Stephen Larkin Book 3
When Newcastle-based journalist Stephen Larkin is called down to London to help find a missing girl, he is unprepared for the violence of life in the capital's underbelly. Caught up in a world of transsexual prostitutes, gun-toting Yardies and psychotic hitmen, Larkin must learn to fight dirty if he is to survive the experience.
The third book, and I was really starting to find my feet now.
I'd always wanted to do that classic type of quest narrative with the hero taken out of their comfortable environment and having to fend for themselves. That's why Larkin leaves Newcastle and goes down to London.
When I'm not physically there I find it easier to describe a place so in a sense it was hard to write because I lived in London at the time and was writing about places I saw every day. I also wanted to see if such a marginalised character as Larkin could ever find somewhere he could call home.
And a note on the villains: I wanted two evil henchmen in the book but was having trouble visualising them. After a totally surreal trip to Lithuania to do an acting job in the company of The Shend and Ray Trickett, my trouble disappeared. Lenny Lothario and Ringo Spectros were born.
Best not to ask.
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'Martyn Waites stands out in the crowded field of young British noir writers... with his bruised characters, raw-edged dialogue and extraordinary night vision.'
—New York Times Book Review
'One of the brightest stars in the British crime writing firmament.'
Allison & Busby, UK hardcover, March 2000, ISBN: 9780749004644
Allison & Busby, UK paperback, February 2001, ISBN: 9780749004941
MysteriousPress.com/Open Road Media, US ebook, December 2011, ISBN: 9781453237557