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Beneath the Streets
Beneath the Streets

Beneath the Streets

FICTION

288 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: June 2020

ISBN 9781785631733

Rights: US & CA

Eye Books (Jun 2020)
Lightning Books

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: June 2020
 

Overview

A what-if historical political thriller for fans of A Very English Scandal

When Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe hired thugs to kill his ex-lover, they botched it. What if they had succeeded? It is February 1976, and the naked corpse of a shockingly underage rent boy is fished out of a pond on Hampstead Heath. Since the police don't seem to care, 20-year-old Tommy Wildeblood—himself a former 'Dilly boy' prostitute—finds himself investigating. Dodging murderous Soho hoodlums and the agents of a more sinister power, Tommy uncovers another, even more shocking crime: the Liberal leader and likely next Home Secretary, Jeremy Thorpe, has had his former male lover executed on Exmoor and got clean away with it. Now the trail of guilt seems to lead higher still, and a ruthless Establishment will stop at nothing to cover its tracks. In a gripping thriller whose cast of real-life characters includes Prime Minister Harold Wilson, his senior adviser Lady Falkender, gay Labour peer Tom Driberg and the investigative journalist Paul Foot, Adam Macqueen plays "what if" with Seventies UK political history—with a sting in the tail that reminds us that the truth can be just as chilling as fiction.

Author Biography

Adam Macqueen has worked at Private Eye on and off for 14 years. He was assistant, deputy and finally acting editor of The Big Issue between 1999 and 2002. He is the author of The Private Eye: The First 50 Years and The Prime Minister's Ironing Board and Other State Secrets.