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Disillusioned journalist Mike Stanhope has self-published his first mystery novel online, hoping to shift his career on to a new trajectory. But when he starts digging into the real life events behind the true story, fact and fiction intertwine, threatening his peace of mind, his security and even his life.
It seemed such a simple assignment. “Go north, keep an eye on the firm we’ve acquired, report back.” Just a blip in writer Mike Stanhope’s new life. Yet soon he’s out of his depth. Commercial chicanery, a lapse in judgement, intimidation, a kidnapping, a beguiling woman and an elusive windfall are pulling his world apart.
Ghost-writing an autobiography for a top business executive seems an intriguing challenge, and Mike Stanhope needs the money, but Alan Treadwell proves a tough taskmaster, and soon Mike is learning disturbing things about him that he’d rather not know. Meanwhile, can he juggle his faltering relationship with the prospect of a new involvement, and still maintain his integrity?
Who is he? He can’t remember. All he knows is that he’s driving north, perhaps fleeing something. He starts to piece his past together, yet feels like an observer in his own life. Struggling to take control of his complex relationships and responsibilities, he fends off increasingly aggressive threats as he tries to find out what happened to him. IN PREPARATION