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The Takers and Keepers
Where do the disappeared go? The girls and women who vanish, seldom to resurface. Allen Kimbo, a freelance reporter, believes there is a network of men who guard their “taken” and keep the silence that surrounds such deeds. An email lures him to Eastern Europe, to a meeting of the Takers and Keepers. His girlfriend, Emily, pleads with him not to go. In Belgrade more is revealed than he had thought possible. Back at home, Emily is missing.
“Ivan Pope skillfully rips away the veneer of our civilized world and exposes a dark and secret one that lurks below our cities in the trapped cellars and vaults of human traffickers known as takers and keepers.” Julia North, Hear Me
“A different take on a troubling topic” CM Thompson, What Lies in the Dark
A boy and his father are separated by an unforgivable lie. They meet again as adults. The father, close to death, tells of the men who cheated him of all he owned and the town of Mission that spurned him when he needed help. John plans revenge. The sting that follows is so well sprung that you will feel the greed of his father's enemies and smell the mud they crawl in.
'A powerful narrative which charts one man's attempt to overcome adversity and reclaim his family's land.' Tamar Hodes, The Water and the Wine
'Paul Forrester-O’Neill reveals himself to be an ambitious prose stylist with a strong grasp of the mechanics of narrative’ Nicholas Royle, The Director's Cut