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Settled Out of Court
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £8.00     US price: $14.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 204
ISBN: 0-595-47705-4
Published: Nov-2007

 

Tense, gripping and with a rich seam of black humour, Settled Out Of Court is the latest thriller from Bryan Marlowe—a man with a literary mission of his own.

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Book Description

Rex Baxter, a successful property developer, with a wife who despises him, but tolerates his philandering life-style for her own interests, and a young son who adores him, has a clandestine affair with an au pair staying with the family. While his wife and son are away he plans a weekend of sensual pleasure with the girl. On returning from shopping for their supper he finds her dead in the kitchen. He calls the police, who find all the clues they need to charge him with her rape and murder. He is tried for the offences, found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. Ten years into his sentence he dies.

One man knows Baxter was innocent—the killer. But he will face death himself, before he confesses to the crime. When he does, another man—Baxter’s son, sets out to seek revenge against all those who had any part in sending his father to prison.

About the author

Bryan Marlowe was born in the City of London, 1930. He left school at the age of 14. He had numerous jobs before National Service in the RAF 1948/1950. He rejoined the RAF in 1951and retired in 1971. Marlowe worked for 20 years with a northern police force. On retirement he took up voluntary work with Victim and Witness Support, coordinated neighbourhood watch schemes, and worked as a newspaper columnist. He has travelled extensively through the five continents and lived abroad. He now lives in South East London.  

Review:

Brussels-based freelance journalist Tom Slaughter reviews Settled Out Of Court by Bryan Marlowe.

Considering that he only turned to novels two years ago, Bryan Marlowe proved himself prolific and more than adept at handling a range of genres, from the whimsical nostalgia of Memoirs of an Errant Youth, via the military rough and tumble of Tarnished Heroes, to riveting revenge yarn A Kind of Wild Justice.

 Settled Out Of Court runs along similar lines to …Justice, but Marlowe’s choice of a sociopathic, revenge-driven young man as central character lifts the narrative into the realm of psychological study, as well as being a cracking read.

Dermot Baxter is the man with a plan – his father Rex died in jail after being wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his au pair lover. Still at home but distant from his mother, Baxter embarks on a calculated mission of revenge against all those members of the law and judiciary whom he believes must pay for the injustice. But the law is slowly and surely closing in…

Marlowe’s own police experience (he worked for 20 years with a northern force in the UK) is put to good use here; the dialogue between the ‘coppers on the case’ is believable, even if it occasionally seems forced between Baxter and his mother. By the same token, the writer’s gift for creating enjoyable page-turners has once again been employed – that we are suckered into sympathising for a cold-blooded killer is an impressive turn from Marlowe, and there are more than enough twists and turns, coupled with genuinely suspenseful set-pieces, to keep thriller-hounds happy. Recommended.

 T.S.

   

   

   

   

 

Also by Bryan Marlowe:

Black Hatted Cowboys
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £12.50     US price $14.50
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN-10: 1909304689
ISBN-13: 978-1909304680
Size: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
Published: Nov 2012

The building and repair work carried out by dangerously incompetent and unscrupulous builders, often known as “cowboys,” is widely reported in newspapers and investigations into their nefarious activities make popular and thought-provoking television documentaries. This publicity helps to warn the unwary of the misery, unjustifiable costs and even death that can result by employing unskilled building workers to carry out improvements and, often-unnecessary, repairs to their homes. The cowboy builder will always ask for “cash-up-front” before he starts to work. Later, he will ask for more cash, because he “underestimated the work and material needed to finish the job”. If the householder is unable or unwilling to part with more money, the cowboy will leave the property in such a state that it is an unsafe dwelling. This is the story of two men who take deadly retributive action against cowboy builders.


Recalled to Arms
by Bryan Marlowe 
 

UK price:  £6.99     US price: $9.79
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Pages: 258
ISBN-10: 1908026421
ISBN-13: 978-1908026422
Published: Feb 2012

Readers of Leaving Mercy to Heaven, which introduced Eli (Mac) Murray, an embittered ex-SAS captain and Sarah Shahar, an Israeli Army captain, who joined forces to fight a fanatical terrorist group, in North Africa and the Middle East, might be interested to learn that they are bent on action again.. They are now married, but find they cannot settle down to a humdrum life and are ready and eager to answer a call to arms. This time they are engaged by a powerful British media magnate to take on the task of rescuing his son (a foreign correspondent) and his daughter-in-law, who have been arrested and imprisoned by the Syrian Secret Security Service. Their mission takes them, incognito, to turbulent Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad's tyrannical government is engaged in brutally subduing the dissident populace, who are demonstrating and dying in their attempt to overthrow him and replace his government. As you might expect, the action is very strong, with Mac and Sarah giving covert, but no holds barred, support to the rebels in exchange for their help in freeing the newspaperman and his wife.


Memoirs of an Errant Youth
by Bryan Marlowe           

UK price: £7.38       US price: $12.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 164
ISBN: 0-595-38830-2
Published: Feb-2006

Memoirs of an Errant Youth—a tongue in cheek account of the author’s early years of employment in wartime Britain and the immediate post-war period of austerity.


Tarnished Heroes       
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £8.38     US price: $15.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 228
ISBN: 0-595-40750-1
Published: Aug-2006

It's the cold war in the Far East and a chain of deadly circumstances forces two former world war heroes to form an alliance to save those they love in a final desperate act of heroism and redemption.


As Long as There's Tomorrow...
By Bryan Marlowe       
 

UK price: £11.77     US price: $21.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 5 x 8
Pages: 394
ISBN: 0-595-39621-6
Published: May-2006

A romantic saga dedicated to those who have lost the love of their life and live in hope of one day regaining it.


Leaving Mercy to Heaven 
by Bryan Marlowe 

UK price: £7.99     US price: $10.85
Format: Paperback
Size: 5 x 8
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0956051967
Published: Feb-2009
Published by
SPIDERWIZE

Leaving Mercy to Heaven is a bang-up-to-date, dramatic action-packed tale of revenge, intrigue, betrayal, and romance, involving terrorism, modern Casablanca, and the Israeli Secret Service


Unfriendly Fire
by Bryan Marlowe 
 

UK price: £6.99       US price: $9.79
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Pages: 254
ISBN: 978-1908026187
Published: July 2011

Jack Drake is highly disciplined, skilled in all aspects of his job and courageous; an ideal career soldier who is well regarded by his superiors and singled out for early promotion. But there is a dark side to Drake's character

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