Hard School

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Outwardly, successful local businessman Jack Newby is on the verge of cosy middle-age. Good looking wife, academically successful children, nice house in the country outside the small market town where he was born. Beneath the surface though, a vague unease gnaws at his complacency. Marriage means nothing but small talk at mealtimes. Jack senses that his life needs a new direction and purpose.

He is asked to become a governor at a special school in a nearby industrial town. He ...

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Overview

Outwardly, successful local businessman Jack Newby is on the verge of cosy middle-age. Good looking wife, academically successful children, nice house in the country outside the small market town where he was born. Beneath the surface though, a vague unease gnaws at his complacency. Marriage means nothing but small talk at mealtimes. Jack senses that his life needs a new direction and purpose.

He is asked to become a governor at a special school in a nearby industrial town. He meets younger, attractive Jenny Blunt, who seems to hold out the promise of more than just a professional relationship. A young girl associated with the special school goes missing. Jack finds himself caught up in events which conspire to derail his life.

Jack, himself, falls under suspicion. Veiled threats against him coupled with every growing suspicions strengthen his resolve to discover the truth. But will his old fashioned ideals of fair play and justice be enough to see him through?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480026629
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 6/18/2012
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

The author's career to date has been varied, but includes both business and education. Whilst he has already had a well reviewed work of historical non-fiction published, generally, he writes to satisfy his own creative need. He turned to writing fiction after a long period of study culminating in a PhD at Leicester University. He wrote Hard School to explore, firstly, the interaction between an ordinary individual and crime and, secondly, the possibilities and limitations of individual action in a regulated, bureaucratic society.
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  • Posted February 15, 2014

    The tale of middle aged business man in England thrown into the

    The tale of middle aged business man in England thrown into the mystery of a murdered local girl and the strange goings on at the school where he has been asked to join the governing body.  I liked the way this author takes his time with the storyline.  He shows a lot of life experience in his writing .  The main character, Jack, the owner of a farm machinery business is well developed, and has real human faults as well as positive attributes.  This novel is not a thriller, but more of a dissection of a set of crimes occurring in the town where Jack and his wife reside.  The interaction between characters, the psychological analysis, and the portrayal of the gray zones rather than simply the black and white are all qualities found in this work.  I would recommend it without reservation.  Some may find it not exciting enough, but it did make me think, and I did not lose interest.

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