|About the Book|
It is usual for a first novel to be modest or average in length, but this story is over 300,000 words. However, since it is divided into three parts of roughly equal length, I am initially publishing it as three separate e-books on Amazon.PeterMoreIt is usual for a first novel to be modest or average in length, but this story is over 300,000 words. However, since it is divided into three parts of roughly equal length, I am initially publishing it as three separate e-books on Amazon.Peter Thornton is a man in his early fifties with two problems: one professional and the other medical. He is a lawyer, and some of his clients are prominent members of the Manchester underworld. The diagnosis of a brain tumour turns his world upside down and forces him to confront things in his past he would rather keep hidden.His daughter has never liked what he does for a living, and she has always wanted to find out how much dirt was on his hands. She is surprised to find there is blood in the dirt, and that her father is only half to blame. Her search for the other half leads her into the path of people who like to keep their business away from prying eyes. Peter must confront his past in order to help his daughter, and is thus forced to acknowledge what drove her away.As a working class boy made good through hard work and a fortuitous marriage, he gains a new perspective on the life he has attained in middle class utopia. Once he accepts the finality of his illness, his lack of religious conviction and the memory of his own father’s debilitating death convince him to end his life on his own terms when the time is right. His son supports the idea of the right to die and agrees to ensure no loss of dignity will occur, even if Peter forgets his wish in the last stages of his decline.His wife’s moral convictions prevent her from agreeing to this. Her objections go beyond religious teaching and extend to the way her own father faced his final months with the help of palliative care in a hospice. She can accept that her husband will go down the same road, but she cannot accept that his life will be ended prematurely because it is considered convenient.What would happen if Peter did forget? Would his son or wife prevail, and where would this leave his daughter, who has found a new man hidden inside the old?Throughout his life, he has made choices based on the sins of pride, avarice, and lust. This is the last choice in his life, but at the heart of it lies a sin he has never considered.