Phil Lecomber

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PHIL LECOMBER was born in 1965 in Slade Green, on the outskirts of South East London—just a few hundred yards from the muddy swirl of the Thames.

Most of his working life has been spent in and around the capital in a variety of occupations. He has worked as a musician in the city’s clubs, pubs and dives; as a steel-fixer helping to build the towering edifices of the square mile (and also working on some of the city’s iconic landmarks, such as Tower Bridge); as a designer of stained-glass windows; and—for the last quarter of a century—as the director of a small company in Mayfair specializing in the electronic security of some of the world’s finest works of art.

All of which, of course, has provided wonderful material for a novelist’s inspirat
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Phil Lecomber Hi Peter,

Mainly through research reading of contemporary novels of the time; books by authors such as Gerald Kersh, James Curtis and Patrick Hamilton.…more
Hi Peter,

Mainly through research reading of contemporary novels of the time; books by authors such as Gerald Kersh, James Curtis and Patrick Hamilton. Also, to a lesser extent, from British movies of the period. I then added to this by trawling through slang dictionaries - e.g. 'A Dictionary of the Underworld' by Eric Partridge. Then the secret is to match the appropriate slang word to the character and setting (for example, Harley uses much more slang when he's talking to his working class associates).

Thanks for the interest.


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Very enjoyable - evocative of the era, and a great study of the effect of neo-fascism. Thoroughly recommended.
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I read this meticulously researched and highly entertaining book as background reading for the next George Harley Mystery.

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"Private Investigator George Harley, rescues a rent boy from a beating only later to find him murdered in Harley's spare room. The DI on the case is only too happy to call it a suicide but Harley knows this isn't the case. With his encyclopedic kno..." Read more of this review »
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