The author Mike Phillips will be present and reading from Rimaru – Butcher of Bucharest and from his novel A Shadow of Myself, which also has its focus in the recent history of Eastern Europe. He will also explore the background to his recent work and its connections with his own previous literary history.
For this event, books will be available at a special price.
RIMARU – BUTCHER OF BUCHAREST by Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru
In September 1971 Ion Rimaru stood trial for the murder of several women. The indictment accused him of committing 23 very serious offences over a period of one year from May 1970 to May 1971: murders committed in extremely aggravated circumstances, with cruelty, with premeditation, with bestiality and sadism in four cases; attempted murders in six cases; rapes and attempted rapes; theft from the public and private property.
Rimaru – Butcher of Bucharest is a factual account of the crimes committed by Ion Rimaru, their social environment, their impact on the culture of their times, and their lingering legacy in the present day. Popular myth, for instance, enshrines the legend that Rimaru had the qualities of a vampire – a hypnotic attraction for young women – the source of his ability to evade capture.
The authors, Mike Phillips and Stejarel Olaru, have had unprecedented access to police and secret police records, including the testimonies of the killer and his family. They also conducted interviews with various protagonists, and researched the surviving mountain of statements.
The social context, however, and what it tells us about Romanian society at the time and in the present day makes this a remarkable, uneasy and illuminating story.
• Paperback (Profusion, May 2012), 181 pages, Language: English, ISBN-13: 978-0956867636. RRP £7.99
• Kindle Edition (Apr 2012), Language: English, ASIN: B007XJ6RRG. List price: £3.08
Available in paperback from Profusion.org.uk, Amazon.co.uk, and Waterstones.com. Also available as a Kindle e-book.
A SHADOW OF MYSELF by Mike Phillips
Both thriller and love story, A Shadow of Myself is set against the backdrop of post-Cold War Europe, exploring the impact of the Third World on its future. Gripping and moving, it follows its characters from the fifties to the present day, as they move between the clashing ideologies of East and West.
• Paperback (HarperCollins, May 2001), 400 pages, Language: English, ISBN-13: 978-0006511977
Available in paperback from Amazon.co.uk.
MIKE PHILLIPS is the author of a series of crime novels featuring black journalist Sam Dean: Blood Rights (1989), The Late Candidate (1990), Point of Darkness (1994), and An Image to Die For (1995). He received the Silver Dagger award of the Crime Writers’ Association in 1990. He also wrote The Dancing Face (1997), and Fast Road to Nowhere (1994, as Joe Canzius). A Shadow of Myself (2000) is about a black documentary filmmaker working in Prague and a man who claims to be his brother. The Name You Once Gave Me (2006) was written as part of a government backed literacy campaign. Mike Phillips also co-wrote Windrush: The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain (1998) to accompany a BBC television series telling the story of the Caribbean migrant workers who settled in post-war Britain. London Crossings: A Biography of Black Britain (2001) is a series of interlinked essays and stories, a portrait of the city seen from locations as diverse as New York and Nairobi, London and Lodz, Washington and Warsaw.
Read full biography on http://bit.ly/QEFzEc. For author’s page on Amazon see http://amzn.to/QkxqFi.
Rimaru – Butcher of Bucharest is part of the Profusion Crime Series edited by Profusion Publishers.
The Profusion books make up a coherent map of the politics, the culture and the social issues within one of the most complex, inaccessible societies on the European continent, and they represent a new and thrilling intervention in the arena of crime and crime fiction, within a market which has shown itself ready and eager to accommodate fresh thinking and new points of view.
All books in the Profusion Crime Series are available in paperback from our own Profusion bookshop on www.profusion.org.uk, as well as from Amazon.co.uk and Waterstones.com. The Profusion Crime Series is also published as Amazon Kindle e-books.
Profusion Publishers – An Independent British Publishing House, based in London.
Contact: Ramona Mitrica, firstname.lastname@example.org