Black com­edy inspired au­thor’s new novel

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY TRAGEDY -

A FOR­MER engi­neer from Win­cle has pub­lished his sec­ond novel.

Rod­ney Hughes, 72, was inspired to write ‘The Crim­i­nal Es­capades of Ge­of­frey Larkin’ af­ter watch­ing the 1955 black com­edy heist film The Lady Killers, star­ring Alec Guin­ness.

The book’s plot cen­tres on four young petty crim­i­nals, led by Ge­of­frey Larkin, whose down­fall comes when they steal some­thing valu­able from a courier work­ing for an in­ter­na­tional crime syn­di­cate and are forced to flee the coun­try.

Get­ting by on luck and good de­ci­sions, they keep ahead of a gang who have been sent to hunt them down and kill them.

The novel is Rod­ney’s sec­ond.

His first, another ac­tion ad­ven­ture novel based on lo­cal leg­end, Aurthora: Celtic Prince, was pub­lished in 2011.

Rod­ney, who lives with wife Su­san and is half­way through writ­ing his third book, said: “When I re­tired I had more time to write and the older you get the more of a dic­tionary in your mind you have to call upon.”

The book is avail­able from Ama­zon.

●● Rod­ney Hughes

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