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Today I’m sharing with you information about Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime?, including an extract from it which has an introduction from its author, Guy Rolands (aka Guy Caplin), and more information about him!
Recovering from a brutal attack where she was savagely raped, university student Sam Smith attempts to rebuild her life and overcome the ongoing effects of her ordeal. Her ultimate goal is to bring her assailant to justice, but before she can do so her life and loves take a series of intriguing turns as she continues her sometimes unconventional education.
Eventually she is able to identify her attacker and decides to exact retribution in her own particular style, but during her preparations Sam becomes aware that her every move is being tracked by a mysterious organisation. To avoid detection by the police and also her hidden watchers, Sam Smith attempts to commit the perfect crime. However in the aftermath of her vigilante action events change rapidly to bring about a most unexpected outcome.
Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime? is the first book in the Sam Smith Adventure Series and can be read as a standalone.
Here’s an extract to whet your appetite:
Introduction from the author:
When Sam Smith proposes to move in with her student lover, Ari Levi, in Germany, he drops a bombshell: at the end of the term, in a couple of months time, he will have to disappear and she can have no further contact with him. He is an undercover agent and will have to move to another country with a new identity. Her soul searching as to whether she wants to continue their affair for such a brief period of time, makes her realise who she’s really in love with.
Sam walked slowly round and round the tree-lined square adjacent to Ari’s flat. She’d left him at home as it was important for her to get things clear in her head. What did this situation actually mean to her? The key decision was, did she really want to embark on a closer relationship that had no future? What puzzled her was her lack of emotion. She was coldly mentally tackling how she was going to approach this as if it were some kind of business proposition. Basically, did she want to become Ari’s mistress for a set period of time? She would become in effect a “kept woman”. Was that what she really wanted, or even something she could cope with?
Sam went over the problem repeatedly and kept coming back to the fact that she wasn’t wound up about it. Her feelings were totally under control. Why? Did she love Ari? Well, yes of course she did. He was funny, kind, considerate and the sex was terrific, but … what was the but? Her mind went back to her relationship with Nick, trying to analyse her feelings for each of the two men. Her feelings were very different. That was it. The truth of the matter became abundantly clear. While she loved Ari, she wasn’t in love with him as she had been with Nick and probably still was. Thinking again about these two men, she had a sobering thought. If Nick came knocking on my door, would I drop Ari? She was quite taken aback with her answer. Without hesitation, she told herself. Yes, I’d drop him in a heartbeat.
That was a bit of a shock. If she moved in with him on her terms as well as his what did that make her? Hopefully, nothing more than a pragmatist.
Ari was in the kitchen when she returned, making their evening meal. Putting her arms around his waist, she pulled him away from the cooker.
‘I’ve come to a decision.’
‘You have been honest with me. I must be honest with you.’
‘Is it my turn to sense a but?’ he said.
She smiled. ‘There was a man in my life I felt very deeply about. In fact, I still do.’
‘You mean Nick?’
‘How the hell do you know about that?’
‘You talk in your sleep.’
‘And you don’t mind?’
‘I know that our time together is limited. If I’m going to make the most of it with the woman I adore, I have to ignore the fact that occasionally you can’t prevent yourself thinking of someone else.’
‘I guess that makes it easier for me. If I come and live with you, it would be on the understanding that if Nick said he needed me, I would leave you instantly. If you can accept that then I’ll move in tomorrow.’
Ari didn’t need to think about it. ‘You’ve got a deal. Shall we shake on it?’
‘I’ve got a better idea. Let’s start as we mean to carry on,’ said Sam casting all thoughts of Nick aside and peeling off her T-shirt.
Guy Caplin worked in television broadcasting for over 40 years and is one of the few people to have achieved success in both the technical and artistic branches of the medium. He has worked with many celebrities including, the Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope and Maria Callas.
He moved to ITV’s Yorkshire Television in 1969 as a Producer and Director of Sport, Outside Broadcasts and special events. Among the many programmes he devised was the quiz programme “Winner Takes All” fronted by Jimmy Tarbuck and Geoffrey Wheeler, which under his tenure was regularly amongst the Top Ten TV programmes and twice reached the coveted Number One Spot.
When the final series of the hit American programme Dallas ran into technical problems in Hollywood in 1989, Guy left YTV and joined a UK broadcast engineering company to try to come up with a solution. The solution proposed resulted in the creation of the DEFT process, which although too late to be used on Dallas, was used initially on the Simpsons and subsequently on Friends, Frasier, Superman and many others America series. DEFT was awarded an Emmy for outstanding technical achievement.
Back in the UK Guy owned and ran a company creating video productions for both broadcast and industry, was a freelance trainer at the BBC and a visiting tutor at the National School of Film and Television
For the past thirteen years Guy has also been regular lecturer for P&O cruises and Cunard and has effectively travelled twice around the world.
Now, having closed his video company, he spends his time writing under the name of Guy Rolands and has now completed four novels in the Sam Smith Adventure series. Having worked all over the world and encountered hundreds of remarkable characters, his experiences provide colour and intrigue to his work.
Facebook author page – https://www.facebook.com/guyrolandsauthor/
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