Troubador ‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’

Released: 28/11/2019

ISBN: 9781838593124

eISBN: 9781838597375

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‘Polka Dots and Moonbeams’

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Justine and her close friend Ka work for the Paris fashion house of Schiaparelli in the early fifties, when French haute couture is bursting with glamour and intrigue. Each has a reason for making a lot of money rapidly. Together, they establish a pipeline to import opium from the Highlands of North Vietnam to the drawing rooms of their wealthy clients in France. 


Organised crime in Saigon, controlling the opium trade under the patronage of powerful connections, moves to wipe out the competitive challenge presented by Justine and Ka. It becomes clear they are up against two extraordinary people. Justine, now a fashion model, was trained to operate undercover and kill silently by the British secret service in World War Two. Ka is Vietnamese and a top haute couture seamstress with threads of steel under her skin. Justine wants the money from the opium business to start a new life in politics, to put right the injustices of post-war France. Ka wants her share to help her family in Hanoi obtain treatment for her sick brother. 

Justine calls on past wartime allegiances to strengthen her firepower and protect herself and Ka. Bill, a former RAF pilot is now flying contraband between Hanoi and Saigon. Henri and Leo are in the front line in the bitter struggle between France and Ho Chi Minh’s freedom fighters. This powerful combination of friends go onto the attack as Justine and Ka fight back, and France faces its destiny in Indochina at the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

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David Longridge

David Longridge is a writer with a wealth of experience and success in the real world.

After school he worked for, and became, Chief Executive of Avis International, then second largest car rental company globally. That was followed by a long stint in investment banking in the City of London. On retirement, he decided to release his creativity by writing books that were fictional, but in an historical setting of a period he loved.

David lived and worked in Paris in the 1960's, including assignments to Algiers and the Sahara. "Fracture" is his fourth novel, in which he has woven his story around the real facts of what happened in France and Algeria when they separated. These were the most drastic times in French history. Times of total devastation, bombs in Paris, terrorism, espionage, betrayal, assassinations, fear, and brutal revenge on a scale unseen since the French Revolution of 1789. These are the locations and timeframe when the events in "Fracture" take place.

David has a strong interest in French political and military history, this being the foundation for the four novels he has written to date. He works from his home in Malmesbury, England, with his wife Anna who is a practising artist.


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