THE NEW NIALL BURNET THRILLER!
Superstar Paralympian Fiona Mackintosh Green retires from the track to set up Forward Roll, a charity helping disabled people achieve self-respect through sport. But is she all she seems? How is her charity spending its money?
Niall Burnet, visually impaired journalist, is sent in undercover to find out. What he discovers is a trail of illegal performance-enhancing drugs that leads from the charity to its major backer, global pharmaceutical giant Prince Rajkumar.
All too soon, Niall finds himself surrounded by key players who will stop at nothing to protect their interests. When a former athlete is found dead, he knows that one wrong move could be his last…
The book can be read as a standalone.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
“It is,” Miranda said. “Perhaps I could resurrect my career as a celebrity.”
“You probably could,” Niall said enthusiastically. “Get Matthew to write a “One Year On” piece in the Mirror and launch it from there. Hugo’ll help. He’s been there. This Is Now Plus One. Year, that is.” Following her operation, Miranda had appeared on the early evening talk show This Is Now. Dramatically, her eyesight had failed at the end of it. Niall and Hugo had made an unscripted appearance and Hugo – on the news the following evening following his accident – had briefly become a Twitter sensation.
“Do you want me to be a celebrity?” Miranda asked.
“I want you to be happy,” Niall said.
“I want to do something worthwhile,” Miranda said.
“We’ll get you there,” Niall said confidently. “This’ll be a new start for us. Bye bye crummy Telford, the land the world forgot; hello London – ”
“ – where the streets are paved with gold,” Miranda interpolated.
“Well, they’re not,” Niall admitted, “But they are paved with opportunity. They’re uneven pavements with lampposts and A-boards and all kinds of other shite on them, but we can make ourselves a go of it there.”
London could be ninety-nine percent shite as far as Miranda was concerned. She was loving the sound of hope and confidence in Niall’s voice, loving the way his engine had throbbed into life. It was like meeting him for the first time all over again.
“I guess it’s London then,” she said. Heather had said it was time to get away. It was about as scary as having an eye transplant. But she had survived that.
Niall passed her the laptop.
“Find us a nice place to live,” he said.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex grew up in rural England with a dream to write for a living which never quite came true. He has enjoyed incarnations as a theatre publicity officer, restaurant manager, teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer. Along the way Alex wrote five plays that were performed by students including one, Never Mind the Rain Forests, that was enthusiastically reviewed (3 stars) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Another, Gavin’s Kingdom, received a professional workshop production at the Birmingham Rep. Plays Into Shakespeare, a book for English and Drama teachers that introduced students to the characters in Shakespeare’s plays through short modern-English ‘additional’ scenes, was published by First and Best in Education in 2007.
Alex moved to Abu Dhabi in 2008 with a Lebanese international education company that had a contract to train English teachers and develop curriculum materials. Latterly moved to their Academic Development office in Beirut and wrote two series of books for students from ages eight to sixteen – one on grammar and one on the art of writing. He is now living with his wife of many years in Worcestershire, his children pursuing careers in education, fashion, charity fundraising and web development in places as disparate as Beijing, London and Chesterfield. Alex also enjoys writing stories for his young grandchildren.
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