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Have It All

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by Lewis Attrib
 

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Dr Hamid Mansourian, successful consultant gynaecologist, is the man who has everything, but wants more.

When his brother-in-law, Geoffrey Lyle, is crushed to death by a mad cow during a bleak Christmas celebration, Mansourian’s wife, Margaret, inherits Thorne Hall in remotest Norfolk. Under the influence of his mistress, Nurse Mei-Mei Moon, Mansourian

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Dr Hamid Mansourian, successful consultant gynaecologist, is the man who has everything, but wants more.

When his brother-in-law, Geoffrey Lyle, is crushed to death by a mad cow during a bleak Christmas celebration, Mansourian’s wife, Margaret, inherits Thorne Hall in remotest Norfolk. Under the influence of his mistress, Nurse Mei-Mei Moon, Mansourian is persuaded to misappropriate the fortune and invest everything in the privatisation of an NHS Psychiatric Unit. In retaliation the widow, Caroline Lyle, uses blackmail and political corruption to contest the terms of the family trust fund, and Dr Mansourian finds himself bankrupt and medically discredited.

Mansourian’s adolescent daughter, Jocanda, is besotted with the Lyle’s uncouth farm labourer, Brick, who is persuaded by Mei-Mei Moon to murder Caroline Lyle. A suggestion the youth pursues so incompetently his sawn-through brake pipe kills Margaret Mansourian instead - just as she uncovers a conspiracy between Caroline and their local MP to sell the estate for a new toll-motorway development.

Nurse Moon decides Hamid must sacrifice himself and marry the widow Caroline Lyle to regain the legacy. At the wedding reception Brick, unrecognisably burnt in a hotel explosion, makes a second, successful murder attempt on Caroline.

The police close in, their suspicions fuelled by Hamid Mansourian’s malicious rival, the pathologist Dr Victoria Keene - who soon becomes Brick’s third victim. Mansourian is forced to steal Caroline’s body from the morgue; however an uncharacteristic good deed aiding a depressed patient evicted from the privatised Psychiatric Unit results in Mansourian being accused of necrophilia. Suspended from his hospital consultancy he comes under the scrutiny of Detective Sergeant Dutton of the CID.

Having lost wealth, family and professional standing, now the prime suspect for several murders, and under siege by armed police surrounding Thorne Farm, Hamid is talked by Nurse Moon into a suicide disguised for insurance purposes as a bizarre sexual experiment. Mei-Mei Moon makes her escape while Brick fulfils his dream and flees to Mexico. Hamid’s neglected daughter, Jocanda – who as the only surviving family member now inherits the estate – joins forces with his mistress at his funeral. They leave arm-in-arm to transform Thorne Hall into a New Age Therapy Centre.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044402270
Publisher:
Lewis Attrib
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
207,132
File size:
264 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lewis Attrib was born in El Mina, Lebanon, his father a Syrian businessman, his mother a French academic. The family moved to London and Lewis began studying medicine at Cambridge, but with no liking for blood left without taking a degree to follow a career in major provincial and West End theatre, first as a director and later in artist management. He has been married twice and divorced twice but now prefers expensive motor cars. Have It All is his first novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s pretty obvious reading this book that Political and Correctness are not words that occur close together in Attrib’s vocabulary. Have It All is in places very funny, and at times very rude. Despite its unremitting lack of seriousness (apart from one chapter some way into the book when the author pulls off a disturbing switch of tone) there’s a subtext that gives the book real depth, and though at times the humour comes close to desperation, and the rudeness gets close to the bone, it’s because there are solid bones below the surface. Clearly his targets deserve the ridicule they get here - an NHS that has lost its way, cynically manipulative politicians, psychiatrists and other experts who do more harm than good, farmers covering up food scandals, the swathe of small-minded and self-interested middle-classes - it’s a shotgun attack on modern England, however any suspicion this is the usual leftie propaganda packed especially tight is dispelled when a small but avaricious foreign trollop thrusts herself into the plot to outdo the natives in bad behaviour. The plot? Well it involves mad cows, health service privatisation, disputed inheritances, extra-marital affairs, a couple of bizarre murders, and - as you might expect with all this going on – it moves at a fast pace to hammer everything in. At times it does drift into caricature and teeters on the edge between farce and satire, and the targets are so wide-spread that focus is sometimes lost in favour of easy jokes, but all in all I have the feeling that if Joe Orton were still alive he’d recognise a kindred spirit.