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Published by The Book Guild Ltd 28 November 2019. ISBN: 978 1912575 602 (PB)
dominating this book are how to make money out of property and drug deals.
To begin with we have (relatively speaking) a likable, honest property
trader Rick Austin, and a decidedly less appealing, greedy and bullying
developer, Harry Stone. Harry doesn’t like anything or anybody coming
between him and his profits and has money secreted away in accounts in
Panama. The two men are linked by Claire, an attractive, caring, and
clever character who excels at sorting out business problems.
currently acting as a trouble-shooter for Rick. She is also heavily involved in
a romantic relationship with him - he has just suggested that she should move in
with him. Her problem is that she is permanently on edge because she has
lied to Rick about her past. She doesn’t want him to know that she used
to work for the disreputable Harry Stone because she is worried that it will
ruin both their professional and personal relationships.
think that a highly successful businessman like Rick would have checked
Claire’s background before letting her into his business. In addition,
Roger Garon and his wife Jennie are friends with Rick and Claire. Roger does
a lot of work for Harry Stone but, surprisingly, neither he nor Jennie seem to
have told Rick that Claire used to work for Harry. Can Rick really not know
about Claire’s past? Is he so besotted with her that he doesn’t care if
she lied to him? What will happen when he eventually finds out?
Stone becomes cash strapped the workmen on his development site down tools
until they are paid. Desperate for cash Harry becomes involved with drug
traders who want a large sum of cash cleaned up. Harry persuades Martyn Blake,
the owner of a supermarket, to launder the dirty drug money through the tills
in his shop. This is not a particularly good idea. Not only does Martyn
have huge debts, but Rick, who has bought a part share in the supermarket has instructed
Claire to find out why it is losing money. Finally, the three main protagonists
are brought into confrontation.
many other characters in The Paper Chase including a satisfactory
variety of likable and kind ones. Dave, the manager of Harry Stone’s failing
building site, valiantly tries to please everyone, and Jo, the longsuffering
housekeeper who goes with the house that Harry is renting is commendably
loyal. The villains are all too believable and good at their jobs of
damaging people and goods if it suits their purposes. This book is for
those who are interested in following the - often less than savory -
interactions between big business and the murky world of drug dealing.
was born in Essex just before Europe's second war, close to London's East End. He
trained as a chartered accountant. But also undertook work including voluntary
work tutoring prison inmates and charitable work as treasurer of a care home. Over
forty years working in many different businesses he has many thriller stories
swirling around his head. His latest book The Paper Chase, is the sequel
to The Price. Now retired and living in the Channel Islands he has
plenty t keep him busy.
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.