My first novel Beneath The Streets, a political thriller set in 1976, will be published by Lightning Books in February 2020.
It is February 1976, and the naked corpse of an underage rent boy is fished out of a pond on Hampstead Heath. Since the police don’t seem to care, twenty-year-old Tommy Wildeblood – himself a former ‘Dilly boy’ prostitute – finds himself investigating. Dodging murderous Soho hoodlums and the agents of a more sinister power as the trail leads him from the mean streets of the capital to a lonely moor in North Devon and back again all the way to the heart of Westminster, Tommy finds himself caught up in something far bigger than he expected – a conspiracy forged at the very highest levels of the political establishment.
A gripping thriller with a cast of real-life characters, the book plays ‘what if’ with Seventies political history – with a sting in the tail that reminds us that the truth can be just as chilling as fiction.
‘A wonderfully evocative walk on the wild side of 1970s London, Beneath The Streets is darkly comic and deeply moving. A breathtaking, heartbreaking thriller.’ – Jake Arnott
‘A gripping what-if thriller – a fucking fantastic read’ – Tom Robinson
‘Lifts the lid on 1970s subculture to spine-tingling effect’ – Paul Burston
‘A thrilling and brilliantly imaginative novel. It takes you into the secret world of Soho in the 1970s. But then suddenly it opens another door into the hidden world of violence and corruption that still lies underneath the England we know today’ – Adam Curtis
More details, and the opportunity to preorder a copy, here. Use the code RINKA at checkout to get 30% off and free postage&packing in the UK.