Anthony is an ordinary man, who owns a small but successful business. His passion is art, his friends artists and dealers. He buys a beautiful painting at an auction, and his world dissolves. Murder, theft and arson; Anthony is on the run and plunged into an operation carried out by the spooks of the Deep State. The activities of a criminal gang, forgery and trafficking, are threatening the position of a key Cabinet Minister. Jane and David, young field officers of the Secret Intelligence Services, are at the heart of this task. What is the connection between Anthony's purchase and the stability of the Realm? The richly complex plot moves through London, Brighton, Devon and Cornwall, (with a brief excursion to GCHQ in Cheltenham) and involves an eclectic cast of characters; art dealers, politicians, academics, business men, intelligence agents, policemen, senior civil servants, thugs and murderers, a Chinese restaurateur and 'C' himself. The story is told with wit, in an uncompromising style.
W J Brown, known as Wimjos, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in England (a Geordie), and educated in Liverpool and at Oxford. He has worked in Government Service, Universities, as a business consultant and as joint owner of a software firm. He travelled extensively behind the Iron Curtain before glasnost. His present home is on the granite tip of Cornwall between St Ives and Penzance where he lives with his Cornish wife. They swim and surf, collect paintings and pots made by local artists and enjoy convivial evenings in the Tinners' Arms in the picturesque village of Zennor.