Family historian Graham Hasselhoff thought there were no skeletons in his cupboard. That is, until the day he met the son he never knew he had.
Getting to know Andreas, who is now the boss of a road haulage firm, soon leads him to a trail of arson, beatings, mysterious warnings – and murder.
Can his son really be behind this deadly business?
Graham has to quickly work out if Andreas is an impetuous eccentric – or a dangerously ruthless criminal.
Biography – Mark Eklid
It took Mark until he was fifty-seven to finally fulfil his dream of being a published author, but seeing his work in print was far from a new experience by then.
Sunbeam, his debut novel, was self-published in November 2019 and will be followed by Family Business in late May to early June of this year. Both are fast-moving, plot-twisting contemporary thrillers which use Sheffield, the city of his birth, as their backdrop, though Family Business is also partly set in his current home city, Derby.
But his writing background is based on a career as a newspaper journalist, starting out as a trainee reporter with the South Yorkshire Times in 1984. Three years later, he joined the sports desk of the Derby Telegraph, where he’s been ever since.
Most of his time in Derby has been as the newspaper’s cricket writer, a role that brought national recognition in the 2013 England and Wales Cricket Board awards. He’s also been a contributor for the last nine years to the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and has had many articles published in national magazines, annuals and newspapers.
The hefty workload of writing as a profession meant writing for pleasure was largely left on the back burner but changing priorities at work made it possible – essential, even – to pick up the threads of one of the many half-formed novels in his computer files and, this time, see it through to publication.
Sunbeam was the result, but it was never the intention to stop there. Family Business was well on the way by the time Sunbeam was published and a third novel, possibly the start of a series, is already well into the planning stage.
Mark was born in Sheffield and has lived in Derby since 1988 with his partner, Sue. They have two sons.
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