Jimmy's Game (Ruthless)

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JIMMY’S GAME

 

The
‘Ruthless’ Series

Book One

 

 

By

Karen Clow

 

 

KINDLE EDITION

This novel is a work of fiction. Names and characters are the product of the author’s imagination and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.

 

This work is registered with the UK Copyright Service
Registration number: 281544

 

Jimmy’s Game

Copyright © 2012
by Karen Clow

All Rights Reserved

 

Published By:

Karen Clow

 

Adult Reading Material

 

Find the author on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/karenclowbooks

or visit the authors’ website:

www.karenclow.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

All my life I’ve been passionate about writing, even as a child. Little did I know then I would have to wait until I was fifty to fulfil my dream and actually publish my novels.

 

My family have always been of paramount importance to me, so it seemed natural to put my life as a would-be writer on hold, until my children were settled and happy. There never seemed to be enough hours in the day, especially when my girls were growing up. I’ve always worked jobs that fitted in with my family, as I’m a great believer in what you put into family life is what you’ll get back. In my case it’s worked and I have a wonderful relationship with my girls and my beautiful grandchildren. I’ve loved every job I’ve had, but none more so than being a mum, which is why for thirteen years I became a foster mum for teenagers. My house was always full of kids and I loved every minute of it! Time was the only thing I could never control and between fostering, raising thousands of pounds locally for worthy causes and rescuing guinea pigs, I never seemed to have any left for me!

 

It was after having nursed both my wonderful, loving, parents through cancer until their deaths, I decided it was time to treat myself to some ‘me time’ and try my hand as a proper writer and not just as a hobbyist. Although the theory was good, putting it into practice was another matter. Often I would write during the night hours so as not to upset my family’s routine, old habits die hard.

 

It was only after asking several people to read my books, I felt confident enough to try and secure an agent, but I quickly realised I probably stood more chance of becoming the next Prime Minister than actually getting signed up! So after months of trying I said to myself, ‘hang on a minute! Agents are not God, just one person who gets to choose one book from thousands and who’s to say they’re right?’ Everyone loved my books and constantly said I should publish. So with the help of my lovely ‘little’ Ian (A young man who we all consider family) we looked at e-books.

 

I don’t know if my books will be successful, but for me it has never been about fame or fortune. I’ve never had either and you don’t miss what you’ve never had. It’s the thrill of finally being able to give people the chance to read them.

 

I have written several novels in different genres which I’m told is quite unusual. Truth is all of my writing comes from the heart and from some of life’s experiences. One question I’m always asked is where my story lines come from. My answer is simple, like most of my friends I attended the school of hard knocks, but I feel truly blessed to have a large extended family and to have met so many people from so many walks of life, some good, some bad and some decidedly dodgy, but never dull. Without any doubt they have helped to inspire some of my characters, but for the story lines, my colourful imagination has come into play.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

To my many friends who encouraged me not to give up, my heartfelt thanks to them. They know who they are. My lovely friends on Facebook who have read, commented and shared my book snippets, you inspire me!

 

I also want to thank some very special people who without their help and belief in me, my lifelong dream would never have come true.

 

My wonderful family,
Pete,
Michelle, Melissa, and Ruth
for their love, patience and understanding.

 

Ian Paton
, my very own earth angel, wonderful friend, critic and inspiration. I would be lost without his support.
Sue Fairman
, who for over thirty years has been my confidant, loyal, reliable, honest friend, a lady I hold very close to my heart.

 

Helen
, who is not only my sister-in-law, but my dear friend. Her addiction to my books encouraged me to write more in the series.
Jan Norse
, my lifelong friend, whose knowledge and friendship started me on this amazing journey; she also has a special place in my heart.

 

Shelly Grant
, my nutty friend who has put up with my constant moaning whilst preparing my books for publishing and whose encouragement and laughter has meant so much.
Pam
, my dear friend who came to my rescue in the eleventh hour and did a fantastic job.

 

Last but not least my dog,
Fat Freddy
, my loyal, faithful boy who kept me company through all those long lonely night hours when I was writing.

IN MEMORY

 

Mum and Dad with love xx

 

Roger Hopper with love xx

 

****

 

This book is dedicated with love to Ronnie and Kate, who in the early stages sat through listening to me reading this book every Wednesday. Special thanks to Kate for reading the dirty bits
, when I was too embarrassed!

 

****

 

For all the women who cry in silence and live in fear of violent, jealous, controlling men.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

IN MEMORY

 

CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

CHAPTER 14

CHAPTER 15

CHAPTER 16

CHAPTER 17

CHAPTER 18

CHAPTER 19

CHAPTER 20

CHAPTER 21

CHAPTER 22

CHAPTER 23

CHAPTER 24

CHAPTER 25

CHAPTER 26

CHAPTER 27

CHAPTER 28

CHAPTER 29

CHAPTER 30

CHAPTER 31

CHAPTER 32

CHAPTER 33

CHAPTER 34

CHAPTER 35

CHAPTER 36

CHAPTER 37

CHAPTER 38

CHAPTER 39

CHAPTER 40

CHAPTER 41

CHAPTER 42

CHAPTER 43

CHAPTER 44

CHAPTER 45

CHAPTER 46

CHAPTER 47

CHAPTER 48

CHAPTER 49

CHAPTER 50

CHAPTER 51

CHAPTER 52

CHAPTER 53

CHAPTER 54

CHAPTER 1

 

Like a caged animal Jimmy Dixon paced up and down his lounge floor, glancing at his watch every few minutes, patience wasn’t his strong point and what little he had was beginning to run out. From the window of his luxury apartment he looked out over the river Thames before scanning the streets below. His hope was to see Shaun Flanagan’s car; but it was Saturday and as always the streets outside were a hive of activity. For a few minutes he watched the people go about their business, instantly picking out the day trippers at a glance.
Whilst looking along the endless stream of traffic for Shaun’s car, the reality of what he’d done the previous night at the poker game began to sink in. Nick Orphanides wasn’t someone to mess with, Jimmy knew that from past experience, but it was too late to take back what had happened, what was done was done. His thoughts were simple, he hoped Nick would accept that he’d lost the bet and keep to his end of the deal, had the bet been for money, things would be different, but the prize had been the girl and Jimmy knew better than anyone that Nick would be reluctant to give her up, especially to him. The arrangement had been Nick’s bodyguard, Shaun Flanagan, would deliver her to Jimmy’s apartment later that morning. Nervously he tried not to think negatively as he watched and waited, but he had already decided that if she wasn’t there by eleven he would go and get her, regardless of the consequences.

It was just past ten thirty when the intercom buzzed. Although he had anticipated this moment all night, now it was here he could feel his stomach churning and his palms sweating. In his mind he tried to convince himself that he’d only made the bet to free her from Nick and that she could simply leave if she wanted to, but in truth he knew he wanted her, every Friday night at the poker game he had thought about having her. When she leaned over him to fill his glass, he had wanted to reach out and touch her as the smell of her perfume aroused him. Since the first time he laid eyes on her he wanted her. On rare occasions his dark side would surface, when he lay in bed after the game thinking of her, if he had her, would he want to keep her prisoner as Nick did
, knowing only him, never allowing anyone to get close to her? Then he’d remember his mother and the prisoner she became through fear and violence. There were times alone in the darkness when he thought he heard his mother’s voice say, ‘Don’t be like your dad Jimmy, be better than that.’

Answering the intercom he immediately noticed the Irishman sounded less calm than usual as he said; “Quick Jimmy let me in!” Hearing panic in his voice Jimmy pressed the entry button and waited at the door for the lift to arrive. Moments later he was looking across the hall at them, but he had not expected the sight which now confronted him. Of course he knew there would be consequences over the previous night, but not like this. Shaun stood in front of him cradling the girl in his arms; she was barely conscious and covered in blood. “Oh my God!” exclaimed Jimmy, “What the fuck happened?” “Nick that’s what happened,” replied Shaun as he carried her into the apartment and gently laid her on the sofa. “Did anyone see you?” asked Jimmy. “No, I was careful.” “Should I phone an ambulance or a doctor?” “Nah best not, just get me a bowl of warm water and a towel.”

Returning a few minutes later, he passed Shaun the items he’d requested. Standing over her, he watched as the big bruiser gently bathed her cuts and swollen face. Briefly glancing at Jimmy he said, “Got any ice?” Jimmy nodded. “Bring me some in a cloth,” he instructed. Returning quickly with the ice, Jimmy continued to watch as Shaun tended her. In all the years he’d known Shaun Flanagan, he never realised he had such a compassionate side, well known for being a hard man, always ready to beat someone to a pulp if Nick ordered him to.

“There, now leave her to sleep Jimmy and pour me a drink,” said Shaun. The two men sat down. Jimmy looked at him and said, “Why did that bastard do this Shaun?” “That’s simple, you’ve got her and he wants her back, if I hadn’t turned up when I did he would have killed her for sure.” “I’ll fucking kill him; he’s not getting away with it! This wasn’t the deal!” “Just leave it Jimmy, there’s been enough blood spilt for one day, just let things calm down and take my advice, keep out of his way he’s dangerous.” With a mix of curiosity and mistrust, Jimmy said, “Why are you helping me Shaun? We all know your loyalty is to Nick.” “Aye you’re right, but not this time, you see I love the wee lass.” Noticing Jimmy looked shocked by his remark, Shaun quickly added, “Don’t look at me like that; I love her like a father.” “Really,” he replied with a tone of disbelief. “Aye really, it’s like this Jimmy, every Sunday for the past two years she has attended church with me and the family. It was the only time she was allowed out; even then I had to ensure that she spoke to no one. It was hard convincing Nick to let her come with us; I had to call in a couple of favours.” “I never knew that.” “Aye, she was such a young wee scrap of a girl back then. I knew what was going on but there was nothing I could do, believe me if I didn’t have my family to think of it would have been different, but Nick’s an evil bastard, I couldn’t take the chance. We both know what he’s capable of.” “He’s a fucking psycho!” “Aye you’re right, that’s why I’ve looked out for her. I asked her once if she wanted me to drive her to the train station, I offered her money, said I’d tell him she’d run away, but she refused. I’ve asked her several times over the years, but she always said no.” “Why?” “Because she knew he’d find her and kill the pair of us.” “She was probably right, will you be ok now?” “Aye for sure, with any luck he‘ll have calmed down by the time I get back and believe me he will listen to reason once I make him see sense. You know as well as I do, the last thing he’ll want is a war, especially with you.” Despite what he’d just said Shaun knew there would be repercussions over what had happened, he’d worked for Nick long enough to be certain this wouldn’t be an end to the matter. Looking at Jimmy he could see the burning hatred in his eyes, he had that certain look about him which told Shaun he wouldn’t back down, not even from Nick. Jimmy had grown up tough on the streets of London, into organised crime at seventeen, now nearer forty than thirty and a real hard man, his whole demeanour shouted; ‘don’t mess with me or you’ll be sorry.’ Around five foot eleven, with short cropped fair hair, well built with a muscular physique. A faded scar above his left eyebrow, which was not as a result of fighting, but a souvenir of a merciless beating he had taken from his abusive father when he was just seven. Tattoos across his arms and chest all but hid other reminders of his violent past.

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