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By: Mauro Martone


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A front-line game of cat and mouse between cops as tough and cunning as the conspirators – a murderous, satanic cabal intent on influencing the 2014 Scottish referendum. Kertamen is a fast-paced thriller involving recurrent darkness, some moral dilemma and portal-stepping into Jerusalem in 30 AD, seen primarily through the eyes of Detective Inspector Chuck Kean of the Drug Squad. Kean is running a deniable investigation into a masonic cabal among the Edinburgh establishment, who are allegedly linked to child abuse. His team soon experience various unanticipated twists including the discovery that the background on the faction is an intricate one with links to Rosslyn Chapel and a migrant Templar, Adam de Gordon.

The clandestine investigation quickly becomes entangled within the foundation roots of a much bigger political conspiracy encased within the 2014 Scottish Referendum. Martone resurrects the political climate, passions and concerns of the voters, whilst cannily revealing a conspiracy, akin to that of Dallas in 1963, lurking within the shadows. Connections to the oil and the arms industries, whose peripheral strategies are somehow aligned with the cabal, develop while Kean discovers that he is involved in an age-old supernatural struggle between seraphs and fallen angels. One angel – Dai, mentors Kean in what develops into his own moral quest, after revealing to him that the referendum, along with other events around the globe, are all the chess games of the divine.

Mauro Martone was born in Glasgow, raised in Edinburgh, and educated at schools in Fife and Perthshire where he boarded. Early fictional influences were Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’ and Robert Roosevelt’s ‘Br’er Rabbit’ stories. He began writing fiction at the age of eight when he produced a three-and-a-half-page prolongation of Grahame’s riverside world. He got his MA (with honours) from the University of Edinburgh, where he read Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at Teviot. He also read Christianity and Social Christianity at New Collage, as outside subjects. Whilst a student, Martone worked as a nightshift taxi driver in the undesirable Muirhouse, Pilton and Granton housing scheme circuits of Edinburgh. He later began a postgraduate degree alongside volunteering as a classroom tutor to both young offenders and adults with substance dependences. He lives in Edinburgh and keeps rescue dogs.

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  • Fringe Fiction Review

    Fascinating and highly gripping political thriller by a very clever story teller.

  • Sandy Mossman

    "Effortlessly slick and enjoyable. Genres ancient, modern, criminal and political, have rarely been so well synthesised - irresistible "

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