Half-way through the matinee at the Theatre Royal, North London, the audience gasp in horror when Hamlet drags the corpse of Polonius on to the stage from behind a curtain. For the head of the famous 76-year-old actor playing Polonius, Sir Roger Nutley, is lolling at a bizarre angle that can only mean he has REALLY been killed. The touring production had been a sensational comeback for Sir Roger, two years after a high-profile court case in which the jury failed to convict him of sex crimes in the 1960s. Is his murder connected to the trial? Detective Inspector Keith Warren and Detective Sergeant Philippa Myers soon learn that the superstar's life had other secret, dark sides. Meanwhile, an outbreak of kidnappings of valuable dogs gives rookie Detective Constable Marion Everitt a chance to prove her mettle against a gang of heartless thugs. Resources at Norton Hill Police Station are also stretched by a series of armed robberies of designer handbags worth hundreds of thousands of pounds from exclusive boutiques.
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About the Author
Albert Clack was born in Brighton, England, in 1947; educated at Varndean Grammar School for Boys, Brighton; Bradford University (BA in French & Russian); and Sussex University (MA in International Relations). From 1969 to 2006 he was a journalist specializing in international reporting; working for Reuters News Agency for 17 years, and for ITN and other TV news companies for 20 years. As a foreign correspondent, he lived in France, Argentina, Yugoslavia, Cuba and Dubai. He is fluent in Spanish & French, and very rusty in Russian & Serbo-Croat. At the age of 59 he retrained as an actor, and has been working professionally as an actor since 2007. Stage credits include major roles in Shakespeare, Chekhov, Bernard Shaw & Oscar Wilde. In 2014 he edited his late father’s WWII prisoner-of-war memoir, ‘My Underground War’.