Tales from Soho, eleven entertaining stories from London’s famous square mile.Known as a red-light district, with a reputation for sleaze and crime, Soho is also a diverse district, a bohemian area which has been an adult playground for hundreds of years. In these stories you will meet many motley characters over the decades. In ‘The Poet in Soho’ a famous Welsh writer goes on a Soho pub odyssey: and in ‘The Spieler’ a young actor takes a huge risk when he works in an illegal gambling den; as does one of Soho’s duckers-and-divers in ‘Ronnie’s Manor’. From pimp and prostitute to a rock ‘n’ roll band at a Carnaby Street.
The collection also contains a brief history of the district and some of its famous pubs.
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Weston and Turner, novice private detectives, are plunged into a nightmare world of murder when they are hired by a young millionairess to solve the triple murder of her family, a crime the police failed to solve more than eleven years ago. They soon discover a hired assassin is always one step ahead of them and will do anything to stop them learning the terrible truth behind the crime. Then, when he discovers the hired gunman's boss is the mysterious Eclipse, his investigations take him on a mad dash to Poland, and he becomes involved in a race against time to prevent another murder, one for which he is willing to risk everything, even his own life.
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An Inspector Lambert Mystery
A drunken old farmer is murdered and Swansea police detective Harry Lambert is unable to discover a motive for what looks like the work of a professional killer. But before long the hunter becomes the hunted as an ex-SAS soldier escapes to remote, rural west Wales, pursued by DI Lambert. The trail is strewn with all manner of intriguing debris: terrorism; Celtic mysticism; and tortured relationships. Each man struggling to shrug off the complexities of the past. Each man having to surrender the present. Each man, in his own way, killing.
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Why has life suddenly become so complicated for affable Freddie Weston? He supplies bouncers to London clubs and always puts his family first. But his daughter's involvement with a rock guitarist ignites an anger in him that could endanger the family home, and his life becomes more complex as he seeks retribution for his father, whose death was caused by an East End gangster. Determined to get at the truth, Freddie dives deep into London's dark and dangerous gang world. But will the awful truth mean closure after all these years or will it torment him for the rest of his life.
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An Inspector Lambert mystery
A young man's drinking binge sets in motion a sequence of violent and lethal crimes, leading Swansea detective, DI Harry Lambert - suspecting foul play in a suicide verdict - to continue his own investigations. Trusting his own instincts, he uncovers the worst case of treachery he has ever known.
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Mike, an itinerant hairdresser living in Tunbridge Wells, learns all the gossip of the town. He cuts the hair of holy hypocrite Nigel, who is seeking a new relationship, but disapproves of his new lover's daughters. And as Mike cuts deeper and deeper into this superficially respectable town, he soon learns it is a hotbed of vice, intrigue and gossip, and even his own family,
he realises, is not so very secure. By the end of a tempestuous year, manyof his customers will become involved in revenge, rape, murder and suicide.
The sequel to Careless Talk, in which Dave Whitby's new relationship turns sour as Mary's ex husband begins terrorising and stalking her, and Mike's hair cutting is compromised by his drinking and his marriage goes belly-up. All his customers' relationships go from bad to worse, but henpecked Ted, the railway guard finds a new life that has always been denied to him.
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The ever optimistic Mr Micawber bids a fond farewell to David Copperfield and takes his family to Australia, confident their lives will change for the better. However, more than florid language and optimism is needed to survive in this brash new world that is Melbourne in 1855. Visits from the bailiffs, rent arrears and his daughter Emma's betrothal to his landlord's son, already complicate poor Micawber's life, but when his son Wilkins introduces a young man with an ambiguous past who also has designs on Emma, it becomes even more tangled. Micawber turns detective, but will the mystery he uncovers threaten even his optimism and integrity?
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THE WRECKING BAR
An Inspector Lambert Mystery.
Investigating a series of gruesome murders, Swansea police detective, Harry Lambert, discovers the victims are a ring of paedophiles who have been targeted by a serial killer. When the truth about the victims' years of abuse becomes apparent, it stirs up suspicions in DI Lambert's mind about his own family history, and a past he is reluctant to face. As he unearths the terrible truths about these horrendous crimes, he discovers they are truths that may cost him his life.
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FLASHBACK - An Actor's Life
'Imagine yourself travelling - as a member of the company - with a train-load of top stars to the great cities of Europe.' Daily Express
David Barry’s autobiography spans almost five decades of theatre, film and television experience. As a 14 year old he toured Europe with Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, in one of the most prestigious post-war theatre tours. Vivien Leigh took a shine to him and he saw both sides of her complex character first hand. One minute she was sweetness and light, and the next she became a screaming harridan as she publicly berated Sir Laurence.
In his early twenties, he starred as Frankie Abbott in Please, Sir! and Fenn Street Gang, and those days are recounted with great humour. Hilarious events unfold as he describes working with dodgy producers and argumentative actors. His is a story that covers everything from the pitfalls of working in live television to performing with hard drinking actors. (See the News & Links page for details of Flashback as an audio book)
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New York City in the Prohibition era, and Bill Sutton's wife thinks he earns an honest crust as a rent collector. Instead, he leads an extraordinary double-life as 'Willie the Actor', a notorious bank robber.
Based on a true story, the novel's protagonist is a gentle gunman, who never once fires a shot. But it was believed he was jinxed, and almost everyone he works with come to a violent end.
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CHILDREN'S BOOK - THE ICE CREAM TIME MACHINE
When they visit their Uncle Vince, little do Bridget and her younger brother Robert know that today will be a day like no other as they join him in hair-raising escapades, travelling across infinite space and thousands of years, accompanied by Leonardo, their uncle's Irish wolfhound, the coolest dog in the universe! During this adventure of a lifetime, they soon discover how dangerous life can be in other centuries, and when they become separated from their time machine, the time travellers wonder if they will ever find their way back to the 21st Century and home.
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NEWS: A DEADLY DIVERSION has recently been published by AUK Ltd in their imprint Acorn Books, and they have also republished EACH MAN KILLS, first published in 2002. An anthology of stories TALES FROM SOHO set in London's famous square mile, is now available in Kindle, and will soon be available in paperback and other ebooks.
David will be giving a Misty Moon event talk in Soho on 16 August. Go to his Misty Moon page by clicking the link on News and Links.