A gritty examination of the underbelly of 1950s Soho. Gangsters, drugs, crime and sex provide the background to this novel set around an illegal drinking den populated by a host of colourful characters. It's certainly a far cry from the 50s stereotype of pinafore-clad housewives in suburbia. Great dialogue a good pace, and characters with a lot of depth make this a worthwhile read.
Shindig didn't know it but her reputation with the boys of Soho had been made that day. It had been one of those occasions when time had gone into freefall, everyone watched as he arced gracefully through the air and fell to the floor. He was quickly despatched out into the courtyard. Sharks would discover him soon.
The Rendezvous Club is a squalid little gaff off a slippery courtyard. Here, you'll always find a gathering of the 'boys' of Soho. These are men's men; mostly one syllable names: Vic, Stan or Reg, and definitely not how you would expect gangsters to look - no Bogarts or Greenstreets here. From the 'meat rack' in the Dilly to Joe Lyons Corner House at Coventry Street or the Sunset Club on Carnaby Street, it is startling how these places fit in and complement deviant life and villainy.
Soho 1950s, a centre for misfits and petty criminals. Surrounded by this unusual brew of characters, Shindig seems to fit right in. That is until things change for the bosses up west and the powers look to be shifting in Soho's underworld...
Publication date: 02/06/2006
Publisher: Paperbooks Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||2nd June 2006|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Mo Foster is an author of plays and poetry. His first novel A Blues for Shindig was published in June 2006.More About Mo Foster