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Published by the Dome Press, 16 August 2018.
year-old Jake Foreman is having a bad day. Having been made redundant he
goes home to find that his wife, Susan, has left him and taken all their
furniture with her. Susan was bored because Jake’s troubleshooting job meant he
was usually travelling the world and spent very little time at home.
Jake’s friend Hugo puts him in touch with Charles Clayton who offers Jake work
as a courier. Jake accepts - he needs the money.
always suspected that much of the bribing and cajoling he had done in his
previous job was only just short of being illegal. In his new post he
worries about what is in the envelopes that Charles wants him to deliver. Reassured
that none of his work will have anything to do with drugs, Jake gets down to
work. His first assignment to Paris goes reasonably well. But when Jake
is sent to North Carolina to deliver documents to an arms dealer, Gus Mekasnik,
all hell breaks loose. A body is found floating in the swimming pool at
Mekasnik’s house and Mekasnik disappears after making arrangements for Jake to
make a delivery for him. Jake narrowly escapes being shot when he tries
to make the delivery. This was not what he signed up for!
attractive and gutsy Lilly-Mae, Gus Mekasnik’s trophy girlfriend, helps to offset
Jake’s trials and tribulations in the time honoured way. Sadly, she vanishes
without trace just before he returns to England. It seems that there will
be no happy ending here? Or will there?
Smart Moves is a highly entertaining tale that roars along at a
great pace. Brimming with delightfully wry humour it can be difficult to take
the improbable antics of Jake and the people he meets too seriously. Whilst his
younger brother thinks Jake should join the modern world, and Mrs Tree, his
ever watchful neighbour in London, clearly delights in his misfortunes, the
young “travellers” who occupy Jake’s empty home are friendly, helpful and
polite once he gets to know them. Smart Moves
is simply bound to appeal to a wide variety of readers.
Adrian Magsonis a freelance writer and reviewer, the author of 22 crime and spy
thrillers, a writer's help book, a YA ghost novel and 2 collections of short
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.