Author(s): Christopher Abbey
Set against a backdrop of actual events in 1995, Martyn Percival, a middle-aged New Zealander, seeks adventure on his first OE to the United Kingdom. A chance sighting, providing a possible link between an explosion and the whereabouts of a renegade IRA operative, has him reporting his suspicions to an attractive police sergeant in the Cotswolds. Scotland Yard becomes involved when the bomber is identified as a serial killer who has embarked on a mission seeking revenge on the tourist who "shopped him". Martyn's burgeoning feelings for the sergeant have him agreeing to participate in a planned trap for his nemesis. When this backfires, Martyn returns to New Zealand. Followed by his stalker.Faced with fear for his own survival, Martyn has no alternative but to turn the tables and stalk the stalker. Thus setting up a face-to-face finale in New Zealand's North Island wintry landscape.
In 1977, South African born Christopher Abbey and his family immigrated to New Zealand. He started writing as a hobby to counteract the number-crunching of a demanding Quantity Surveying career. Self-employed from 1992, a creative writing course in 1996 inspired A Moment's Silence and relegated two other works-in-progress to the 'to-do' shelf. He has lived in Palmerston North since 1978.