When Faith and her husband accidentally get involved in the weird life of Ponytail O'Gorman - a beguiling old fraudster - they have no idea how much he will disrupt their peaceful life in suburban Wellington, New Zealand. But he convinces them to help him in his strange quest to find both his friend from prison, Simple Simon, and his own missing cell phone which is being sought by a bunch of desperate crooks as well as by the head of Wellington CIB. Determined to help the strangely charming little con-man - and so discover the truth about the notorious Welly Alley Strangler - they get carried along to a secretive location in beautiful Martinborough. In the process Faith confronts a collection of odd characters - including the rich Widow Partridge, the terribly nasty Big Ben Pye and his two young henchmen - who unknown to her were part of her husband's life as a prison guard.


Robert Philip Bolton

Robert Philip is an independent New Zealand author. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1945. After a career in the advertising business he began freelance writing in 1983 and has been a self-employed writer ever since. Gradually he reduced his commercial writing to dedicate himself to his own writing, preferring to write and publish his own work which is mostly (but not only) about New Zealand and New Zealanders. He has travelled extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia, Britain (where he lived and worked), Europe, Asia and Japan, as well as the United States (where he worked in advertising). He says he loves all good writing from all eras. His other interests lie firmly in the arts: art, music, opera, ballet and the theatre. He plays the saxophone and the ukulele. On the other hand he also loves rugby league and has supported the Warriors since their foundation in 1995. He lives with his wife, who is also a writer, in Greenlane, Auckland. Robert welcomes comments and feedback and is happy to answer questions from readers and to speak about his writing and his books to schools, book clubs and writing groups within a convenient reach of Auckland.

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