Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime?
Recovering from a brutal attack where she was savagely raped, university student Sam Smith attempts to rebuild her life and overcome the ongoing effects of her ordeal. Her ultimate goal is to bring her assailant to justice, but before she can do so her life and loves take a series of intriguing turns as she continues her sometimes unconventional education.
Eventually she is able to identify her attacker and decides to exact retribution in her own particular style, but during her preparations Sam becomes aware that her every move is being tracked by a mysterious organisation. To avoid detection by the police and also her hidden watchers, Sam Smith attempts to commit the perfect crime. However in the aftermath of her vigilante action events change rapidly to bring about a most unexpected outcome.
Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime? is the first book in the Sam Smith Adventure Series and can be read as a standalone.
Before I started writing this book, I was toying with the idea of creating a secret agent who was effectively a female James Bond: incredibly athletic, an expert in martial arts, a crack shot and with all the skills of a Formula 1 racing driver. It then occurred to me that it must have been one hell of a journey for a young person to acquire all those attributes. This journey provides the core of my first novel, Miss Smith Commits the Perfect Crime. My heroine, language student Sam Smith, is driven to acquiring all the skills necessary to exact her vengeance on a serial rapist and killer, who has made her personally suffer appallingly.
The extract I have chosen demonstrates how Sam’s lover, Israeli Agent, Ari Levi, has been giving her lessons in Krav Maga, the extremely violent form of martial arts, but he baulks at her wanting to take it to the next level.
‘I don’t think that it would be wise for me to continue teaching you Krav Maga. I’ve taught you all I know about the basics, the next stage involves advanced techniques, which can maim or even kill people. You don’t need to know about moves that you’ll never have to use.’
‘You’re wrong. You talked about just causes; I too have a just cause. There will come a time when I’ll need to use Krav Maga back home to do a terrible thing.’
Ari misunderstood. ‘You? Do you feel strongly enough to do for your country what I’m doing for mine?’
This was an area Sam had never considered before. ‘You know I probably would be someone who would do anything to defend my country if the necessity arose. Most people would think me stupid to say so, but I’m proud of my country, proud to be British. However, that’s not what I’m getting at.’ Although it was painful, Sam went on to explain to Ari how she’d been savagely attacked and raped, causing her to suffer awful physical and ongoing mental effects. ‘Ari, I felt worthless. I became suicidal. Only the knowledge that my attacker had not only raped but killed his next victim, pulled me back from the brink. I decided that somehow I would stop him. I knew I was too weak and ineffective to realistically do anything, so I set about changing myself by acquiring the physical and mental skills to hunt him down, to exact vengeance. This is my just cause Ari. This is personal. And it’s personal for an additional reason. The trauma of the attack prevented me from being close to any man physically for over a year, in fact, until I met you.’
‘And it was the trauma that ruined your relationship with Nick?’
No longer able to hold back her tears, the floodgates burst, and Sam fled sobbing from the room.
‘Oh yes,’ Ari said to himself. ‘You’ve got one hell of a just cause.’
From Guy Caplin writing under the pen-name of Guy Rolands
Guy Caplin worked in television broadcasting for over 40 years and is one of the few people to have achieved success in both the technical and artistic branches of the medium. He has worked with many celebrities including, the Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope and Maria Callas.
He moved to ITV’s Yorkshire Television in 1969 as a Producer and Director of Sport, Outside Broadcasts and special events. Among the many programmes he devised was the quiz programme “Winner Takes All” fronted by Jimmy Tarbuck and Geoffrey Wheeler, which under his tenure was regularly amongst the Top Ten TV programmes and twice reached the coveted Number One Spot.
When the final series of the hit American programme Dallas ran into technical problems in Hollywood in 1989, Guy left YTV and joined a UK broadcast engineering company to try to come up with a solution. The solution proposed resulted in the creation of the DEFT process, which although too late to be used on Dallas, was used initially on the Simpsons and subsequently on Friends, Frasier, Superman and many others America series. DEFT was awarded an Emmy for outstanding technical achievement.
Back in the UK Guy owned and ran a company creating video productions for both broadcast and industry, was a freelance trainer at the BBC and a visiting tutor at the National School of Film and Television
For the past thirteen years Guy has also been regular lecturer for P&O cruises and Cunard and has effectively travelled twice around the world.
Now, having closed his video company, he spends his time writing under the name of Guy Rolands and has now completed four novels in the Sam Smith Adventure series. Having worked all over the world and encountered hundreds of remarkable characters, his experiences provide colour and intrigue to his work.
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