Flank Street: In The Sydney Underworld (The Sydney Quartet) (Volume 1)

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If you love thrillers, don't miss this action-packed read!Career criminal Micky DeWitt washes up in Sydney with nothing more than a run down yacht and his wits. He'd no CV, and no skills, other than those earned by any dedicated career criminal.
His twisted inertia draws him to the only place where he can survive; Kings Cross, Sydney's red-light district, where he takes a job as barman. After a while, he's approached by the sultry and seductive Carol. She needs something stolen from a lawyer's safe and sweet-talks Micky into helping her.
Nothing is what it seems as Micky falls into a honey trap that spins his life out of control, backs him into a corner, and no matter which way he jumps, someone's going to get killed. His decision leads him into a hedonistic free-fall that pushes him to the edge of insanity before finally finding a warped redemption.

Some characters from Heather make an appearance, including Mitchell, the enigmatic Ray Peterson, and even Heather herself.

"The dialogue is short, sharp, and terse, with just the right amount of street talk to make
Flank Street a compelling read for fans of hard-boiled crime fiction."


"Bloody bold, and brilliant"

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I took a different approach to writing Flank Street: I wrote the last page, called it a prologue, then set the main character loose to find his way there. It was fun, and the writing went quickly. I didn't edit or review until the book was complete, I just bashed out 2000+ words a day trying to keep up with the twists and turns. 

I didn't set out to write about Micky, or Carol, come to that... but this is how it happened.
The rain was falling steadily, running down the small, below ground-level window, which is the only source of natural light in the boiler-room where I write. For some obscure reason it reminded me of a rain-soaked street in Sydney, Australia; a street I've walked down many times, both wet and dry.
As I held that image in the back of my eyelids, a man appeared. Yellow streetlights reflected from the wet tarmac; he walked in the shadow of the plane trees, pulling his hood up against the unrelenting rain. He stopped, leaned against a tree, and waited. Right at that moment, I knew what I had to do.
I didn't know Micky, but I've known guys like him, and so his character was soon defined; a grifter that could never amount to much without living in the shadows.
I hope you enjoy reading Flank Street, I certainly had fun writing it, and missed the daily interactions with Micky and Carol when it was finished. And I hope that one day I can sit and have a drink with them again... one day.

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"Micky observes the dysfunctional world around him with suspicion. And he's right. You can't trust anyone who inhabits Sydney's underbelly, least of all Micky." "In Micky, the author has created a most unreliable narrator. And even though this reader didn't particularly like him, the characterisation is utterly convincing, as is the depiction of King's Cross at the time."

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