First published by Constable & Robinson in 2010, David's 1930s mystery is now available in paperback.


Summer 1931 in seedy Bayswater and James Ross is on his uppers. An aspiring writer whose stories nobody will buy, with a landlady harassing him for unpaid rent, he is reduced to selling caprpet-cleaning lotion door-to-door. His prospects brighen when he meets the glamorous Susie, but their relationship turns out to be a source of increasing bafflement - not least when he discovers a picture of her boss, the mysterious Mr Rasmussen, in Police News...

'A beautifully crafted and atmospheric slice of pre-war noir'  -  Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror

'Written with a splendid and captivating assurance'  -  Allan Massie, Scotsman

'Engaging, cheerful, opportunist James Ross. You won't forget him or the London he frequents for a long time after closing the book'  -  Susan Hill, Literary Review