Wrong Place Wrong Time

Rated 4.86/5 based on 14 reviews
Having lost everything, I leave memories of a London police cell behind me and head for Spain with its promise of adventure and fun. Little do I know that I’m about to be thrust into the most terrifying time of my life. Wrong Place Wrong Time is a gripping true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one way ticket to hell.

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About David P Perlmutter

The following story is based on true events about my trip to Spain. Even though I know what happens as it is my story, it still gives me goosebumps and shivers down my spine as the excitement, the chase, the despair, the thrill of writing this, took me right back to when it happen.

Having lost everything, I leave memories of a London police cell behind me and head for Spain with its promise of adventure and fun. Little do I know that I’m about to be thrust into the most terrifying time of my life. Wrong Place Wrong Time is a gripping true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one way ticket to hell.

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Review by: Joan Adamak on Sep. 30, 2012 :
Self-destruction Is Non-negotiable

The story opened in England with Dave, a real estate agent, making a sale and a good commission and he stopped at the pub on his way home. His old buddy Michael was there, they hoisted a few, went to a restaurant to eat, ran into a couple of young attractive girls, drank some more, then started driving home, smoking a couple of joints. Dave, now out of his head, decided to use a car park as a Formula One racing track, which he was enjoying when stopped and arrested by the police. His car was confiscated, he spent the night in jail and as a result lost his career job, his commission, his nice apartment and his BMW. His folks suggested he move back in with them. He spent the next few months, a recluse, feeling sorry for himself. He decided he needed to get away and taking the few funds he had left, he flew to Spain to “clear his head.” This was not the first of his escapades nor the last and his addictions caused his family great pain, especially his mother.

He could speak no Spanish, decided to treat himself to a four star hotel the first night and after drinking the alcohol there, he went out feeling pretty good and entered a Karaoke Bar. He ran into a couple of Brits there, Kelvin and Anthony, who sang, entertained and set up the karaoke gear. They hired David to help with setting everything up. There he met a girl Emma, whom he took back to his room and they finished the night drinking and having sex. In the morning he realized he had spent most of his cash and spent the morning trying to find a cheaper lodging, which he did at a hostel with a small room, single bed, shower and wardrobe.

Per their previous plans, he met the Brits at a bar on the beach, including Kelvin’s beautiful girlfriend Anja. Hungry he ordered a sandwich and was astonished at its cost. He realized he was lucky to have a job to supplement his costs. He did his job fine, ending up drinking with the Brits til he was whacked and spent most of his money on drinks for himself and others. His daily routine was play on the beach, drink, help the Brits in the evening and drink, plus look for an easy lay if available. But then one night Anja was a little too friendly to Dave, Kelvin saw it, beat him up and fired him. His life continued like that until he was out of money, couldn’t find work and couldn’t pay his rent so the landlord tossed him out retaining his belongings until he paid the rent. He ended up sleeping on the beach with a drugged out hippie for a few days with whom he shared his drugs. During this time he met a beautiful girl Rosa whom he drank with and had sex, who later enters his life again, to his misfortune, it turned out. As time passed, he was starving, dirty, and hanging out wherever he could and eating whatever he could find. Eventually he got himself into serious trouble and then truly suffered, facing dire consequences.

This story of an addict is not new, but the author, who is the addict in this tale, tells it day by day as he fought his addictions and then succumbed, sometimes with a little excuse and sometimes with no excuse. When he hits bottom, he does like so many and feeds his hunger in whatever way it takes. The novel is not long and in its own way is a page turner. Once I started it, I kept reading to its end. The author does not ask that the reader feel sorry for him. He is just telling it like it was. Will he one day succumb again, which is the bane of all those addicted? Who knows? I recommend this novel as it is interesting and well written.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Rebecca Scarberry on Aug. 2, 2012 :

I thoroughly enjoyed this true story. I highly recommend you read it!

What happened to David Perlmutter is a perfect example of how one tiny decision can dictate the balance of our lives.

I have never been falsely accused of any crimes. It would be horrible. I truly hope Mr. Perlmutter is living a normal, happy life now. I'm not certain I would be normal after going through what he has.

Thank you, Mr. Perlmutter for sharing your story with us. I like the way you wrote this story and I think you should consider writing more books.

Rebecca Scarberry
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Review by: Paulo Abrue on July 28, 2012 :
I bought this book as I live close to Spain, so I had an interest in the story. I also like true stories and this story is a rollor coaster of a journey for the author, who went through the ups and downs of a trip to Marbella, with the fun part but also the agony of the fire, what he saw inside the hotel and then being stuck behind bars and what happen after that. The story is a fast paced read, and as the other reviews say, it is gripping and a must read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Mary Crocco on July 24, 2012 :
The Walk from Hell

Such a harrowing experience, it took David P Perlmutter twenty years to be able to put pen to paper and tell his true story, or nightmare may be a better word. We all make foolish mistakes, but David’s mistake turned his life upside down.

After a night out drinking in London, David got behind the wheel. If that wasn’t stupid enough, he made a nuisance of himself by driving like an idiot and neighbors justifiably called the police. He was thrown in jail overnight, and the next day he was fired. David had a great career as a realtor making great money. He not only lived in a luxury apartment but drove a BMW to boot.

Soon after being fired he appeared in court and his license was suspended for a year and he was ordered to pay a considerable fine. This resulted in having to move back with mom and dad giving up his life of luxury.

When all this really hit David, it hit him hard. He became depressed, reclusive, and a couch potato. He knew he couldn’t continue on this path so he decided to escape to some fun in the sun, Marbella, Spain.

David is the first to admit he blew it. He spent money he didn’t have and partied way too much. Eventually this took its toll. He did get a job of sorts, but that ended up badly with a busted up face. Of course a beautiful woman was involved, one usually is. So David was jobless again.

Having just a few bucks left and a bruised face David tries to find an out of the way bar to have a drink. Here he meets a couple, Peter and Rosa, who befriends him and he gets drunk with them. The guy is a loser, but the woman, Rosa, is a knock out. She flirts with David and again he gets himself in trouble. When he leaves the bar it’s with Rosa. She takes him to her place and they have an incredible night of steamy hot sex. Of course David gets to eat and is back to feeling human again. They say their good-byes.

Again David loses his living quarters, an inexpensive hostel he was renting still owing back rent. Back to being penniless and jobless David spends his days and nights at the beach. He meets a crazy guy and they smoke weed together. He knows he’s got to pull himself together. But how when all you own are the clothes you are wearing and look like hell?

Starving, stoned, filthy, and tired David finds himself in a nice hotel waiting room and falls asleep on the couch. When he is found, he is physically thrown out in the street. Guess who he runs into? The gorgeous Rosa. She takes him under her wings and after shower, sex, and clean clothes, they go to a party where David can eat free. Guess who they run into at the party? Peter. David doesn’t want yet another bar scene, so he excuses himself politely and takes a walk. This is David’s walk from hell.

So far you’ve seen David be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But this walk from hell takes his life to a whole new level. I’ve been spoon feeding you leading up to the core of the story. This is where the nightmare really begins. Now just try to remember, David really is a nice guy. He was young and foolish, yes, but didn’t deserve what happened to him while taking this walk.

I’m going to leave out a lot of details because you really have to read David P Perlmutter’s account yourself to get the gist of what happened. You have to read David’s words to feel what he experienced.

On his walk he sees a building on fire. Let’s remember David is once again drunk, he’s out of shape from doing nothing and he’s suffering from malnutrition. He can’t believe the intensity of the fire. As he stares at the fire trucks arriving he hears a woman screaming for help.

This is why you must read David’s account. He writes what happened with such intensity. All I will say is he saved two lives on this day. Did he get recognized? Oh yeah, but not in a good way. David made another foolish mistake and stole two credit cards while looking for other victims in the building.

His dad had told him Spain’s police were the worst. David experiences this in the worst possible way. He is arrested and treated like a true foreigner and a piece of garbage.

A journalist with his own personal agenda takes David under his wing. Understandably, David is too vulnerable at this time to realize he’s getting screwed. Does he get out of the pig sty of a jail? Does he go to court and have a trial? Is he found guilty or innocent? Does he spend the rest of his life in Spain in prison?

Wrong Place Wrong Time is a must read. It’s hard to believe it’s a true story. How is David today? Where does he live? One can only imagine the nightmares he must still endure. He shares with his readers what he goes through on a daily basis even twenty three years later. It took David three years to complete his book.

David P Perlmutter claims he is not an author. This is his first piece of writing. He was encouraged to get it out of his system by those who love him. This should give you a clue as to the intensity of the story.

I disagree with David’s perception of himself as a writer. Wrong Place Wrong Time is written beautifully. It is a heartfelt and amazing story of courage and stamina. I’m not sure how many people would be able to live through this and then write about it.

Thank you for sharing your story David. I wish you the best.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: Brian Mount on July 19, 2012 :
Not to give anything away, but I will say that I really enjoyed the pace and the writing style of this book/true story. I felt Dave's pain, terror and anguish thoughout the the story and was with him till the final chapter. You will as I did love the beginning of the first chapter about the mirror and how it figures in the final chapter. I also enjoyed the family aspect of the story. So yes, I would highly recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: John Hawkins on July 18, 2012 :
I took advantage of the free coupon as I was very interested in reading this book after reviewing the other comments. I must say that even though this is the authors first piece of writing, I was very impressed. More interesting to me was that it was/is a true story and the book had me gripped throughout and it is a real page turner. I will not give anything away but if your looking for a fast paced read that will keep you wanting more then take advantage and read this book.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Kelly-Louise Jarvis on July 16, 2012 :
Thank you for the free copy, would have paid for it and will do when it comes out on hardback copy! Never usually read because I can never find a book I actually enjoy but this is different, its so intense! Still have 63 pages left, so hoping everything turns out okay in the end! Never knew so much could go wrong for someone! This storyline would make a great movie, would definitely watch it!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: I Morr on July 11, 2012 :
Having recently searched around as I was just a tad fed up and bored from the books flying around at the moment, 50 shades etc, I stumbled upon this true crime story. It may not be the best written book in the world with a few typo's etc, but don't let that put you off! For real life suspense and a gripping read this was a real page turner. You will read this as I did and think, what a nightmare journey the author had! And to think that it was all true, is even more incredible!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Jean Waterman on July 7, 2012 :
Thank you for the free copy of the book and to be honest I would have paid for it. The story line is something you couldn't really make up. I fully enjoyed the book, mainly because it was true which made it more gripping. There are many reasons that I enjoyed the book, there is the description of the surroundings of Marbella which are describe well, there is also some romance, but what I did like without giving too much away was the dialogue and how the people he met turned against him, without him doing wrong. I would have given a 5 star but there were a few typo’s but nevertheless, a great true story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jason Webbe on July 5, 2012 :
I have always been fascinated by true crime or true stories, however one would like to put it and this true story was no exception. The story begins well and ends up as gripping as a book gets. You begin to feel for the author when he is incarceration after saving lives and having been through what he has. The ending is a brilliant and gripping read and as it's a true story, makes it even more intriguing.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Peter McQueen on July 2, 2012 :
Having received a free copy of this book, I decided to read it the other night. It took 3 days to read and it was as compelling as the discription states. He had everything in London but he was stupid and reckless and lost it all in one night. Then he took a trip to Spain for a holiday and then what occurs is just a complete nightmare for him. This story is a must read, its not a deep thinking read, its just simply a gripping and pacey read.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Review by: laney2001 on June 30, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's paced brilliantly - I started off lounging in the armchair and ended up on the edge of my seat! The last few chapters are especially gripping and if you're anything like me, you'll be rooting for David right till the end. Although this is a true story, it reads like fiction (with great dialogue and characters). It's a brilliant read and one I'll definitely be reccommending to my friends.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: John Martin on June 29, 2012 :
Okay first the negative views: A lot of swearing but its a true story so I will forgive that and I few typos! Now the positive: A cracking story that got better and better as it went on. I read this book in 3 days and I'm still thinking about it. How the author went for a break to Spain and just got caught up into nightmare situations. Would make a great movie!!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Simon jONES on June 28, 2012 :
I was recommended this book to read as I like true crime stories and I wasn't disappointed. The story line creeps up on you with it's pace and is a gripping read. What the author went through in Spain, was a nightmare, some bad choices on his behalf, but I won't give anything away. Just to say this book may not be for everyone, but it sure worked for me.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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