Paul Malik the handsome Arab, inherited the laundry business from his father who came to live in England in 1948 and started life in Liverpool, He buys his first shop with six old washing machines when he moves to the Arab and Jewish community in Benwell in Newcastle. He notices how the community struggle to wash clothes by hand and sets about opening a laundrette. Des Baldwin, the racial bigot does not like Paul or any other black man or woman for that matter. He works in a garage on waterville road and does fiddle work on the side. There is a knock on his door one evening and a bony faced man in a suit asks if he will repair a friends car. the 1968 Jaguar belongs to Darren Ingles a notorious gangster from the West End of Newcastle. The car has been used in a robbery and has been damaged. Read how Des' gets involved with the mob. The story is set in 1971 and will take you to Manchester, and Tenerife and the Canary islands. This is a story of drug trafficking, Dealing and murder.


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Barry had been for a run and was sitting down to breakfast when the others arrived They all dressed casually in shorts and tee shirts and training shoes.’

“Sorry about the run this morning Barry I was knackered said Mickey.’

“Aye that jet lag had us worn out.’

Well there’ll be no excuses tomorrow will there or you won’t be going out tonight.’

Aye alright they all moaned.’

“What’s for breakfast?

“Full English but you only have half an hour to eat it before Ray comes to pick us up.’

They all went to the buffet and picked up every breakfast item on a plate and some tea then came back.

They all got stuck into their breakfast and never uttered a single word.

By five to nine they were all done. They sat back contented. I could murder a tab right now said Mickey.’

“You gave them up remember said Barry; giving Mickey a look like poison.’

“Aye I know I did but it doesn’t mean that I still fancy a tab does it.’

“Well diven’t let me catch you smoking or you will feel my foot up your arse.’

“We’re not kids yer na Barry.’

“Well you wouldn’t think so; if it weren’t for me lookin’ after you lot God knows where you’d be.’

In Durham nick I expect said Mickey.’

“Just keep your wits about you lads and keep together.’

Watch this Ray Cabrera as well. He’s not all what he’s cracked up to be either.’

“Ever get the feeling that we are being softened up for the kill.’

“I just thought that he was being nice said Brian.’

Nobody does nowt for nowt in this world Brian remember that. There’s no such thing is a free lunch.’

Barry stood up and walked towards the door of the hotel where Ray was waiting.’

“There you are gentlemen your very own transport. Everything is taken care of all you have to do is drive it.’

The car was a Mercedes Benz and had plush leather seats.

“It’s a couple of years old now but you are welcome to it.’

If you would like to follow me I will show you the properties that will be coming on the market very soon.’

Ray got into his Lamborghini and Barry behind the wheel of the Merc’

They followed Ray all the way to Puerto de la Cruz the land surrounding the hotel was being developed with new roads being made. The hotels were high up in the mountains and overlooked the whole of the island. The views were quite spectacular.’

Ray took them inside each one to show them the standard to which these hotels had been built.

There over five hundred rooms in each one, with a large reception area and swimming pool in each. There was a beautifully decorated bar restaurant and Ray said he could supply staff to help run the place.

“What do you get out of all this then Ray asked Barry inquisitively?’

“I get a commission on the sale of the properties of course; I am a business man Barry we are all in the business of making money are we not.’

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