London 1904; capital of the world’s most powerful industrial nation. Inspector Robert Ford is a personal protection officer in the secretive Metropolitan Police ‘Special Branch’. He is assigned to the Minister of War following a threat to him and his staff from a seemingly deranged ritualistic murderer. What Ford doesn’t know is that the identity of the murderer is all too apparent to the Minister who cannot let on for fear of a national scandal. The truth would then escape about his misuse of military resources to further his own financial interests from his industrial concerns in oil. Ford has to not only protect his principal, but piece together the scant clues that he finds to discover the identity and motive for the killer. The story centres in London and major capitals in Europe where the Minister exercises his Machiavellian scheming to obtain funds from the Catholic Church in exchange for allowing them mission in the countries he intends to subjugate through industrialisation. Ford begins an affair with the Minister’s mistress, the household dressmaker. This creates dangerously torn loyalties for Ford as he discovers how cruel his employer is to those around him. There are also dark forces working to eliminate the threat from the murderer, but totally counter to Ford’s interests.
‘Ghosts from Afghanistan’ brings to life the sights of the harsh North West Frontier on the borders of unconquerable Afghanistan, Edwardian London from its parks to its grand terraced Edwardian homes, and it also paints a picture of pre World War One Paris, Prague, Rome and Venice. The murderer is relentless in his quest against the Minister across Europe, with each attack more brutal than the last. It seems no one is safe, including those assigned to the very job of protection.
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In 1888 a series of notorious murders were perpetrated by an enigmatic killer known only as ‘Jack the Ripper’ who terrified the Whitechapel district of East London. Six women were murdered in a four month period with the killings ending as suddenly as they began with an unknown motive. ‘The Escape of Jack the Ripper'’ tells the true story of these killings through the eyes of the real characters involved interacting with a small number of fictional characters, especially Constable Robert Ford a local beat duty officer. This book binds together detectives and suspects; victims and witnesses and in so doing presents a plausible explanation of how and why the killings were perpetrated; how and why ‘Jack the Ripper’ was never caught and how members of the British establishment perverted the course of justice for their own selfish ends.
It is also a story of love, duty, romance, tragedy and ultimately revenge that spans the late 19th Century in America, London and Paris through to the early 20th Century returning to St Louis, Missouri.
Not only does it present a compelling read as a thriller but also serves as a history lesson about the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders and about social deprivation in London during the late Victorian era. Although in reality the mystery of the killer’s identity remains, ‘Whitechapel’ draws a conclusion on why and who committed these ghastly crimes.
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A contemporary crime novel inspired by true events of the 1990s in East London and Essex.
Russ Wheeler has just returned to East London and isn’t afraid of trouble. He knows the man who runs the most successful club security in the area is Terry Locker, a body-building fanatic and habitual steroid user whose firm trades on the presence of physical muscle. All his door staff or ‘lumps’ are built like him and the use of illegal muscle enhancing supplements is positively encouraged; especially as he supplies them using his health club as a front. Locker also trains in ‘Bennett’s Gym’ where Wheeler goes to meet Locker and ask him for a job. Locker challenges him to a contest that Wheeler wins and following a violent initiation Wheeler enters Lockers ‘firm’.
Wheeler rapidly becomes a trusted lieutenant and equally quickly he discovers he has entered a world populated by violent criminals, drug dealers, corrupt police and beautiful women. Wheeler's cool head gives him credibility amongst his peers and his good looks catch the eye of many women, including Locker's long suffering girlfriend. They become lovers and Wheeler not only enters dangerous territory as a result, but becomes fully aware of Locker's boundless cruelty, greed and dealings with the corrupt police.
The epidemic of drug use swamps the club scene and it isn't long before Wheeler gets to hear of a victim of it that is too close to bear. He hatches a plan from which there is no going back and that will change the underworld forever.
Eventually, Russ Wheeler is standing in a deserted car park waiting for his business associate's girlfriend to pick him up. Its the early hours of the morning and he shudders as he sees the headlights. He's done something terrible that he has never done before. Why? Because living on the 'edge of ecstasy’ has gone too far.
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