Biting Back David Jones

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Biting Back  by  David Jones

Biting Back by David Jones
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Corruption stalks the land like a plague. Fuelled by boundless greed- it ruins lives, preying on the unsuspecting and the unprotected. This scenario could refer to many of the republics in deepest Africa – but David Jones sets his novel in modern-dayMoreCorruption stalks the land like a plague. Fuelled by boundless greed- it ruins lives, preying on the unsuspecting and the unprotected.

This scenario could refer to many of the republics in deepest Africa – but David Jones sets his novel in modern-day Spain.In ‘Biting Back’, Jones uses black humour and satire to examine the darker side of life on the Costas. Corruption lies at the heart of the society he depicts – a get-rich-quick culture based on backhanders which allows illegal building to flourish.Jones serves up a fast-moving plot, with several good chortles thrown in. As a journalist who has worked for the Costa Blanca News for more than seven years, he will undoubtedly have reported on hundreds of cases like the ones he explores in his book, although he chooses to set his story in a fictional town on a fictional Costa.The story revolves around a main protagonist, George Grogan.

He’s an early retiree who ends up on Spain’s up-and-coming ‘Costa Salada’. A former Spanish teacher, Grogan is offered employment at Blancanueva town hall. He thinks he’s been hired to serve the growing expat population, but unbeknown to him his real job is to hoodwink the Brits into voting for the out-of-favour ruling party in the upcoming local elections.Corrupt mayor Ricardo Perez needs one more term in office to reap the benefits of the deal of the century. A Russian investor wants to build a huge golf resort, and millions of euros in backhanders are on offer. Grogan is sucked into the jet-set/mafia lifestyle enjoyed by the town hall cronies.

As he is introduced to cocaine and prostitutes he starts to lose his perspective.Grogan’s home is on a housing complex which has been built illegally and is facing demolition. The town hall could help out, but they want the land for a golf course.Grogan has fallen for Natalia – one of a troupe of girls enticed over from Russia with promises of jobs in hotels, only to be forced to work as sex slaves.

They are controlled by a gang with close links to the town hall and Grogan needs to stay close to the mayor in order to gain her freedom.While the retired British expats are putting up barricades to keep the bulldozers from their homes, mayor Perez and cunning town hall lawyer Gregorio Martinez, are trying to rush through their golden development scheme.Just when it seems Grogan has done enough to win Natalia’s freedom, everything starts to go wrong. He ends up on the run with Natalia, accused of a crime he didn’t commit, while his neighbours are involved in a pitched battle with police as they try to save their homes.



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