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Daisy Lane returns to her home town of Gosport after a spell abroad. She's been getting over the bad times, having lost both her husband Kenny and her lover Eddie to violent deaths. Eddie was viciously murdered by London gangster Roy Kemp. But in the months away from home Daisy has not been idle - she's given birth to a baby boy, Eddie's son, and she's been plotting her revenge on Roy Kemp. Now she's ready to carry out her plans. But is it possible for a vulnerable woman to take on a man like Roy Kemp and not be badly hurt? Roy's dealings are not confined to London; his reach extends south, right down to the coast. Could he be the man behind the recent slaying of prostitutes? And is the killer of these women also responsible for the two badly abused bodies of young boys that have been found on waste ground in Gosport? Meanwhile Daisy's best friend Vera has given up the life of the streets to run a massage parlour, and policeman DS Vinnie Endersby, on the trail of the Krays in London, finds himself pulled back to Gosport by his powerful attraction to Daisy. Gritty, violent, sexy and completely unputdownable, BROKEN BODIES is a stunning follow up to TRUST NOBODY.
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June Hampson was born in Gosport, Hampshire, where she still lives. She has had a variety of jobs including waitress, fruit picker, barmaid, shop assistant and market trader selling second-hand books. Broken Bodies is her second novel, and follows her debut Trust Nobody (2006).From Publishers Weekly:
Set in mid-1960s Britain, Hampson's overly complicated follow-up to Trust Nobody begins with an anonymous woman's cold-blooded murder after sex. In the main story line, Daisy Lane has returned to her hometown of Gosport, still reeling from the violent deaths in Trust Nobody of her husband, Kenny, murdered by a fellow con in prison, and her lover, Eddie, Kenny's older brother. Daisy, who's recently given birth to Eddie's son, is determined to bring down Eddie's killer, Roy Kemp, a notorious London thug who runs with the Kray twins, real-life criminals who terrorized the East End in the 1950s and '60s. Hampson muddies the narrative with confusing side plots, one of which involves the dead woman in the opening.Those interested in the gritty underside of London during this period might look instead to The Lost and other crime novels by Roberta Kray, the wife of one of the Kray twins. (Oct.)
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