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Joshua's Trumpet

Steve Harper

Jimmy and Arthur have been friends since they were cubs in 1926. Life is good until their friend, Mr Zimmerman, is attacked at a football match and viciously beaten by three fascists. Two of the assailants are caught and sent to prison; the third escapes punishment until the boys discover his identity.

Forgiveness is not an option.

They only meant to knock him out, but half of his skull is never found.

As the boys discover amateurs don't get away with murder, the shadow of the hangman is too close for comfort.

It takes a world war, the special unit of MoD 1, an unarmed combat expert with a trilby hat and Mr Churchill's little problem with the French fleet to sort it all out.

N.B. This is classified information. Tell no one.

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Steve Harper was born into a service family and travelled the world with his parents, living in Germany, Northern Island and Aden. He was sent to a mixed boarding school in 1963 and expelled in 1965. He lasted another year in a grammar school until he was again expelled. Seeking employment, he then got a job working for the Board of Trade where he studied at Bletchley Park. On finishing college, he applied for a job with the GPO as an engineer. Thankfully they took him on as he married Judy in 1970 and needed to pay the bills. Their two children, Daniel and Lindsay, were born in 1974 and 1979 while the family moved around Cambridge. In 2000 Steve took early retirement and he and Judy moved to Norfolk. Here he joined the local amateur dramatics society writing several plays, some of which were published and won prizes. He now paints, writes and plays bass guitar for two local bands. He smiles a lot.