Shaun Russell said:
Although I’ve had a hand in establishing the direction of the series it’s been my goal to write a Lethbridge-Stewart story myself, but this has always proved difficult due to health and work commitments, so when the opportunity to work with Roger on this short story presented itself I jumped at it. The story is a classic ‘base under siege’ tale with a rock ‘n’ roll twist.Hayley Cox, senior publishing coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said of the collaboration between the two writers:
Currently the Lethbridge-Stewart stories are set in the tail end of the swinging ‘60s and who better to draw upon these exciting times than someone who was actually there. I believe that Roger and Shaun have captured the rock music scene perfectly.The digital book also contains a preview chapter of Simmonds's autobiography, Standing on the Sidelines, which covers highlights from his incredible career as a touring member of The Honeycombs. Simmonds said of the book:
I met some of the most influential performers during the ‘60s including George Harrison, Brian Jones, David Bowie and Tom Jones. My autobiography captures the glamour and sleaze, the hedonism and idealism and the sights and smells of the British rock scene. It was great to transfer these experiences to the world of Lethbridge-Stewart.The Band of Evil is free to anyone who purchases their next novel - The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper, which is due for release end of June - and subscribes to the 2016 range of Lethbridge-Stewart novels.
The Showstoppers is now available for pre-order directly from the Candy Jar Books website. Candy Jar have also created a Spotify Lethbridge-Stewart and Standing on the Sidelines playlist.