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Martin Decker kills people for a living.But what makes him so well suited as a contract killer? And who, in Decker’s case, is calling the shots?Decker is the ‘boy without parents’, following their deaths in a skiing accident. His grandmother who then cared for him died just before his 11th birthday. After that he moved between foster homes, then on to boarding school where his difference stood him part. He became a hardened loner – and good with a gun.A spell in the army ends with desertion but he is plucked from an anonymous kibbutz to fulfil his ultimate calling. Who can be tracking him and knows where he is?Decker can’t remember much of his parents. There are snapshots of memory, but they are mostly very distant, and many of them built around photos he’s seen, but Decker is haunted by these images. Most are faces he does not recognise, but some he feels he had seen before somewhere. Decker is assigned targets to deal with but it soon becomes clear that the web of connections has ever deeper roots – that trace all the way back to the fateful ‘accident’ of 25 years earlier.And contrary to what Decker is constantly told by key players in the plot, it is suddenly all very personal.Gradually it dawns on him – that there are no accidents, no coincidences as he has been taught to believe.And he cannot leave the past in the past…Philip Bentall’s Stray Dog is an intriguing dissection of the mind of a hired killer in an amoral world where the powerful and greedy will eliminate any obstacle in their way.Praise for Stray Dog”It takes a hell of a writer to draw you into the mind of a hired killer and make you want to stay there. Bentall makes Martin Decker’s backstory so believable, his quest so moving, that you’re caught up in the rhythms of that life–its breathless action and tangled plot, its quest for a rough justice. No schmaltz here; it’s a dark and lonely book. But a deeply human one.” – Jeannette Cooperman, author of A Circumstance of BloodPhilip Bentall is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in The London Library Magazine and Country Life. He works as a country estate worker in West Sussex. Stray Dog is his first novel.
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