Amie screamed. The man she’d escaped from earlier at Harry’s house stood in front of her, in her kitchen, and brandished his knife. She’d just stepped out of the shower and was naked, apart from a big, white, bath towel that she’d wrapped right around her. ‘Take it off, lady. Drop it.’ ‘What do you […]Read more "Amie bled for Harry"
In Playing Harry, Jimmy Ali, an ex-con and petty drug-dealer, never met the deadly assassin, Ed James. Harry Fingle was important to both of them, financially, but in contrasting ways. Harry paid Jimmy for the information he provided, whereas Ed was contracted to kill Harry for a large sum of money. I wonder what would […]Read more "The assassin and the petty drug-dealer"
I was asked recently what were my favourite moments from Playing Harry. Here’s one of them. A year after Harry Fingle cruelly tells his loyal lover of seven years – who had supported him and stood by him during the trumped-up court case against him – that he wanted to split-up, and would she move […]Read more "Favourite moments"
When Harry Fingle’s brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he sets-out to find the killers. Seven people – each with their own problems – stand in his way. Grigoriy Nabutov is fit, lean with a thin, mean-looking face, and sharp, sallow features, and was once head of the most feared, violent Moscow mafia gang. Murder and […]Read more "Seven people Harry didn’t want to meet"
The quick answer is I wanted to do something different. Playing Harry is an interstitial crime novel, where I’ve tried to weave together a thriller, six human dramas, and a love story. Up to the point of starting Playing Harry, I’d written six books: each unrelated, with a different crime-solver or main protagonist, and with […]Read more "Why did I write Playing Harry?"
After closing the door after Harry left, Amie sat down on the sofa in her small living room and cried. Fuck you, Harry Fingle. I still love you. When they’d split a year earlier she’d been devastated. She’d been unable to function for some weeks. Eventually, to rid Harry from her thoughts, she decided to […]Read more "On this one, Harry was plain wrong"
‘Richard touched Pat on the shoulder and moved quickly away. He didn’t talk to anyone else. Only one topic occupied his mind: to obtain a copy of any newspaper and read about the Harry Fingle case. He found one. Not one of his papers – a rival’s – but it covered the case on the […]Read more "When Richard Morecombe failed to nobble Harry."