by Peter Harrison
Ebook ONLY £0.77
He was the biggest star on television. From a small, walk-on part in Emmerdale, the charismatic Levi James soon headlines Eastenders as bad boy Wayne Gibson. Some years later the ex-amateur boxer is lured to I.T.V. where his portrayal of Lothario Jake Thackeray adds a million viewers to the ailing Coronation Street. It couldn’t last. Fame and fortune were James’s Achilles Heel. Months into his new contract, Levi James is unceremoniously dismissed from the Soap. Drunken brawls, missed rehearsals and a particularly ugly altercation with the director puts an end to James’s budding career.
Unemployed and desperate for employment, Levi starts work for an old acquaintance that helped secure his acting debut. Alex Monroe, ex-Emmerdale stalwart Martin Chopra (the loveable buffoon Mutton Chops) now a successful night club owner and loan shark, hires Levi James as a bouncer and unofficial collector. Life is anything but rosy for the fallen star.
Then old friend, Eric Nelson, contacts him. Eric’s father, the millionaire owner of Nelson Builders, has suddenly died. By chance, Eric has found a batch of obscene photographs in his late father’s possession, including one of Levi’s step-daughter Grace Lochrane. The prints are ancient, taken when the child was pre-school. Twenty four hours later Eric Nelson is found hanging from a rope, a typed suicide note close by. Still reeling from the news of his friend’s demise Levi is told by his ex-wife that sixteen year old Grace has vanished.
The death of his friend and the sudden disappearance of his step-daughter shock the ex-actor into action. Knowing the two are linked Levi James takes his finger off the self-destruct button and starts the search for Grace. Despite being assaulted and his apartment ransacked Levi is determined to uncover the truth about his missing stepdaughter.
Mayhem and murder follow the ex-soap star as he faces the biggest battle of his life.