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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“These hotels are going to be a gold mine a few years from now Gentlemen. They are five star accommodations.’

“Let’s cut the crap Ray and tell us how much they are going for.’

They are presently on the market for £750.000 each.’

“Your kidding me right said Barry; I spoke with the manager of the Med’ where we are staying and that hotel went for £200.000. There are just short of five hundred rooms there.’

“How many years ago was that Barry?’

“Five years ago.’

“Well said Ray nervously prices have changed an awful lot.’

“Not that much; you see we may look stupid but I assure you that we are not. I did some checking on my own you see Ray and apparently those hotels are only going for just under £300.000 each so where did you come up with that figure that you quoted us.’

“Well that’s one hell of a commission that isn’t it said Mickey Costello.’

“I could maybe have another talk with the owners and see if I can get them to lower the price for you. ‘

“There’s no need Ray; or should I call you Juan.’

“You see lads Ray, Aka Juan Garcia Behar here is a sleeping partner in the sale of these hotels. I know all about you Mr Behar I had a friendly chat you see with Romero Rodriguez another man you embezzled money out of. You did some bird for fraud didn’t you and were lucky to get off on a murder charge as well. That was ten years ago and you did three of a five year term.’ “All that money you had salted away was all waiting for you when you got out wasn’t it.’ No wonders you managed to buy the casino and invest in the hotels where you hoped to make a killing so to speak.’

“Were you planning on screwing us the way you have screwed many others Mr Behar.’

“Bastard said Mickey and was about to punch the Spaniard in the mouth but Barry stopped him.

“Well thank you for the sight seeing tour but unfortunately we won’t be taking you up on your offer. I hope that you understand. You can keep your hotels we won’t be investing.’

“I will leave the car outside the hotel when we get back no doubt you will have someone collect it.’

Barry walked to the car with the others and got in and drove down the hill and back the way they had come.’

“That slimy piece of shit said Rob; good job you did some checking isn’t it.’

“Like I said we have to stick together.’

They drove back but stopped off at Dave Cox’s place.’

“Hi Lads, how did you property sight seeing tour go?’

Can we have a private word Dave asked Barry?’

“Yes come into my office.’

No sooner had Dave Cox opened the door to his office when Barry lifted the one legged man off his foot and threw him into the corner of the room as if he was just throwing a stick for a dog.

Dave bounced off the wall and landed in a heap on the floor.’

How much are you into him for Barry said between gritted teeth?’

“I don’t know what you mean.’

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