Trust Nobody

Trust Nobody

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It is 1962 and Daisy Lane--whose husband, Kenny, is in jail for robbery--lives over and runs the family's cafe with Kenny's older brother, Eddie. The Lane brothers were both abused by their father, but Eddie took the brunt of the beatings. He has grown into a handsome, resourceful villain with a streak of viciousness that leads him to commit acts of terrifying violence as he runs his prostitution rings and protection rackets. Yet even Eddie has an Achilles heel: he loves Kenny but he worships his brother's wife, who still resists him. In jail, Kenny is the victim of a sadist. His psyche begins to crack and he takes it out on Daisy when she visits. Inevitably, this drives her toward Eddie's open arms. But when Eddie overreaches and pulls a racket too far, Daisy is suddenly placed in the way of a mobster who is even harder and more territorial than Eddie.

Publisher: 2006
ISBN: 9780752874586
0752874586
Branch Call Number: AF HAMP

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gauchetal
Sep 11, 2015

This book is incorrectly classified as Gay Men - Fiction. Except for a shower rape in prison there are no gay characters with a storyline. Undemanding read with cliche characters. Eddie an unconscionable and opportunistic killer of a woman (during brutal sex) and teenage boy because he might grass him has at the same time unrequited love for the heroine Daisy. When she reciprocates emotionally they are into tender and passionate lovemaking because she chooses to deny what he might be doing when he's "doing business"! Then there is the predictable ending for the sequel to follow which I won't be looking for.

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DeltaQueen50
Jun 13, 2012

Trust Nobody by June Hamson delves into the lives of the wives, girlfriends and prostitutes of the hard men, the street criminals, and scum of the underworld. Set in Portsmouth in the early 1960’s, the story revolves around Daisy Lane whose husband Kenny is serving two years in prison. She is trying to make ends meet by running a back street café, although she is not totally alone. Her brother-in-law, the vicious yet charming Eddy is there, and she has her live in friends, aging prostitute Vera and sixteen year old Suze, who ran away from her rapist step-father and now helps Daisy in the cafe.

While visiting her husband at the prison, she meets Moira, the attractive wife of a high end London criminal, an assistant to the Kray Twins, and they become friends. Moira, a drug addict, is a very needy person and constantly wants Daisy to come up to London and spend time with her. Being this close to the glamorous yet dangerous life she is shown in London has opened doors for Daisy, but at what price?

This book is the first in a trilogy that tells of Daisy’s struggles to escape her life of poverty, crime and violence. The author, June Hamson, knows of what she writes as she was born and raised in Gosport, a very poor area of Portsmouth, and her story of Daisy’s struggle to steer her own destiny is very much her own which accounts for the believability of the story. I personally enjoyed this gritty tale of the 1960’s and plan on continuing on with the trilogy.

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