When Claude meets Maxine in the Caribbean he falls for her. He does not expect he will start an affair with her back in London, then again he does not expect to have to call on the help of his old mate Spike, nor that will they become embroiled with Russian gangsters Vladimir and Grigory.
But then Claude will do anything to hold onto Maxine.
Peopled with thieves, hustlers, gangsters, gun runners and pimps, Wrong Crowd is a slick and action-packed ride into London’s low-life. East End villains and the Russian Mafia collide in a fast-paced novel of deceit and criminal obsession that sparkles as it speeds towards its astonishing conclusion.
Genre: Suspense/Crime Mystery
Paperback: 198 pages
Down & Out Books (October 1, 2015)
Q: Richard joins me today to kick off the blog tour for Wrong Crowd. Richard, can you tell me a little more about the book?
A: Wrong Crowd is about moral compromise. I have written many Noir novels and the two words I often think about when writing Noir is moral compromise. The novel is in many ways Noir, Noir the genre of losers, of seduction, of men and women who are not necessarily criminals but are corrupted somehow and lured across a line into crime. It is about seduction and sexual obsession and what happens when you mix with the wrong crowd.
Q: What kind of research did you do for your setting?
A: For my setting none as I live in London and the novel is set in London–apart from the first scene in Cuba, which I have been to.
Q: Tell me about something unexpected that happened when you when you were writing Wrong Crowd.
A: There was one key surprise. The Russian hit man Grigory literally began to take over as I wrote the novel. He delivered an extremely nasty surprise in an execution scene which changed the course of the action. I like to discover something about my characters as I write them, I call it the tangent. It adds drama and realism and Grigory did just that.
Q: What similarities and differences have you observed between English and American crime fiction?
A: English crime fiction tends to be more conservative but is moving towards the American style. I write more along the lines of American crime fiction, especially the hard boiled.
Q: You’ve created in different literary worlds–poetry, academia, genre fiction–do you keep these entirely separate? Or do you apply techniques or lessons from one to another? I suspect the answer is the latter, judging from Professor Jay Gertzman’s review of Mr. Glamour, which he called “an anarchist philosophical novel” as well as a police procedural.
A: It is a good question and you are right. I like to mix them, I think it makes for interesting reading and unusual results, I call it hybrid fiction.
Q: Writing can be very solitary. How do you balance the need for solitude with the need to get out and be with people?
A: I am a social person, so I socialise a lot. I also travel widely.
Q: What’s one great piece of advice for any aspiring writers reading this? Anything you wish you’d known earlier in your career?
A: Find a time to write every day and try to stick to it. Read as much as you can and try to learn what the author is doing.
About The Author –
Richard Godwin is the author of critically acclaimed novels Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, and Paranoia And The Destiny Programme.
He is also a published poet and a produced playwright. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child, as well as the anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man. His novels have sold numerous foreign rights.
Richard was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American Literature from King’s College London, where he also lectured.