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“Bracing wit, taut dialogue and a suspenseful plot that features several betrayals and some essential mayhem” (Publishers Weekly).
Jerry Boyes used to be one of the most in-demand stuntmen in the business, until a car accident left him maimed and unable to work. So when a former actor for whom Jerry used to double turns up with a job offer he’s suited for, Boyes jumps at the chance.
It’ll be three thousand for one week’s work: All Boyes has to do is hand over half a million in ransom money to the kidnappers of Howard Maxwell, a multimillionaire businessman, after helping the victim’s wife gather the money.
But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Maxwell may have been rich in capital assets, but he has almost no cash. And as Boyes agrees to help the distraught wife, he cannot help feeling that things are not what they seem . . .
“A traditionally plotted British mystery in a modern setting . . . The writing is expert, the characterizations are well realized, and Boyes himself is an interesting man with some deep inner problems to overcome.” —The New York Times Book Review
Ex-stuntman Jerry Boyes, forced to leave the film business when he was severely injured stunting for movie star Stuart Tyson, has had to settle for a routine life as a security guard. Years later, Tyson reappears and asks him to help hand over ransom money to the kidnappers of business tycoon Howard Maxwell. The venture goes awry, Tyson is murdered and Sandra HeathBoyes's ex-girlfriend and Tyson's ex-wifeturns out to have some mysterious role in the affair, which revolves around the conflicting family business interests of Maxwell, his wife, and a partner, Ian McBride. Ormerod (Seeing Red, Face Value is in full diverting form in his 20th thriller, blending flavorful family melodrama in the Dynasty mode with his bracing wit, taut dialogue and a suspenseful plot that features several betrayals and some essential mayhem.