Jorge Salgado-Reyes in London, Waterloo Oct 2011
April 23, 1968 |
|Occupation||Novelist, Private Investigator|
|Genre||Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Reference work|
Jorge Salgado-Reyes(born April 23, 1968) is a Chilean and British sci-fi, cyberpunk author, private investigator and photographer. Born in Temuco, Chile, Salgado-Reyes left his country of birth at age seven in 1975 with his family into exile due to the Pinochet dictatorship. Subsequently brought up in the United Kingdom, he changed residence frequently with his family as a child. Salgado-Reyes became somewhat of a loner who read science fiction from an early age. After spending his adolescence in Mozambique, he returned to the UK where he completed his education.
He worked for various security companies as a store detective and undercover investigator. The turning point in his Loss Prevention career occurred when a man attacked him in a small shop in Camden Town, London. The attacker managed to get away but the Police arrested him one week later. The Police charged the attacker with Attempted Murder and Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent. The CPS dropped the attempted murder charge and the man received five years imprisonment for the attack.
Salgado-Reyes worked for a succession of national retail stores at a senior level. After redundancy in 2006, he started his own detective agency, Salgado Investigations.
He has on several occasions been interviewed by the press in his role as a practising private investigator including Reuters, the Financial Times, Daily Express and The Register. In 2006, he founded the e-Legal Gathering forum for private investigators.
Salgado-Reyes is a Fellow of the World Association of Professional Investigators and sat on its governing council for many years. He is also a graduate of the Academy of Professional Investigations where he obtained Edexcel’s BTEC Advanced Private Investigation Level 3 Diploma in 2010.
Salgado-Reyes is also an amateur photographer specialising in landscapes, night photography and glamour. In May 2010, he was almost arrested for taking photographs of a clamping van.
In 2011, Salgado-Reyes began writing his first novel, The Smoke in Death’s Eye, but has yet to finish it. It combines elements of cyberpunk and hardboiled detective fiction. It features the antihero Ángel Castillo and is set in London. Author Paul Dorset interviewed Salgado-Reyes in 2012  where he discusses his novel saying, "this is a cyberpunk/thriller of a novel, geographically set in “the smoke” (i.e. London) about a 150 years in a dystopian future. The protagonist is a private investigator whose agency is tasked with investigating a serial killer. The novel starts with the serial killer stalking and interrogating his victim (who dies as a result of the interrogation) in a derelict building in a suburb of south London. This victim is not the killer's first, with the killings going back for decades."
On June 1, 2011, Salgado-Reyes, along with his sibling Eduardo Salgado-Reyes and mother Myriam Reyes Pena, founded his family-run hybrid publisher Indie Authors Press to publish their collective literary works.
In 2012, Indie Authors Press published Salgado-Reyes’ first reference book, British Process Servers Guide written in collaboration with Stuart Withers and Helen Withers. Salgado-Reyes calls it, “The essential guide to the successful completion of all legal process.”
The author is currently co-editing the cyberpunk anthology Altered States with Roy C. Booth through Indie Authors Press.
- Last Human (first published in 2014 on the writing website ‘Eat Sleep Write’ for their flash writing contest where it came third.)
- British Process Servers Guide (2012) ISBN 978-0956948649
- "When I was in the Guardian Angels.". Facebook.
- "SPECIAL REPORT-Murdoch affair spotlights UK's dirty detectives". Reuters.
- "Watching the detectives". Financial Times.
- "Make me a Super Sleuth". Daily Express.
- "UK private eyes invite public into forum". The Register.
- "WAPI Governing Council & Overseas representatives". WAPI.
- "LEVEL 3 BTEC ADVANCED DIPLOMA PRIVATE INVESTIGATION". Academy of Professional Investigators.
- "Snapper quizzed on anti-terror law in Croydon". Croydon Guardian.
- "Author Interview: Jorge Salgado-Reyes". Retrieved 3 August 2014.