Poignant and incredibly powerful,
Ness not only entertains but leaves
us deep in thought.
This darkly humorous thriller is based on real events, including the 'accidental ' deaths of twenty two UK scientists all working on US missile systems.
Morgan, a drinking, smoking, womaniser, is drawn to the iconic music of the seventies - Dylan, Carole King, Neil Young, Led Zep - but when he acquires a rejected demo tape by a bluesy pianist, his friends start to meet with bizarre, ' Accidental ' deaths. It eventually dawns that HE is the target . Running to the Californian desert, picking up the inevitable girl en-route, he has no idea that he has stumbled. literally, upon the biggest conspiracy the Intelligence Services have tried to hide since The Wall came down. An imminent Nuclear Armageddon.
Other writers labour long and hard to achieve the fevered intrigue that comes so naturally to David Lake and there’s no mistaking that his novel Tears Of Glass is one of a kind. A story of fascinating scope and suspense it’s rich in the kind of piquant detail that will stand up well to the repeat readings it will undoubtedly receive and in no small measure because of its trove of musical milestones. Much reference will be made to Bafta winning songwriter Paul Millns tracks but what really sets Lakes dark and humorous thriller apart is his ability to tell a grounded story that focuses on his characters. There are no wasted prose, no limp plot threads nor does he deliver shock solely for its own sake and on this level he proves highly adept at controlling the attention of his readers. More, despite being based on real events, the line between reality and fiction is blurred from a panoramic perspective which gives his plot a wholly original and above all authentic feel.
An exceptional novel that entertains on
multiple levels, Tears Of Glass is a must read for the year ahead and is recommended without reservation.
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David Lake is a pen-name. He was born in Wales and lives near London with his family, but has spent time in the States and Europe.
Lake’s incarnations include Scientific Research and the Record Industry.
He was the Marketing Manager for Virgin Records in the 70’s as well as running his own label. He was responsible for persuading the C of E to allow the first [and last!] rock group to perform in their Cathedrals [Coventry, Liverpool and York Minster]. He promoted these Tangerine Dream concerts and BBC2 broadcasted Tony Palmer’s film of the Coventry Cathedral concert. He also promoted Vangelis at the Albert Hall.
Lake also owned and managed a number of ‘ Rock’ clubs in the 70’s.