Title: The Hoax
Author: Paul Clayton
Publisher: 2QT Limited
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The Excerpt …
As an out-of-work actor, Luke found it impossible not to feel jealous when anyone else got a sniff of work It made no difference to him that Polly was female, blonde and five foot six; he knew he could have played the role she was going up for this afternoon better than her.
She headed out and he took his time wandering round the flat with its river views. He finished his coffee and found the rest of his clothes. He thought he’d wait until getting home before showering, but one look at the power-shower monster lurking in the bathroom and he changed his mind. Hot-water heaven, and he luxuriated in it for quite a while.
His cards were maxed out after his night on the town, so walking home was his only option. Five and a half miles would up his step count for the day, and he wouldn’t feel guilty spending most of the evening lying on the bed. He hadn’t had a lot of sleep; it had been a magical night for which he was now suffering.
He put his key in the door of the house and pushed open the front door. The guy who lived in the studio apartment at the front and acted as liaison with their landlord was in the hall picking up some post. ‘Hi, man. You look rough. Good night?’
Luke smiled. ‘Yeah. Wonderful night. Nothing for me then?’
The guy shook his head. ‘No. Circulars and a couple of things for Maanuv upstairs. Nothing for us.’
Luke squeezed past him and made his way upstairs. He let himself into his room and flopped on the bed. There was a knock on the door. The guy from downstairs stood there.
‘Sorry, meant to tell you. The landlord sent somebody round this morning to deal with your faulty boiler. It needed checking. He let himself in, so I just wanted to let you know.’
Luke looked puzzled. ‘Not sure I have a faulty boiler.’ He walked into the kitchen cubbyhole and turned on the tap. The flame lit on the boiler and hot water gushed into the sink. ‘Seems to be working fine.’
‘He’s obviously done the job, then.’
Luke didn’t think any more about it; domestic management wasn’t something he’d ever been interested in. He grabbed his laptop and settled back on the bed to find something to stream. A documentary about a one-legged American baseball player who may have killed two of his wives came up as recommended and he clicked on the screen. As John Humboldt the Third started to tell his story, Luke’s eyes started to close. His antics of the previous night were beginning to catch up with him and it wasn’t long before he closed the laptop lid, turned over and headed for sleep.
He might have thought otherwise if he’d known he wasn’t going to wake up.
About the Book
Meet Frankie Baxter. She’s trying to make ends meet and keep the boat afloat for her three kids. She’s harassed, sometimes impatient. but she’s a fabulous mum. So imagine her distress when Henry, her youngest child, goes missing …
Henry returns safety accompanied by a stranger, Cora, a fairy godmother who starts to change the Baxter family’s lives in the best of ways. So why do things suddenly start going wrong? Is Cora fulfilling their dreams• or is she the start of a nightmare?
Funny, terrifying and a real page-turner, The Hoax puts a whole new slant on psychological thrillers.
About the Author
Best known to audiences for five series of the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 sitcom “Peep Show” and for two series of the BAFTA winning comedy “Him and Her” from BBC 3. He has enjoyed stints as regular characters in soaps “Hollyoaks”, “Coronation Street” “Doctors” is well known to viewers from a considerable volume of the television. Most recently appearances in series 2 of “The Crown”, “Black Earth Rising”, “Wolf Hall”, “The Split”, “Holby”, “ This Time with Alan Partridge” “Shakespeare and Hathaway” “Breeders”
. He is currently well known and loved by thousands of sci fi fans for his role as “Mr Colchester – terminator in a cardigan”- the leader of the Torchwood team, in the Big Finish ‘Torchwood’ audio dramas.
He recently filmed “Danny Boy” for the BBC
He is the author of “So You Want to Be a Corporate Actor?” and “The Working Actor” and is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Stage.
He is patron of the children’s literacy charity Grimm and Co (www.grimmandco.co.uk) based in Yorkshire for whom he has staged young authors live dramas and facilitated six independent films written by 9 – 11 year olds.
His first novel “The Punishment” met with great reviews when it was published in 2019.
““I LOVED this book. It’s funny, dark, sexy and sharp as a knife. A brilliant story with three intricately woven strands that keep you hooked all the way through. Definitely recommend!”
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