I’ve been working hard on writing a novel and getting it up on Amazon as both ebook and print book.

Doing that, is simple in theory but a bit tricky in practice, at least the first time. It pays to be quite tech savvy and needless to say, I’m not. Hey ho, it takes time but I’m still hoping to get the book up and running in four to six weeks.

That’s its title at the head of the blog – Death of a Friend – so I hope you didn’t get any sudden palpitations when you read it. My editor got a bit of a shock when the subject first flashed up on her screen. And yes, with a title like that it is a crime novel.

The setting is Sydney and the blurb on the cover says:

A Sydney house fire … remnants of paintings and a cryptic ledger… These are the elements which bring two friends, Karl and Richard, together with Detective Inspector Fiona Collins. What begins as routine, alters when burnt fragments of paintings are found to be genuine works by Caravaggio and Mondrian – when the loud mouthed Harold Doig drives for money from Dr Crane’s Molecular Biology Research laboratory – when the underworlds of Australia and Europe emerge among the rich – when Richard is killed and Karl, is saved from the brink of death by the unhappiest of men. A thrilling tale of fraud, swindle, murder and deep friendship.

That’s about the strength of it. Nothing to do with supermen or government agents or world take-over bids. I’m not into those things. What intrigues me and what I have written about is ordinary people to whom extraordinary things have happened. It’s the complications in there and their working out that fascinate me. There effects on people like you and like me.

There’s a great excitement inside me about publishing. It’s not obvious to my friends but I know it’s there and I like it.

I have a second book almost ready to go too, also in the crime genre, again an ordinary person to whom extraordinary things happen. It’s called Question of Belief and more about it in later posts nearer its time of publication.

Meanwhile, every happiness and I hope you feel as good as I do

Desmond.

 

 

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