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Published by Arcadia Books Ltd, 30 April 2020. ISBN: 978-1-911350-73-6
The writer is the author of several
acclaimed thrillers set in Sáo Paulo, the final part of the quartet Brazilian Psycho being scheduled for
publication later this year. So the bar in this novel has been set high.
time the hero, and villain, is a real-life figure, Harold ‘Tanky’ Challenor, SAS
commando war hero. From 1951 onwards he’s a copper in the Metropolitan Police
who is on a mission, by fair means or foul, (his modus operandi includes
planting evidence, beating up and framing suspects) to clean up the gangster
and prostitution rackets of 1960s Soho. What is interesting is that Challenor was a
friend of the author’s grandfather and although this book is a fictionalised
account of Challenor, it’s spot-on in its vivid portrayal of the gritty Soho of
that period redolent of corruption, sleazy clubs, drug trafficking and the
stranglehold of the notorious Kray twins.
of the narrative takes the reader back to Challenor’s exploits in World War
2.He served in North Africa and Italy
in the Royal Army Medical Corps as an orderly before joining the SAS,
participated in Operation Speedwell that derailed three trains, was taken
captive twice and escaped both times. Eventually he reached the safety of allied
lines. He was awarded the Military Medal
1964, Challenor stood trial at the Old Bailey charged with conspiracy to
pervert the course of justice but was deemed unfit to plead by reason of
paranoid schizophrenia and admitted to a mental hospital. On discharge, he was
employed by the firm of lawyers that had defended him at the trial.
is a polished, relentless, edgy, fast paced, page-turning story of a troubled
character who demonstrates no remorse for bending the rules. Juxtaposing Challenor’s wartime and peacetime experiences
is skilfully rendered, the tension never slackens and this results in a
gripping read.Highly recommended.
Joe Thomasis a visiting lecturer in Literature and Creative
Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to this, he lived and
taught in São Paulo for ten years. Gringa
is the second book to feature detective Mario Leme. The first, Paradise City, was published by
Arcadia in 2017.
her childhood in India, qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in
London for many years. She began writing by contributing feature articles to
legal periodicals then turned her hand to fiction. Having published nine novels
all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has also written short
stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten track that feature on
her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work in progress.
Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and singing are a
few of her favourite things.