- File Size: 1204 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
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- Publisher: Next Chapter Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TN37XYG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Micky Dewitt has a Jason Statham feel about him. He is crooked as hell but there's a side to him that's passionate about what he does. Whether this is good or bad, the reader decides. If you have seen Parker, The Expendables or The Bank Job, you will gulp this book in one seating." Amazon reviewer.
From the Author
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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Arriving on his yacht in Australia, he picks up a bar manager's job and schmoozes Meagan the smart, sassy barmaid into keeping the bar (and his bed) fully functioning, before getting manager for the Mob', Lenny sacked and taking over the whole shebang. It seems life is pretty rosy for Micky, but he's never satisfied - even when he knows he's playing with fire!
Who is Carol and where do they meet? What does Carol ask Micky to do for her? Does he agree?
How does Micky please the club's owner Sonny? How does he amend his orders? Who's the target?
What happens to them? Why is Carol's car left on a cliff top? Why does Micky go on a bender?
How is Meagan killed? Who was responsible? Who ordered it done? What happens next?
This clever, psychological murder-mystery is an absolute must for fans of Ruth Rendell, Clive Cussler and Agatha Christie, with its twists and turns and sub-plots and a ruthless criminal mastermind, who appears a completely laid-back and debonair wanderer of the high seas, when the opposite is true. A definite winner for AJ Sendall, an author I'd like to read much more from!
So why would Australia be any different? He becomes a ‘burglar, barhop and arsonist’ in King’s Cross, Sydney’s red light district, where tourists, locals, gangsters and sex workers go about their daily business.
Written in the first person, Micky’s 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 (pre-Olympics and before the high earning corporates moved in.)
When Micky needs to escape the grimy inner city, he jumps on board his boat Nina, raising the mainsail, sailing from the relative calm of Pittwater out to the open sea at North Head. Rich in detail, Flank Street is so skillfully written, that it hooked this reader, despite lacking a subplot that might have allowed the writer to vary the pace. We never do find out what was Micky’s back story as the writer withholds this information from us, but that just adds, rather than detracts from the mystery.
Micky’s casual sexism may annoy, but it isn’t out of place in this story or genre, particularly given the setting and the era. And Micky’s characterisation is sufficiently complex for this reader to overcome any negative aspects of the world he inhabits.
The two female characters, worldly-wise Carol and the sweet and vulnerable Meagan, come across as fully realised, three-dimensional characters. When Micky first meets Carol he makes assumptions about her based on the way she presents herself to the world. But as he gets to know her, he (and we) find out that she has depth and intelligence that are not immediately revealed. 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. Five stars.