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Published by Troubador Publishing, 28 July 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78901838-7
Prologue introduces us to a Danny Swift, ex-army intelligence and an aspiring
artist. He is the main character in the story that unfolds.
Danny is determined to get known in the art world and
befriends a well-known art dealer and critic Hafiz de Mercurio. He agrees to
help him further his talent as he has contacts in all the right places.
One day Hafiz takes him to the Serpentine Gallery
where he is introduced to Bernadette, she runs the gallery, Danny is instantly
in awe of her.
He meets her again when he is at an art exhibition and
they get on really well. However on the way home he is abducted by British
Intelligence, it seems they want his help once again. To his amazement he is
told his friend Hafiz is an Islamic extremist sleeper and is believed to be
plotting some sort of terrorist attack. They want Danny's help in discovering
what he has planned, he reluctantly agrees.
They tell him they believe Hafiz is behind two recent
horrific killings. Both incidents involved a painting of Joseph Legend being
destroyed along with a print of each painting. Although Danny finds it hard to believe his friend is
involved, he starts to spy on him. He surreptitiously photographs some papers
he discovers in a “locked” draw. It gives details of people with different
chemical names by each of them. Danny realises they all have connections to
As he researches Legend's work further it becomes
apparent that Hafiz has devised a code involving the spots, circles and numbers
depicted in all of the works of art. But what is he planning and where?
Thom his contact in British Intelligence is convinced
that whatever Hafiz is plotting is going to happen soon and urges Danny to
Can he solve the codes connected to the paintings in
time? He is sure the answer lies in a work by Joseph Legend entitled “Chemical
Warfare” being displayed in the Tate Modern Gallery. But what is it and can he
find out in time to prevent the horrific attack Hafiz has planned? Time is
A very clever and intricate plot set in the world of
modern art. It tells of how someone slighted in the past plots to exact
terrible vengeance on the people involved. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
C J Anthony
was born in Birmingham. His debut draws on his experiences as a former British
Soldier, technical advisor and security specialist in the Middle East. He is
passionate about anything creative, an avid art collector and a keen painter
who has exhibited in London.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.