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
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.