Lost in Shadows

By Alex O'Connell

Crime & mystery, Thriller | Paperback, eBook


Lost in Shadows is set in a London where morality is something that was flushed down the toilet a long time ago. Now, it's mindless violence all the way with just a bit of gratuitous sex thrown in to spice it up. Just what you’re looking for? Read on... Tortured by his brutal childhood in rural Ireland, Frankie Doyle makes his living the only way he knows how – violence. Set in the twilight netherworld of London’s seedy underbelly in the early years of the twenty-first century, Lost in Shadows tells the story of a psychopathic gangland enforcer in a city where the cops are as dirty as the crooks. A full length novel by the (self-) acclaimed poet and author of vampire fiction Alex O’Connell which leads you on a lightning-paced, rip-roaring roller coaster ride of violence, madness, violence, betrayal, violence, sex, violence, revenge and… well, more violence that runs the entire gamut of human emotions from A to B! What other giants of world literature say about Lost in Shadows: DH Lawrence: Loved it… but a bit too saucy for my tastes! Jane Austen: What a ride! This is the gangster novel I would have written. Frankie Doyle is a psycho Mr Darcy on acid. Only sexier. I swooned. Could do with a bit more violence though... Marcel Proust: OK, so I love the gratuitous thuggery. But what’s he done with the vampires and the Filipina nurses? They’re what really floats this swinger’s boat. Charles Dickens: S’alright, I suppose. Can’t expect much for under a dollar.


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Lost in Shadows is set in a London where morality is something that was flushed down the toilet a long time ago. Now, it's mindless violence all the way with just a bit of gratuitous sex thrown in to spice it up. Just what you’re looking for? Read on... Tortured by his brutal childhood in rural Ireland, Frankie Doyle makes his living the only way he knows how – violence. Set in the twilight netherworld of London’s seedy underbelly in the early years of the twenty-first century, Lost in Shadows tells the story of a psychopathic gangland enforcer in a city where the cops are as dirty as the crooks. A full length novel by the (self-) acclaimed poet and author of vampire fiction Alex O’Connell which leads you on a lightning-paced, rip-roaring roller coaster ride of violence, madness, viole...


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In his formative years Alex O'Connell deserted from the French Foreign Legion after mistaking it for the British Legion and finding that it was far from an ideal place to find cheap beer and a quiet game of dominoes with the lads. Despite the bad memories, he still finds himself singing Le Boudin when he's drunk. He is unsure whether he would be permitted to enter Canada and uses it as an excuse for avoiding Belgium. Rumour has it that he was thrown out of the Cork affiliate of the LA street gang the Crips for being way too mean. But as O'Connell sagely says, you shouldn't always listen to rumours. To his enduring shame, in 2008 he was blackballed by the Hell's Angels after turning up for a Chapter meeting on his BMX bicycle, explaining that his Raleigh Chopper was being serviced by his friend Eddie. This is not likely to be true as Eddie denies even knowing O'Connell. Satanists and the Catholic Church are united in their condemnation of O'Connell. The Satanists have excommunicated him but this is a step too far for the Catholics who fear his reprisals. O'Connell's wife has asked for a divorce for her birthday for the last three years but he has always ended up getting her something cheaper. His children, Dubhlainn, his favourite, the other boy and the girl, Deirbhile, all claim they are adopted. Unsurprisingly, he doesn't like to talk about himself much. He is available for weddings, christenings and bar mitzvahs and works cheaply. Alex O'Connell lives in fear of vampire attacks. He believes his special O-negative blood group makes him an especially attractive target.


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In his formative years Alex O'Connell deserted from the French Foreign Legion after mistaking it for the British Legion and finding that it was far from an ideal place to find cheap beer and a quiet game of dominoes with the lads. Despite the bad memories, he still finds himself singing Le Boudin when he's drunk. He is unsure whether he would be permitted to enter Canada and uses it as an excuse f...


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