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Author: Ted Lewis Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781490662398
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GBH, short for Grievous Bodily Harm, is an unnerving tale of paranoia and madness in the heart of the 1970s London criminal underworld. Two intertwining narratives—past and present—chronicle the man’s tragic fall from power. In London Fowler resides at the head of a lucrative criminal syndicate that specializes in the production and distribution of “blue films”—illegal pornography, and some nasty stuff. Fowler is king, with a beautiful girl at his side and a swanky penthouse office atop a high-rise, but his entire world is in jeopardy. Someone is undermining his empire from within, and Fowler becomes increasingly ruthless in his pursuit of the unknown traitor. As his paranoia envelops him, Fowler loses trust in just about everyone, including his closest friends and associates, and begins to rely on the opinions of an increasingly smaller set of advisors. Juxtaposed with the terror and violence of Fowler’s last days in London is the flash-forward narrative of his hideout bunker in a tiny English beach town, where Fowler skulks during the off-season amongst the locals, trying to put together the pieces of his fallen empire. Just as it seems possible for Fowler to reclaim his throne, another trigger threatens to cause his total, irreparable unraveling.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lewis…gives new meaning to suspense with this masterly tale of a man’s downfall and the bloody trail he leaves behind.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lewis is universally recognized as the author of the book on which the classic movie Get Carter was based, but he was more than a one-book author. Seize the opportunity to read this prime example of Brit Grit that present-day practitioners such as J. J. Connelly and Jake Arnott have imitated but never bettered.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[Get Carter] became an influential crime-fiction classic, and deservedly so—but for some fans, his swan song [GBH] was an even bigger literary achievement.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Ted Lewis wrote brilliantly about ruthless men clinging to their humanity with mordant wit and misguided but powerful senses of honor. That these quintessentially British novels are finally available in the US is real cause for celebration.”

    Scott Phillips, New York Times bestselling author of The Ice Harvest, praise for the author

  • “Lewis is major.”

    Max Allan Collins, bestselling author of Road to Perdition, praise for the author

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About the Author

Ted Lewis (1940–1982) spent most of his youth in Barton-upon-Humber in the north of England. After graduating from Hull Art School, Lewis moved to London and first worked in advertising before becoming an animation specialist for several features, including the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. A pioneer of British noir fiction, Lewis authored nine novels, the second of which was adapted in 1971 as the now iconic Get Carter, starring Michael Caine. He wrote two other Jack Carter books as well as six other novels.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle, a seasoned audio narrator, he has been awarded dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, was named a Best Voice in Young Adult Fiction in 2008, and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He was born of Irish parents and raised and educated in England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. He has taught drama at Ross School for the several years.