December 1, 2016

Soho Noel Short Story: 12 Days of Clink Street Christmas

Hi you guys! I am partnering with Clink Street Publishing to bring you guys an excerpt of a short story written by one of their authors, AW Rock.

I am Day 1 of the short story, so if you like what you read after day, tune in for the rest of the short story on the following days on these blogs:

Part 1: HERE (The Nerdgirl Review) on December 1st
Part 2: Between the Lines on December 7th
Part 3: David's Book Blurg on December 8


      I was walking up Wardour Street when I saw him.

      He was dressed in a Father Christmas outfit and had been imbibing Christmas spirit or was affecting a jovial spirit, chuckling and weaving around people. The large white beard and large red hat obscured his face.

      It was not too cold considering it was dusk in December and the neon lights were beginning to take over from the remaining daylight.

      There were three tables on the pavement outside the bar and a man sat on his own at one of them. He was on his mobile and seemed agitated.

      Father Christmas had his hands in the large patch pockets of his blood-red coat and as he drew level with the seated man he bent over him. I thought he was going to kiss him under the mistletoe hanging from the awning; instead he whispered something in his ear and pulled a small pistol with a silencer attached.

      He pressed the silencer down into the side of the man’s neck; then I heard the ‘phutt’ as the bullet left the chamber and entered the man’s body. 

      Instinctively I stepped back into a doorway as Father Christmas, who was singing Jingle Bells, passed by. I caught his eye and he gave me a look that said ‘mind your own fucking business’.

      The man at the table was slumped forward but since the bullet had gone down the centre of his body, for now there were no external signs of blood.

      The killer was obviously a professional and since I had my own health to consider I decided to let him go.

The Author's Published Work

Soho Honey

This contemporary crime story takes place over three weeks in November and unfolds against the multi-cultural backdrop of Soho, London. Branen had to leave the UK six years before to escape his complex clandestine history and the consequences of a crime that achieved worldwide notoriety. When his daughter is brutally murdered in Soho he believes that he could be the reason. He returns to his old hunting grounds to find the killer. His search brings him into conflict with the British Secret Service and Soho's underworld. He is forced to flee Soho again after a tragic meeting with his ex-wife. His past has caught up with him and the hunter becomes the hunted. Now forty years old Branen wants to stop running and to remove forever the continuing threat to his life. In an effort to get rid of his pursuers he is faced with the prospect that his only chance of survival could lead to his death.

About the Author

Based in London AW.Rock has been a regular on the Soho scene since the 1960’s working in various sectors of the entertainment industry.

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