Journalist Mike Stanhope, divorced and disillusioned with his job, hopes to spice up his life by self-publishing his own mystery novel online, basing it on a true story. His starting point: a real-life encounter with a woman he feels he recognises at the entrance to a train station. But before he knows it, he’s caught up in a sequence of disturbing events that threaten to become just as dramatic as those in his book.
Embarking on a search for a girl he knew long ago – someone whose memory he drew on for the book – Mike finds himself facing increasingly menacing attempts by someone to prise information from him that he doesn’t think he has. Could the onslaught have been sparked by an article he once wrote, or by his efforts to track down the girl? Or is his story closer to the truth than he imagined?
As the pace gathers and the mystery deepens, the prospect of a new relationship hovers in front of Mike, enticing yet tantalisingly out of reach. But he’s distracted by his search for the girl from his past – and also by a tempting offer that threatens to undermine his professional integrity.
Soon Mike is juggling his precarious hold on his career with his efforts to get his life back on track. He has to reconcile present with past and fact with fiction as his internal and external worlds collide.
This opening book in the unfolding Mike Stanhope series sets the bar high with its fast pace, intricate and interweaving plot lines, varied locations, vibrant characters and lively dialogue.
Mike Stanhope Mysteries
1. Alternative Outcome
2. Deficit of Diligence
3. Denial of Credit
“…Suddenly you are there with him in the thick of an initially simple mystery which, despite the escalating personal danger, only becomes more puzzling and complex the longer he tries to unravel it. … “