The Tailor of Riga by Jonathan Harries is available on Amazon today!
I had absolutely no intention of getting into the family business. As I told my father the night he enlightened me on what my ancestors had been up to for over a thousand years, “Sticking a curved dagger into someone’s liver ain’t quite my cup of tea.”
As it turned out, I had no choice. When your family’s been assassinating reprobates and other loathsome individuals for seventy generations, you have a certain obligation.
So, while it was a little disconcerting to hear how dear old granny would have become a prostitute if Grandpa Joe hadn’t whacked one of Germany’s top agents just before the start of World War I, it certainly piqued my interest. Of course, as I discovered, prostitution and murder were pretty de rigueur for my family.
After all, it was my great-grandfather who was hired by the British secret service to kill Jack the Ripper and my mother’s cousins who took part in the attempted assassination of Lenin.
My only regret when I finally took up the family sica was not eliminating Jean-Bedel Bokassa just before he crowned himself Emperor of the Central African Empire and ate my two friends.
But we all make mistakes.
Author Jonathan Harries grew up in Namibia. An extraordinarily beautiful and wild country where the desert meets the sea, with not a blade of grass in between. In his early teens, he moved to South Africa, where, after completing the perfunctory exercises necessary for entering adulthood, he began a career in advertising. While his love and fascination with wildlife began in Namibia, it grew into a passion in South Africa. Jonathan spent every chance he got going to Botswana and other places where you could – and luckily still can – see animals in their natural habitat.
He moved to the US in 1986 and has lived here ever since. Two years ago, he retired as Chairman of a global advertising agency to write full-time. Both his sons are passionate about animals; his eldest son, Simon, moved back to South Africa for a few years to become a safari guide. Jonathan and his wife go on safaris as often as possible and have had some incredible trips into the bush, bringing back memories rather than trophies.
In true Jonathan Harries writing style, this novel was another homerun. The characters were great and well developed, while the plot moved along at a fast pace. I loved how information was listed at the beginning of each chapter too. There was a mystery, adventure, humor, history, and a creative edge only this author can accomplish! Get your copy on Amazon today!
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