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Faithless Street- The Old Gold Prequel [Kindle Edition]

Jay Stringer
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Faithless Street is a collection of four short stories that set the scene for the novel Old Gold. Each story is set in the Black Country, in the English Midlands, and shows glimpses of peoples lives as they try to make ends meet amidst gang life, drugs deals and Gypsy camp evictions.

Please note that all four of these stores are also collected in The Goldfish Heist And Other Stories, Jay Stringer's newest anthology.

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About the Author

A Black Country native, Jay Stringer was raised on pulp fiction, comic books, morgue humor, music, and films. He found inspiration for Old Gold in his UK homeland and the postindustrial region where he grew up. Currently living in Glasgow, he has been published in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, volumes 8 and 9, and considers his works to be pieces of “social pulp.” Alongside writing, Stringer has been a zookeeper, a bookseller, a video editor, and a call center lackey. Old Gold is his first novel.

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A Note From Jay Stringer

Some people hate their home town, some love it. One way or another we’re all formed by it, and wherever I go, I’m taking the English Midlands with me. It’s like letting the world in on a secret.

It has a population the same size as Scotland, but it doesn’t have a devolved government of its own. It has a strong identity, but also gets buried amidst the media’s attempts to make everywhere into London.

In the Midlands factories got closed. Mines got filled. Generations lost their jobs and their futures. What happens when industry collapses in an industrial region?

Many say there isn’t a gun culture in Britain. If you’ve lived in this area with your eyes open, you’ve seen things that the national press just doesn’t want to cover. There’s been an ongoing gang war in Birmingham for over 20 years. A real war with a real body count. And it's getting worse; where once it was a few gangs fighting to control the drug trade and nightclubs, now it's any number of young men with guns, fighting over streets and post codes.

But you wouldn’t know any of this by picking up any of the nation’s newspapers. There’s nothing in anyone’s interest to report on people dying in the midlands. They’re the wrong class, the wrong colour and have the wrong accent.

The IRA had a strong presence in the area during ‘the troubles,’ but what happened after that? More than once I’ve been in an Irish pub when the man came collecting for ‘the cause.’ The whole world knows the story of how freedom fighters became terrorists, but does anyone want to hear the next chapter?

How about the Asian gangs who grew up in the eighties to defend their communities? Twenty years later they were sitting on top of drug empires and causing trouble for a fresh wave of immigrants. How did that happen? More stories; the pub bombings of the seventies, the race riots of the 80′s, the persecution of the Roma.

I want to write about a place that matters to me and to hopefully make you laugh, make you reel and make you think- after I’ve entertained you. Faithless Street and Old Gold are my attempts at a first person detective story of sorts. Pulp fiction, first and foremost, but they will sneak in some social fiction if you look the other way. It tells of a half-gypsy gangland detective. If you’re a businessman looking to find a statue of a falcon or a family looking for a missing toddler, you need not apply to Eoin Miller. If you’re a drug lord looking for a missing stash, or an illegal immigrant looking to stop a rapist, then he might be the man for you. He is very happy ignoring the world, his friends and his family. He’s doing a very nice job of learning to bury his conscience. He will take your money and find something you’ve lost, and then he will walk away.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stringerville (24 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EXKZ7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,272 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jay Stringer was born in Walsall, West Midlands, in 1980. He would like everyone to know he's not dead yet. He's worked as a zoo keeper, a bookseller, a video editor and a call centre lackey.

His work is a mixture of crime, mystery and social fiction, and Jay coined the term "social pulp" to describe the mix. He likes to write about the difference between the 'haves' and the 'have nots,' and to show that violence and crime are sharp and brutal acts that are done for a reason, and by those who have reason to do them.

His first novel,Old Gold, is due from Thomas & Mercer in July 2012, and he blogs every thursday at DoSomeDamage.Com. You can also catch him at Twitter under his own name.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful read to an extent 23 Feb. 2014
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On the back of Jay's novels about a Midlands, specifically Wolverhampton, ex cop and the interesting characters - criminals - he gets involved with, I bought this prequel. Actually it's not so much a prequel but more of an in-depth look at the background of the main characters. I'm not sure that it was an essential purchase; it's the sort of thing a writer might keep as background notes for his or her novels and then tidied up a bit for publication. It is not absolutely necessary that you read this before, or after, you've read the complete stories. Regardless, if you enjoyed Jay's books then this might be worth downloading to your Kindle, just for interest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not that good, but passed the time. 2 April 2013
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I didn't really enjoy this book of short stories. I'd read "Old Gold" before reading this and I don't think I'd missed anything by not reading this first.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little read 13 Jan. 2013
By Vikkie
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There were some bad reviews about this book, but they couldn't have read the description as it was what it said. If you come from Walsall which I do I suppose you can relate to some of the areas mentioned. Took me about an hour to complete I enjoyed each little story, easy read. Worth it as an in between book read, if that makes sense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant story 2 Oct. 2012
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Having read 'Old Gold' and thoroughly enjoyed it, I've not been disappointed by this prequel. I'm also ordered his next book and await that eagerly. Well written, well constructed, a solid story line, full of tension; a ripping yarn indeed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Older Gold 20 Aug. 2012
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Don't understand the two 1* reviews. If you like Old Gold then this is £0.77 well spent. Four short stories expanding on some of the characters and themes in Old Gold. The story 'Fathers Day' is excellent.
Looking forward to reading more by Jay Stringer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prequel 19 Oct. 2012
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Didn't know about this prequel until I had finished " Old Gold " but it was a big help in understanding the main characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for Jay Stringer fans 24 Jan. 2015
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This is just a few background tales to 'Old Gold' and 'Runaway Town'. Its OK if you are a Jay Stringer fan (which I am).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 4 July 2013
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Justa a short prequel, but well woth the effort to set the scene for what looks like becoming a nice little series.
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