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The Byssus Killer

Charles Tucker

The Body is washed up on a Cornish beach, encased in a diamond-hard, glass-smooth cocoon, perfectly preserved, with open, staring eyes.

The scientist must solve the mystery of Stone Man, and the other victims of what he suspects is a mutated Pinna nobilis, or king mussel.

The mythology of the ancient land of Lyonnesse collides with Norse legend.

Time is running out, for the victims and perhaps even the human race.

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The author is grammar school educated in science subjects but was taught English by a dominant Head Mistress. He holds a Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer.

After serving a five-year student apprenticeship at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, he held management positions at Rolls Royce, Central Electricity Generating Board and latterly, with three oil companies.

He has worked in the USA, Far East, Middle East and North Africa, emigrating to Provence on retirement.

Married with two daughters and five grandchildren, he is now enjoying vintage years in his native Cornwall, writing.