My Name Is Not Jacob Ramsay. Ben Trebilcook

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Michael Thompson is a counsellor to some of the most disaffected and challenging teenagers in South London, with pupils ranging from gang members, special needs, migrants and refugees from war-torn countries. It is when he is lured by undercover detectives, from a specialist gangland unit, to become a registered informant and spy on his own students, that Michael quickly finds himself in extreme danger and hostile territory. When Michael's father, Edward, a former secret intelligence officer, learns of his son's distress, he sets out to track down Michael with skills he never believed he would have to use

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A Word from the Author: Ben Trebilcook

I was born and raised in London. My mum was a district nurse in Greenwich and dad was a decorated officer in the City of London Police. He'd would show me all walks of life around the East End. Dad's good friend and colleague was - and still is - the father of Matt and Luke Goss, of Bros fame. They're my brothers' age and hailed from Bethnal Green, whilst we spent a considerable amount in Stepney, around twenty minutes or so away, with creepy Whitechapel sandwiched between. From bank robberies, murdered priests, fast-paced car-chases to terrorism, bent coppers, spies, conspiracies and the underworld, I can say I was exposed to it all and more. It's certainly influenced my screenwriting , especially the Die Hard(s) and spy scripts, as well as, of course, two of the novels featured here on the brilliant London Crime site.

'My name is not Jacob Ramsay' was my debut novel and indeed my most personal. Set predominantly in South London during the Arab Spring, it centres around a specialist department of a type of school that I taught at. The students consisted of gang members, refugees, ASD and white working class youths. An interesting place for sure, however there was a lot of heartbreak and tragedy working there at that time, not to mention some hair-raising moments. It's an extremely current and unfortunately relevant read, especially in light of what is happening to young people on our London streets. One reviewer noted: "It's Taken meets Grange Hill! Love it!" My dad said: "This is too close to home."

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