Sunday 18 September 2016

The Hippo Hands Over . . . . to Frank Westworth

I'm handing over to Frank Westworth today. Frank is the author of The Killing Sisters novels and JJStoner crime thriller stories amongst others and today I've got an extract from his latest action packed short thriller, Fifth Columnist. First things first though, let's meet the man behind the books.

Photo courtesy of Rowena 
Frank Westworth shares several characteristics with his literary anti-hero, JJ Stoner: they both play mean blues guitar and ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Unlike Stoner, Frank hasn't deliberately killed anyone. Frank lives in Cornwall in the UK, with his guitars, motorcycles, partner and cat.

A new action-packed quick thriller out on 14 September. FIFTH COLUMNIST features covert operative JJ Stoner, who uses sharp blades and blunt instruments to discreetly solve problems for the British government.
A bent copper is compromising national security and needs to be swiftly neutralised, but none of the evidence will stand up in court. That’s exactly why men like Stoner operate in the shadows, ready to terminate the target once an identity is confirmed…

SNEAK PREVIEW! Here’s what happens when our military man meets the forces of law and order:-
‘Jack,’ announced the lady policeman, the DCI, and offered her hand to the upright man with the military bearing. He took it, squeezed it softly and released it.
‘Detective Chief Inspector,’ he said, after a pause.
‘No need for the formality, sergeant.’ She gestured at the chair vacated by the man from upstairs. ‘If we’re going to work together, we need to get along together.’ She smiled. ‘I’m Jack. Short for Jackie, short for Jacqueline.’ She looked up, smiling some more and waited.
‘Sarge,’ said the hard military man, slowly and politely. ‘Short for Sergeant. Short for Colour Sergeant.’ He may have smiled, though only a detective could have been certain.
‘No Christian name, sergeant?’
‘Not a Christian, ma’am. Jack. Shout ‘Sarge’ loudly and if I’m in earshot I’ll be there for you. Shout it into a radio, and I’ll be there, fast as possible. That’s how I work with others. You call, I come.’
She leaned her chair backwards onto just two of its four legs. ‘What do your friends call you, Sarge? I prefer to work with colleagues as friends if it’s possible. Teamwork is always best. So what do they call you, your friends?’
‘No idea. Nothing generous, that’s for certain.’
‘So you’re always so formal?’
‘You’re extremely attractive,’ he said, holding her eyes with his own. ‘For an older woman. Ma’am.’
She shrugged. ‘Good to know. OK. As the pompous jerk tried to tell you, we have a problem, a police problem.’
‘Ma’am,’ he acknowledged.
‘We’re going out to dinner this evening. It’s formal, so you’ll need a smart suit, a club tie, bow tie, something like that, and a full set of table manners. Can you do that?’
‘I have a few regimental ties, ma’am, a full dress Number One uniform, if that’s what’s required. I would need a haircut for that. Number Twos also, less need for the haircut.’
‘Civilian, please. That OK? Don’t shave. Look stubbly. Can the forces of disorder do stubbly as well as fully formal?’
‘I’m a master of disguise, ma’am. I could probably impersonate a human, given enough time to practice a little.’ He paused. ‘The dinner.’
‘You have a concern?’
‘If I’m to perform a duty beyond standing around like an over-muscled oaf, I need some background. All successful missions succeed because those involved – preferably just the good guys – have all the available information about the situation.’
‘And there I was, thinking you were just a hired gun.’ She smiled. He did not.
‘You want a gun, ma’am, I’ll bring one. I need to know the situation before selecting the weapon.’ He cracked the smallest of smiles. ‘An RPG is hard to hide in a tux, ma’am. No matter how pleased I may be to see you.’
She was quiet for a small while. Stood. Even standing, she found it hard to look down on the seated sergeant. He was a big man. And hard with it.
‘Fully tooled, ma’am.’ No trace of a smile.

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If you like the sound of that then you'll be pleased to know that you can pick up a copy via the links below:

Amazon UK
Amazon US

While you're at it why not check out Frank's other books here.

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I'd like to say a big thank you to Rowena for getting in touch with me on Frank's behalf and for letting me share a short extract from Fifth Columnist. It sounds like a great read! If you've read any of Frank's books please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts or even better leave a short review for Frank on Amazon or Goodreads, I'm sure he'd really appreciate it. 😉

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