Daylight Mickey Starr is just out of prison after serving five years. Broke and with a dying mother to support, he becomes a debt-collector for Gottfleisch, the local Mr Big. Gottfleisch, however, has bigger plans for Mickey, plans that are to take him into Russia to contact Leonid Kaplan, a Leningrad hood.
Mickey’s task is simple: to collect a package from Kaplan and smuggle it back to London. But things start going wrong when a rival Leningrad gang takes an interest in him. Mickey wants out of an increasingly dangerous situation except Gottfleisch has taken over the ‘healthcare’ of his helpless mother, so Mickey has little option but to make the pick-up ... "It’s a gas, with unexpected reflections on the nature of forgery behind the scam" Matthew Coady, Guardian
First British Edition Gollancz (1989)
Underground He's underground, under fire, under pressure.
For several years he's been lying low, buried in the urban decay of south-east London, waiting for the "job". Now his enemies have smoked him out. He's got to act - and fast.
Moving through the harsh realities of '80s Britain, the unnamed narrator of this tense, remorseless thriller is driven by a dark and secret purpose. He says he'll stop at nothing to achieve it. And he means it. "This is brutal stuff" Sunday Times
"Britain seen through a gun-sight" Literary Review
"The most distinctive thriller in a while" The Face
"An unholy cross between Len Deighton and the great American noir novelist David Goodis" John Williams