McGonnigle's Legacy

By Mark Lodge

Crime & mystery, Thriller | Paperback, eBook


At five years old Claude Aubrey witnesses the stabbing of his father Jaques, a fisherman and smuggler, at the hands of Alasdair McGonnigle, a Scottish painter who is lodging at his home in the picturesque French fishing port of Collioure on the Mediterranean Sea. Now in his seventies, Claude’s sister Valérie is brutally murdered at his luxury villa on the outskirts of Collioure. The apparent motive for her death is the theft of two paintings by Alasdair McGonnigle. Claude, now a notorious crime lord, finds himself in the bizarre situation of assisting the police to catch her murderer. A man known to hedge his bets and not to be denied his rightful revenge, Claude instructs his second-in-command Guillaume Dumas, a former French Legionnaire, to secretly track down the killer and extract retribution. Will McIntyre, a Scottish born art expert working for Interpol, along with his twin brother Iain, are brought into the murder investigation at the behest of the French police in Perpignan. As the investigation moves onwards to Nice and then Paris, Will is injured in the crossfire as he is gunned down in the metro tunnels underneath Paris. With time against him, Claude must unmask the murderer and inflict his own vengeance before Will can solve the case. From the ashes of his paintings, the story of Alasdair McGonnigle emerges to reveal a man tortured by divided loyalties and betrayal whilst Claude is forced to re-evaluate the past as he unravels the mystery of his mother’s life.


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At five years old Claude Aubrey witnesses the stabbing of his father Jaques, a fisherman and smuggler, at the hands of Alasdair McGonnigle, a Scottish painter who is lodging at his home in the picturesque French fishing port of Collioure on the Mediterranean Sea. Now in his seventies, Claude’s sister Valérie is brutally murdered at his luxury villa on the outskirts of Collioure. The apparent motive for her death is the theft of two paintings by Alasdair McGonnigle. Claude, now a notorious crime lord, finds himself in the bizarre situation of assisting the police to catch her murderer. A man known to hedge his bets and not to be denied his rightful revenge, Claude instructs his second-in-command Guillaume Dumas, a former French Legionnaire, to secretly track down the killer and extr...


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Although born in England, Mark spent most of his earlier life based in the city of Glasgow in Scotland. Here he met and married his wife Amanda and together they have six children. Mark spent a considerable amount of his career in the financial services sector in a variety of roles and has worked in many countries in both Western and Eastern Europe. His travels have exposed him to wide diversity of cultures which are proving invaluable in his new career as an author. Whilst working in Geneva, Mark suffered a double blow through the unravelling of the global banking and financial crisis which saw an end to his work there, coupled with a relapse of his wife’s cancer. Undeterred, Mark took a career break to look after his wife and children. At the same time he took the opportunity to fulfil a long held ambition to start writing a series of crime novels. The result of this was his first book, McGonnigle’s Legacy, with the central character of Will McIntyre. Mark is continuing to expand the series and is looking to have these made into a television drama series in the near future. Following the untimely death of his wife in 2011, Mark returned with his family to live permanently in the UK and is now based in the picturesque town of Ross-on-Wye. Mark’s interests include Photography, Hill Walking, Cooking and Classic Cars.


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Although born in England, Mark spent most of his earlier life based in the city of Glasgow in Scotland. Here he met and married his wife Amanda and together they have six children. Mark spent a considerable amount of his career in the financial services sector in a variety of roles and has worked in many countries in both Western and Eastern Europe. His travels have exposed him to wide diversi...


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