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By: John Peasedown

The Very Private Detective

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This is a humorous story concerning a civil servant, Silas Oak, working for the MOP (Ministry of Protection) who is given the task of finding a departmental mole who is leaking classified information to the London Press. Suspects include Len Hoppit, the office messenger; Dougal O’Leary, an Irishman; Girlie Lush, a secretary; and Boris Karpov, a fervent trade unionist. The trail of the mole takes Silas to Fleet Street, where he meets Sam Squiggle, the always hungry, ever-thirsty reporter for the Daily Record, to a seance where a contact is attempted to a passed-over suspect, to a dinner party where he is mistaken for a conjurer, to a theatrical costumier where he is fitted with a disguise, and on a frantic chase around Sainsbury’s. Eventually, by chance, the mole is identified and Silas gains an uneasy promotion.

John Peasedown lives in Wales and served in the Royal Navy for over 20 years. He has always had an interest in the sea and in surfing, sailing and windsurfing. This, he has passed on to his three sons. The cover photo is what he looked like during the period covered by this book!

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