The Black Mile

The Black Mile

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by Mark Dawson
     
 
London, 1940: the Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for fifty-seven nights. Houses, shops and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: the Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and

Overview

London, 1940: the Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for fifty-seven nights. Houses, shops and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: the Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work.

Henry Irving is a disgraced reporter on a Fleet Street scandal rag. Genius detective sergeant Charlie Murphy is a fresh face in the Metropolitan police, hunting corrupt colleagues but blinkered by ambition and jealousy. His brother, detective inspector Frank Murphy, searches frantically for his runaway daughter, terrified that she will be the killer's next victim.

As the Ripper stalks the terrified streets, the three men discover that his handiwork is not quite what it seems. Conspirators are afoot, taking advantage of the chaos to settle old scores. The murders invade the lives of the victims and victimizers on both sides of the law, as everyone is sucked deeper and deeper into Soho's black heart.

Based on a little known true story, The Black Mile is a rollercoaster ride of a novel that was previously the most downloaded novel on the Kindle Store.

If you enjoy the thrillers of James Elroy, Peter James and Dennis Lehane, you'll love THE BLACK MILE.

PRAISE FOR MARK DAWSON

'A brilliant debut novel from a very promising writer.' Subject

'Ultra-addictive, super-stylish - a viciously good novel.' Toby Litt.

'A talent to be watched.' Birmingham Post

PRAISE FOR THE BLACK MILE

'This is far and above the best small/independently published novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading.' The Kindle Book Review

'Dawson has shown himself to be a true master of suspense'. Siobian Minish

'A first class historical mystery.' Luke Walker

'This book is worth it for the arcane London slang alone. Fascinating. If want to get a feel for what it was like during the early part of WWII this will knock you out. If you like character development you'll love it. If you like peeking in on the lives of people in a long gone world -- you really love it.' David E Johnson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482051346
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/25/2013
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Dawson, a London-based lawyer who once DJed at world-famous Hacienda, is also author of The Art of Falling Apart and Subpoena Colada, and lives in Wiltshire.

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The Black Mile 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
lvb7533 More than 1 year ago
This is a truly gripping novel which takes the basis of a real story from the 40s story and fictionalises it, with the result being a cross between LA Confidential and the pulp fiction novels of the 40s and 50s (which are given a satisfying nod by the rather excellent cover.) The period detail is lovingly recreated, and the scenes of The Blitz itself are vivid and exciting. The characterization is great, with all the three main protagonists credible and sympathetic. I especially enjoyed the love-hate relationship between the two brothers, which was as full of tension as any narrative mechanic. The action is well paced and the whole book moves along at an excellent speed, building up to a series of cliffhangers that makes it difficult to put down. Highly recommended!
otterly More than 1 year ago
A person who enjoys reading about World War II as I do would probably enjoy reading this book. It deals with police trying to find the murderer of a number of young women--a sort of Jack the Ripper. One man is hanged protesting his innocence. It mentions about some of the police becoming Masons, because a superior officer recommends that they do. Later in the story there is corruption--besides the prostitution which is somewhat rampant, there is also pornography and drugs, and a number of the police are involved in this. I read this as a nook book. It was over 700 so is rather detailed and there are sections which are rather action packed, so that you might imagine them as being in a movie. Because of the length, I don't know if book group members would consider this.
Anonymous 9 months ago
What a terrible book. Waste of time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will look forward to more from this author
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It was a good read, but I thought the ending lacked the suspense the book had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a ride. Two brothers at odds- both wearing a badge, crooked cops, smut peddlers, a missing teenager, a Jack the Ripper type killer on the loose preying on prostitutes, and all of it unfolding during the London blitz. London has never been darker, more sinister or vile, and for us noir crime junkies, never more fun. I can't wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing was well done , but there were a few too many characters to keep track of. Also, too many loose ends at the end of the book .
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Riveting crime novel set during the London bombings during WWII. Kept my interest throughout. However, end could have been stronger, more suspensful.
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jasper13 More than 1 year ago
A very good book that makes you want to keep reading. I also read his short story. Looking for the next one ("Ghosts")to come out on Nook.
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BelieverJG More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries and plot twists this is the book for you. The Black Mile puts right in London in the early 40s as if you lived there. I can hardly wait for Mark Dawson's next book.
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