Sunday, August 15, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Grifter by Ali Gunn & Sean Campbell

Title: The Grifter
Authors: Ali Gunn & Sean Campbell
Publisher: Partners in Crime
Publication Date: August 15th 2021
Print Length: 338 pages
Genre: Thriller

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One will rise. The other will fall.

Kent Bancroft’s rise to fame and fortune was nothing short of meteoric. Once a simple teacher in London’s East End, he’s now on course to become Britain’s youngest billionaire.

But his success has come on the back of those he’s trodden upon to get there. Among them is a man whose fall was as swift as Kent’s rise. He used to be a sparky, honest and hard-working. Now, he’s homeless, drunk, and down one leg.

And he blames Kent for everything.

Forget forgiveness. Forget turning the other cheek. And forget waiting for karma.

This is a victim who won’t stand idly by.

He wants revenge.

And he’s going to get it.

Kent Bancroft will never see him coming.

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EXCERPT:
The click-clack of my crutches on the cobblestones made him look up. He flicked the stub in my direction.

‘Spare a couple of quid, mate?’

People usually ignored me. It was easier than lookin’ me in the eye. But Mr High and Mighty couldn’t take the easy road. He had to say something.

‘First of all,’ he said, his nostrils flaring angrily, ‘I’m not your mate.’

Couldn’t disagree with him there. I wouldn’t be his mate if he paid me. I met his stare as best I could. He towered over me, easily six foot tall. I used to be taller. Before the accident, anyway. Now I hobble along like Quasimodo. Ain’t easy to stand up straight on one leg.

‘And second,’ he continued, ‘I won’t spare you anything. I earn my crust, and you should too. Scum, that’s what you are. A blight on our streets. You lay around all day, drinking and smoking, and then have the nerve to ask hard-working people like me for handouts. Get off my property.’

‘Yours, is it? I’d have thought you wouldn’t begrudge a man a bite to eat when you’ve got your own skyscraper.’

I was saved from a retort by the ringing of his mobile. He answered at lightning speed.

‘Hello? Ah, Minister, yes, yes…’

Minister, eh? Mr La-de-dah. He turned away from me, heading back towards his office. Then I saw it. There, on the ground. A sleek leather wallet. I picked it up, it was much heavier than I expected as if it were stuffed full of cash.

‘Oi, Bancroft!’ I called out. I stumbled after him, my stump swinging wildly between my crutches.

He turned, still yabberin’ into his phone, his eyes momentarily narrowing as if to ask how I knew his name. He looked over to two security guards who were standing one either side of the revolving door into the lobby, and then, real subtle-like, he jerked his head towards me.

The two suits ran at me. As if I could escape.

‘He forgot his–’

Before I could say “wallet”, the men grabbed me under the armpits. My crutches fell to the ground as they dragged me towards the road. One shove later, I toppled backwards over the low wall that divided the offices of Bancroft, Tomlinson and Co from the public road beyond.

My back screamed out in agony. Pain radiated out all over my body. Even my missing leg hurt. Bloody phantom pain.

As I sat up, the shadows of the security guards loomed over me. One of ’em had picked up my crutches. He threw ’em down on the ground at my feet without saying a word. I looked around, hoping someone might help me up. The City’s always busy in the morning so there were plenty of people to see me strugglin’. One woman managed a half-smile as if she weren’t sure if I deserved the ordeal I had just endured. Nobody helped. Nobody noticed the wallet in my hand. I slipped it into my pocket.

After the crowds began to move on, I hauled myself up onto the wall. My back twinged again as I bent forward to pick up my crutches. By the time I could stand up, the pain was too much. I needed something to take the edge off.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to go far.

I limped along, crying out with every step as I made my way back to the doorway across the street. I collapsed down onto my sleeping bag and looked for the flask I kept hidden in the pile. I twisted off the cap and glugged down a few mouthfuls, the burn of cheap whisky coating my throat.

Enough is enough. I’m tired of giving Bancroft second chances. By now, he’ll be back in his office. Had he noticed his wallet was gone yet? Would he realise where he’d lost it? Would he finally remember me?

I’m done playing nice. He’d refused to spare a cripple one little human kindness. I just wanted him to talk to me, to put things right. Instead, he’d insulted me and assaulted me.

I’m done.

Time to make the bastard pay.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Sean Campbell is the author of DCI Morton series (Dead on Demand, Cleaver Square, Ten Guilty Men, The Patient Killer, Missing Persons, The Evolution of a Serial Killer, and My Hands Are Tied).

He spends his days working out how to kill people without being caught, and then flipping the switch to play detective. His non-writing interests vary from photography and cinema to rugby and hiking. You can usually find him somewhere in one of London’s coffee shops – look for the big bearded guy taking up way too much room and hogging the Wi-Fi.
Ali Gunn kills people for a living*.

The characters in Ali’s books are the kind of strong, fearless women that every girl dreams of growing up to be.

The first DCI Elsie Mabey novel, The Career Killer, is out now.

Book two in the series, The Psychopath Within, is coming soon.

To find out more, visit GunnCrime.com.

*fictional people, honest officer!
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29 comments:

  1. It looks like an interesting read.

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  2. I really enjoy a good thriller and this looks like one...

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  3. Sounds like a great book. Congratulations on the release.

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  4. This sounds like a really good thriller read.

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  5. Love great suspense novels!!!

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  6. Thanks for telling me about this book

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  7. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  8. Love the cover and the excerpt sounds amazing.

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  10. The book sounds awesome! Great cover.

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  11. This book will be on my list of books to read next-thanks

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  12. Looks like a great read can't wait to read it

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  13. David HollingsworthAugust 16, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    The cover is mysterious and interesting.

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  14. I love a good thriller. Very cool. Good work.

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  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Who doesn't love a good thriller to read! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  17. I love a good thriller book. The title I don't quite get but seems orginal and different.

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  18. I am so excited to read this book!

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  19. sounds like a fun one

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  20. This is a must read! Amazing excerpt

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  21. The book sounds interesting

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