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  1. says:

    finished yesterday the 15th of january 2020 good read three stars i liked it kindle library loaner first form guttridge second half thereabouts was a tad confusing as time has passed the son is now the kind the father was only the prince and there's uite a new cast of characters and most of them are now center stage and it thought than a few scenes of the climax werewhat? where'd that come from the fat lady is singing loud and thought i missed somethingdon't yah hate that? almost as if well gosh darnitt nearing the word count limit better end things now to satisfy the wonky wonks in their rooty toot shoescrossed at the ankle yeah like that the story starts out too not for the sueamish what else? i think this is #2 of a trilogy? that's me coming in with the movie already underway shift colors secure from sea and anchor detail


  2. says:

    I read the first book of this trilogy two years ago but our local library just got this one in for some reason and I had trouble placing the characters of the story Basically the King Dennis Hathaway teaches his son John Hathaway how to follow in his footsteps as the king of the mobsters in their area The doings of gangsters in Britain were the same as in the US I think both in the 30's and the 60's; harsh


  3. says:

    Knocks the tawdry and lumpen Peter James into a cocked hat


  4. says:

    A very entertaining book and particularly interesting as I often visited Brighton I just read the first volume of the trilogy and the characters remained fascinating to the very end


  5. says:

    THE LAST KING OF BRIGHTON the second book in the Brighton trilogy begins in 1963 John Hathaway is the teen age son of Dennis Hathaway the most dangerous man in Brighton He runs the city without conscience or remorse His son is interested in only one thing the emerging music tidal wave that will put Britain at the top of the chartsJohn is part of a band called the Avalons; his best friend is Charlie Laker the drummer As a band they aren’t particularly good but they never have trouble finding a pub or a club willing to let them play Gradually they become “supporter bands” for some of the big names in the UK John and his friends are delighted at their success dreaming of being on the same level as The Animals and maybe even the Beatles John’s ambitions are limited to rock n roll until he realizes that all the places the Avalons play are either owned by his father or have installed willingly or not the one armed bandits that provide Dennis with significant cash John begins to look at his father’s business with eyes wide open Rock n roll success isn’t guaranteed but his father’s income is based on instilling fear in some and satisfying greed in others There is no end to people depositing money into his father’s coffers The elder Hathaway is content being one of the forces that dominates Brighton but John intends to be a one man force the King of BrightonTHE LAST KING OF BRIGHTON does not have a wasted sentence As the writer takes the story through the 1960′s it is a tour of the cultural landscape of one area of Great Britain that is a microcosm of the nation as a whole In CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT the story encompasses the dismembered bodies of two women found in the left luggage departments of British Rail in the 1930′s to a botched raid on a housing estate in the present day The second book revisits the trunk murders and introduces the Great Train Robbery seemingly planned and executed by Brighton gangs including an upper level police officer As the story moves to the present conflicts that have strained governments and societies make their mark Former Chief Constable Robert Watts who lost his career because of the Milldean housing estate raid says “I think everything has to do with everything in Brighton Corruption in the sixties links back to the Trunk Murders in the thirties and forward to now And Hathaway from being a peripheral figure is now taking center stage”Bob Watts is still a decent man trying to do the right thing trying to correct his mistakes but he is hampered by his unofficial status among the members of Brighton’s crime fighting suad He doesn’t know if there is anyone other than Sgt Sarah Gilchrist whom he can trust Jimmy Tingley has spent his life in the shadows a killer trained and primed by Her Majesty’s forces Nothing he does is straightforward and everything he does is in service to a goal only he knows Tingley is a good man to have on one’s side but no one is ever clear which side that isA series of brutal murders are discovered the method a trademark of the Bosnian gangs who learned how to kill without mercy in the Balkan genocides of the nineties It will not spoil the story if the reader decides to skip the Prologue; the brutality is searing There is no mercy in THE LAST KING OF BRIGHTON Hathaway is not amoral he does not caring about right or wrong He is immoral knowing the difference between right and wrong and always choosing wrong He is too callous too focused on ends to be considered insane because of the meansPeter Guttridge has a rare talent With the exception of the Prologue the author writes about the brutality and the blood lust as if he were a reporter for a newspaper He makes statements without tone; the reader is to take these statements for what they are With one or two exceptions the characters are not people one comes to care about They made choices that led to their deaths They die brutally but they lived that way bringing to mind the old saw that those who live by the sword die by the swordAs with CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT there is no resolution to the story That will come at the end of the summer with the publication of the final book in the trilogy GOD’S LONELY MAN This is a series that is compelling because of the writing and the sense throughout the books that God saves the city for the sake of the one righteous man


  6. says:

    I wish the author had gone in depth with the music history of the years he wrote about; he touched upon the British Invasion and support bands that were there for the ride of the Beatles and the Who ; and you felt you were sitting on a barstool along side the main character It was a hazy account the light and the dark amplified in the concrete slippers that were created for his girl friend as he watched her killed Great tug of war between father and son you wish for the happy ending that never comes


  7. says:

    meh Just stopped reading


  8. says:

    Fast paced but having not read the first in the series I was a little lost


  9. says:

    Even for a murder mystery the plot is not as well constructed as would be ideal


  10. says:

    Much too nasty I didn't finish it


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The Last King of Brighton

CHARACTERS The Last King of Brighton

The new gripping mystery following City of Dreadful Night A man impaled on the South Downs Another skinned alive A skeleton found beneath the West Pier its feet encased in co finished yesterday the 15th of january 2020 good read three stars i liked it kindle library loaner first form guttridge second half thereabouts was a tad confusing as time has passed the son is now the kind the father was only the prince and there's uite a new cast of characters and most of them are now center stage and it thought than a few scenes of the climax werewhat where'd that come from the fat lady is singing loud and thought i missed somethingdon't yah hate that almost as if well gosh darnitt nearing the word count limit better end things now to satisfy the wonky wonks in their rooty toot shoescrossed at the ankle yeah like that the story starts out too not for the sueamish what else i think this is #2 of a trilogy that's me coming in with the movie already underway shift colors secure from sea and anchor detail Magicalamity passed the son is now the kind the father was only the Search for the White Moon prince and there's uite a new cast of characters and most of them are now center stage and it thought than a few scenes of the climax werewhat where'd that come from the fat lady is singing loud and thought i missed somethingdon't yah hate that almost as if well gosh darnitt nearing the word count limit better end things now to satisfy the wonky wonks in their rooty toot shoescrossed at the ankle yeah like that the story starts out too not for the sueamish what else i think this is #2 of a trilogy that's me coming in with the movie already underway shift colors secure from sea and anchor detail

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Ncrete Brighton has been invaded But this is no mere power struggle between rival mobsters; the motives for the killings stretch back through the decades to an explosive fort I wish the author had gone in depth with the music history of the years he wrote about; he touched upon the British Invasion and support bands that were there for the ride of the Beatles and the Who ; and you felt you were sitting on a barstool along side the main character It was a hazy account the light and the dark amplified in the concrete slippers that were created for his girl friend as he watched her killed Great tug of war between father and son you wish for the happy ending that never comes The Accidental Giant power struggle between rival mobsters; the motives for the killings stretch back through the decades to an explosive fort I wish the author had gone in depth with the music history of the years he wrote about; he touched upon the British Invasion and support bands that were there for the ride of the Beatles and the Who ; and you felt you were sitting on a barstool along side the main character It was a hazy account the light and the dark amplified in the concrete slippers that were created for his girl friend as he watched her killed Great tug of war between father and son you wish for the happy ending that never comes

Peter Guttridge è 9 REVIEW

Y year old secret Brighton’s crime king John Hathaway would rather forget But someone else remembers – and that someone has decided that revenge is a dish best served col Even for a murder mystery the plot is not as well constructed as would be ideal