This is a tale of two cities.
Darkness and light. Sinners and angels.
In the daylight, London sparkles, beckoning tourists, optimists and dreamers from across the globe. The sunlit city weaves together the lives of repentant crime-lords, altruistic nightclub bouncers and resolute detectives.
In the darkness, London festers, drools, tempts and corrupts. It is a world where the desperate are lured, the weak are exploited, and good men wrap themselves in the blanket of criminal rewards. In the seething streets, the hissing underground stations and lost subterranean rivers, the metropolitan dreams of ethical hackers, desperate criminals and traumatized Tube-drivers unfold.
Maria, a vulnerable twelve-year-old from Kerala, India, has travelled half the world in search of her past and hopes for the future. Within hours, violent chaos engulfs her. Maria is tracked, hunted and pursued - she can rescue the city, but first she must save herself.
Mark A. King has cooked for royalty, played football for the England manager, been in the close presence of a saint, and been held at gunpoint.
All this was a long time ago, and now he enjoys worlds and characters far more bizarre, outlandish and alien - for these are the joys of writing and reading flash fiction.
He's proud to be one of the founders of the FlashDogs movement.
His first novel, Metropolitan Dreams, was released early 2017 and he's in the process of imagineering the sequel.
He lives in Norfolk, UK, hiding from the psychotic calls of geese.