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The Chairman of Kingsley Conglomerates is conducting negotiations, which are both difficult and somewhat dubious, in Morocco. He is accompanied by executive secretary Wendy Helmann. However, there are soon distractions when unorthodox Rita Geddes appears on the scene. Wendy discovers that there is much more at stake than the supposed negotiations, and finds herself at the centre of kidnappings, murder, and industrial espionage. Explosions, a car chase across the High Atlas out of Marrakesh and much more follows. ...

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Overview

The Chairman of Kingsley Conglomerates is conducting negotiations, which are both difficult and somewhat dubious, in Morocco. He is accompanied by executive secretary Wendy Helmann. However, there are soon distractions when unorthodox Rita Geddes appears on the scene. Wendy discovers that there is much more at stake than the supposed negotiations, and finds herself at the centre of kidnappings, murder, and industrial espionage. Explosions, a car chase across the High Atlas out of Marrakesh and much more follows. Of course, the prior arrival of portrait painter Johnson Johnson is in many ways fortuitous, but he has some ghosts of his own to lay.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780755119189
  • Publisher: House of Stratus, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/11/2011
  • Series: Johnson Johnson, #7
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,404,961
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy, Lady Dunnett, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1923, the only daughter of an engineer, Alexander Halliday, and his wife Dorothy. Whilst gifted academically and musically, she was not encouraged to further her talents by attending university, and instead joined the civil service in Scotland as an assistant press officer.

In 1946, she married Alastair Dunnett, who was at the time the chief press officer to the Secretary of State for Scotland. He went on to become editor of 'The Scotsman' newspaper, whilst she later worked on a statistics handbook for the Board of Trade. After a brief spell in Glasgow, the couple settled in Edinburgh where their home became a centre for hospitality and entertaining, mostly in support of Scottish art and culture. Dunnett had also taken evening classes at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art, and from 1950 onwards she established a prominent career as a portrait painter, being exhibited at both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. She was also an accomplished sculptress.

Her interest in writing developed during the 1950's. Her own tastes took her to historical novels and it was her husband who eventually suggested she write one of her own, after she had complained of running out of reading material. The result was 'The Game of Kings', an account of political and military turmoil in sixteenth-century Scotland. Whilst turned down for publication in the UK, it was eventually published in the USA where it became an instant best seller. Other titles, such as the 'Lymond Chronicles' and 'House of Niccolo' series followed and which established her international reputation.

She also successfully turned her hand to crime, with the 'Johnson Johnson' series. He is an eccentric artist, famous for bifocals, and of course amateur detective. All of the titles in the series somehow also feature the yacht 'Dolly', despite ranging widely in location from Scotland, to Ibiza, Rome, Marrakesh, Canada, Yugoslavia, Madeira and The Bahamas. There is plenty of sailing lore for the enthusiast, but not so much it detracts from the stories genre; crime. Each of them is told by a woman whose profession explains her role in the mystery and we learn very little about Johnson himself, save for the fact he is somewhat dishevelled in appearance.

Dorothy Dunnett somehow fitted in her many careers and voluntary work, along with supporting her husband's endeavours, yet still found the time to correspond widely with her readers from all over the world, and was often delighted to meet with them personally. She held the rare distinction of having a Dorothy Dunnett Readers Association formed during her lifetime and collaborated with it as much as possible. A writer who has been described as one of great wit, charm, and humanity, yet whose work displayed toughness, precision, and humour, she was appointed to an OBE in 1992 for services to literature and became Lady Dunnett in 1995 when her husband was knighted. She died in 2001, being survived by her two sons; Ninian and Mungo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    A New Dawn

    A New Dawn

    Chapter Ten
    We're headed to the Dragon Kingdom...
    I still can't believe I agreed to this. What have I gotten myself into!? Surely I could have convinced Ulik to let me go, or something!
    I shake the thoughts away with a shake of my head.
    "Coming, Shadow?" Ulik rumbles, making me jump.
    "Right here," I snap in annoyance. The brute can't understand that I'm a raccoon and he's a bear!? He moves faster, even if we're walking!
    "Relax." He growls. It's more of a command then a comment.
    "I'll do what I please. I'm already coming on this suicide mission. At least give me some freedom." I reply boldly.
    When he doesn't respond, I continue.
    "You're a great big bear, but even YOU should fear the dragons!"
    He shakes his massive head. "I have learned that fear can be the most corrupting quality, more so then even greed or power. I do not allow fear into my mind. I simply act." He explains without looking back or slowing at all.
    I snort and remain silent.
    After a while, we come to the Crossing. It is a treachorous path through the mountains, but not actually CROSSING the mountains, just following them to the Dragon Kingdom.
    I bristle instinctively. Dragons hunt the Crossing, in search of prey—creatures like me, as I've heard from many animals.
    Ulik stops and scents the air, his large jaws parted. "We are safe. Continue."
    I scramble over the trail after the lumbering bear.
    "Dragons..." I mutter. "This IS a suicide mission."
    * * *
    We follow the rocky path up through the mountains, not coming across a single dragon.
    "Maybe we won"t die." I comment, scanning the ledges.
    "Maybe." Ulik says distantly.
    "Watch the mountainsides. Dragons could be anywhere." I advise, my dark eyes darting left and right.
    "Watch those rocks if you wish, my friend, but I watch the skies." The bear answers. His black fur shines in the blazing sunshine, and his claws glint dangerously.
    I glance skyward, realizing he's right. Dragons fly! Oh, joy.
    Ulik looks around only once, seeming so confident I begin to consider him arrogant. 'These creatures are greater then you.' I think, glaring at him. 'You're a mouse trying to be superior in a cat's claws.'
    He stops, peers over the cliffside. We are on a thin rock bridge over a massive valley hidden by mountains. Caves dapple the mountainsides.
    Ulik roars into the valley, rising to his hind legs and puffing out his chest.
    "Stop!" I shout, flattening my ears and preparing to bolt. "Stop, you idiot!"
    He drops and turns to me, a mischievious glint in his eyes. "The dragons live beyond the bridge." He rumbles.
    I scowl. "No! They live here!"
    "Silly girl. Dragons live EVERYWHERE." A voice hisses. I look around, tail lashing.
    "Who's there!?" I snarl.
    "Feisty! A sharp tongue often means better prey!" The voice purrs. Talons pluck up Ulik. Another set snatches me off the ground, and the valley seems to fly at me.
    Definately a suicide mission.

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