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Unholy Ghost
     

Unholy Ghost

by James Green
 

Jimmy Costello, corrupt ex-copper and now fixer for the Catholic Church, always liked Paris, but never got the chance to spend time there. Now his boss in Rome wants him to go back. It’s a simple job: find the missing owner of a piece of valuable property. But Jimmy’s not the only one looking.

What is he looking for and who else wants it so badly

Overview

Jimmy Costello, corrupt ex-copper and now fixer for the Catholic Church, always liked Paris, but never got the chance to spend time there. Now his boss in Rome wants him to go back. It’s a simple job: find the missing owner of a piece of valuable property. But Jimmy’s not the only one looking.

What is he looking for and who else wants it so badly? No one seems to have the answers. This time Jimmy is on his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909624542
Publisher:
Accent Press, Ltd.
Publication date:
07/21/2014
Series:
The Jimmy Costello Series , #5
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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‘Good heavens, Mr Costello, there is absolutely nothing life-threatening about what I’m asking you to do.’

Jimmy gave her what his mum would have called an “old-fashioned” look.

‘No, there never is, is there?’

Professor McBride didn’t answer. Jimmy didn’t expect her to. On her last non-life-threatening outing he’d got a knife in his side. But his real reason for kicking was the way she had summoned him, like some bloody junior office clerk. ‘Come to my office’: no ‘please’, no explanation, just the command to be there.

‘You are, of course, at liberty to refuse, although I have to say…’

‘No you don’t. You don’t have to say anything.’

They sat in silence. The office was at the top of a tall block in a modern business suburb and through the windows Jimmy could see the sun shining on the distant blue hills of Frascati. It was a lovely view made all the lovelier by the glory of the April day. After a moment Jimmy pulled his mind back from the glories of nature. Yes, he could refuse. But if he did, what else was there? This woman was all he had, without her his life had no point, made no sense. She had given him some sort of life back, so he put away his petulance and gave in.

‘What is it I’m supposed to do?’

‘Simply what I said. Find a missing person.’

‘What missing person?’

‘I don’t know.’

He threw up a hand in frustration.

‘You see! There you go again. You give me a hurry-up call because you say there’s a job. I come running and you tell me that I’m to look for a missing person, but you don’t know who it is. What is it about you? Why can’t you be straight? Why can’t you just tell me…’

Professor McBride’s voice was sharp. Jimmy almost expected her to lean forward and rap her knuckles on the desk.

‘Mr Costello, I’ve heard all that before. You don’t trust me, you think me, in your own words, a devious bastard. Very well, I agree you may have grounds for thinking as you do…’

Jimmy sat in silence as she went on. It didn’t matter what she said. Whatever it was, she was right, she was always right, so he sat and listened and, when she was ready, she began to explain what it was he was going to do for her, the job that absolutely couldn’t be life-threatening.

Meet the Author

James Green is a retired headmaster and creator of the Jimmy Costello crime series, the first of which, Bad Catholics, was short-listed for the 2009 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards and the CWA Dagger Award. He is married and lives in Nottinghamshire. He is also author of US historical espionage thrillers including Another Small Kingdom.

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