About the author:

Paul Hughes says he “was born a long time ago” in Fauldhouse, then a small mining village within West Lothian, in bony Scotland.

Paul now lives in Northampton on a golf course and holidays abroad in Asia and Europe every year - “usually writing my books and having a good time during the dreary cold UK winter months.”

He says, “My roots will always be in Scotland, but I have loved to see the world in all its glory, although sometimes there is always the other side i.e., the lowest form of human behaviour.”

In the 1960's, long before he became an author,Paul Hughes was in Scotland with a couple of former Scottish school mates (Jimmy Young and John Carty),part-time promoting 'Record Hop's. - For the uninitiated, 'Record Hops' were the forerunners of the far more successful'Disco's.'

Later, Paul while still part-time in Scotland, went solo and started to promote 'Dancing,' and 'Concerts' throughout Scotland.

Among many legends Paul presented was, 'The Spencer Davis Group, featuring Steve Winwood, on the night they hit number one in the UK'Keep on Running.'After the gig, Paul had a row with Steve who was angry that Paul had charged10 shillings entry fee (50 Pence in today's money!). –This even though, Paul had bookedin support, two of Scotland's top groups, 'The Golden Crusaders' and 'The Premiers' who featured his brother,Harry Hughes on drums. In addition, the gig was in Airdrie Town Hall, at the time one of the most expensive venues to hire in Scotland.

Then there was the hell raising group Irish group 'Them,' who were high in the pop charts and once featured, the soon to be legendary,Van Morrison. Anyway, during their performance their Scottish agent arrived and asked to be paid their fee. As Paul had a contract with the agent he duly paid. After, the finish, Paul and the staff went off home. Later 'Them,' who shall we say were 'the worse for wear,'chased after Paul to his mining village and there were reports of guns being fired in the streets of the village.

Paul had also been a roadie with 'The Premiers,' who split up in 1965, and from the remnants the group formed a new group that they named, '1-2-3,' Paul's brother Harry was on drums, Ian Ellis was on Bass and vocals, and Billy Ritchie was on piano/organ/harmony vocals.

In a giant step into the unknown, the '1-2-3,' group decided to give up their jobs and lives in Scotlandand headed for 'swinging' London. '1-2-3' invited Paul to become their roadie again and he come with them, but only because Paul had to rescue them from a rather difficult situationwith the Carlisle policein the northof England and,at the time,he was the sole driver! It was also a giant leap for Paul who left his engineering job, and the life he had built, but decided he too needed a fresh challenge.

In the beginning in London, for the groupthere was the usual stories of starvation, sleeping in vans,and going to the local swimming baths to get a shower!

Then, John Gee, the world-famous manager of 'The Marquee,' at that time one of the great venues for groups in the world, 'discovered' 1-2-3, and immediately offered them a residency in 'The Marquee.' John Gee, who 'discovered' so many of the 'greats' in UK groups is on record stating that, 1-2-3 were probably one of the greatestgroups he ever 'discovered.'

Within a few weeks of arriving in London, '1-2-3'were signed by none other than Brian Epstein, the world-famous manager of 'The Beatles.' Other world-famous groups in NEMS at the time were: 'The Bee Gees,''Cream,''Gerry and The Pacemakers,' and the solo star, Cilla Black. – Guess who did not make it?

Shortly after joining NEMS, '1-2-3' supported and met another world-famous superstar, Jimi Hendrix in London's Savile theatre. Everybody that was anybody in the world of the1960's groups were there that night, from 'The Beatles' downwards.

A few weeks later, in London's Speakeasy club,'1-2-3' had the supreme honour of a jam session with Jimi Hendrix on guitar, and the legendary Eric Burden, of 'The Animals' fame on vocals.

During '1-2-3's' first few weeks of their residency in 'The Marquee' club' a young man sat in awe in front of the stage. He helped the group in and out of 'The Marquee' with their equipment, setting it up and afterwards packing it away. – This was of course in part to ensure he got in for free, but he turned out to be a life-long fan! – That young man was none other than a young David Bowie, who of course also went on to become a world-wide superstar!

Some of 1-2-3 played on David's first demo records, not long before his first world-wide hit. In all of David Bowie's autobiographies there is a chapter devoted to '1-2-3.'

'1-2-3' became known as one of the world-wide leaders in the 'Progressive Rock' movement, but never had that necessary hit record.

The group then signed up to, at the time,a little-known Chrysalis Records label. They changed their name to 'Clouds' and went on to release four albums and to tour the world playing at some of the world's top venues including, The Filmore's East and West, The Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall, Reading Festival and of course 'The Marquee.' Still that final step to world-wide stardom eluded them.

John Gee later became the manager, of one of Harry Hughes later groups named 'Mahatma Kane Jeeves.' Paul worked as the group's agent in the opposite desk to John Gee first in Radio Luxemburg offices, and then in 'The Marquee' offices.

From the remains of 'Mahatma Kane Jeeves.' Harry formed another group 'Caledonia,' Paul's own favourite of all Harry's groups, and Paul loved their album, 'Get the show on the road,' which is well worth digging out for a listen, with some great tracks!

When Paul finished with the groups, he went on to become the Editor of a small Scottish entertainment newspaper 'Nightlife', and there were interviews with some of the top names in showbusiness, including one with the windswept and very interesting Billy Connolly, just as his first album, all about 'The Big Yin,' broke into an unsuspecting world and a few weeks later came world-wide stardom via the famous Parkinson interview! Not to mention, among many other big 'names,' 'Status Que.'

Paul used many of his experiences in the 60's and early 70's groups, also in theUKEngineering and Defence industries, plus friends who worked in New Scotland Yard, as background in his four New Scotland Yard crime thriller fictional novels, including 'Chasing Dark Shadows' set in 1967. - From the 60's 'swinging' London, with the psychedelic drugs and all the depravity etc that drugs caused. To the 'No Mean' city streets of Glasgow in 1967 as the tore the heart out of DI Devlin's home town, where he finds murder and the emergence of the new IRA among his family members.

The two main characters in hisseries of novels,set in the 1960's are,New Scotland Yard detectives - the now DCI Andy Spearing, an old-style policeman, originally from Yorkshire, and the now DI Kevin Devlin, a Glaswegian, who in 1967, was one of the newly NSY recruited 'trained brains' i.e., a University Graduate in Criminology and Psychology.

Although the stories are hard-hitting,sometimes dealing with the lowest forms of human behaviour, from mass-murders to drug taking, rapes of both boys and girls, terrorism etc., still many of the reviewers agreethat the stories are always laced with humour.

Although allthe characters are fictional, many of the events actually happened, some may be exaggerated to enhance thestorylines.

To buy 'Chasing Dark Shadows' click on theselinks;
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Paul has collaborated with two friendsfrom the 1960's/1970's groups, 'Shammy' Lafferty and George Nash and produced two digital recordings (Featuring Shammy) titled, 'Changing Times.' And 'Looking Back.' –The words in both tracks reflect the feelings of people, but especially group members in the 1960's, but the music is very much 2020's. The tracks are available from most digital platforms including, Spotify, ITunes, Amazon Music etc – just search for 'Shammy Lafferty.'

A shortened sample version of the two songs, plus a short video are available on YouTube by clicking this link; https://youtu.be/pcpZApnnXlQ

‘A clever person solves a problem,
A wise person avoids it.’
SYPNOSIS

It was late August in 1967, and ‘swinging’ London was at the height of the pendulum.

New Scotland Yard detectives DCI Andy Spearing and DI Kevin Devlin were about to be thrown into another turmoil of horrific scenes across the UK.

From,the psychedelic drugs, and cheap booze-fuelled, streets of ‘swinging’ London in 1967, which so often led to widespread depravity, extortion, murder, or corruption at all levels of society. In addition, a deluded MI5 Vigilante group were still carrying out murders across the UK.  DI Kevin Devlin stumbles across vital evidence as to the identity of some of the leaders of the MI5 Vigilante group and finds a way to prosecute them.

For the first time we learn the sad story of London East End boxer Roy Tyler, who once fought for the world boxing championship in New York’s world-famous Maddison Square Gardens

To,up north, into the uncompromising blues of the ‘no mean’ city streets of Glasgow in 1967, as ‘they’ tore the heart out of DI Kevin Devlin’s old hometown. Just like the Scottish Highland clearances all over again, ‘they’ summarily displaced the city people, and separated families out to the backwoods in the Scottish countryside, or to concrete jungles on the outskirts of the city.

Among many other things up north, Kevin also uncovers dark secrets within his own family, during the demolition of the Gorbals.

Then, within his own family, Kevin uncoversthe ‘new’ Irish troubles starting to emerge in Glasgow during 1967.

This was the ‘real’ hard world in the 1960’s. It was nothing like the ‘All you need is Love’ world, as seen through the rose-coloured spectacles of ‘The Hippies’ and ‘The Flower People.’

Not to mention, the wars, including The Cold War, Vietnam, and the open killing of anti-war protestors in the USA. Then there was the Civil Rights movement, the Ku Klux Klan murdering innocent coloured people, and the assassination of Presidents, Politicians, plus civil rights people like Martin Luther King.

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E Books or Paperbacksfor Media, Reviewersetc are available free from,[email protected].

The two main characters in this series of novels, set in the 1960’s are, New Scotland Yard detectives - DCI Andy Spearing, an old-style policeman, originally from Yorkshire, and DI Kevin Devlin, who in 1967, was one of the newly NSY recruited ‘trained brains’ i.e. a University Graduate in Criminology and Psychology.

Although the stories are hard-hitting, dealing with the lowest forms of human behaviour, from mass-murders to drug taking, rapes of both boys and girls, terrorism etc., still many of the reviewers agree that the stories are always laced with humour.

Although all the characters are fictional, many of the events actually happened, some may be exaggerated to enhance the storylines.

Previous Reviews of books in the series:

“Rich details and abundant humour shine through Hughes depiction of the London Met Police Service in the 1960’s.” - Kirkus Review

“Superb read - could not put it down.”- Amazon Customer

 “Great read from beginning to end - Paul Hughes is an author to keep an eye on.” - Amazon Reader

“A fast-paced read that I didn’t want to put down.” - M. Gonzales (Goodreads USA Review)

In order to promote the book in parallel with music, Paul has collaborated with two friends from the 1960’s/1970’s groups, ‘Shammy’ Lafferty (Formerly guitarist/vocalist with ‘ThePremiers’ and George Nash(Formerly pianist with ‘Mahatma Kane Jeeves’) – see ‘About the Author’ and produced two digital recordings (Featuring Shammy) titled, ‘Changing Times.’ And ‘Looking Back.’ – The words in both tracks reflect the feelings of people, but especially group members in the 1960’s, but the music is very much 2020’s. The tracks are available from most digital platforms including, Spotify, I Tunes, Amazon Music etc – just search for ‘Shammy Lafferty.’

A shortened version of the digital recordings with a short video is available on YouTube click on this link;

These Digital recordings may be of interest to Radio and TV shows, in parallel with interviews about the book.– Contact [email protected] for Master Recordings.

‘A clever person solves a problem, A wise person avoids it.’

1st PRESS RELEASE REVIEW:

‘Chasing Dark Shadows’: Immersive New Novel Delivers Gritty Realities of Being a Detective in the ‘Swinging’ Sixties.

Mixing fiction with many of his own life experiences, Paul Hughes strips the Sixties of its ‘all you need is love’ idylls and shares the story of two New Scotland Yard detectives. With the turmoil of depravity, murder, corruption, and horrific scenes making up their everyday working lives, ‘Chasing Dark Shadows’ highlights the realities of London and Glasgow in August 1967.

DCI Spearing & DI Devlin series by Paul Hughes;

Book 1‘Beginning to End.’*

Book 2‘Running Amok.’ *

Book 3‘Revenge is Mine.’ *

Book 4– ‘Chasing Dark Shadows.’ OUT NOW

*= Books 1-3 are currently in Archive for revisions to Formatting etc

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