© 2019 by Douglas Thompson. 

Selected Works

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The Dark Heart of Hollywood: The sinister true story of the Mafia in Hollywood. Crammed with legends, myths, murders, madness, mayhem, superstar tantrums, super-sexed-starlets, power brokers and politics, it is an ambitious account of Hollywood’s hidden history, from the rogue cops who took on the Mob on the streets of Los Angeles to the stars who became stars because their Godfathers said they should.

The Dark Heart of Hollywood is at present being developed as a television series.

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Clint Eastwood
The Definitive Biography
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The Hustlers is ‘a riotous journey back into the heady days of 50s and 60s London. With a cast of characters ranging from safecracker Eddie Chapman to the reckless Earl of Derby, from croupier Louis the Rat to Lord Lucan, it vividly recreates the exploits of the gamblers and gangsters whose lives collide in the clubs and pubs of Mayfair. ‘  ‘Intriguing.. [a] a Hogarthian tableau of a generation gone by,’

—Ray Connolly, the Daily Mail.

The Hustlers is at present being developed as a television series.

Secrets and Lies: The Trials of Christine Keeler:

‘A sultry brunette with wistful eyes and stunning legs, who raised the temperature . . . that icon of the ditzy Sixties’ – Sunday Telegraph 

 

Christine Keeler died in December 2017, aged seventy-five. Her death made it possible to reissue her story in 2019 with new material she did not wish published in her lifetime making it the definitive account of both her life and the so-called ‘Profumo Affair’. It voices her thoughts on the deaths of Mandy Rice-Davis and of ‘Lucky’ Gordon, the man who terrorised and haunted her.  BBC One’s six-part TV drama, The Trial of Christine Keeler, stars Sophie Cookson who narrates the audio [CD and stream] version of Secrets and Lies.

Clint Eastwood: Douglas Thompson first met Clint Eastwood on a Pan-Am flight from London to Los Angeles in 1974 and has interviewed the legendary star countless times over the years.  His first book on the star, Clint Eastwood- Sexual Cowboy was published in 1992. The book has been updated several times, Eastwood’s fame never diminishing, with his latest film, Richard Jewell, released [ December 13, 2019] in time for the 2020 Oscar season. 

Shadowland is a revelatory and dramatic true-life thriller spanning much of the twentieth century, a page-turning chronicle of an elaborate Mafia plan to ‘invade’ Europe using 1960s London as a bridgehead.

The capital city of the Swinging Sixties was also the  world of gambling, guns and gangsters. Several veterans of the era were astonished to survive and felt protected enough –  now that most of the killers are themselves dead – to reveal the taboo details and secrets of one of history’s greatest criminal conspiracies, and reveal how and why world champion boxer Freddie Mills really died.

Shadowland is at present being developed as a television series.

 

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