Tour: Black Rose

A Midsummer Night’s Chutzpah

By Pete Adams

11 – 14 June

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  • Genre:  Dark humour / a crime thriller to make you laugh, cry and think
  • Print length: 322 pages
  • Age range: 18+
  • Trigger warnings: includes gang-based shootings and reprisals; physical abuse of a minor in a school setting.
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon Rating: 5* (two reviews – new publication )

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About Black Rose

Existence is about survival.

A continually bullied runt of a youngster, Chas Larkin discovers his chutzpah and decides to take on the London gangs.

In the sleazy and violent East End of 1966 London, he is unwittingly assisted by Scotland Yard and MI5, who use the boy to delay an IRA campaign in the city. Together with the mysterious DCI Casey, an enigma amongst the bomb-damaged slums, they stir the pot of fermenting disquiet.

But can Chas achieve his midsummer night’s dream of total revenge?

Black Rose is a story of matriarchal might, of superstition, of a lucky charm tainted with malevolent juju, and of a young man’s smoldering anger and thirst for retribution.


Praise for Black Rose

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is a page-turner. It showcases an assortment of vivid, no-frills, realistic characters in sometimes elusive, amusing instances mixed with dark and severe criminal implications.

Author Pete Adams knows how to bring out the rawness of the depraved human condition. His creative storytelling with subtle humor, brewed together with the severe and enigmatic telling of corruption, makes him one of a kind and highly imaginative author. Wikipedia tells of the ‘black rose’ as symbolizing feelings of mystery, dark emotion like sorrow, and obsessive love. It is the perfect title for this story. Though the genre is not my usual reading 5 stars for exceptional storytelling. (Amazon review)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

An excellent novel, full of bone dry wit and sarcasm, set in ’60 East End of London. There’s gang warfare, crooked Coppers and corrupt institutions that we seemed to take for granted in the 60’s. But in amongst the literary wit, there is an undercurrent of seriousness running through a plot that throws a light on the IRA terror campaign on the UK mainland. This is truly an engrossing novel that kept me up late at night. Happy to recommend. (Amazon review)

About the Author

Pete Adams is an architect living in Portsmouth, UK, where he sets his books. With a writing style shaped by his East-End of London family, Pete’s Kind Hearts and Martinets mini-series of 5 books have been likened to the writing of Tom Sharpe; crime thrillers that make you laugh, with a dash of social commentary. “Made me laugh, cry and think”. Pete’s currently writing book 10 – so, lots to come.

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