It seems a dream job for Jack, a small builder in Forest Gate, when he gets the contract to repair the summerhouse of a millionaire couple in Chigwell. The two months’ work will pay his debts, and give him space to sort out his personal demons. Except the couple are at war, both having affairs, their marriage beyond salvage. The husband fires Jack, she takes him back on – and suddenly he is too involved with their scheming. Complicated further when he falls for her secretary. And when there’s a murder, using his tools as the weapon, Jack is prime suspect.
Jack Bell has a local job in a large house with four flats by West Ham Park. He’s employed to knock down a garden wall and replace it with a fence, a task made less easy by the tension among the tenants. But pretty soon, he has a developing romance with the childminder living on the ground floor. With an invitation to dinner, life is going well. Until the killing, with Jack slap bang in the middle, and a body to dispose of in Epping Forest.
Jack, an East London builder, is working at Bramley, an independent school near Billericay in Essex. The school is in trouble. Graham DeNeuve insists on total control, but his daughters and wife decide they must get rid of him, one way or another, to save the school from financial disaster. As Jack becomes increasingly involved with one of the daughters, Ellie, he begins to work out what is happening, to his own peril.
Bricklaying in a park is not the pastoral interlude Jack hoped for. Possibilities of love with Liz, who runs the greenhouses, are thwarted by Ian, the bullying park manager, who has his own schemes afoot. Or there’s Rose, Liz’s sister, made homeless and sleeping secretly in the bowling green pavilion. But for the park workers, it’s all hands on deck as they prepare for the coming of the Mayor. Until murder intervenes, with Jack too involved.
Death comes to a quiet street in Forest Gate, London, when Jack Bell takes on a building job in a house squatted by anarchists. Unknown to him, they are planning a robbery. Another job next door involves him with an Asian family, where the father faces a drastic choice to protect his family’s reputation. Jack is forced to juggle work troubles, demanding people and a developing affair – until everything crashes down on him when he becomes a hostage in an armed siege.