer led me down the path of writing novels and The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with my second spy and forensic thriller, The Kompromat Kill, hopefully being published the late spring of 2019.
I feel privileged to have served for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. Not sure how I quite got here, & survived, but writing novels in my middle age is my new risk and adventure……!
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I was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, north London. That’s probably why I write about crime; NW10 is a geographic region searching for an alibi. It was pretty clear from an early age the only things I gave a toss about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage I added family life to my list of interests and now have a wife and two children. I still live in London, but I moved south of the river for the milder climate.
I was delighted to stumble across the London Crime site, because most of what I write is based in or around the Capitol. Even if it’s not referred to directly in the story, the picture rolling around my mind is nearly always some part of London. The thing about London is the variety. In one street you can worship five different gods, eat ten different cuisines and hear twenty different languages. That’s what makes London something special as far as I’m concerned. It also makes it a good source of characters. And everything I write is about crime. So, a site dedicated to crime in London; what’s not to like? It’s nice to know there are other people out there fascinated with the dirty back beat of London’s heart.
Doc Slidesmith, Needle Song’s almost hero, couldn’t have come from anywhere other than London. He’s dodgy and under-hand, loyal and dependable all at once. An outsider might think his only alliance is the bike he rides or the Tarot cards he cheats with, but he keeps his London identity as close and tight as the tattoo ink he peddles.
Needle Song is the first in a series of novels featuring Doc Slidesmith. The second, Ink to Ashes, is due for release in 2019.
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Crack Apple and Pop (published by Fahrenheit 13 an impress of Fahrenheit Press) is a prime slice of Brit Noir. A crime story set in the mean streets of London. A city of artful dodgers, yardie gangsters, kinky aristos, cocaine -dusted starlets, demi -celebs, and social thrill seekers where everyone’s hustling, and everyone’s getting high. A city where money creates its’ own morality. It may intrigue, disgust, and shock! Like discovering a bleeding pinkie in a velvet -ribbed chocolate box. Lurking beneath the flashy real estate, high end boutiques and bright lights are some of the most debauched, dangerous and dirty parts of subterranean London. The novel offers a back stage pass to the sleazy machinations of the city’s connivers puppeteers and fixers.
Tony is a handsome young boxer forced into a life of crime after suffering a vicious blow in the ring. Seduced by the glitz and glamour of London and mentored by charismatic gang lord Don March, he rises rapidly up the crime ladder until he spies an opportunity to start a semi-legit Natural Highs business. Bankrolled by an eccentric, British dandy and accompanied by a cast of starry misfits including a 3ft tall blue-haired money man, an Etonian drug mule, two dominatrix debt collectors, a dodgy lawyer and a host of demi-celebs, Tony carves out a roll for himself in a city where money creates its’ own morality.
‘Crack Apple & Pop is pure London (and not the pleasant BBC Radio 4 London voices). There is slang, drug references, gang culture and dozens of vulnerable lives being manipulated by the powerful.
‘Technicoloured Brit Noir with no filter.’
‘True Romance meets Train Spotting via Layer Cake.’
Saira Viola: Acclaimed fiction writer, poet, song lyricist and creator of sonic scatterscript . From early poetic experimentation with language, image and sound a technique, have dubbed sonic scatterscript to novelistic ventures into the dark absurd world of contemporary crime fiction, the work pulses with iconoclastic brio that mischievously blasts the golden calves of our times.
Londoncrime: Offering the world an exclusively London crime website, is an exciting, difficult labour of love but long overdue. Showcasing the greasy glittery capital in all of its’ debauched glory will undoubtedly reward visitors to London Crime, with a feast for the, ear, mind and eye. Just like London is a cultural smorgasbord, the site boasts a wonderfully diverse roster of artists ready to lead you beyond the touristy view of this seductively imperfect, exquisitely dirty city ,that has long been a magnet for the perverse and the exotic .
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I was born in Camberwell, South East London and raised in Peckham. I was one of those kids that learned to read very early thanks to a steady diet of comic books -Beano, Dandy etc. and have never stopped reading since. I read anything I can get my hands on. When I was a teenager, I discovered Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct stories and devoured them all and it was those books that lit a fire for crime fiction.
At the age of twenty-one I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served in the Southwark and Bermondsey areas of London, so it felt natural for me to set my stories in Bermondsey. I was eventually retired out, injured.
A couple of years ago I got the chance to take redundancy from the job I was at, grabbed it with both hands, downsized and buggered off to the south-coast with my long-suffering wife. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills and so I was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing and do it seriously. Since then things have been going very well indeed for my two protagonists, Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks.
I got myself onto Twitter and whilst I don’t post that often it has brought me into contact with some really great people – London Crime being chief among them and certainly the most responsive and active. Jim’s done (and is still doing) a fantastic job at collating and presenting so much useful information for anybody interested in London crime through his website, and I can only see it going from strength to strength. Thanks to his site, I now know of even more fantastic crime writers whose books I shall read, and I look forward to getting to know them.
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