David's Bookshop & David's Music
Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DE
Books: 01462 684631 / Music: 01462 475900

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International launch of the Third Book in the Best-Selling Charles Holborne London 1960s noir series, The Lighterman by Simon Michael

Thursday 25 May 2017
7:30 pm

Holborne, who dabbled in crime and in serious violence before becoming a barrister, is an outsider both in the East End where he grew up and in the Temples of the law where he now practices, where he faces daily class and religious prejudice. He has been compared to Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, honourable men surrounded by corruption and violence, trying to steer an honest course.

Simon Michael is the author of the best-selling London 1960s noir gangster series featuring his antihero barrister, Charles Holborne. Simon writes from personal experience: he was a barrister for 37 years and worked in the Old Bailey and other criminal courts defending and prosecuting a wide selection of murderers, armed robbers, con artists and other assorted villainy during what was often considered the “Wild West” of British justice. The 1960s was a time when the Krays and the Richardsons and other violent gangs fought for control of London’s organised crime, and the corrupt Metropolitan Police beat up suspects, twisted the evidence and took their share of the criminal proceeds. Simon weaves into his thrillers genuine court documents from cases on which he worked and the big stories of the 1960s.
Simon was a successful author in the 1980s, published here and in the USA, and returned to writing when he retired from the Bar in 2016. The first two books in the Charles Holborne series, THE BRIEF published in September 2015 and AN HONEST MAN published in July 2016, have both garnered rave reviews for their authenticity and excitement.

 Tickets are £4, which are deductible from the cost of the paperback book (£8.99) if purchased on the evening. To book tickets, please ring the shop on 01462684631 or call in to the shop.

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David's Bookshops are located in Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, only a few minutesí walk from the railway station in the heart of the Town Centre. There is ample parking nearby.

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01462 684631

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