|About the Book|
James Denver is a PI operating from two shabby rooms above a dry cleaner’s premises in Liverpool. His business is hardly the stuff of adventure fiction, but he is making a living of sorts. The trouble is James’s record keeping is a shambles and hisMoreJames Denver is a PI operating from two shabby rooms above a dry cleaner’s premises in Liverpool. His business is hardly the stuff of adventure fiction, but he is making a living of sorts. The trouble is James’s record keeping is a shambles and his failure to comply with HMRC’s repeated inquiries regarding his earnings has landed him in big trouble. So, it is accountant Cousin Jake to the rescue, he hopes.Jake Denver is not the usual kind of accountant with a brass plate on some city office premises. Until recently he has used his qualifications in the Adjutant General’s Corps of the British Army. Jake, though, is out of the forces now and looking to set up business on his own, but he is yet to get started.Going to Liverpool to help his cousin, though, is not something he is thrilled about because his own marriage has run into trouble since leaving the army. So,it will be a quick visit at best. That is the plan. But plans often go wrong, and for Jake they go disastrously wrong, starting with James getting a custodial sentence for violent behaviour, despite extenuating circumstances.Jake, with a debt of honour to repay, takes over what he believes will be the routine side of a PIs core business. But when an attractive woman with an unusual job she needs doing offers good money for an hours work, he goes to that work with a will. It is the worst decision of his life bar none as he finds out when he stumbles over a corpse in an empty mansion. He panics and gets clear of the place just ahead of the polices arrival. It is downhill from there.At the centre of Jake’s troubles is a gangster called Malone, a seventeen stone fatso with a map of Ireland for a face. Just as evil as Malone is his lieutenant, Joseph (aka Matey), a murderous psychopath with a taste for torture. And not the least of Jake’s troubles is his own lack of experience in the PI business.When he finds he can’t trust the local police because of links with Malone, Jake has to rely on people as inexperienced as himself. Pretty soon he is floundering, and no wonder, with Malone intent on destroying him and the people close to him. He realizes that if he wants to see justice done, he will have to mete out his own very wild kind of justice to the people who have have wrecked his life. But the odds against his succeeding are for formidable.