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Bad Influence

By Desmond Harding

Bonnie Kelloway is a latter-day Svengali, a spin doctor skilled in modern public relations. A manipulator of opinions, an image merchant able to convince anybody of anything. In Bram Norstead she finds the perfect man to transform with her black art.

Under her tuition he changes from a bright but bland businessman into a media star and then becomes a close confidant of the prime minister. With Bonnie’s he is well on his way to securing a position at the most sought after table in Britain – the Cabinet.

On his trail is Bonnie’s half-brother, Finian, a one-time investigative reporter. He has a burning mission to find the truth behind the deaths of two of Norstead’s workers who contract a mysterious wasting disease.

And what is the dark secret between the sudden appearance of similar deaths across Europe and a chain of slimming clinics?

Can Finian stop the apparently unassailable pair before their power becomes absolute?

Desmond Harding has been a professional writer all his life. First as a journalist for such papers as the Sunday Telegraph, Glasgow Herald, Yorkshire Post and the Sheffield Telegraph, and then in public relations with some of the largest corporate names on both sides of the Atlantic. He now writes full time from his house in West Cornwall.

As a journalist he specialised in business, industry and politics. His time on Fleet Street and with multi-nationals gave him a unique picture of how businesses operate and businessmen behave. His interest in the business world has continued and he now writes thrillers set in that same world.

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