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Thriller fiction is my addiction, so it was a natural step for me to start writing in that genre when the opportunity arose. The setting for ‘Birth of an Assassin’, which was my debut novel, is Post War Russia and is a place that has always intrigued me; in fact, I loved doing the research almost as much as writing the story. The novel has been dubbed historical, but as I have been alive for much of the time covered, for the life of me I can’t see why.

The second in the series ‘The Turkish Connection’ has also been well received and the third, ‘The Man in the Blue Fez’, will soon be available. This last book brings together the characters you already know, and carries the fight against corruption across two continents.

The ‘Birth of an Assassin’ series has been, and still is, very important to me, but I have taken quite a lot of time out over the past twelve months to work on a modern day project set in Recife, Brazil; ‘A Destiny to Die For’. Believe me, when you read the story of Angelita you will have to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground else, chances are, it will blow your socks off; this is one wicked lady.

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Rik Stone grew up amidst the slum-lands of fifties North East England and left school at fifteen without academic qualifications. He worked in the shipyards on a local river, spent time in the merchant navy, and went on to work in quarries in South East England...
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