Parkersburg High School graduate writes book about London underworld
PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg High School graduate with family ties to the underworld in London has written a book about it.
Scott Clark writing as S. Clark Kray wrote about his grandfather, Alfred Kray, in “Alfie Kray — The Asset,” a fictionalized account from the real-life experiences at Esmeralda’s Barn, a club in London where the fasionable elite, politicians, celebrities, criminals and spies hang out. The nightclub was owned by the notorius Kray twins, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, and Clark said his grandfather managed the place for his nephews.
“The Krays in England were the same as Al Capone over here,” he said.
Ronnie and Reggie Kray were gangsters in London. They acquired Esmeralda’s Barn by dubius means in the early 1960s and the establishment became a front for their criminal activities.
Clark said he took the experiences of his grandfather mixed them with tales of international espionage and intrigue for the basis of the book.
In the book, Kray, who sells and trades gold, precious stones and jewelry while managing the nightclub, is recruited by MI5, England’s secret intelligence agency. MI5 believes the Soviet KGB has infiltrated the Freemasons, the world’s most powerful secret society.
“In the book I made him an international jewel thief,” Clark said.
“Alfie Kray — The Asset” is Clark’s first book. The book, released in mid-May, was written with Dean Rinaldi, a ghostwriter, Clark said.
Three books in the series are planned, Clark said. He is well into writing the second installment, which will be set in Los Angeles and will be released in the first quarter of 2021.
Clark is a 1975 graduate of Parkersburg High School and the son of the late Donald and Rita Clark. His father worked at Borg-Warner and his mother was from London.
Clark, who served in the U.S. Air Force, is a retired technical trainer who was based in Chicago. He lives in Tampa, Fla., but lived for a while in Parkersburg where he cooked crepes at the Unity Cafe.
“I was known as the crepes chef,” he said.
“Alfie Kray — The Asset” is available on amazon.com, lulu.com and and his website sclarkkray.com. Kindle and Nook versions of the 282-page book also are available.
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