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The Scoop

The fates of three strangers collide in a deadly game of cat and mouse

Journalist Jonno Bligh is flying high with a bestselling book and an Oscar for Best Screenplay. But along with the accolades he picks up a cocaine habit and a case of writers’ block.

Under pressure to deliver his next blockbuster, Jonno sails to the Indian Ocean in his beloved yacht The Scoop Jon B. When a violent storm cripples the boat he takes refuge on a beautiful remote island, where he vows to get clean. Little does he know that the murderous gangster BangBang Budiman uses the island to hide the spoils of his heists in the notorious Malaccan Strait.

Jonno watches in horror as BangBang and his crewmen brutalise two women on the beach before leaving them to die. He manages to rescue Annie Greenwood, whose husband has already been murdered. Together they flee the island with the stolen loot, relentlessly pursued by the vengeful BangBang.

As the killer hunts them down in the treacherous waters of South East Asia, Jonno and Annie are forced to come to terms with their own destructive demons – and a discovery that will change their lives forever.

The devil waits for you … even in paradise
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  • Title: The Scoop
  • Author: Terence J. Quinn
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781925640045
  • Length: 153.0 millimetre
  • Width: 234.0 millimetre

RATINGS & REVIEW

6/08/2018 2:57:51 PM - Marianne
dramatic thriller
The Scoop is the first book in the Jonno Bligh series by Scots-born Australian journalist, editor, publisher and author, Terence J. Quinn. In Los Angeles, award-winning journalist turned author turned cocaine-addicted Oscar-winning screen-playwright, Jonno Bligh has just learned of his Sydney mentor’s death. He indulges his low mood with the purchase of an expensive sloop, The Scoop Jon B. In Sydney, Annie Greenwood has allowed her husband to convince her to join another couple on a charter cruise around the Malaysian Islands. In the Malacca Strait, blood-thirsty pirate Bambang Budiman is under pressure from his Chinese syndicate bosses to deliver the goods. How their paths chance to initially cross form the first chapters of Quinn’s dramatic thriller. It’s not a pretty picture: Jonno’s mate Cody leaves him at Jakarta when it turns out Jonno has cocaine on board. In extreme withdrawal, Jonno heads out alone, is caught in a cyclone, loses all power, comms and navigation, and ends up on an unknown tropical idyll. Meanwhile, Bambang spots a sleek charter boat with two white couples on board and decides they will do as recreation for his crew as they head towards their little island hideaway. Quinn’s debut gives the reader an exciting tale that features brutal murders, rapes, a cat-and-mouse sea chase, a hidden cave with pirate loot, a stint in a Javan jail, an audacious escape and a cute kitten. Parts of the plot may require a good deal of suspension of disbelief, and Jonno starts off as rather annoying, while Bambang is quite the stereotype. Annie certainly shows strength of character, while Jonno does display sensitivity, unselfishness and courage when it is really needed. By the next instalment, The Editor, his newfound responsibility may make him an interesting character. A map of the general area would certainly have been appreciated by most readers This unbiased review from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Simon & Schuster Australia.
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