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Smoke Without Fire

By Leo McNeir

A new man comes to live in Knightly St John.

He is old, he is blind and Marnie is surprised and astonished to discover that he is probably the most eminent person ever to have set foot in the village. By any reckoning he is world class, admired and respected universally as a Great Man. He brings with him a strikingly beautiful ‘great niece’, though some in the community have doubts about the true nature of their relationship.

But something doesn’t make sense. He is known to have a tempestuous past, for all his celebrity. He is also known paradoxically to be no friend of Britain. His arrival begs the question, why would such a man with such a history choose to move to this part of England?

Doubts grow when it gradually becomes apparent that for all his greatness and charm the newcomer’s past is starting to catch up with him. Soon, Marnie and everyone in the village get caught up in events that threaten the security of their peaceful world.

When tragedy strikes, no one can be safe, as old conflicts come back to cast their shadow over the living and the dead…

Leo McNeir is a linguist and lexicographer. As director of The European Language Initiative he compiled and edited twelve dictionaries in fifteen languages, including English, since the first one was published by Cassell in 1993.

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