THE DEBT came first. Some years ago, before Frank's Wild Years was a twinkle in Dave Price's eye, I wrote a short story based around a woman who ran a south London launderette and her involvement with the family of a man she'd known all her adult life. Thanks to Caffeine Nights Short Shots series, the story is now available as a free download from Caffeine Nights' website (click the image for a link). It's also available on amazon for the knockdown price of 77p.
‘I look into his eyes, hoping to see a glimpse of Dave Price in there. But Dave Price has gone so fuck him and fuck his family.’
Jacqui’s ready for closing time at her south London launderette when Terry Price, wayward son of her old mate, local villain Dave Price, dumps a battered sports bag on the counter. Something needs cleaning and Terry’s calling in a favour, but Jacqui’s not about to put herself on the line for a debt she doesn’t owe.
Frank's Wild Years is very much still available. I'll be reading from it at Hartlepool Literary Festival when Nick Quantrill and I take The Humber Beat to Hartlepool Central Library on the evening of 6th June. Along with discussion about Ted Lewis, crime fiction, writing and publishing in the electronic age, we'll be reading from a range of old and new work.
I'll be signing copies of FWY at Waterstones, Sheffield on Saturday 18 May. Anyone who feels like turning up for a chat, or to purchase a slice of quality crime fiction, I'll be there between 12.30-1.30pm.
Finally, for anyone who hasn't yet seen it, click HERE to see the Frank's Wild Years book trailer.