We’ve seen it all before: the brainless little savage who lives by the law of the jungle, the street-talk (woh-ever), the swaggering bullying attitude, the animal territorialism, the violence… and an innocent person ends up dead. But this time the savage was a girl.
That’s how the innocent Julie Sheriff was murdered by the savage Rebecca Douglas. In a parallel to the murder of Damilola Taylor case, Julie’s family had come to England, full of hope and enthusiasm only to see their loved one viciously murdered by our home-grown the scum of the earth.
The trouble is that the people who commit these crimes get off with very light sentences. In this case, for example, although she has been sentenced to detention at “her majesty’s pleasure”, the recommended tariff for the little savage is only ten years!
No wonder one case is followed by another… and another…
PC Simon Harwood is a thuggish police officer who assaulted Ian Tomlinson, thereby causing Tomlinson’s death. He was acquitted of manslaughter by a majority jury verdict in a shameful miscarriage of justice.
Furthermore Harwood perjured himself when he dishonestly testified that Tomlinson had encroached upon a police line and committed a breach of the peace. Harwood also perjured himself at his trial when he testified falsely that Tomlinson had been obstructive.
Having said all this, it must be added that other police officers contributed significantly to Tomlinson’s death by preventing third-year medical student Lucy Apps from giving him first aid. The police who did that had no lawful grounds to do so. The police officer who did that denied Tomlinson timely first aid was therefore also guilty of manslaughter.
If any of the police officers described in this article feel aggrieved, let them sue me.
The launching of Mercy in America has been a huge success with some 20,000 copies downloaded in six weeks.
It’s also been getting some good reviews – along with some bad ones. One person gave it one star whilst admitting that he hadn’t read it. Another gave it a five star review before she had finished it. But that is different. She at least was in the process of reading it. The other one was antagonized by the fact that he thought the preceding seven reviews were fake. One wonders what he made of the five five-star reviews that followed in short order, several from verified purchases?
But that’s a burden we writer’s have to bear.
Anyway, it seems to have made a bit of an impact and quite a few readers have bought the second Alex Sedaka book No Way Out.
Now I’m hard at work on the third in the series.
The Kindle edition of Mercy is now available in the USA. And for two days – Wednesday 29th February and Thursday the 1st of March – it is available absolutely FREE!!!!
So click on the link and get it while you can and review it and tell all your friends what you think about it!
Oh, and while you’re here, let me know which of these two covers is better.
2. Thou shalt provide thy hero with a helpmate in the form of an attractive and somewhat younger heroine, also intelligent, usually possessed of wisdom in a complimentary field that she may assist thy hero without duplicating his skills.
3. Thou shalt begin thy story with a violent death, usually of a good person, who may be associated with the hero, but dost not have to be.
4. Thou shalt include in thy story a secretive organization, usually one that has been around for donkey’s years and has links to history and may also have had famous people as members.
5. Thy hero shalt progress through a maze of mysteries and puzzles and must solve the immediate step in the puzzle before he be allowed to progress to the next stage in thy story.
6. Thou shalt put obstacles in the path of thy hero in the form of a strong and dastardly villain that art trying to stop thy hero and foil his efforts. Thy dastardly villain shall be willing to resort to committing the most heinous of crimes in pursuit of his nefarious agenda. However, thy dastardly villain shall not act on his own initiative or in his own interests but rather shall he be subservient to shadowy figures in the background of thy story.
7. The masters of thy dastardly villain shall be a powerful organization (see 4th Commandment) that hath a vested interest in foiling the hero because he doth threaten their interests or the established order.
8. Thou shalt set thy story in an exotic location, or series of locations, that playeth a major part in thy story or in the historical background to thy story.
9. Towards the end of thy story, it shall finally dawn upon thy hero (as it surely hath already on most of thy readers) that the hero is being betrayed by one who is close to him (but not the female lead) and that the traitor be associated with the very organization that hath been trying to stop thy hero all along.
10. Notwithstanding thy hero’s sense of righteous indignation at the betrayal, he shall surely solve the final step in the mystery and successfully overcome the obstacles, without the aid of the Almighty, but with some help from the heroine, with whom he shall end up with in a state of transient connubial bliss (albeit outside the bonds of holy matrimony).
The next book in the Dov Shamir Adventures is now available. In Checkmate at the Beauty Pageant (The Dov Shamir Adventures) top Israeli intelligence officer Dov Shamir is called in to locate and rescue a bunch of 32 beauty queens kidnapped by eccentric computer software entrepreneur Lee Chadwick and taken to a secret island somewhere in the Caribbean.
Chadwick threatens to kill the girls unless former American and world chess champion Billy Segal is persuaded to come out of retirement and play against a super-powerful computer chess program that runs on the internet. But Segal has lost his nerve…
Follow the link to get the book – and for a few days it is available FREE!!!!