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Wrong Place Wrong Time

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  734 ratings  ·  103 reviews
After a reckless night out and losing everything I had worked so hard for, I leave memories of a London police cell behind me and head for Marbella with its promise of adventure and fun. Little do I know that I’m about to be thrust into the most terrifying time of my life. Wrong Place Wrong Time is a gripping true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare and how my ticket t ...more
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published June 4th 2012
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Miriam Smith
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-macauley
"It was unsettling, the knowledge that a split second decision can completely change the course of someone's life........"
This was certainly a statement that represented David P. Perlmutter's true life account in "Wrong Place Wrong Time". So many wrongly made split second decisions that impacted on the rest of his life, especially when in the wrong place at the wrong time!!
This book is brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish, I would highly recommend you try and read this in o
Wendy Cartmell
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I noticed from Mr Purlmutter’s author description that he now lives in Portugal. I’m not surprised, as I doubt he’ll ever go back to Spain! Those who lived there during the time Mr Purlmutter writes about in his true story, knows that both the Police and Guardia Civil took no nonsense. They would throw you in the back of a van and off to prison quicker than you could turn around and that is what clearly happened in this case.

To back up a bit, the author did what many young people do, even today,
Brian Menard
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read
Better than "Midnight Express"!

What a great story! It's been my experience that truth is often more bizarre than fiction. This book demonstrates that point perfectly! "Wrong Place Wrong Time" was a very pleasant surprise. I actually expected the plot to be reasonably interesting. But I hadn't expected the author's style of writing and extremely vivid descriptions to bring me right into the story as if I were there myself. It was very late at night when I began reading this book and I had only i
Edie Mosback
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We all make choices and at the time the choice is being made, we are not concerned with the effect that the choice has on our lives until it actually does. Wrong Place, Wrong Time is an absolutely captivating story from beginning to end. I can’t even imagine being in the situations David had found himself in, all because of his choices. The choice to drink, do drugs and drive recklessly resulted in David getting arrested and then losing his job, his apartment, his car and his dignity. His choice ...more
Jess Sturman-Coombs
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What can I say but, WOW! My first love, when it comes to reading, is factual and biographical work and it pretty much always has been.

As a mother with a son this book really shook me to the core and by the end I was crying. The thought that as a parent you can’t always be there to ensure your child makes the right choices and you can’t always save them when they make the wrong ones is a very hard thing to comprehend. I found the account of the author’s turbulent life to be really well written an
David Perlmutter
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Just received this comment on twitter from a reader in the States who bought my book and rather chuffed with the comment!

Thanks David, the best I've read in '12 so far, such gripping & pacy but like the sincere & intriguing way of your writing.

Just received these two 5* reviews from iTunes:

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A Thrilling, Gripping True Story

by iAnima

I don't normally read true stories but this one grabbed my attention and kept me hooked the entire way t
Amanda Green
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults only but would definitely recommend!
I really enjoyed this story based on true events! It is quite an adventure for the reader as David's journey into a nightmare moves along quickly from one sticky situation to the next. It shows a lot can happen in a month!

David's writing is so easy to read, you are left to enjoy the roller coaster ride which starts with a big mistake!

As I read, I could picture everything that was happening so well, I felt I was a fly on the wall watching it, feeling every emotion that David did, from depression
Zach B
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
David Perlmutter's harrowing memoir about being wrongly accused of a serious crime in a foreign country is a must read. In Wrong Place, Wrong Time the author is vulnerable, real, and candid about the fool-hearty decisions that he made leading up to this life-changing incident. As many of us were prone to do in our 20's, Perlmutter found himself dealing with the consequences of youthful indiscretions. However, in Dave's case, it landed him in a darkened prison cell in a country where he didn't sp ...more
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd give more stars if I could. I don't usually read true stories, so glad I picked this one. The author says he's not a writer, umm, have you read your book! Dave has a nice job selling real state with a nice car and apartment. He goes out one night and chooses the wrong thing, racing his car around in a parking lot after partying to much. The police caught him and his whole life turned upside down. He lost his job, car and apartment. He had to move back home with his parents. Dave went into a ...more
Flick Merauld
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Truly nailbiting!
The author says he isn't a writer. I beg to differ. The old adage says write about what you know about, and that's what he's done - and done it extremely well. There were some grammatical errors that altered the sense of one or two sentences, but you get that with traditionally published work as well, and it in no way interfered with the story. Towards the end of the book, I was so tense, waiting to find what happened to David, that I could barely keep reading. A very heartfelt,
Antoinette Ouellette
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i read the story with no preset emotions or judgements I too have been young and "STUPID" in the same rather naive way! Would I not want to whack him from behind and say THINK ...yes! But much like television it doesn't work. What a great way to say "you could do this too!" It takes more courage to be honest like this than to lie to look better!Putting your life out there to be judged by something should be read by many youths as they leave to go on holidays( Anywhere)But woul ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hard to believe someone so naive thinks they deserve to live life with such a carefree attitude. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions. The one time he thought outside the box it ended up in disaster for him....hmmmmm wonder why!....
An entertaining read none the less though, and keeps your attention until the end.
Harmony Kent
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I've seen for myself so often in life, truth can be stranger than fiction. Were this a fictional book, I likely would have given up on the MC quite soon, him being so naive and impulsive; however, this is a true-life account of what the author experienced and the decisions he made.

I found it an easy and entertaining read with good descriptions and frank honesty throughout. Some spelling hiccups let it down somewhat but not enough to seriously disrupt the flow of the read. The ending is well
Juliette Power
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am impressed that David P. Perlmutter's dynamic life dictated that he should become an author. WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME is the powerful true story of youthful discord, stuffing up, yet despite a heroic act, you end up in a foreign jail. Imagine that? I took a little time to get into the story, (possibly due to distractions while traveling across Australia) but once into it, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME made a gripping read. David, thank you for having to courage to expose your weaknesses and share th ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The Walk from Hell

Such a harrowing experience, it took David P Perlmutter twenty years to be able to put pen to paper and tell his true story, or nightmare may be a better word. We all make foolish mistakes, but David’s mistake turned his life upside down.

After a night out drinking in London, David got behind the wheel. If that wasn’t stupid enough, he made a nuisance of himself by driving like an idiot and neighbors justifiably called the police. He was thrown in jail overnight, and the next d
Fleur Lind
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was gripping from the first page and the ending I found quite surprising. It was a real page-turner, waiting to see what happened next. I highly recommend this book.
Donna Siggers
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible must read

David, your resilience and strength of character shines through in abundance. Thank you for having the courage to share your story with such brutal honesty. An incredible read that will make an amazing film. Congratulations!
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Self-destruction Is Non-negotiable

The story opened in England with Dave, a real estate agent, making a sale and a good commission and he stopped at the pub on his way home. His old buddy Michael was there, they hoisted a few, went to a restaurant to eat, ran into a couple of young attractive girls, drank some more, then started driving home, smoking a couple of joints. Dave, now out of his head, decided to use a car park as a Formula One racing track, which he was enjoying when stopped and arres
Fay Watson
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read felt on the edge of my seat Howard’s the end quite nerve racking had to skip a few pages as could take the stress!
Alastair Rosie
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wrong Place Wrong Time
Wrong Place Wrong Time
By David P Perlmutter
Reviewed by Alastair Rosie

Let me begin by stating that I'm not big on True Crime stories, I do have a few books by former cops but it's not a genre that grabs me and I don't know why, it's just the way I am.
Nevertheless this book got my attention because of the way it's written, the language is fairly simple and the descriptions aren't dripping with adjectives but the story pulls you in pretty quickly. It's a true story about a yo
Jeff Dawson
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summer vacation gone wrong.
Overall, this is a well written story of adversity and survival. We, in the states have heard the horror stories of life for those who were unfortunate to be arrested in foreign countries for drug smuggling or either unsavory deeds. If you ever watched “Midnight Cowboy,” you know what I’m talking about. Apparently, Mr. Pultmutter lived the true nightmare of being (in this case) unjustly charged with arson and manslaughter, yet correctly charged with theft, in Spain.
Eric J. Gates
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘Wrong Place, Wrong Time’, a true crime book by David P. Perlmutter, relates a first-person account of a litany of bad decisions made by the author immediately before and during a brief stay in Spain in the early nineties. It is a gritty tale, one which reflects attitudes prevalent in southern Spain at the time especially with regard to foreign visitors. The author came up against the local police, mostly ex-foreign legion and mercenary types recruited by the then mayor, Jesus Gil, who acted mor ...more
Electa Graham
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I picked up Wrong Place Wrong time, because of all the great reviews it had received and I was looking for something different than what I normally read. I do read non-fiction, but never true crime.

I was a little nervous. How much do you believe when a person is trying to declare their innocence? Will it be unbiased? Will it be worth reading or just pages of self-serving justifications. Mr. Perlmutter is accused of arson and man slaughter while he is on vacation in Spain.

I am happy to say that
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
When you pick up this book you will become so engrossed in the telling of the author's terrifying experiences, you will be thankful for your normal life. It’s hard to fathom that one bad decision can throw your life so terribly off course. But that’s exactly what happened to David.

Out for an evening with a fellow real estate agent indulging in too many drinks, the men end up on a joy ride that ends up with the police being called and David being charged with drunk driving and hauled off to a fil
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-reference
The title of this cautionary tale is more than a little misleading. If you're crossing the street and a motorist ignores a red light, running you down, you are definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time; if you see a motorcar barreling down the street and step off the curb just in time to get hit, that's poor judgement, or as we used to call it back in the day, stupid. All though "Wrong Place, Wrong Time," we are treated to examples of self-destructive stupidity. Having a drink with your ma ...more
Cindy McDonald
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Wrong Place Wrong Time while sitting under my canopy at a horseshow, and as people past they would say, Hey Cindy, what are you so absorbed with? I would hold up the book and say, This is an interesting true story:

David Perlmutter had everything: a good job in the Real Estate business, a lovely apartment, and a company car. Life in London was good and David was drinking it in until one night of partying and several bad decisions changed his life and his livelihood overnight. After closing
Natalie Ducey
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Wrong Place Wrong Time, David Perlmutter takes us along on a gripping true-life adventure. The sights, sounds, smells are easily perceived, and the intense nature of the story holds your attention.
The title, Wrong Place Wrong Time, is a little misleading, as I don’t believe this to be the case. For me, that statement infers a situation forced on an innocent bystander because of proximity to an event. David’s life, however, gets turned upside down based on his own conscious thoughts and decis
Jenny Hayworth
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for young people who either do a "gap year" travelling overseas (as it's called here in Australia) before commencing work or uni or for young people in UK who go for a week of fun in the sun to Spain etc. A wake up call as to what can go wrong when fun gets out of hand and poor choices are made. The book is well written and the storyline suspenseful. it would be anyone's worse nightmare in a foreign country with this sort of trouble, not able to speak the language and with no money o ...more
Janice Ross
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
David P. Perlmutter’s “Wrong Place Wrong Time” is a fascinating reading. David’s true-life book offers a recollection of a rather difficult time in his life, about twenty years ago. I was immediately drawn into the novel and felt life a friend to the author. He opened up about events that spiraled downward, and landed his in a filthy jail in Spain.


The reading experience became very real and I was able to have fun with David – enjoying the party life and array of individuals that he came across.
Nicola Smith
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a true story that is told so wonderfully that i read this book in a day. An unfortunate turn of events see's Dave lose his job, home and car so he decides to go to Spain for a couple of months to unwind. Things start out great, he finds work, friends and partying without a hassle but this doesn't last for long. Yet more unfortunate events occur whilst there that see Dave homeless, broke and banged up abroad! Showing the true miscarriages of justice that happen in different countries.

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DAVID P PERLMUTTER, that's me, and welcome.

I have a led a very colourful life, with some episodes so noteworthy that so far they have produced three thrilling true stories, with more to follow.

Away from writing and along with my girlfriend, who is also my editor, I am a volunteer Cancer Campaigns Ambassador for Cancer Research UK, and have done many charity book signing events, to raise money for