Portraits of Pretence

An elderly French artist is found dead in his rooms in London clutching a miniature portrait of a little girl. In this fourth novel in the series, Constable Sam Plank delves into the world of art dealing and finds himself navigating the fragile post-war relationship between England and France More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781370407576
About Susan Grossey

My name is Susan Grossey. I graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a degree in English, and then taught secondary English for two years before realising that the National Curriculum was designed primarily to extinguish every spark of creativity in its teachers. I then became a technical author, and reached the pinnacle of this profession when I was asked to document the workings of a choc-ice wrapping machine in Cardiff, while wearing a fetching blue hairnet (which I forgot to remove until it was pointed out by a cashier in a petrol station on the M4).

From this unbeatable high point I moved into technical training, and one day was asked to help with a staff manual on fraud prevention. As I wrote the chapter on money laundering, I realised that here was a topic that could keep my interest for years – and so it has proved. Since 1998, I have been self-employed as an anti-money laundering consultant, providing training and strategic advice and writing policies and procedures for clients in many countries. As part of my job, I have written several non-fiction books with exciting titles like “Money Laundering: A Training Strategy”, “The Money Laundering Officer’s Practical Handbook” and “Anti-Money Laundering: A Guide for the Non-Executive Director”.

However, even this is not enough financial crime for me, and in my spare evenings and weekends I write fiction – but always with financial crime at the heart of it.

About the Series: The Sam Plank Mysteries
Constable Sam Plank is a magistrates' constable working in London in the 1820s. He tries to understand the "why" of crime as well as the "what", and has a particular interest in financial crime. He is aided at work by his junior constable, William Wilson, and at home by his wife Martha.

Also in Series: The Sam Plank Mysteries

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