On a bright autumn afternoon in Truro, the Napier family celebrates one couple's golden wedding anniversary and another's marriage. But for one member of the clan, the day turns dark. Chris Napier, prodigal son, suddenly spots the ragged specter of a former friend, Nicky Lanyon--a man whose own family was ruined by the same twist of fate with which the Napiers were blessed. And the next morning, Chris is horrified to find Nicky dead, hanging from a tree where the boys once played....
For Chris, the suicide opens a floodgate of doubt and suspicion. How did his family's wealth slip out of the hands of a great-uncle, brutally murdered before he could change his will? Were the men convicted of the crime truly guilty? And who is the mysterious, seductive woman who claims to know the Napiers' darkest secrets? As the crimes of two families are exposed, a series of violent acts shadows him and suddenly Chris knows he's in uncharted waters...until a killer drops one last disguise--for the ultimate act of revenge.
About the Author
Rob's considerable experience in the Financial and Mergers & Acquisitions Sector, gained over 30 years at senior level in both corporate and private organisations, makes him an experienced, astute businessman - exactly the characteristics his clients need when selling their companies. He has been responsible for the sale of several hundred privately owned businesses, totalling in excess of 2bn in transaction value. His expertise spans a range of sectors. In financial services they include: Corporate Finance, Wealth Management, Banking and Insurance. In the Business-to-Business arena, his skills include Management Consultancy, Sales and Marketing. Since 2002 he has worked exclusively in M&A, where his unique blend of skills enables him to help SME business owners achieve the maximum value when selling their companies. He is an international speaker on the subject and has met with over 5,000 business owners in his career, providing guidance, support and consultancy.
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