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One Man Down

Alex Pearl

The tale of a stumped policeman, a third man, and a well-placed shot. It's 1984. Princess Diana has just given birth to her second child. The legendary comic Tommy Cooper has died on stage (quite literally). And Angus Lovejoy and Brian Finkle are gloriously oblivious to it all as they strive to enthral the nation with their television commercials for the advertising agency Gordon Deedes Rutter. But all is not as rosy as it might seem in the frenetic world of Soho. Following a disastrous presentation to a manufacturer of diarrhoea tablets, Lovejoy and Finkle let off steam by playing cricket for an old school friend - but in doing so, stumble upon a nest of vipers involving a gay vicar, a small-time antique fraudster, a photographer, and blackmail. There can only be one outcome and it's going to entail murder.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Roundfire Books
  • Publish Date: Mar 1st, 2025
  • Pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781803417172
  • Categories: Humorous - GeneralMystery & Detective - GeneralCrime

About the Author

Alex is a retired advertising copywriter and has written four novels, compiled a compendium of 100 author interviews, and contributed a short story to a published anthology. He lives in London, UK.

Praise for this book

In One Man Down, Alex Pearl delivers another hilarious and compelling mystery set in the world of a London advertising agency. As Angus Lovejoy and Brian Finkle strive to create the perfect television commercial, they find themselves embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse. With witty dialogue, unexpected twists, and a nod to the iconic figures of the 1980s, including comedian Julian Clary, this book is a must-read for fans of classic murder mysteries. Your only regret reading it will be that it's over too soon.--Drema Drudge, author of Victorine and Southern-Fried Woolf
Pearl has written a very funny and compelling page-turner. 11 out of 10!--Jeremy Dein, K. C. and presenter of the BBC's award-winning series Murder, Mystery and My Family
Alex Pearl breaks all the rules of fashionable modern fiction -- meaning that his stories are compelling, his characters are plausible and live in a recognisable world, and his writing is clear, vivid and entertaining.--Jonathan Margolis, columnist and author
In One Man Down, Alex Pearl's biting satire on 80s individualism, London's adland is as much a character as Morse's Oxford. Run on two parts alcohol and one part cynicism, the sybaritic excesses of old Soho's creatives are the perfect accompaniment to this feast of theft, blackmail and murder.--Pete Langman, author of Killing Beauties, Slender Threads, Black Box, and The Country House Cricketer
A 1980s gem sizzling with witty dialogue and the mysterious murders of an advertising executive and a fraudster to boot. Alex Pearl writes from his personal experience of having worked in 'the glory days of British advertising.' Its tongue-in-cheek anecdotes and unashamed name-dropping of celebs like Julian Clary, had me laughing out loud. This is well written, entertaining, and different from the usual murder mystery.--M. J. Mallon, author of the Curse Of Time series: Bloodstone and Golden Healer