by Bill James
£15 – 1899344969
C-format (216mm x 135mm) paperback original
Times are tough for ‘middleman’ Julian Corbett.
He operates as a half-respectable, half-crooked businessman in what was once the rough dockside of the Welsh capital. But a multi-billion pound redevelopment is transforming the seafront into the stylish Cardiff Bay marina-style housing and shopping area, and Corbett is determined to grab a piece of that action.
At first, Corbett thinks the opportunity to help shady developer Sid Hyson dispose of his lakeside casino/hotel/nursing home complex is his road to riches, but he soon realises that all is not well. Hyson is suddenly worried the sea might come flooding in and before that happens wants to ‘liquidate’ his assets. But £200 million isn’t chicken-feed and potential buyers are asking awkward questions.
Time soon starts to run out for Corbett and he knows that if he doesn’t find an acceptable buyer – and quick – he’s as good as dead. The body of one failed ‘middleman’ has already washed up on a nearby beach. Then Corbett realises he’s negotiating with people twice as ruthless as Sid Hyson.
Praise for Bill James
“Bill James is British mystery fiction’s finest prose stylist” – Peter Guttridge, The Observer
“Bill James can write, and then some” – Chris Petit, The Guardian
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