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That Will Do Nicely: The brilliance of this novel thriller lies in its plot & the mysteries of the printing press as Pascoe prints his way out of debt - an Inspector Roberts book

That Will Do Nicely: The brilliance of this novel thriller lies in its plot & the mysteries of the printing press as Pascoe prints his way out of debt - an Inspector Roberts book [Kindle Edition]

Ian Campbell
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That Will Do Nicely!

Canterbury, UK, mid 1980’s
‘That Will Do Nicely’ is a fast-paced thriller and is plot-driven. It concerns an ordinary man placed in extraordinary circumstances through no fault of his own. At his wife’s request, he throws a party at their cottage and invites his wife’s friends to attend. All perfectly understandable until the moment she plays ‘mistress’ and takes her lover to the marital bed. The rest you can imagine. Tom, her husband, discovers her ‘inflagrante delicto’ in the bedroom and throws wife and lover out into the street in front of her friends. Understandably, all three of them are suitably embarrassed and Theresa (the wife) determines to exact her revenge on husband Tom. However following the axiom about revenge being a dish best served cold, Theresa takes her time. Realising that she and her husband share the same initials… Tom Pascoe and Theresa Pascoe… she decides to apply for a credit card and runs up a huge bill under the name T. Pascoe. This is the background to the story.
Faced with financial ruin because of his wife's mercenary actions, Pascoe seeks advice from an old school friend who is a successful local lawyer. After he explains everything, he is appalled to hear the legal advice he is given, ‘pay up’ or ‘go bankrupt’. However, one thing his old friend does mention is a practical joke that Pascoe had played on his acquaintances at school and in the next couple of days, he is reminded of the same event and that gentle nudging reminds him that he has very little to lose if he implements an audacious plan of action. He will use his skills to defraud the bank concerned and use the bank’s own money to repay his debt. The idea festers in his mind. He wonders if he has the skill-set to pull the plan off. He realises that he does, having already earned his living as a commercial photographer and the operator of a ship-board Bureau de Change on the ferries. There is only one part of his mad-cap scheme that he knows little about… the printing and numbering of Travelers Checks. Print a dollar bill or a pound note then the crime you are committing is forgery which carries very severe penalties but print your own Travelers Checks and you are creating not forging. However, although Pascoe knows about printing he knows next to nothing about the numbering side of the business and for that he needs someone with the right skill set. He finds just such a person teaching computer programming at the local evening class centre. Of course, just going up to a total stranger and putting the question to them is a little difficult, so he has to be subtle about his approach and subtlety isn’t one of Pascoe’s best qualities.
Having found his expert, he invites her out for dinner under the pretence that he needs her technical advice for a book he’s writing. She isn’t convinced, and asks to see the manuscript for the book and of course, this is something he doesn’t have. One thing leads to another and Sam uses her feminine wiles to force Pascoe to confess the real reason for him needing the information he is seeking. In return, Sam, after listening to his reasons, decides she wants in and informs him that she wants far more out of it than enough to repay his debt. And so the stage is set and the pair of them set off on their hair-brained scheme. The ensuing fast-paced action has them pursued through Europe both by Scotland Yard and the American Secret Service. Of course, ‘the best laid plans of mice and men oft gang aglae’ to quote Burns and Pascoe’s plans certainly don’t run perfectly smoothly. They are pursued across Europe where their adventure exposes them to fine dining in a variety of interesting restaurants. The novel has several twists and turns and a surprising if slightly immoral denouement. Additionally, there is no violence at all in the book. It is a bold, satisfying and thought-provoking caper which will keep you entranced ‘til the end and scary because it all depends on numbers!

About the Author

Ian Wallace Campbell has lived a fascinating life and has worked as a commercial photographer and in Foreign Exchange before earning his living as a freelance photo-journalist for the British national newspapers. He started writing fiction in the 80's and 'That Will Do Nicely' was written in 1984, just at the time when London's Fleet Street changed their methods of print production to the computerized systems we use today. He had to attend to family matters in the early 90's and by the time he was able to return to the world of journalism, things had moved on. So he altered course and at the age of fifty, went to university and read a degree in physics before gaining a PGCE enabling him to teach mathematics in the secondary school system (6th to 12th grades). Ian Wallace Campbell lives in the county of Kent in the south-east of England and when he isn't teaching, devotes his energies to writing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1031 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453713700
  • Publisher: geneset publishing; Digital 2 edition (20 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004183MXE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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... set in the nice city that is London in the year 1985.

Thomas Craig Pascoe, 38 years old, has no choice left. When he catches his philandering spouse right in the middle of the act, he throws the two happy bunnies out of his house in their birthday suits.
Result: He gets fired by his father-in-law and his future ex-wife leaves him with credit card debts of more than £ 16,000 which he has to pay back within a year...

Pascoe, unable to pay the debt but also unwilling to file for bankruptcy, chooses instead to organize a scam by using a scheme that involves his wits and experience as a photographer and printer.
His vertiginous plan is to invent his own bank in Dallas, Texas and issue traveler's checks through a sub-office in London, but he needs the help of a computer expert to help him pull off the sting of his life.
He finds a perfect accomplice in the beautiful Sam who gives computer courses at a local evening school. Sam is intrigued by his plan, seduces Pascoe, figures out the scheme and agrees to help - but everything divided fifty-fifty...

And so the plan goes ahead to pass enough travelers cheques in a short enough space of time with a minimum risk of getting caught. Their solution is ingenious!
They really are the perfect couple for this adventure. Everything seems to go like a Swiss watch :)
What Tom and Sam couldn't foresee is the omnipresent human factor which is beyond control even in the best of plans...
One too greedy person is more than enough and soon they have both New Scotland Yard and the American Treasure right upon their heels...
Will there be a happy ending for our cunning couple???

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4.0 out of 5 stars Where There's A Will There's Away. 16 Sep 2013
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A very good book. I could not put it down as I just had to see what happened next. When you lose everything and have to start again you find a way. Luckily for Tom and Sam they did find a way but will they get caught? Get your copy today and find out. I love how the book explained the process they had to go through to even get started on their scheme from the planing stage through to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted 23 Aug 2013
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The plot, rather than the characters, kept me reading this story. The story is a glimpse into the world of travellers cheques and how the system works behind the public face of the banks. I enjoyed the read and thought that it would make a good light hearted movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn, kept me in my chair. 23 Feb 2014
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This is a very well thought out plot. I enjoyed the technical aspects of the story and the precise way in which it was put together. I thought the main character was too perfect and I was disappointed that there were no heart-stopping moments and really felt that there could have been much more to the book than there was. However, it's only a personal observation and doesn't detract from the 5 stars for a well written yarn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Riveting! 17 Feb 2014
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That’ll Do Nicely by Ian Wallace Campbell is set in London in 1985 and finds Tom Pascoe at his wits end when he discovers that his wife from a ‘well to do’ background has fleeced him of all of his money and left him with major debts effectively leaving him with no choice but to file for bankruptcy. After a chance meeting with an old school acquaintance and a reminder of times past, Tom decides that he is not standing for any of this and hatches a plan to solve all of his problems and this is where the story really kicks off. What follows is a most riveting read and I found myself marveling at how the author had managed to come up with the plot line together with so much detail to back it up whilst maintain the pace and flow of the story.

Ian certainly knows how to craft a novel that will keep the reader engrossed and unable to put down.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely!
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