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bombay airport – 1948

*Hollis stopped reading after a minute, patted his breast pocket and looked up at the finger tapping his window. The courier was holding up a pencil. When Hollis wound down the window to take it, the courier told him a taxi was waiting to take him to the British Embassy.

Hollis rubbed the pencil over a line of indentations at the end of the message, exposing the signature.

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Otto.

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Sick of the facts? Read the fiction.

*excerpt from The Bookmaker from Rabaul.

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. A Ripping Read! Thoroughly recommended!

    January 16, 2017
  2. …. and Otto’s signature, is it the key?

    January 16, 2017
  3. Clive #

    Just reached Page 114-When is Hollywood going to be knocking at your door, Pete? They certainly should sit up and take note-a great read!

    January 16, 2017
    • Kate Moss, Clive, she has the gravitas for a lead spot, no?

      January 16, 2017
      • Kate has a gravit what?

        Don’t make me wake her up, she’s hates Monday morning enough as it is.

        January 16, 2017
        • My Kate Moss wakes up to a double vodka, a shower then breakfast in bed. Yours needs a cup of tea and a copy of the Guardian.

          January 16, 2017
          • Pete: if yours doesn’t start the day with a black coffee and a smoke, you’ve been sold a pup, mate.

            January 16, 2017
            • Wait for the soundtrack: Mick Jagger backed by Philip Glass, lyrics by Big Joe Turner, chorus by The Nefertiti Boys Choir … arrangement by the heirs of Miles Davis’s estate, bass by the ghost of Jaco Pastorius, keyboards by the dead fingers of Joe Zawinul. Atmospherics by Jon Hassel.

              January 16, 2017
  4. A very good thought.

    January 16, 2017
  5. Clive #

    Not sure about Kate Moss, possibly Cate Blanchett?

    January 16, 2017
    • She’s the schoolteacher type, Clive, and we don’t do discipline in this novel, everything is as loose as a goose.

      January 16, 2017
  6. Clive #

    Well, she is in a Class of her own.

    January 17, 2017
  7. …. and if John Cleese dyes his hair back to black he gets to be Sticks. But maybe you figured that out already, Clive, old punster.

    January 17, 2017

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