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Jack of Hearts [Paperback]

Ken Scott
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20 Jan 2007
Bob Heggie is just how you would imagine a middle class bank manager would be, looking in from the outside that is. Deep down he is in turmoil. His wife has left him for another man and his visits with the children are far too infrequent. He is trapped in a career with no challenge and no promotion prospects. A series of small misdemeanours has left him on the verge of dismissal. He is suffocating and can't see a way out. At times, he thinks he is moving towards that thin line where sanity ends and his worst nightmare begins. Then a dramatic event changes Bob's life. He stumbles upon a violent bank raid. He witnesses a young woman lying motionless, a pool of blood oozing from her head. Her face is twisted and contorted and lacks any sign of life. One or two high-ranking officials at the funeral and of course a representation from the branch. A small death in service benefit. maybe? If she has served her probationary period that is, if not a nice little saving for the bank, perhaps a fraction of a penny on the share price? He makes a decision to leave the bank forever. He formulates the perfect heist, the perfect way to rob his employers, sting them, embarrass them, shame them, and hurt them where it hurts them the most. He plans everything down to the last minute detail and realises that it just could work. But has he got the bottle to carry it off? Has he got the nerve? And after everything. supposing.just supposing he could pull it off.could he carry on as normal for months or even years afterwards? Would they see through him. would they realise that the culprit was in their very midst. Mr reliable, Mr dependable, Mr tedious. Boring Bob.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Libros International (20 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905988036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905988037
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,867,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm from Newcastle upon Tyne in and I became a writer by accident... honestly! I have no formal writing qualifications and certainly nothing like a University or College education. I was on a long flight several years ago and I was bored, so I opened up my laptop and began to type. I'd had a strange dream the night before and when I woke I thought my dream would make a great thriller. I took to it like a duck to water and by the time the plane was coming into land I'd finished a 5000 word chapter. As I climbed down the aircraft steps I made myself a promise that I'd finish the book and I did. The book was called The Jack of Hearts and incredibly it was published by a small publisher in Oregon. I'm the author of three crime fiction novels and more than a dozen ghost-written books. I also have three books heading for the publishers next year. I have written two screenplays and was assistant screen writer on Do The Birds Still Sing In Hell? which was film optioned in 2012. The movie pre-production starts next month. I am represented by The Diane Banks Agency and my publicist is Paul Gough of Goffy Media.

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Mind numbing suspense - Scotty really delivers! -- Jack Stewart, author Scorpion

Revenge, love, sex, violence and intrigue, this book has it all. A real page turner! -- Trevor Dalton, author The Vampire Sarah --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

This is British writer Ken Scott’s debut novel with Bootleg Press and we are happy to have him aboard. JACK OF HEARTS is a thriller we are proud of. A year in the writing, longer in the second draft, but the story was worth the wait, worth the effort.

Newcastle Banker Bob Heggie lives alone in a barely furnished flat. His wife has thrown him over for another man and taken the children he loves. His boss treats him like a dog, often humiliating him in front of the other employees.

Then he buys a motorcycle, meets a younger woman and is almost killed during a daring, daylight bank robbery. The motorcycle, a Harley Sportster, gives him confidence, the girl confuses him and the robbery changes him.

While walking the moors in the early morning, listening to Bob Dylan sing about the Jack of Hearts on his iPod, he devises a scheme, a grand plan, to get even with the bank and the boss he loathes.

Give this story a try, we think you’ll like it. Well, we hope you do. Mr. Scott is busy working on the sequel and we hope, if you try this one, that you’ll come back for that.

Best regards,

Bootleg Press --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first outing for Bob Heggie 18 May 2007
Format:Paperback
I came to this book backwards and read the sequel, 'A million would be nice.' first. As a result I had to read the debut. I was not disappointed. Thank you amazon for the flag, sorry I read them the wrong way round but it gave me the excuse to re-read the second book something I strongly urge everyone to do. Thanks Mr. Scott, thank you for Bob Heggie, long may he flourish and did someone really get away with the robbery, I would love to know. You tell me fellow readers.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set a day aside for reading this book! 8 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
Once I got stuck into "Jack of Hearts" I was intrigued by the two main characters and the plot and could not put the book down until I had finished it - in one day! A really well written novel with a highly believable plot which set the heart racing at times !! I would highly recommned this book and am already looking forward to the next book by Ken Scott!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put a day aside for this book! 7 Feb 2006
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I got stuck into this book last Saturday morning and could not put it down until I had finished it! A brilliant read, really well written with an excellent plot - highly believable! I am already looking forward to the next book from Ken Scott - if its anything like Jack of Hearts it will be another brilliant read!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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We can all empathise with Bog Heggie. He's just the average nice guy on the street and he deserves a break. But often the breaks don't happen unless we help them along a bit. Bob Heggie turns his life around...by robbing a bank. Okay so perhaps it's a bit unusual for the average nice guy, and maybe not a strategy that should be recommended. But the character of Bob Heggie is so well drawn that you empathise completely. You are with him the whole way and you really want him to win.

This thriller has you on the edge of your seat, suspense and action all the way, a terrific read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read 6 Oct 2007
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I read this book by Mr. Scott in record time it was so enjoyable. It was fast paced, with good characterization and vivid descriptions. I'll certainly read more from this author.
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