The Last King of Brighton (Brighton #2)
The new gripping mystery following City of Dreadful Night - A man impaled on the South Downs. Another skinned alive. A skeleton found beneath the West Pier, its feet encased in concrete. Brighton has been invaded. But this is no mere power struggle between rival mobsters; the motives for the killings stretch back through the decades, to an explosive forty-year-old secret B...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Severn House Digital
(first published June 1st 2011)
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THE LAST KING OF BRIGHTON, the second book in the Brighton trilogy, begins in 1963. John Hathaway is the teen-age son of Dennis Hathaway, the most dangerous man in Brighton. He runs the city without conscience or remorse. His son is interested in only one thing: the emerging music tidal wave that will put Britain at the top of the charts.
John is part of a band called the Avalons; his best friend is Charlie Laker, the drummer. As a band, they aren’t particularly good but they never have trouble f...more
I wish the author had gone more in depth with the music history of the years he wrote about; he touched upon the British Invasion and support bands that were there for the ride of the Beatles and the Who ; and you felt you were sitting on a barstool along side the main character . It was a hazy account .. the light and the dark amplified in the concrete slippers that were created for his girl friend as he watched her killed. Great tug of war between father and son.. you wish for the happy ending...more
Peter Guttridge is the Royal Literary Fund writing fellow at Southampton University and teaches creative writing. Between 1998 and 2002, he was the director of the Brighton Literature Festival. Since 1998, he has been the mystery reviewer for The Observer, one of Britain's most prestigious Sunday newspapers. He lives in Sussex on the edge of the South Downs National Park.More about Peter Guttridge...