Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, blogger, reviewer and published author. He was brought up in rural Somerset in the UK, but left the rolling hills and cider for the warmer climes of Asia, where he has spent time in the Philippines and China, but now lives in Hong Kong – where cider and fish and chips are more readily available.
When he is not lawyering or writing he enjoys playing the piano (classical), fishing and occasionally drinking red wine. He is an active member of the Hong Kong Writer’s Circle and spends a lot of time helping other authors to market their books. You can find, learn about, and contact him at www.arthurcrandon.com.
Deadly Election – the first thriller book in his ‘Asian Intrigue’ series has many five star readers reviews and is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon and other major book retailers.
Crime / thriller
The Jungles of the Philippines provide the backdrop for this tense and dramatic thriller. Senator Consuelo, a streetwise and ruthless politician, is set to become the next President of the country – but is running out of cash to oil his election machine.
Three local lads find a hoard of gold – abandoned by the Japanese troops at the end of the Second World War. In their Naiveté they seek Consuelo’s help, only to be brutally murdered for their trouble. Unfortunately for the Senator the murder was witnessed by a retired Australian soldier, Paul, who seeks his own justice, and personal reward through blackmail. However, Consuelo is not going to give up any of his windfall willingly.
The Senator proves to be more cunning and ruthless than Paul could have imagined. The Senators botched attempt to murder him sets in motion a train of events, including betrayal, more murders, infidelity and intrigue that result in Consuelo’s downfall.
The drama is later played out in the streets and hotels of Manila, where, at Paul’s instigation, powerful people try to bring the beleaguered Senator down before he can be proclaimed as President. It is a race against time – if he becomes President, he may become too powerful to challenge.
He is brought to justice in the nick of time, but that is not the end of the story. His young, but loyal, wife is left to try to help him in any way she can, but she soon realises it is a hopeless case and needs to put her young children first.
Consuelo dies, in agony, in his prison cell. Death by poisoning can be easy to arrange and difficult to prove – if you know the right people.
Although Paul gets revenge, he fails to get any reward for his blackmail attempts, but he is not a man to give up. He eventually finds a way to profit from his efforts.
Sample Deadly Election