Revenge is a dirty word, but what would you do if you met your child’s killer?
Blurb – Bennie lives hand-to-mouth in a little bedsit, spending his days avoiding the unsavoury people who wander about his building.
All changes one day, when he agrees to help a bereaved father find a small piece of information in exchange for a sum of money which could change Bennie’s life forever.
As he explores a stark urban underworld to dig into the past of a boy who became a killer, Bennie tests his wits to the limit, makes an unexpected friend, and risks his life to find the answers he needs.
Set in inner-city Britain, The Release explores vengeance, redemption, and the real meaning of freedom.
Background – I wrote it around 2008-2009, when youth criminality was big in the news. Tabloid newspapers and politicians started using the phrase ‘Broken Britain’ following a few high-profile cases which shocked the public.
I was interested in the idea of a violently bereaved parent who refuses to recognise the verdict of the courts. I was also intrigued by the idea of someone ‘invisible’ who blends into his surroundings without being noticed, and the kind of situations such a character might find himself in.
I wanted to write something a little more layered and reflective than just a grim council estate drama, a theme which has been somewhat overdone in the UK over the last decade or two.
Big thanks to everyone who has supported me, and especially to Shaun, Lauren and Will from Candy Jar. Watch this space for all further news!