Smile Of The Stowaway
A married couple, a stranger from far away and a murder that rocks their lives. Desperate to reach England, a bedraggled immigrant clings precariously beneath a couple’s motor home as they cross the Channel. Once holidaymakers Bob and Anne overcome their shock at his discovery and their initial reservations, they welcome the friendly stranger into their home in defiance of the law. But their trust is stretched to the limit when the police accuse the smiling twenty-three-year-old of a gruesome murder. Could this man from six thousand miles away be guilty? Or is the real killer still out there? Former national newspaper journalist Tony Bassett tells how Anne turns detective, battling against a mountain of circumstantial evidence and police bungling to discover the truth. This gripping first novel concerning a death in a remote Kentish country cottage is packed with mystery, suspense and occasional touches of humour.
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Smile-Stowaway-Tony-Bassett/dp/1911546457
US – https://www.amazon.com/Smile-Stowaway-Tony-Bassett/dp/1911546457
My Thoughts and Review:
My first time reading this author. The story is told in the first person, which I must admit I’m not a fan of. But on this occasion it did work.
Anne and Bob return from a holiday in France with their motorhome and are surprised to find out they have picked up a passenger, or rather a stowaway. His name is Yousef. He is fleeing from oppression in his homeland.
After recovering from their initial shock, they take to the stranger and offer him a home and set about helping start a new life.
Later when a gruesome murder is committed , Yousef being a stranger in a strange land is the first suspect!
Bob is a superb narrator and tells the story clearly and reader is pulled along with the narrative.
This is a story of perceptions, of how a stranger is to be mistrusted and becomes the scapegoat. A story that challenges our beliefs. Are we as liberal as we like to think we are? Do we all have a little bit of mistrust for the stranger in our midst?; and if he is black are we not racist. As I said a book that asks a lot of questions in its pages.
A good narrative and I will look out for more from this author and encourage you to read this book. Good story and good writing!
Author Bio –
Tony Bassett, who was born in West Kent, grew up wanting to be a writer from the age of nine when he edited a school magazine. After attending Hull University where he won a `Time-Life’ magazine student journalism award, he spent six years working as a journalist in Sidcup, Worcester and Cardiff before moving to Fleet Street. Tony spent 37 years working for the national press, mainly for the `Sunday People’ where he worked both for the newsdesk and the investigations department. He helped cover the Jeremy Thorpe trial for the `Evening Standard’, broke the news in the `Sun’ of Bill Wyman’s plans to marry Mandy Smith and found evidence for the `Sunday People’ of Rod Stewart’s secret love child. On one occasion, while working for `The People’, he took an escaped gangster back to prison. His first book, `Smile Of The Stowaway’, is one of four crime novels Tony has written over the past three years. He has five grown-up children and eleven grandchildren. He lives in South East London with his partner, Lin.
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