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This fast-moving thriller, the sequel to the highly-acclaimed Dead Drift, by writer, broadcaster and life-long flyfisher Pat O'Reilly (a vice president of The Wild Trout Trust) has, inevitably, flyfishing woven into its intricate plot. Details...
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Arthur Leclerc disappeared while on a fishing holiday in the Teifi Valley in west Wales. He was not just one of about 170,000 people reported missing each year, but one of the 5000 or so who remain missing long term.
Arthur’s fishing rod and creel were found on the riverbank, but despite an extensive search his body was never recovered. Six years later, Arthur’s daughter Sara and her husband Dr John Stephenson try to re-trace Arthur’s steps, staying at the same fishing lodge. The river is showing its bones... and many of them turn out to be human.
Meanwhile, plucked from the Kremlin’s grasp by Britain’s secret service, four Russian dissidents also disappear... this time from an MI6 safe house in Oxford. Their fate is linked to that of a dozen high-profile missing persons whose disappearance remains unexplained.
The Stephensons have poked a real hornets’ nest this time...
"Shades of Ian Flemming without the gimmicks, and towards the end a death-cum-suicide rate worthy of The Avengers... The final scene is just right and very Agatha Christie, which is not to be sneered at." CV, Portugal.
"Very fast paced. I read the whole book in three sittings, which is unheard of for me. I just wanted to turn the page and read the next bout of mis-direction." PJ, Wales UK.
Pat O'Reilly has been fishing for 70 years, mainly for trout and sea trout on rivers and streams. He ran flyfishing courses in Wales and overseas for nearly thirty years. For 12 years he chaired the Environment Agency's Fisheries, Ecology and Recreation Advisory Committee in Wales, and until March 2013 he was a council member and Deputy Chairman of the Countryside Council for Wales (now Natural Resources Wales). Pat has also served on Government's Fisheries Legislation Review Group and is a frequent contributor to wildlife, game fishing and countryside magazines.
Pat's thirty other books include Matching the Hatch (continuously in print and updated since 1997), Tactical Flyfishing (1990); A Flyfisher's Guide to the Teifi Valley (2005), and many others. Dead Drift was his third novel, and Dead Cert is the sequel. Pat hopes to complete he final volume in th trilogy, Dead End, by the start of the trout fishing season in 2023.
Having actively contributed to river restoration work for more than 40 years, and a vice president of the Wild Trout Trust, in 2003 Pat was awarded an MBE for Services to Fisheries and Conservation.