Today I have the pleasure of being one of two stops on Rob Ashman’s Pay The Penance blog tour! 🙂
With thanks to Sarah Hardy, at Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to take part.
New Jersey June 1985
Fabiano Bassano was watching baseball in his man-cave.
The room was full of excited chatter as the additives
from the fizzy drinks and chocolate snacks began to kick in and the kids went a little crazy. He liked nothing better than watching the game with his five grandchildren. They were mad about baseball and mad about Grandpa.
Whenever they got together it was always the same. The kids talked over the commentary, walked in front of the TV, and bombarded him with questions about the rules, but that was fine. For Fabiano Bassano, enjoying the ball game with his grandchildren had nothing to do with the ball game.
‘Hey, what’s going on,’ he cried, holding up an empty beer bottle. ‘Who’s on bar duty?’
One of the children reached up, snatched it from his grasp and dashed into the kitchen, returning a minute later with a frosted replacement, courtesy of Grandma.
Zak, the youngest, snuggled on to the chair alongside him.
‘Grandpa, why do you have this silly picture?’ His shock of black tousled hair hid his face as he gazed at a silver framed photograph in his tiny hand. He looked up, his moon face and bright eyes waiting for his favourite playmate to respond.
‘Yes, that is a silly picture, isn’t it?’ They both laughed. ‘What is it?’ ‘I don’t know. Someone gave it to me. I like it, don’t you?’ ‘Yes, I like it too.’
‘It makes me smile.’ ‘It makes me smile too, Grandpa. Who gave it to you?’ ‘A friend of Uncle Chris.’ ‘Is he the one who died?’ ‘Yes. He died when you were small.’ ‘I like it.’ Zak turned the picture over in his hands and the
frame caught the light. ‘I’ll let you into a secret.’ Fabiano bent his head and whispered
into the child’s ear. ‘Do you know what today is?’ ‘No, what?’
‘Today is its birthday.’
‘Its birthday?’ Zak was fixated, not taking his eyes off the image. ‘How can a picture have a birthday?’
‘Well, it’s one year ago today that the photograph was taken.’
‘Wow, then it does have a birthday.’ Zak and his grandpa sang Happy Birthday. But Grandpa struggled on occasion to get his words out. When they finished he dabbed his eyes with his sleeve.
‘Now put it back and we can watch the game.’ Zak shuffled off the chair and placed it on the shelf. It was an odd photograph.
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (8th August 2017)
A stunning serial killer thriller from The Mechanic Trilogy
Murder. Corruption. Revenge.
Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. And he doesn’t disappoint.
Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back together. The police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance and she must divert the investigation if she is to survive.
The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which puts Moran right in the firing line.
Mechanic, as usual, has other plans and the consequences for Lucas and Harper are terrifying…
Pay The Penance can be read as a gripping stand alone or as part of the thrilling Mechanic Trilogy
Book 1: Those That Remain
Book 2: In Your Name
Reviews for The Mechanic Trilogy:
“Wow what a gripping, seat clenching , addictive read this book is, can’t wait for sequels to come out”
“Top class entertainment. An excellent debut novel full of fast paced action, thrills and spills.”
“I think I have just found myself a new crime thriller author and series that will be going straight on my “must read authors list”.
“Kept me on the edge of my seat so many twists and turns”
Buy a copy…..
About the author…..
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.
You will find all of Rob’s books on his Amazon author page