By Linda Regan
Guts for Garters is the 1st in an explosive new sequence that includes the Alley Cats and DI Georgia Johnson as they fight to make lives for themselves on London’s meanest streets.
Life’s challenging starting to be up at the Aviary property in South London. Alysha and her friends have survived being abused via those that must have been there for them, their lives ruined via the crime and deprivation round them.
Now they’re taking the property again – taking regulate in order that little ones can develop up secure with genuine clients in life.
So whilst the rival South London Rulers gang commence encroaching on their territory, Alysha and her Alley Cats determined to coach them a lesson.
The very last thing they count on is to discover one in all their competitors murdered on their patch. the very last thing they wish is for the police to begin sniffing round. yet DI Georgia Johnson and her group wish solutions. Johnson trusts Alysha – yet will she nonetheless belief her whilst she realises her prized informant is prime her personal gang? whilst one other physique is located – a teenage woman this time – Alysha comes to a decision to border the evil chief of the South London Rulers, Harisha Celik, for the homicide … yet Celik has a couple of nasty surprises of his personal in shop for the Alley Cats girls.
'One of the simplest up and coming writers'
—Peter Guttridge, The Observer
‘Linda Regan indicates enviable keep an eye on over her characters’
‘Readable and believable.’
—Jim Kennedy, Encore
‘Linda Regan definitely is aware the right way to convey characters to life.’
—Award-winning screenwriter Jimmy Perry OBE
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She reached her hand throughout to Alison, who used to be nonetheless suffering from the bottle. ‘Do you will have aid with that prime? ’ she acknowledged taking it and commencing to loosen it. ‘I left college a 12 months early, to get paintings, yet Zana stayed on. ’ She published the cap and passed it again to Alison. Alison used to be thankful. The odor of the toffee syrup used to be creating a merry-go-round spin in her abdominal, and she or he used to be praying she wouldn’t vomit and express herself up over again. ‘Go on,’ she instructed Melek. ‘Zana desired to take her assessments and feature a occupation, very opposed to her mom and dad’ needs, i might upload. They sought after her to paintings in that bloody horrid dry cleaners of theirs, marry a pleasant Muslim boy. ’ ‘So they’re very strict? ’ Melek nodded. ‘They used to ship Wajdi to stick to us once we went out. ’ She hesitated. ‘He’s a pig. He beats her if he catches her with me, or no longer donning her hijab. She’s got … she had,’ she took a breath, ‘beautiful hair. ’ Melek shook her head and raised her thick eyebrows as she bit into her lip to forestall herself crying. ‘They resent me simply because I don’t have a role, and that i put on makeup and feature a boyfriend. ’ ‘Do you recognize her brother good? ’ ‘Well sufficient to understand he was once bully, and she or he used to be terrified of him. ’ Alison positioned the water at the plastic desk. ‘Have you witnessed him hurting her? ’ ‘Yes. yet I regularly idea it was once just …’ She stopped conversing and checked out Alison. ‘I shouldn’t be doing this. ’ ‘What? ’ ‘Talking to you. ’ ‘Why? ’ ‘It won’t carry her again, will it, and it could get me into severe difficulty. ’ ‘With who? ’ ‘Harisha, who do you think that? ’ ‘Do you need to support us locate Zana’s killer? ’ ‘Yes, greatly. ’ ‘I have to increase an image of Zana’s existence, and you may support me. ’ ‘We frolicked much jointly, Wajdi us, we used to stay clear of him once we may well. i believe he basically did it as the mom and dad advised him to. ’ ‘You say Zana had a boyfriend? ’ Melek regarded anxious. ‘Yes. She had a couple of. i believe she beloved Burak most sensible. ’ ‘Burak Kaya? ’ She nodded. ‘Yes. ’ ‘Did her relations comprehend this? ’ back Melek appeared fearful. ‘Please Melek, for Zana, solution my questions. You acknowledged you will want us to trap Zana’s killer? ‘ Melek acknowledged not anything. ‘She died a really painful loss of life. If it used to be my good friend, i might are looking to support. ’ ‘Look, I do. i actually do, yet, it’s very advanced. ’ ‘Because of Harisha Celik? ’ ‘Yes. ’ ‘But he isn’t the following. nobody understands you're right here. So consult me. ’ ‘I might have been undefined. ’ She stood up. ‘And if he hears that I talked to you, he’ll be offended. He’s very possessive. yet, convinced, i would like to assist Zana. ’ ‘OK. Then I’ll force you to the station, in my motor vehicle. you could check with me, and one other detective, in deepest. ’ Melek checked out Alison, yet acknowledged not anything. Alison stood up. ‘Come on. Let’s get out of right here. ’ Melek seemed round her, then she stood up. She regarded round back, then Alison. after they received into the road she saved taking a look round. ‘This is simply a standard motor vehicle, no longer a police car,’ Alison instructed her. ‘No one will query you being in it. ’ She opened the passenger door and Melek received in. 8 Harisha Celik sat in Interview Room C.