Glasgow, 1972. Michael Mitchell is ambitious, talented and determined to succeed. But he learns the hard way that he will never achieve his goals in life – unless he plays by a different set of rules.
He partners with a small-time crook to help the Glasgow underworld launder the proceeds of their crimes. As the operation grows, Michael is forced to become more and more ruthless to protect what he has built.
Shocked by who he has become, he vows to leave the criminal world behind and start a new life. But the past has a way of catching up. Finally, he gambles everything on one last desperate attempt to break free.
This is a thoroughly absorbing novel. It’s enjoyable too, although it carries the message that it’s all too easy to be driven by circumstances, and against your own better judgement, down a certain path that turns out to be a one-way street.
Michael Mitchell has worked hard to get to his position of responsibility in the bank. He knows he’d make a brilliant manager, since he’s diligent and very knowledgeable, but he’s passed over not once but twice. The people who land the job rely on him but never give him the credit he deserves. Michael has had enough.
Michael is such a reasonable, decent guy that it’s all the more shocking and impelling that he turns to the ‘dark side’. He strikes up acquaintanceships with some shady characters, sure that he can drop them once he’s achieved his goal. However, that’s not going to be as easy as he expects and he finds himself pushed further into nefarious dealings. How far exactly will he go?
The financial world Michael inhabits is carefully created for us in great detail. The wheelings and dealings are clearly explained so even if the reader isn’t familiar with how banks operate we learn enough to make sense of this clever, complex story.
An excellent read.
I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.
In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.
I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and place for the setting of the majority of Silent Money.
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