Exiled from his beloved Newcastle sixteen years ago, Detective Sergeant Lee Jamieson is returning home in search of the teenage daughter he’s never met. With a good promotion under his belt and his parents gone, he’s ready to return to his roots and the warm Geordie spirit he has missed so much.
Much to his surprise, his first assignment is in Valley Park, a forgotten sink estate and home to some of the worst social deprivation in the country – the estate where he grew up, and where Nicola Kelly, the wife of a renowned local villain, calls home.
As Lee and Nicola’s lives become entwined through a series of dramatic events, they fall in love and embark on a dangerous affair that will change both of their lives forever. Nicola’s husband, Micky, has few scruples, and, as he feels her slipping away, tightens his grip on her affections.
In order to Lee and Nicola to be together, Micky Kelly has to go.
Frank died on his birthday, leaving behind Lee and his wife Jackie, they in turn lose their home due to the fact Frank had been drinking at work and fell 35 ft to his death as a consequence. They were entitled to no compensation.
20 years later Lee is a beat officer and sees Nicky Kelly in a bar. A fight breaks out and Lee somehow gets involved.
Set in Newcastle The Prodigal sums up life perfectly in the North East. Nicky Black has written an extraordinary novel, raw and full of life.
Living near Newcastle myself, I know of the places mentioned so I could vividly picture the surroundings of this group of characters. The Prodigal is a riveting read. It is a book with guts.
Fights, drugs and organized crime, it’s and horrendous look at life in a big city. The gun game Micky plays with Nicola is scary.
Nicky Black knows how to write good drama.
The Prodigal is fabulously written with a touch of everything, humor, sadness, love and most of all reality.