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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709088531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709088530
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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E.V. Thompson has enjoyed an eventful and varied lifestyle, in many parts of the world.

It began as a small child when the family's London home was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombs and he was taken to Oxfordshire where he was later educated at Burford Grammar School.

Joining the Royal Navy at the age of 15, he visited many countries during his ten years service, during which he was caught up in the Korean War and developed a love of travelling which has never left him. Upon leaving the navy he began writing short stories whilst involved in many occupations which included Vice Squad Policeman and Airline Detective; secondment to the Hong Kong Police Narcotics Bureau; heading the Department of Civil Aviation Security in what was then Rhodesia; Chief of Security at London's prestigious Mayfair Hotel - and sweeping floors in one of Cornwall's China Clay Works, whilst pursuing a writing career.

Eventually, when working as a Civil Servant in Devonport naval dockyard and with more than 200 short stories published around the world, his first novel, CHASE THE WIND, a novel about the 19th century copper miners of Cornwall's Bodmin Moor and the first of what would be the Retallick series of novels, won an award as "The Best Historical Novel of the Year". This was to set him firmly on the path to full-time authorship, a career which has to date seen almost 40 novels published in his name, many of them international best-sellers, their settings ranging from Cornwall where he has his home, to Europe, Africa, the Far East and America, where he is a frequent visitor.

There are also non-fiction books published by West Country publishers and E.V. has written and presented a number of programme series for BBC Radio Cornwall as well as giving talks in many countries around the world.

His latest novel, CHURCHYARD AND HAWKE, published at the end of 2009 by Robert Hale, marks the return of Amos Hawke, a mid-19th century Cornish detective who first appeared in THOUGH THE HEAVENS MAY FALL. Hawke, with the help of a companion, Tom Churchyard, a new recruit from the London Police, foils a bold foray into the county by a gang of London criminals and solves a baffling series of murders centred around one of Cornwall's great houses.

A new novel, BEYOND THE STORM, set on Cornwall's rugged North Coast, is to be published by Robert Hale in November, 2010.

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'With settings that stretch from China to Cornwall, these sagas delight' - Independent 'A vigorous and fascinating piece of storytelling from the pen of a first-class professional' - Sunday Times 'E.V. Thompson is, as always, an extremely good storyteller' - Historical Novel's Review 'His many fans won't be disappointed' --Bristol Evening News

About the Author

E.V. Thompson was born in London, After spending nine years in the Royal Navy, he served as a Vice Squad policeman in Bristol, became an investigator for British Overseas Airways (during which he was seconded to the Hong Kong Police Narcotics Bureau), then headed Rhodesia's Department of Civil Aviation Security Section. While in Rhodesia, he published over two hundred short stories before moving back to England to become a full-time award-winning writer. His first novel, Chase the Wind, the opening book in the Retallick saga, won the Best Historical Novel Award, and since then more than thirty novels have won him thousands of admirers around the world.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on 8 July 2010
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I have been a fan of E V Thompson since reading "Chase the Wind" in 1980 and believe I have, with one exception, a copy of every book he has published since. For the first time ever I found this one disappointing. The style of writing appears to have changed with the well researched historical fact we are used to seeing woven into the story lacking. At times I almost felt it had the style of a childrens' story book. Certainly not of the quality we are used to seeing from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Mccourt on 12 April 2013
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Yet another Fantastic Novel from EV Thompson. All of the EV Thompson books we have read and been purchased through Amazon, and every book, whether brand new, or used, Has been a Great buy, and in Really Great Condition. EV Thompson is the master of Cornish Charm, and, even though this is a diversion from his usual books, but equally riveting. Another Brilliant Read, bought to us by book dealers through Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beryl Underdown on 6 May 2013
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an excellent book, one of best so far. ev thompson never fails to give a good read. can't wait for the latest book to be published
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By old romantic on 29 Jun. 2013
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Since I read the first book about Amos Hawke I was hooked. I love the setting as a lot of the places are familiar, and I love the fact that it keeps you guessing what is going to happen next. I loved this follow on book where he takes up with Tom Churchyard to solve a murder mystery and captures a gang of thieves from London. This book was not as long as the others and I read it in no time. I was sad when it came to the end. I love E.V. Thompson books and I can't get enough of them.
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By David Greensweig on 11 July 2014
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Excellent story
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By Kindle Customer on 20 Jun. 2014
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Easy to get into steady pace,interesting places l know around Cornwall,relaxing and pleasant read for me to enjoy.
Therefore a good read.
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By MRW on 17 Feb. 2013
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The first time I've come across this author and it was a chance to dip one's toes in. The time setting and scene is interesting and the plot interesting although about half way through the identity of one of the villains was fairly obvious from the clues. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.
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Good quick read. Not taxing but with a good twist at the end. Will read the others in the series.
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