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We cannot only rely on his contemporaries, relatives, friends and enemies for all aspects of his flamboyant life. The narrative reveals some bizarre details about Evan that have thus far not dared be revealed.

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WITH an inherited wealth worth millions at his fingertips, Welsh peer Evan Morgan could indulge in any fantasy he wanted. A new book, released to mark the th birthday of the eccentric Welsh aristocrat, details Evan Morgan's life from his public image as a married millionaire to his secret life of homosexuality. Not Behind Lace Curtains traces Evan's life from to his death from cancer in , his dysfunctional family, his time at Eton College where he left mysteriously "under a cloud", his brief spell in politics and his friendships and extravagant parties at Tredegar House in Newport.

The book looks at how he enjoyed chasing what was described as "rough trade" - meaning dalliances with rent boys while living apart from first wife Lois Sturt which was followed by a failed second marriage to a Russian princess. At a time when homosexuality was illegal and when charges could lead to imprisonment, ruin and shame, author William Cross said Evan had to lead a double life.

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Cross said he wanted to try to find out how Evan got away with it and questions whether he was protected by his royal relations. He draws on the claims made by the late Robin Bryans who at the age of 16 became one of Evan's lovers and Cross says the reader has to make up their own mind about the truth of Bryan's account. The book also examines the peer's unusual relationship with occultist Aleister Crowley, dubbed by the press at the time as "the wickedest man in the world" who built up a reputation as a disciple of the Devil.

But the peer was also a converted Roman Catholic who wanted to be a priest to avoid becoming the next Lord Tredegar and managed to become a Papal Knight in Rome before returning to Britain after his sister's body was found in the River Thames.

It probably also helped British Intelligence to have a 'hold' on people. I think it was the 'acceptance' and the 'coverups' that bothered me most because - if you follow British politics - this is still going on today despite the loud noises.

The abuse of young boys was carried out on an industrial scale - then and now. Maria, I may have misinterpreted your comment. My book has no 'deviancy' at all - more an historical occult thriller. It's not just dark, Linda, it's weirdly unhealthy. I'm just researching to make sure I have my facts right, and using what I can sparingly as seasoning.

My next post is far more wholesome. Record of a baffled spirit. On Sale Now The Gift. On Sale Now Anthony Trollope: Power, Land, and Society - Record of a baffled spirit Loading Now on sale Tales from the Murenger. Cheyney, Behave Peter Cheyney: The Darkness Within Bad Meat. Through the streets of New York to the Bayou of Louisiana Behind Lace Curtains is the story of Jake, a man who feels always a little out of step, a man who always feels like he doesn't exactly belong. He comes home to find his girlfriend Rachael murdered in his apartment, only to find that he is the main murder suspect.

He takes Nikki, their dog, to a hotel and we are treated to flashback of Upper New York, where he became reunited with Rachael after the sudden death of her murder.

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This is where the book really begin to pick up. The action is fast paced in the beginning of the book through flashbacks, and Jake learns that not everything is what it seems. Instead of embracing this fact, he flees to New York to forget, only he cannot.

The book is broken into the three segments, and the first one is interesting, detailed, and catches the reader's interest right away. There are some areas of the first chapter that I almost think could be slowed down, because the action goes so fast, and leaves the reader a little dizzy, but mostly in a good way.


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The second part of the book takes place in Louisiana, with Jake trying to escape the horror of New York and his intuition tells him that Louisiana will allow him to avenge Rachael's death. We are introduced to a lot of new characters in this section. I wanted to enjoy this section as much as the first section, but where I found the first section almost too fast paced, I found the second section too slow, with a lot of details that the reader could have been spared of that would not have detracted from the overall story arc.

The writer paints a beautiful picture of Louisiana, and I am left thinking that she must be native of the area or at least visited quite often. I enjoyed her descriptions of the landscapes are very detailed and does an excellent job making the reader feel like they are actually there.

The third part of the book is where the action picks back up.

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The writer is very adept at writing interesting action packed scenes and I found I flew though the third section of the book, enjoying the ending very very much. Overall, I think that there needs to be a little editing done as I found some errors with quotation marks used incorrectly in the dialogue, but nothing that truly distracts from the overall story. Also, a couple of the metaphors used in the story did not work well for me Lilliputian as a metaphor was used twice, and it is such a unique metaphor to use that once would have sufficed.

Overall, I credit this author for writing a very unique plot line. It is interesting and different and I genuinely liked Jake and most of the characters. I would recommend this book for someone that is looking for something a little different, a little unique, or someone that enjoys reveling in the details.

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