The Stonemason

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Bullied by his elder brother and discovering he is illegitimate, Ross Williams leaves home for London. He joins the police force and ultimately becomes the leader of an armed response unit. When a drug fuelled youth goes on a shooting spree in a supermarket, Williams’ squad is despatched, but with a new leader. However, Williams is forced to assume control which instigates a sequence of events that impacts on the rest of his life. He leaves the force and eventually returns to his native Northumberland where he inherits a dilapidated estate and title from his real father. Over a period of years he and his wife improve and develop the estate and its many offshoots into thriving businesses, yet, he is bedevilled with the past and the appearance of those who would do him and his family harm, coupled with unavoidable issues that continuously arise to test his resolve.

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Afterwards I wondered if the circumstances of Reynolds’ visit had been different, whether I would have reacted differently, but the man on his right was carrying my daughter and the one on the left had hold of my son. Instead of responding verbally, I just put my head down and charged. ‘Arrggggggghhhh!’ or something like that, screamed from me just before my head and shoulders hit Reynolds about waist height. He went over backwards with me on top. I climbed off him to tackle the one who carried Debbie. He had put her down but was struggling with the vicious looking knuckle duster adorning his right hand, snagging on his clothes and preventing him from reaching the gun under his left armpit. I was quick enough to pick up a rockery stone and clobber him across the temple with it. He went down like a sack of shit, and I felt something go in my side just where the bullet entry scar was. As I turned to challenge the other trespasser, there was a loud “doyng!” sound and I realised Joanne had hit him across the back of his head with a shovel. He joined his compatriot on the ground where Eddie kicked him several times before Joanne pulled him away.

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Book Type: Print & Digital

ISBN-13: 9781792979125

Publisher: Douglas John Knox

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Language: English

Pages: 284

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About The Author

Douglas John Knox is best known for creating fast moving mystery thrillers, mostly set in the North of England, but his tales can take you off to the capital and overseas. Although blessed with a colourful imagination, Douglas didn’t start writing fiction until he retired from the Civil Service in the noughties. It was then, with a compulsion to record his creations, instead of just dreaming them, that he was stimulated to write. Douglas believes part of the fascination of being an author is the opportunity to incorporate, alongside complete fabrication, actual events and incidences that occurred throughout his life. “Many instances during my life, some serious, other’s humorous and many absurd, I recall with clarity and just love featuring them in my books. However, I have yet to conjure up a situation, where a government department maintains book records from a computer. I kid you not.” Once a resident of County Durham, Douglas John Knox now lives in North Northumberland, the setting for many of his novels. When not writing, Douglas enjoys fly fishing and tying his own flies, gardening, which includes tending a large allotment and painting, both in watercolours and oils. Also known to have the occasional glass of red wine.

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