A Dangerous Man
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Why I wrote this book
I wrote A Dangerous Man as I was at the time in a place of struggle and I found myself transferring that sense of frustration and anger into Michael, my protagonist. I wanted to write about how our dreams and desires can be dangerous, and their fulfilment can sometimes lead to a far darker path.
Comparison: For readers of Patricia Duncker, Maria McCann and Joseph Hansen
SynopsisMichael Jones, a young gay artist and part-time prostitute will do anything to stage his first exhibition. When he falls in love with rich financier, Jack Hutchinson, he seems set to achieve his goal. But as Mikey becomes caught between the unforgiving territory of smoky-bar Hackney and the green-garden luxury of upper class London, we discover the intense mindscape of a man obsessed with his dreams as he attempts to free himself of his past. When a net of antagonistic relationships and inner battles encroaches upon him, the consequences of Mikey's uncompromising pursuit emerge in thrilling tragedy, leaving him having to fight for all he holds dear, and in the only way he knows how.
Within a plot thick with the flesh of individual struggle, a backbone of page-turning tension carries Mikey's plight through the charcoal grey London which rubs itself so close to his skin, entrapping him in a dark kaleidoscope of sex and crime. Pushing him to the full expression of his haunting richness, Brooke alerts us to the psychological discourse and emotional minefield of a troubled man struggling to establish a sense of self and place in urban England.
Very well written, tense, and disturbing!" (Five-star review by Nancy on the Goodreads site)
This page-turner is commercial fiction at its best. I defy anyone to read this and forget it. Michael is someone you remember." (Review by Lisa Glass, author of “Prince Rupert’s Teardrop”, on the Vulpes Libris review site on 29 November 2007)