‘Vivid, stylish, funny’ Mick Herron
The first time I met Harold Challenor, he frisked me for weapons –
I was ten years old.
Bent is the explosive story of the rise and fall of SAS commando, and notorious Detective Sergeant, Harold ‘Tanky’ Challenor.
During the Second World War, Challenor was parachuted behind enemy lines into Italy and France, performing remarkable feats of bravery.
In the grimy underbelly of 1960s Soho, he was a ferocious and controversial presence, mediating between factions of club owners and racketeers, and cultivating informers.
But just how far will he go to break the protection gang that has a grip on his manor?
It can be a fine line that divides hero and villain.
Praise for BENT:
'Vivid and visceral' The Times
'Superbly realised ... sparely written, and sharp as a well-cut suit, this is a vivid and atmospheric read' Guardian
'Original' Mail on Sunday
'Sparse, energetic, fragmented prose' The Spectator
'Bent is confident and energetic, the influence of David Peace is evident but Thomas has a strong voice, his own style.' Crime Time
'Brilliant' Jake Arnott
'Wildly stylish and hugely entertaining' Lucy Caldwell
'Vivid, stylish, funny' Mick Herron
'Snappy, thoughtful, moving' John King
'Utterly brilliant' Cathi Unsworth
'Had James Ellroy and David Peace collaborated on a novel, they'd have written something like this' Paul Willets