Troubador The Secret to Being Frank

Released: 02/10/2013

ISBN: 9781783060658

Format: Paperback

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The Secret to Being Frank

Evil beyond Insanity


Definitely dark, mean and thought-provoking, The Secret to Being Frank has that extra middle finger of Hannibal Lector right on the pulse of the reader’s guilty pleasure. This rollercoaster of a novel has ignored all the ground rules as it careers down the track towards the evil beyond insanity. In-depth character profiling enables the reader to enter the dark tunnel of the psychotic brain and believe. Authentic and nerve-fraying writing graphically depicts dark, harrowing scenes and spine-chilling moments.

The scream machine is launched into mid-air in Wales during the middle of the 20th century, when an inexperienced, belligerent detective Frank Macleod encounters Samuel John, a mission-orientated serial killer. Even with the hereditary gift of damashealladh, second sight, Macleod, headstrong, unorthodox and carrying his own psychological baggage, appears totally out of his depth against John. Can he stop this death drive and prevent the body count from spiralling out of control? Will he take up the challenge, and can he control his relentless sexual appetite?

Look out for the banked curve, the unusual death-defying twists and conflict in the plot. Hold onto your sanity or you could be the next victim. The?Secret to Being?Frank has been inspired by novels that balance a fine line between a psychological thriller and a horror, including those by Jo Nesbo, SJ?Bolton and Karin Fossum.

Cayocosta 72


WOW quite a read! wish I read sooner. Awesome thriller! Is this a debut novel? IF so bravo!

by Laura Duquette

Joe Leslie

Born in 1943, the author had a tainted yet revering upbringing. At the age of three the Celtic colour of love in his mother’s eyes still made him believe despite the tragic death of his father. In 1966 the long arm of the law liberated the author from the hardship prevalent in Ebbw Vale, Gwent. During forty years’ experience with the police he encountered darker shades of life lurking in the futility of riotous behaviour, terrorism and bloody homicide. Later in his career he introduced national projects in liaison with the local Crown Persecution Service and Magistrates Court Centre. Meanwhile, his addictive personality watched as the increase in ‘Decree Nisi’ spiralled to a new level of harm. Finally hope in the guise of Joanne reached out for the alcoholic’s hand and showed him the way to reality, friendship and love. In retirement he thought about writing a novel. An eerie demanding voice whispered in his ear, it told him to reject any safe way of writing, don’t follow the crowd. An unforgiving past pointed him in the right direction, tell it like it is, treat the reader with respect. The author lives with his wife in the heart of Celtic Mythology in Carmarthen, the birthplace of Merlin the Magician.

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