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Published: September 2010
ISBN: 1901746666 - 9781901746662


This shocking debut novel from award-winning journalist Paul Kennedy tells the twisted tales of three lives a million miles apart as they come crashing together with disastrous consequences.

Away on business, Dirk McVee is the self proclaimed "Carpet King of Texas" - but work is the last thing on his mind as he prowls Liverpool's underbelly to quench his thirst for sexual kicks.

Teenager Jade Thompson is far too trusting for her own good. In search of a guiding light and influential figure, she slips away from her loving family and into a life where no one emerges unscathed.

And John Jones Junior is the small boy with the grown-up face. With a drug addicted father, no motherly love, no hope, and no future, he has no chance at all.

The Carpet King of Texas is a gritty and gruesome, humorous and harrowing story of a world we all live in but rarely see.



Paul Kennedy was born and bred in Liverpool.

After working as a reporter, chief reporter, and News Editor for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, he moved on to national newspapers working for both the News of the World and The People.

Fed-up of spending all day sat outside the houses of “C“ and often “D” list celebrities, Paul left the North West of England to work as News Editor on an evening paper in Cheltenham.

The Carpet King of Texas is his debut novel.
Paul lives in Stroud with his partner Karen and two cats, Vince and Dave.

He currently freelances for national newspapers in between writing his second book.


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