The Black Mile : Soho Noir

  • by Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by Brian J. Gill
  • Series: Soho Noir
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

London, 1940: The Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for 57 nights. Houses, shops, and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: The Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned, and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work.
Henry Irving is a disgraced reporter on a Fleet Street scandal rag. Genius detective sergeant Charlie Murphy is a fresh face in the Metropolitan police, hunting corrupt colleagues but blinkered by ambition and jealousy. His brother, detective inspector Frank Murphy, searches frantically for his runaway daughter, terrified that she will be the killer's next victim.
As the Ripper stalks the terrified streets, the three men discover that his handiwork is not quite what it seems. Conspirators are afoot, taking advantage of the chaos to settle old scores. The murders invade the lives of the victims and victimizers on both sides of the law, as everyone is sucked deeper and deeper into Soho's black heart.
Based on a little-known true story, The Black Mile is a roller-coaster ride of an audiobook.

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What the Critics Say

"A talent to be watched." (Birmingham Post)
"This is far and above the best small/independently published novel I have ever had the pleasure of reading." (The Kindle Book Review)

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Customer Reviews

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Better than the rest!

Would you listen to The Black Mile again? Why?

Yes, It is an enthralling story. To get a deeper involvement with he story


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Mile?

Being at the murder scenes


Which character – as performed by Brian J. Gill – was your favourite?

Charlie Murphy


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

London before the Krays was more deadly


Any additional comments?

The idea base of this story is very good and well written, you feel you are in those dangerous times.
Mark Dawson writes well and this book is no exception, the reader will be captivated by the storyline and
empathise with certain characters while recoiling in horror from others.
I found the story fascinating, the fact it is based on a true story is amazing, and, adds to the gritty realism of those dark days.
Thoroughly recommended reading, a far better writer than certain thriller writers who are household names.

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- Benjibutton

The first Mark Dawson flop for me

I've loved Mark Dawson's other works, but I'm giving up on this one half way through.

The main reason is Brian Gill's narration, which is close to the worst torture of spoken English since Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins. His mispronouncing of simple words and misreading of phrases has made it unbearable to continue.

The story also seems to have historical inaccuracies, such as the use of plastic sheets and bags to wrap bodies in a story set in WWII London.

Very sorry to have to be so critical, but I'm going to be much more cautious picking new series from old favourites in future.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2014
  • Publisher: Mark J Dawson