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Published by The Book
Guild, 29 September 2015. ISBN 978 1 910508 94 7
Peter Kingston is a young reporter on a regional
weekly newspaper. His brief is to cover local news and proceedings in the
magistrates’ court. He has always wanted to be a reporter and did well in his
journalism training but what he finds himself doing is far from fulfilling his
ambitions particularly since he cannot afford to move out of home but has to go
on living with his conventional middle-class parents. His current girl-friend
has her sights set on marriage and home-making. All in all, he feels
intolerably constrained. The one excitement is when the local magistrates’
court hears an application for bail by one Nigel Ewell on a charge of dangerous
driving. The application is opposed by the police on the grounds that other
more serious charges against Ewell are being investigated. Ewell is in fact a
well-known drugs smuggler and had been on the run for months until the
dangerous driving episode. Peter discovers that there had been a victim of
Ewell’s dangerous driving; more than that, the victim is a senior reporter on
the sister newspaper to Peter’s paper and his injuries are serious.
Could this high-profile
case be a break for Peter? Well, no. The sister newspaper, which is senior to
Peter’s newspaper, wants the story. And then the case is transferred to London.
End of story. So when Peter is offered the chance to write a series of travel
articles, he jumps at it, especially since he has always wanted to travel having
first discussed the offer with his former girlfriend Sue who is now working on
a fashion magazine. Given the time of year (Christmas) he settles on Austria as
a suitable first choice, and, having resumed his old relationship with Sue,
asks her to come with him; she, having secured a commission from her fashion
magazine also to write a travel article about Austria, agrees. They drive to
Salzburg and their research goes remarkably well. So does their relationship. There
seems to be nothing to arouse any feeling of uneasiness. True, they keep
bumping into a group of four men, one of whom looks slightly familiar but Peter
and Sue keep to their respective briefs. It is not until Sue has returned to
England that it becomes apparent just who those men are and Peter finds himself
in deadly danger.
Paul Youden began his career in journalism
at the Kent Messenger and attended journalism college for four years. Once
qualified, he became a senior journalist with the Kentish Express, rising to
County News Editor. He then worked for BBC Radio (South East) and was
headhunted by the Port of Dover, where he was in charge of press, PR and
marketing. He remained there for twenty years, rising to Corporate Affairs
Manager, but took early retirement in the 1990s to return to full-time writing,
producing travel books on motoring and skiing, after which he set up his own
travel website. With his wife's terminal illness, he had to give up many of his
travels and cut back on his writing, but in 2014 attempted his first novel The Powder Man. He is currently working
on the sequel.
Radmila Maywas born
in the US but has lived in the UK ever since apart from seven years in The
Hague. She read law at university but did not go into practice. Instead
she worked for many years for a firm of law publishers and has been working for
them off and on ever since. For the last few years she was one of three editors
working on a new edition of a practitioners' text book on Criminal Evidence by
her late husband; the book has now been published thus giving her time to
concentrate on her own writing. She also has an interest in archaeology in
which subject she has a Diploma.