Taff Motley is a disgraced Iraq war veteran who returns to his home city of Cardiff. He accepts without qualms a job as a drug dealer - which soon involves him in a murderous 'turf war' against a corrupt police force. Motley's uncertain destiny is decided for him by his abiding love for a woman.
There are no heroes and no villains between these covers. There are only people; ordinary people, struggling to forget their pasts, hoping to find forgiveness, or revealing their dangerous weaknesses, their potent evils. At its heart, 'The Corrupted' is a story about love. Its pages lift a poignant mask on the questions of why men love and what love does to men.
The reader may be shocked by the realism of this story; with its mixture of sensualism and moral degeneracy, its violence and ferocity.
Dennis Lewis was a Rhys Davies winner in 2003 with his story Love's Ligature which is published in Ghosts of the Old Year (Parthian). His collection of short stories, The Fevered Hive, was published by Accent Press is 2005. He is a professional writer and lives near Cardiff.