Sitting in a Lloyd Loom chair on a Narrow Boat, moored on the Kennet and Avon Canal, a dead man stares into oblivion. Who is he and what is his name? Chief Inspector Michael Lambert from Thames Valley Police Authority unravels a murder case which stretches from Reading to Bulgaria, South Africa to Belorussia, and finally Taiwan to Peru. What at first appears to be a straightforward murder is revealed to be part of an international manhunt, the result of a major arms deal which has gone horribly wrong. The story begins with the discovery of a small mobile phone on the narrow boat and ends with the murder of a Chinese shipping magnate in the streets of London. Will anyone’s life be the same again and how will our provincial policeman cope with these different layers of intrigue?
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About the Author
Born in Berkshire England to an old Reading family, after attending an English Public School and a stint at college, the author Patrick Brigham went into real estate. After the economic crash of 1989 he licked his wounds, wrote two books and in 1993 decided to finally abandon London, the UK's casino economy and moved to Sofia Bulgaria.
As the Editor in Chief of the first English Language news magazine in Sofia - between 1995 and 2000 - and as a journalist, he witnessed the political changes in this once hard core communist country and personally met most of the political players, including the old Communist Dictator Todor Zhivkov and his successors, Zhelev and Stoyanov.
The natural home of political intrigue, Bolshevism and the conspiracy theory, Bulgaria proved to be quite a challenge, but for many of its citizens the transition was also very painful. Despite this, Patrick Brigham personally managed to survive these political changes and now lives peacefully in Northern Greece, writing mystery novels.
A writer for many years, he has recently written two good crime fiction books including, Herodotus – The Gnome of Sofia, and Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery. Confirming that the truth is very often stranger than fiction, Eastern Europe has proved to be Patrick Brigham’s inspiration for writing good mystery books. Much of his writing has been influenced by 20 years spent in the Balkans and the plethora of characters in his writing, are redolent of many past communist political intrigues in Bulgaria.
Both Herodotus – The Gnome of Sofia, and Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery are set at the end of the Cold War and Communism. Featuring the jazz loving, classic car enthusiast and fictional police murder detective Chief Inspector Michael Lambert, who faced with political intrigue and in order to solve cases which often involve Eastern Europe, genuinely needs to understand how an old Communist thinks during the course of his investigations.
There are few good books on the subject of international crime, especially mystery stories which delve into the shady side of politics. There are also few mystery novelists, who are prepared to address the thorny political issues of arms dealing and money laundering in their mystery crime fiction.
As a recently seconded officer to Europol - the new federal European police force – DCI Michael Lambert will bring a refreshingly new slant to good crime fiction books, as they emerge in the future from the pen of the author Patrick Brigham. Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lambert is the main character in his new book Abduction - An Angel over Rimini, but this time he is serving as a senior Europol Liaison Officer now involved in solving this 'cold case.'
Abduction - An Angel over Rimini introduces the reader to the gritty reality of people trafficking, illegal immigration, drug smuggling and international terrorism. Taking you on a journey through Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and on into central Europe, DCI Lambert pursues his quarry and discovers the truth.