Steven P Jenkins was born in an inner city, grew up on a deprived housing estate but paradoxically attended an Independent School, where he was encouraged to write. The headmaster of Hydesville Tower School, Col. William Flood, a unique and eccentric retired soldier, mercenary and academic, encouraged Steven to join the British Army but to also use his brains. After leaving the Army, Steven became a Paramedic, going on to lecture at University and is currently a Practitioner in the NHS. He lives in Shropshire which he describes as his adoptive county. The Nobody Man is Steven’s first book written for a publishing house. His first self published novelette/long story, Troy’s Story, the memoirs of a border collie, is available on Amazon
The Nobody Man
Dan is a 50 year old ex-soldier and recently retired Paramedic. He suffers personal tragedy when his wife is run down and killed by hoodlums on a stolen motorcycle. Further tragedy pushes him over the edge when his Father is robbed by the same gang and dies soon after.
Dan is also suffering health problems and he knows that time is running out, but he pledges to call these lawless thugs to account for their transgressions. He starts on a vigilante course of action, but is soon plagued by his own conscience and morality.
This is a dark story, bringing into focus the lawlessness in some parts of England in the 21st century. Moral, ethical and common sense compete with Dan’s natural anger, frustration and desire for revenge. Criminals are younger and fuelled not by need for profit, but by a lack of control, limitless cruelty, violence and a desire to be notorious on social media.
As the story unfolds, the lawlessness and problems of policing inner city areas when all of the law seems to favour the criminal, bring events to a terrible and chaotic ending. Does good always triumph over evil? Does crime pay? And when will the powers-that-be wake up and acknowledge the everyday struggle to survive that people in their so-called civilised society face on a daily basis? How can these young criminals be punished or rehabilitated when they truly have nothing to lose?