What do you do when one of your best friends is a psychopath?
Sebastian Rake needs to escape the suburbs. With only bitter memories and an expulsion notice behind him, he’s going to the city to become someone. But to help a vulnerable woman with a secret, he needs a favour — and in London, favours are never free.
A decade later he is someone, with the penthouse, the money and the blow to prove it. A chance meeting with old friends offers a shot at the one person he didn’t know he lacked. Then, as the impossible happens and the stocks start to fall, a buried secret rises from his past to threaten what’s left. How far will Rake go to stay on the up and up?
Up and up is a modern noir set across the teenage and adult years of a working class man who can’t escape his past. A gritty, pacey suspense novel full of the truth of London-native Erik Sturm’s upbringing. If you like Martina Cole or Donna Tartt, you’ll love this.
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About the Author
Erik Sturm grew up in Plumstead, South East London, on what he asserts is the right side of the Thames. He escaped to the City, via University, and was made unemployed in 2008, just as it was the height of fashion. Using his redundancy, he went in search of himself around the far east, but all he discovered about his true self was that he was broke. So, taking employment in first the middle east, then Brazil, he finally washed up in Bristol, UK, where he now works as a computer scientist. He attended a writing group in which a middle-class author from the home counties presented a Disney-Dickenson version of South-East London, distant from anything he recognized. Annoyed by the lack of veracity and with an ear for the poetry of 'chav' English, he was inspired to write 'Up and up', his first novel, a gritty crime-noir set in the London of his upbringing.
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