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In Pictures:Newman, G. F. 'The Men with the Guns', published in 1982 by Secker & Warburg, hardcover, ex-library, 244 pages, with dustjacket protected by plastic sleeve. Price: £5.25 (not including post & packing, which for UK customers is Amazon's standard £2.75 charge)

Newman, G.F. 'Sir You Bastard', published in 1970 by W.H.Allen, hb, with dustjacket, 288pp, ISBN 0491002548. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this book on Amazon

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The Terry Sneed Trilogy:

1970, August 10. Terry Sneed: Sir, You Bastard
1972, May. Terry Sneed 2: Sir, You Nice Bastard
1974, September. ‘Terry Sneed 3: The Price’

The Law And Order Trilogy:
1977. July 21. ‘A Villain’s Tale’
1977. A Detective’s Tale
1977. September 8. ‘A Prisoner’s Tale'
1983. Law & Order

Other Books:
1972. The Abduction
1972, July. Billy
1972, September 28. The Player & The Guest
1973, May 17. The Split
1973, September 13. Three Professional Ladies
1975. The Streetfighter
1977. ‘The Guvnor’
1978, June 29. You Flash Bastard
1979, November 19. The List
1980. March. The Obsession
1981. September 17. Charlie and Joanna
1982, March. Operation Bad Apple
1982, June 28.  Men With the Guns
1983, March. Law and Order.
1983, June. Nation’s Health
1985, April. ‘An Honourable Trade’ (Royal Court Writers)
1986, March 24. Set A Thief
1987, September 28. The Testing Ground
1992, 23 Jan. Trading the Future
1995, September 4. Circle of Poison

About the Author:
G.F. Newman was born in London and is the author of a number of books, mostly about lowlife corruption, social misfits. His reputation for uncovering police wrong-doing started with Sir, You Bastard in 1970, continued with his quartet of films for BBC TV in 1978, Law and Order and was consolidated in 1982 with his stage play at the Royal Court, Operation Bad Apple, which gouged deep cracks in the substructure of the institution of law and order.

In 1982, with 'The Men With the Guns' he turned his attention to a different force and a different cover-up. FBI contacts gave him a foundation of fact as solid as the background to his previous works.

G. F Newman is probably best known for his TV Series Judge John Deed (also producer), 'The Nation's Health' (1983) and the classic 'Law and Order'. He has also written the series 'New Street Law'. He wrote and produced in 1992 'The Healer'; and wrote 'Black & Blue' (1992), 'Nineteen 96' (1989) a.k.a 'Screen One: 1996', 'Here is the News' (1988), 'Number One' (1985), 'Play For Today-Bill' (1979), and 'The Take' (1974-from the novel 'Sir, You Bastard', the first of the Terry Sneed trilogy.

The BBC's 1978 series 'Law and Order' followed the brutal Detective Inspector Pyall (Derek Martin) and drew complaints from both the police and the Prison Officers Association about how the show negatively depicted their professions. The interesting thing is that this TV series may never have come about had he not been rejected by the production team of the police drama Z Cars (BBC, 1962-78) for suggesting that one of Z-Cars' main characters would accept a bribe.

'The Nation's Health' was a four-part series of four 85 minute episodes by Euston Films, produced for Channel 4 by Irvin Teitelbaum and directed by Les Blair, which aimed to highlight the run-down state of the National Health Service.

Likes: 'writing; Errol Flynn; the lovely lady. Dislikes: unreal crime fiction; motor cars; nicotine habits.' [quoted from rear dj flap of You Nice Bastard published by NEL, 1972]

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Newman, G.F. 'The Abduction', published in 1972 by New English Library, 176pp, ISBN 0450015122. Sorry, sold out!! Click image to access prebuilt Amazon search, or try Abebooks listings by clicking link below
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Storyline:The powder-keg of Southern Africa is ready for ignition. Premier Hiller has illegally declared independence and begun hanging black terrorists. There is only one way to prevent a descent into total dictatorship-a kidnapping. In this novel, the author balances personal conscience against political expediency.

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Newman, G. F. 'A Detective's Tale', published in 1978 by Sphere Books in paperback, 174pp, ISBN 0722163495. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon
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Contents/synopsis: A big blag was on the way. Informers fed the news to the CID. The villain setting it up was due for a nicking-well overdue-in fact. And Detective Inspector Fred Pyall of the Flying Squad was going to pull every stroke, straight or bent, that he knew to make sure this particular blagger was bang to rights... .'

Newman, G. F. 'Law and Order', published in 1983 by Book Club Associates in hardcover, 511pp. Condition: Good condition copy with good to very good dustjacket. Internally clean, with some light tanning to internal pages. This edition was published by BCA in 1983. Price: £25.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1983. Book Club Associates
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  • Law & Order[top]
    Published in 1983 in Great Britain by Book Club Associates by arrangement with Granada Publishing Limited in hardback with dustjacket, 511pp
    Jacket photograph by Brent Moore

About the Book: Published in 1983 by Book Club Associates by arrangement with original publishers Granada Publishing Limited, this 511 page book is the first time in hardback and the first time in omnibus that the controversial series by G.F. Newman (writer of the popular TV series Judge John Deed) about crime, detection and punishment is brought together (the books: A Villain's Tale; A Detective's Tale, and A Prisoner's Tale). It was televised and first shown on the BBC, causing a lot of intense media attention and much discussion.

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Newman, G. F. 'The Men with the Guns', published in 1982 by Secker & Warburg, hardcover, ex-library, 244 pages, with dustjacket protected by plastic sleeve. Price: £5.25 (not including post & packing, which for UK customers is Amazon's standard £2.75 charge)
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Storyline: Jimmy Venesco's trade is tracing missing persons-errant husbands, mobile debtors, rich kids with itchy feet. When he flies back into New York from a successful trace, he finds a message for him to call a high-powered lawyer with Mafia connections. When he finds the same insistent messages at his office, in his apartment, on his answering service, it seems a good idea to go and see the man: and to take a gun. The job he's offered is to trace six men who have been missing for eleven years. When Vanesco, using inside contacts, discovers that the FBI files have been removed within the last 72 hours, the dimensions of the contract begin to dawn on him. This is a search that will take him halfway round the globe, and back into the past of the dead, back to one ugly moment that is etched ineradicably in the memory of the world...

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1984, Sphere, pbk

Newman, G. F. 'A Prisoner's Tale' published in 1977 in Great Britain in paperback, 190pp, ISBN 0722163649. Condition: good, but slightly worn on the cover edges with some foxing to internal pages. Price: £33.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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Storyline: There's more to Law and Order than you'll ever read in the papers... Jack Lynn had been well and truly fitted by the filth. And he'd been sentenced to twenty years as a consequence. But Lynn wasn't going to lie still for it. He was going to fight the system every inch of the way, and in every way he knew. Which, in a brutal prison system where lip service is paid to "rehabilitation", but the real name of the game is repression, was a very dangerous strategy. Not that Lynn had much to lose. Or so he thought... 'A Prisoner's Tale' uncompromisingly plunges the reader into the world of the modern prison system for one of the most shocking and eye-opening reading experiences of his life. Here, in the form of a savagely compelling novel of desperate men in a desperate situation is more essential truth about the violent reality of prison existence than could ever be found in a hundred official reports. This outstanding novel concludes G. F. Newman's frighteningly authentic "Law and Order" trilogy with truly stunning force

Characters:
Jack Albert Lynn, 40 years old, prisoner 469777
Inspector Pyall - fitted Jack Lynn up
Justice Quigley - sentenced Lynn
Alex Gladwell - Lynn's solicitor
Trevor Reid - Alex Gladwell's managing clerk
Carol and Sandra (Jack Lynn's children)
Stephen (Steve) Collins (prisoner, major villain)
Micky Dunkerton (prisoner)
Doctor Eynshaw (prison doctor)
Billy Hamilton (prisoner)
Brian Lang (prisoner, trusted with delivering meals)
Mervyn Latimer (prisoner)
Ludlow (prisoner, child murderer)
Bob Mark (prisoner)
Simon Menzies (prisoner, child murderer)
David Morris (prisoner)
Brian Smith (prisoner)
Alan Thompson (prisoner)
Frank Timper (prisoner)
Alec McClean (prison officer)
Archibald Maudling (prison governor)
Robert Carne (chief officer)
Warder Allen
Warder Reg Allison
Warder Oliver Dorman
Warder Evans
Warder Jordan
Warder Joe Marshall
Warder Maitland - charged Lynn for urinating on the doctor's floor amongst other offences
Warder Powell (wing warder)
Warder Gordon Walters
Warder Westbury
Edward Wykes (visiting committee)
Reverend Paul Hardiman (prison chaplain)
Bert Griffi, head of the firm's drug "division"



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Newman, G.F. 'Sir You Bastard', published in 1970 by W.H.Allen, hb, with dustjacket, 288pp, ISBN 0491002548. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this book on Amazon
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Newman, G. F. 'Sir, You Bastard', published in October 1971 in Great Britain by New English Library in paperback, 255pp, ISBN 0450025691. Condition: Fair, acceptable, creases and rubbing to the cover and foxing to internal pages. Wholly intact and readable. Price: £28.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • Terry Sneed 1. Sir, You Bastard [top]
    First published in 1970 in Great Britain by W.H. Allen, hbk, 288pp, ISBN 0491002548
    First published in Great Britain in August 1971 in mass market paperback edition
    Reprinted in August 1971 by NEL, New English Library, in an Open Market Edition 255pp, 0450009084
    Reprinted in October 1971 by NEL, New English Library, in an Open Market Edition 255pp, 0450025691
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Storyline: Conscience, loyalty, integrity and ethics have no place in Detective Inspector Terry Sneed's existence. He is cunning, ruthless, treacherous and ambitious, and knows how to get to the top, even at the expense of his colleagues. At 26, his position in the CID is unprecedented. To him, superiors, acquaintances and felons are all puppets. Find the strings peculiar to them and they are easily manipulated.

Sneed makes one serious misjudgement, however. He offers criminal help for a price, and finds himself up for probable axing. Yet he cannot believe that seven years' work can be undone in 36 hours, and he seeks desperately to rescue himself at whatever cost-even if it means blackmailing his own chief in order to remain in office. This is the basis for one of the most original and exciting police novels

Chapters:
Beginning of the End (Prologue)
1. Two Years a Wolly
2. The Education
3. Detective Constable
4. Higher Education
5. Sneed's Law
6. Detective Sergeant
7. Detective Inspector
8. Thirty-Six Hours
Beginning of the End (Epilogue)
Glossary

Characters (in order of appearance; police, lawyers & judiciary are grouped):
Detective Inspector Sneed
Jennifer Bromley, barrister
Detective Sergeant Smiler Burgessa
DC Croxsham
Inspector Johnny Doleman
DCI Winston Doodie
DS Lenny Feast
DC Forrester
DI Arthur Golding
Don Gordon - started three months before Sneed and applied to the CID (as did Sneed) for the position of temporary detective constable
Sergeant Gower, duty officer
Detective Inspector Barry Heathcott
Paul Hollick, Sneed's neighbour
DS Peter Howard. When Sneed is transferred to Scotland Yard, he works mainly with Howard
Justice Keaton
Superintendent Ladbury
DC Tony Lambert
DI David Loughton
DS Harry Scott
Mr. Justice Stevens
TDC Walker
Sergeant Waugh
Chief Superintendent Ernest Wiseman
Caroline Morton, a hooker Sneed picks up in the King's Road and who takes him to a flat in Godfrey Street
Eugene Osgood - shoplifter (hoister)
Angie Harding - lined up by Lambert for drinks with him and Sneed
Pauline - lined up by Lambert for drinks with him and Sneed
Swarovski, a Polish chap burgled
Mrs. Well, a witness in the same road as the Polish chap who was robbed confirms to Sneed that she saw a window-cleaning van outside Mr. Swarovski's house at the time in question
Leonard Whitmarsh - felon identified as the windowcleaner seen outside Mr. Swarovski's house
Thomas Updale - a bloke in his mid-twenties who Sneed & Gordon fit up for a shop burglary that they had carried out
Michael Day - another youth fitted up by Sneed & Gordon for making off with a shirt box from a shop Sneed & Gordon had broken in to
John Goldby, taxi-driver and felon. Sneed goes to him to get more evidence against Michael Day
Freddy Ryan, arrested trying to break into a new Jaguar XJ6
Jack Manso - known to run everything bent north of the Thames in London
Benny Olmi - Jack Manso's Sicilian nephew
Eddy Roffey-arrested in a pub in Herne Hill - fed to the police by Manso
Mark Christie-arrested in a pub in Herne Hill - Eddy Roffey's confederate
Vittorio Ursini - one of Manso's firm
Peter 'Bomber' Bombley - one of Manso's firm
Alfred Flynn - one of Manso's firm
Umberto Griffi - one of Manso's firm
QC Norman Garmond - one of the top three
James Mayot, arrested in a series of raids in London due to a satchel full of diamonds being stolen from a courier
Trevor Dunkly, second suspect arrested for the diamond snatch
Robin Newnes - arrested red-handed at his Richmond house for being a jewellery fence
Evans, turns up at Sneed's house. He's one of Manso's henchmen
Brian Jordan, a solicitor highly recommended to felons
Stephen Atkinson- pulled a gun on Sneed at a house in Cadogan Square when Sneed raided the premises for heroin
Merrion, fat man who resists arrest during the drugs raid
Morgan, the householder of the house raided
Reginald Veryhard - his house was searched in connection with the drugs raid
Wilfrid Purdy - his house was searched in connection with the drugs raid
Billy Burchett - a young Colombian chemist living in Lower Sloane Street
Kenneth Whiteley, bank manager of the branch containing Doleman's high security deposit boxes
Frank Howe, a kiter
Danny James - attacked a security van
Pauly Neal - suspect for the attack on the security van
Jill Curran- girlfriend of Danny James
Ann Robbins - girlfriend of Pauly Neal
Harry Everet, a.k.a "The Bishop", implicated in the attack on the security van
Vera Feast - wife of DS Lenny Feast
Elizabeth Feast - daughter of Lenny Feast
Jack Woods, officer of the court



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Newman, G.F. 'You Nice Bastard', published by New English Library in 1972, hbk, 352 pages. ISBN 0450011992. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access a prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Newman, G. F. 'Terry Sneed 2: You Nice Bastard', published in 1973 in Great Britain by New English Library, in paperback, 348pp, ISBN 0450025705. Condition: Quite good condition copy with some light foxing to the internal pages (a browning or tanning caused by ageing), and some creasing to the top right corner and long edge of the front cover and to the bottom left corner of the back cover. Price: £29.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1973, NEL, pbk
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Storyline: Jack Manso is the head of the Firm. The Firm is organised crime. He is at the top in Britain and he's got there by threats, treachery, bribes and hideous violence. But, he wants more and so he approaches the New York Family for his final connection.

Nothing matters to him except reaching the top of the heap and staying there. If you cross the Firm you may have your knees shattered by a shot-gun, or your girl-friend might be tortured. If you are lucky, or if Jack gives you another chance, you may just have your face slashed to the bone with a ground-down razor. Jack Manso is not a man to have as an enemy. Many people doubt whether he's even a man to have as a friend. Necessity forces one policeman to stand against Manso. Terry Sneed is the policeman who tries to break the 'Firm'. For Manso, his absolute power is tested-absolutely!

Contents:
Beginning of the End (Prologue)
1. Belated Conscription
2. The Performer
3. Little Firm
4. Short Trip
5. Territories
6. Sicilian Uncles
7. The Firm
8. The Filth
Beginning of the End (Epilogue)
Glossary

Characters (in order of appearance; police, lawyers & judiciary are grouped):
Detective Inspector Terry Sneed
DI Johnny Doleman
DCI Winston Doodie
Ex-DI Barry Heathcott
Roland Kastner, barrister
Justice Keaton - presided over the trial of seven men (four from Charles Collier's gang; three from the firm) for the fray at Stimmirth's. Presides also over Manso's trial after Justice Denduyts of the Queen's Bench Division has a stroke
DI David Loughton
Detective Inspector Bill Trope, West End Central
Detective Chief Superintendent Ernest Wiseman
Jack Antony Manso, crime boss of the firm
Benny Olmi, nephew of Jack Manso (son of his sister Caterina)
Caterina Olmi, Manso's sister
Guido Olmi, husband of Caterina, Manso's sister
Vittorio Orsini - one of Manso's firm
Peter 'Bomber' Bombley - one of Manso's firm
Alfred "Alfie" Flynn - one of Manso's firm
Umberto Griffi - one of Manso's firm
Henry du Rose, a criminal lawyer known to be cunning
Regimental Sergeant Major Carr
Danny Tree, a felon locked up with Jack Manson - invites him to a card game
Regimental Sergeant Major Carr (Military officer in the army prison where Manso was sent for non-attendance of military conscription)
Sergeant Lambert
Ex-corporal Rigby
Briggs
Hermione, prostitute
Edna, prostitute
Janet, prostitute
Rickinno the malt, pub owner and ponce
Al Mark - gangland overlord
Bobby Dale - gangland boss
Frank Cockaigne - bookkeeper
Steenie Coleman - one of Bobby Dale's gang
Ginger Harrison - one of Bobby Dale's gang
Staff Nurse Edwina (Eddy) Stanhope - looks after Manso when he ends up in hospital from Al Mark's men
Norma, Eddy's flatmate
Charlie Pack, one of Manso's men
Mr. Justice Brutton - presides over Manso & Harrison's trial for cutting Al Mark
Rene Mark - witness who testifies as to having seen Manso and Ginger Harrison on the way to cutting Al Mark
Rogers, senior screw on Manso's prison floor (when gaoled for cutting Al Mark)
Morris Jewboy Smickle - lag who is a supporter of Al Mark
Wiggins
Harry Dickson - a screwsman and compulsive gambler
Tasty, a prisoner (lifer) in prison with him
Wild Frankie Phillips - a "nutter on licence". Done a 2 year stretch in Broadmoor
Lenny Fish, pulled out of running a club in Peter Street by Dale so that Manso could take over
Toby Ryan, ex-boxer, brings a message out to Manso from Ginger Harrison (still in prison)
Charlie Collier - South London gangsters
George Collier - South London gangsters
Hobbie Kalman - a long firm specialist and a placer
Peter 'Bomber' Bombley - one of Manso's firm
Freddy Finger - Manso's man in the Collier's gang, South London
Robin Newnes, fencer (buyer of stolen goods)
Tommy Parker - small time crook involved in a £3m blag
Francis Martinus - a placer, rarely at Manso's. Is approached by Tommy Parker. Tips off Manso
Horace Jones, Manso's regular courier
Gerry Werson, one of the other criminals in on the £3m blag
Lord Buckle - taken on an all expenses paid vacation by Benny to help smuggle money out of the country for Manso
Mario de Santis - visitors to Manso from the firm in NY
Giuseppi Moreno - visitors to Manso from the firm in NY
Andy Newman - owner with his brother of a club in the Cromwell Road
Anthony Newman - owner with his brother of a club in the Cromwell Road
Enzo Moreno, one of two Sicilian relations who show up on the death of Benny's father, Guido
Fredo Barasi, one of two Sicilian relations who show up on the death of Benny's father, Guido
Fabio Serraglia, right hand man of "papa", the head of the NY firm
Papa Paulo Serretti
Peter Rosi, an accountant from the firm in NY who joins Manso's firm along with Vittorio Orsini and Umberto Griffi
Jean Bodmin, beautiful staff nurse who Benny brings to the club. Manso finds her irresistible
Al Turner, planted by Manso in the Collier's camp to spy on them
Mark Christie - seen by Al Turner down at the Colliers'. Perpetrator of King's Road bank raid
Eddy Roffey - Perpetrator of King's Road bank raid with Mark Christie
Brian Norville, bank executive who took a monthly drop because of owing money to one of the firm's loansharks
Reginald Veryhard - his house was searched in connection with the drugs raid at Cadogan Sq.
Wilfrid Purdy - his house was searched in connection with the drugs raid
The Monk - pulls off an £18k security van heist
Marco Castel - part of Manso's inner circle; reckoned a good bet for running a ring for the firm in France
Mark Laurence, acting manager of The Seven club, Manso's HQ



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Newman, G. F. 'Terry Sneed 3, The Price', published in 1974 in Great Britain by New English Library, in paperback, 287pp, ISBN 0450025160. Condition: good, but with creases down the spine, on the back bottom left corner and on the right and top right of the front cover. Price: £13.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • Terry Sneed 3. The Price [top]
    First published in 1974 in Great Britain by New English Library in hardback, 288pp, ISBN 0450021114
    Paperback first published in September 1975 by New English Library, 287pp, ISBN 0450025160
    Original price when first published: 60p

Storyline: In this final book of the Terry Sneed trilogy, Detective Inspector Sneed has progressed up the police hierarchy by fair means and foul. He accepts manipulation as a way of life. He takes bribes, beats up suspects and fits up felons and all with that perverse sense of logic which the CID describes as 'the checks and balances'. However, there is one man Sneed has utterly failed to control and he is Peter Rosi, a respected and respectable American accountant who can, perhaps, use the law to even greater advantage than Sneed himself. Sneed must tread with abnormal caution; he is fighting for his very survival

Contents:
Beginning of the End (Prologue)
1. A Nice Show
2. Collection Day
3. Friend in Court
4. The Accountant
5. The Goby
6. Contacts
7. Prospects for the Future
8. Detective Chief Inspector
Beginning of the End (Epilogue)
Glossary

Characters (in order of appearance; police, lawyers & judiciary are grouped):
Detective Inspector Terry Sneed
Jack Manso - villain put away for a minimum of 30 years by Mr. Justice Keaton
Peter Rosi, American accountant, from the firm in NY
Detective Inspector Mason Allen (fraud squad)
Superintendent Barton, interrogates Sneed over charges of illegal wire-tapping
DC (Detective Constable) Peter Bates
Sergeant Bream
Desmond Brutton QC - prosecutor of the New Bond Street jewellery shop raiders
Commander Bunhill
Tony Craze, one of the new TDCs
DCI Winston Doodie
DS Lenny Feast - detective sergeant who worked with Sneed over the charge sheet against Jack Manso
Brian Gillow - Sneed's successor
Detective Inspector Arthur Golding - long standing DI in the office next to Sneed's
DC Gordon - started in the CID with Sneed. Achieved a lot less in his career than Sneed
Detective Inspector Barry Heathcott - the DI that Sneed had taken over from
Nick Henny, American FBI agent of Irish extraction
DCS Jeffrey Hodgson, replacement for Superintendent Wiseman
DC Eric Humberstone
DC Jones - in the van with Sneed when they are waiting for Joe Fiske and Collier Unger
Charlie Love
Jack Lilly, governor down at Hammersmith nick
Ted McManus - maintenance guy at the police station
Syd Melbury, DI at Rotherhithe involved in nicking Billy Hall
DC Richard Pownall, an officer down at Hammersmith nick
DS John Rose, sits in with Sneed on the interrogation of Maurice Wycherley
DC Thomas
Leo Thorpe QC - defence of the New Bond Street jewellery
Inspector Willy Williams, station officer
DS Watson
Sergeant Waugh, 11 years senior to Sneed in age and length of service
DCI Wenlock
Claude Whatham, police officer
Detective Chief Superintendent Ernest Wiseman, head of division
Paul Hollick - dealer in secondhand cars
Pauline Hollick, wife of Paul
Adam Hollick, son of Paul
Britt Hollick, daughter of Paul
Dominic Hollick, son of Paul
Charles Howard, manager of a large jewellers in New Bond Street
Ernie Collier, a grass Sneed keeps
Bernard Hart - one of six felons disturbed robbing a jewellery shop
Harry Linnell - one of six felons disturbed robbing a jewellery shop
Barry - window dresser at the jewellery shop -worked late to act as a lookout
Dougie Cheetham - one of six felons disturbed robbing a jewellery shop
Anthony and Andrew Newman, brothers and villains running a café in Peter Street with late night card games in the flat above the shop
Trevor Metchim - felon; informs Sneed about the forgery of bank notes taking place in the printing works he worked at
Jack Willis, boss of the printing works
American writer, James Laurence. A tip-off is received that Laurence will be receiving a drugs shipment
Juliet Brightmore - lives in the flat below Sneed (he keeps stealing her milk)
Roger Dawes, bank teller in the bank that was robbed
Maureen Roache, witness to the bank heist
Freddy-the-fly Ryan - one of Sneed's grasses
Perry Lewis, flatmate of Roger Dawes
Harold Smythson, blackmailing Perry Lewis and Roger Dawes over their gay relationship
David Morton, magistrate on No. 2 court at Bow Street
Howard Godder, charged with rape
Albert Kurnitz, villain in New York handling the American end of a large share fraud
Irving du Cann, lost a briefcase of fraudulent bearer shares. Sneed raids his house in Kensington. In the raid, more bogus shares are found
Collier Unger - intermediary in London between du Cann and Kurnitz. Connected with the Serretti family in New York
Joe Fiske - intermediary in London between du Cann and Kurnitz. Connected with the Serretti family in New York
Janet Orga, prostitute Sneed visits
Mark Howell, successful felon and draughtsman
Clohessy, associate of Mark Howell
Barry Leggatt - broke into Balfour Mews and beat up an old man
Pete Baez - broke into Balfour Mews and beat up an old man
Maurice Wycherley, arrested by Sneed feeding multiple cards into a cash machine
Billy Hall, lives South of the Thames, deals in cars
Henry du Rose, a criminal lawyer known to be cunning





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Newman, G.F. 'The Split', published in 1973 by New English Library in hardcover, 176pp, ISBN 0450014770, with dustjacket. Condition: very good with very good dj. Has slight rough patch to top of page just inside cover where price sticker has been taken off. Price: £18.75, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers)
1973. N.E.L., hbk
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  • The Split [top]
    First published in 1973 in the UK by New English Library in hardcover with dustjacket, 176pp, ISBN 0450014770

Storyline: A story always a heart-beat away from screaming pitch... A noise she couldn't associate caused her to sit up in her bath listening; it certainly hadn't sounded like a board contracting, more like a wire being snapped. That was it! But it couldn't have been. She dismissed it and stepped from the bath. Movement suddenly caught her eye. The door handle had moved! But when she wrenched the door open, there was no one beyond it, nor a sound in the house. Then she noticed the open bedroom door was open, and had the distinct recollection of shutting it earlier. Cautiously she moved along the landing, noticing how dry her mouth had gone. Pushing the door open further, she held her breath; then moved into the room.

The door closed behind the woman with a soft click, and her heart faltered, then thrashed in earnest, only calming when she noticed the window was open. Curtains stirred. Uncomfortable prickles of sweat broke through her freshly applied talcum powder. Perhaps she hadn't closed the door properly before her bath; draughts could open unfastened doors as easily as close them. She almost convinced herself until she heard that weird chuckling...

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1973, New English Library, hbk

 

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Newman, G.F. 'The Testing Ground', published by Michael Joseph in 1987 in hardback with dustjacket. Condition: Good, with some light tanning to internal pages & a touch of crumpling to dj edges. Price: £7.25, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1987, Michael Joseph, hbk
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  • The Testing Ground [top]
    First published in 1987 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 347pp, ISBN 0718128680. Original UK retail price: £10.95 net

Storyline/synopsis: The time is the recent past, the place - Northern Ireland. Some RUC officers are acquitted on charges of murder of supposed IRA members, amidst allegations of a 'shoot to kill' policy. Sir Norman Hateley, Chief Constable of Northern Ireland, is under pressure to bring in an outside force to investigate. Assistant Commissioner Jack Bentham of the Met is the man for the job - a copper's copper, he can be relied upon to deliver a tidy conclusion. For Jack Bentham, equivocal hero in G. F. Newman's previous highly acclaimed police novel 'Set A Thief', the call comes in the middle of a dense and perplexing enquiry into the alleged rap of a black student in police cells . Setting about his task with professional equanimity, his focus changes when he pays a visit to the family of 17-year old Stephen McFadden, a totally innocent victim of the shootings; and from then on, the search for truth and justice takes on the flavour of a personal crusade. The closer our 'hero' comes to unravelling the sinister complexities of policing methods in the province, the tighter the grip of the strong arm of the Establishment becomes. Bentham is forced to choose between his conscience and professional expediency turning the situation into his own personal testing ground

Newman, G. F. 'Three Professional Ladies', published in 1978 in Great Britain by Sphere Books, 283pp, ISBN 0722163533. Condition: good with some slight wear to the edges (rubbing) and some reading creases to the spine. Price: £32.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1973, Sphere, pbk
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  • Three Professional Ladies [top]
    First published in 1973 in Great Britain by New English Library in hardback, 288pp, ISBN 0450015890
    Paperback first published in 1978 in Great Britain by Sphere Books, 283pp, ISBN 0722163533. In stock - £32.99 + £2.80 p&p. Fair condition. Click ISBN No. to buy via Amazon
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Storyline: Three ladies on the game:
1) Jaset...once she had been at the top of her 'profession'. Now she was ageing, ugly, unwanted - just another broken-down Soho streetwalker
2) Janet...elegant and desirable, she was always in demand with her clients. And she hated all men because of what one had done to her
3) Jane... Her beauty had men queuing at her door. And greed and ambition made her sell her body to the highest bidder

Extract: "The women were very skilful, he shortly realised that. Sex was their thing, and soon they were dictating, dominating completely. They might have had some secret unspoken language, for he found himself being passed forwards and backwards between them as though with some special design. They worked on him, and slowly they destroyed him, causing metabolism to increase through urgency to frenzy. Very soon the scene took on an ambivalent nightmare quality; he was running through two birch-lines it seemed and the further he progressed, the deeper the birches cut into his flesh, but he wouldn't stop and didn't really want to. He was caught up and being drawn further and further forward by the older brass, while the other two professional ladies were now drawing blood from his buttocks and thighs with their teeth, the pain becoming sharper and more delicious, as he was becoming more delirious...

Newman, G.F. 'Trading the Future', published by Macdonald & Co, 1991, hardcover, with dustjacket, 410pp, ISBN 0356200205. Good, clean ex-library condition, with some library stamps. Overall a nice copy. Price:£8.75, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers)
1991, Macdonald
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Storyline: Pat Shapiro was born neither rich, lucky, nor good-looking. But he had been born shrewd and unscrupulous. Shrewd enough to see that the depression in America's grain market could be solved by the failure of the Russian harvest: unscrupulous enough to look for a way to ensure that it happens. And become very, very rich in the process. Three years later on a farm in East Anglia, a young child succumbs to a mysterious viral infection. Distraught at her daughter's sudden death, Grace Chance suspects pesticide poisoning, but all her enquiries meet frustrating brick walls and inconclusive answers. Until she meets Jack Redford, an American plant geneticist at Cambridge, and together they find evidence not only of a banned pesticide, but also of a genetically engineered wheat see that attracts the destructive Take-All virus.

The increasingly violent discouragement Jak and Grace encounter in Britain only compounds their suspicions, and sends them on a hair-raising pursuit of clues to Washington, Mexico and the Mid-West-a chase that becomes flight when murder reaches out to them in a Galveston grain silo. And meanwhile, someone is manipulating wheat futures as the Russian harvest season draws near... .

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1991, Macdonald, hbk


 

 
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