The Meal Of Fortune

By Philip Brady

The worlds of arms dealing, espionage and TV cookery collide in a fast moving comedy caper

Fiction | Humour
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Publication date: Autumn 2017

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The Meal of Fortune is part crime caper and part love story, which sees the worlds of espionage, arms dealing and TV cookery collide. Failing celebrity agent Dermot Jack thinks his luck has turned when a mysterious Russian oligarch hires him to launch his daughter’s pop career in the west. Disaffected MI5 officer Anna Preston is equally pleased to be handed the task of catching the Russian – in reality a notorious arms dealer – before he can sell a stolen nuclear warhead to the highest bidder. Dermot might just be able to help her out. So what if he’s her ex? That was years ago and she’s so over him now, isn’t she? And she never suspects that it is anything other than sheer coincidence that is about to bring them together again.

Dermot soon realises that the Russian girl isn’t exactly star material and that failure to take her to No. 1 will cost him his life, most likely at the hands of the diminutive yet deadly hitman who is acting as the her minder. Thankfully Anna is on hand with a plan that might just get him off the hook – help MI5 trap the Russian at the world’s most iconic music event and put him in prison. Crazy? Yes, but Dermot’s a bit short of other options and agrees to travel to Russia to set the trap.

With everything in place it seems all that Anna and Dermot need to do is wait. But neither the Russian girl nor the hit man are quite what they first seemed and Anna’s MI5 bosses keep moving the goalposts. Then there’s the loan shark who lent Dermot rather a lot a money and has decided its time he got it back.

The novel comes to its climax backstage at the Eurovision Song Contest, where Anna and Dermot are forced to step out of their comfort zones in ways neither could ever have imagined. Still there’s one thing they’re equally clear on. They’re absolutely not about to fall in love again.

The Meal of Fortune is named after a fictional TV cookery quiz show, which plays a small but important part in the plot. It is the first in a planned trilogy of comedy thrillers parodying society’s obsession with celebrity. The follow-up sees Dermot and Anna reunited in an attempt to foil a plot by the world’s most secretive intelligence agency (The Belgians) to bring UK economy to its knees. The final instalment, again featuring the same characters, will centre on a referendum in Wales to decide whether the country should sell itself to an international technology giant for use as a conveniently located tax haven.

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