Troubador Dark Side of the River

Released: 01/11/2013

ISBN: 9781783061303

eISBN: 9781783068364

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Dark Side of the River is an edgy crime thriller, full of strong characters and set in 1930s Liverpool

Detective Sergeant John Bridle thought the dockland bare-knuckle fight would be hard training for his police club boxers, but it’s a case of wrong place wrong time as he is caught up in the murder of the son of a local shipping magnate. Bridle and his acerbic partner Detective Constable Tommy Lodge are seconded into a hostile squad of detectives investigating the murder, led by the toxic Inspector Radford.

Bridle’s investigation moves through the slums and street gangs of Liverpool in the 1930s and into the palatial country houses of the Wirral peninsular. His path crosses with a maverick Irish rebel called Riley who is driven by vengeance and is set on a course of political disruption and indiscriminate violence.

Bridle has to deal with personal issues as the investigation becomes entwined with his wife’s middle-class family and their hostility to his working class status. Bridle and Radford have a bitter personal conflict as they clash over the investigation and Bridle is almost brought to breaking point but is helped through by the loyal but cynical Tommy Lodge.

Bridle and Riley have a violent and fatal confrontation during a major street riot which leaves Bridle scarred. This incident and the lack of evidence to arrest his main murder suspect forces Bridle to question his future.

Brian Formby's noir novel takes us into the grim depression days of 1930s Liverpool, the backdrop for a sordid murder mystery among the drab docklands and dank basements of the smoky port.

Within this grim scene, Detective-Sergeant John Bridle faces not only the challenge of solving a horribly violent murder, but also the mistrust and spite of some of his fellow officers, all the while trying to balance his dedication to his job with his devotion to his new wife, and the aspirations of her wealthy family.

Brian Formby captures the scene in a compelling style, painting a grim picture of gritty reality on the Liverpool side of the Mersey, while on the other contrasting the wealth and class of those on the Wirral across the water. The gulf between the two runs deeper than the waters, and like the incessant tides, his own future and fortunes are at the hands of forces beyond his control.

Whether you have a nostalgic bent for pre-war Merseyside, or just love a good detective story, Dark Side of the River is a must-read.

by Mike Bodnar

Brian Formby

I was born and raised in Liverpool and still live in the big city on the dark side of the river with my wife Viv.

I am now retired but worked for over twenty five years in Local Government managing sport and leisure centres. In 1992 I led the team to win the Sports Council Management Award for the best managed sports centre in the North West.

I have been involved in Martial Arts for thirty years and run a karate club in South Wirral.

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