G​eoff Cook

DEAF WISH - Release Date October 15 2019


‘Deaf Wish’ by Geoff Cook is published

A story of Adultery, Deceit, Treachery and Deadly Revenge

'Pretend you're deaf and seek to listen with your eyes

For the silent scream of vengeance your fractured heart denies'

EASTBOURNE, England – October 15, 2019 – ISBN 9789899730045

‘Deaf Wish by Geoff Cook is published

A dark, contemporary family drama of a man seeking reconciliation with the family he abandoned sixteen years earlier

About the Book:

'Believe me, there is nothing bold or courageous in taking the decision to sacrifice everyone and everything you have lived and worked for since you were a young man in exchange for the uncertainty of a new life thousands of miles away, with a woman you have convinced yourself you love, but, in truth, you hardly know.

Don’t kid yourself. All it takes is a heady mix of bravado, false conviction, cowardice and a total lack of conscience.

I should know. I did it.

Sixteen years have passed and an opportunity comes out of the blue to make amends, to rekindle the bonds of family I once too easily discarded. Or so I hoped.

But I was naïve.

I thought that words could heal. They can’t. All they achieved was to distort the pain of rejection that feeds the prospect of revenge. Nor could I foresee the treacherous path that lay ahead as I stumbled into the bitter secrets of all our pasts and the trail of lies, deception and murder that would lay bare secrets for so long hidden.

But I do now.

The deaf may not hear the swish of the assailant’s blade but they still feel the pain of the cut.

My name? It’s Gilbert Hart, but call me Gil. Some people know me as Hartless.'

About the Author:

A bio of the author is available via the link www.geoff-cook.com, via the Amazon Author’s page or on BookBub at www.bookbub.com.

Excerpt from the Book:

‘There was just over half the bottle of Sancerre left and I was dozing in a lounger by the pool, when the patio doors clicked shut behind me. Rosita perched on the far edge of the lounger, sideways on, next to my feet. Normally, when dressed in her workaday, loose-fitting housemaid’s smock and covered with what my mother would have called a pinafore, her figure was well camouflaged. I had never really looked at her as anything other than the au pair. Sure, in the ten months or so she had been working for us, I had registered she was attractive, with those dark Latin features and a cascade of black hair customarily tied up in a bun, but no more than that. She was older than the girls who had come before her, twenty-six when she arrived, and Spanish. It was a deliberate choice on Sandra’s part, breaking away from the mould of Swiss and Austrians in their late teens; she swore the last little girl had a silent crush on me.

      Up until today, Rosita had been an adjunct to my wife, just someone who did for us – one of my mother’s many little sayings, God rest her soul. The woman who now sat at my feet was clad in a skimpy bikini. The floral top barely contained her full breasts; a thin strap secured the lower square of material then, I guess, disappeared into the voluptuous curves of her backside. If the intention of the nylon beach cover-up was to preserve her modesty, it failed miserably.

     ‘Did you go out dressed like that?’

     She laughed. ‘You sound like my father.’ Her eyes made a pass across my body and hesitated, briefly, at my crotch. ‘But you don’t look like him, señor Hart.’ She ran a hand through her hair.

     ‘I’m serious,’ I said, trying to sound friendly but paternal. ‘You could end up in real trouble, wearing next to nothing.’

     ‘Really? What sort of trouble?’

Tags: Deaf Wish

Geoff Cook

Dark Contemporary Family Drama

Keywords: Adult Fiction; Suspense; Drama; Adultery; Betrayal; Revenge; Murder; Adult Sexual Content; Incest; Spain & Portugal; Deafness; Lip reading; Memory Loss

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The End

Madrid - 2019

He had sat in the car since four that morning. The fake Rolex showed it was now almost ten. That would make it eleven Spanish time. He adjusted the dial. It would always be Spanish time from hereon in. After today, he doubted he would ever need to turn it back to Portuguese or UK time. They would never release him. They would take the watch. Just as well. It was a miracle the fucking thing hadn’t stopped working years ago. What kind of fake keeps going? Him, perhaps?

     He had kept the windows closed whilst the early morning chill in the city persisted. His stale breath had misted up the windscreen. The interior of the ageing Astra carried the faint smell unique to the aftermath of a takeaway McDonald’s hamburger meal and tinged with an aroma of ground coffee beans from the café con leche to accompany it.

     He clasped his fingers around the cuff of his jacket, moving forward in his seat to clean the windscreen with his arm. The finished result was worse than when he started. Leave it. As soon as he saw them, he would start the engine and put on the heater blower. That would clear it. No point in drawing attention to a parked car with the engine running, especially one with UK plates and no road tax or insurance, and a driver with no licence.

     It hadn't rained overnight, so the car was still sparkling from yesterday’s car wash. It had taken a mix of Castellano and sign language to convince the attendant he wanted the super-duper wash with the wheel polish, special waxing and underbody sealant treatment. The man had looked bemused. The paintwork on the car was faded and pitted with age, rusting in points where it had been standing for too long. The wheels were encrusted with dirt and burred where they had been scraped against kerbs.

     ‘¿Estás seguro?’ the man had asked, looking at his colleague with a sardonic smile on his lips. Crazy English. More money than sense.

     ‘Perfectly sure,’ he replied. ‘Sí.’

     He couldn’t be angry. The attendant had his best interests at heart. The man wasn’t to know.

     He half-opened the window and brushed the remains of a cobweb off the wing mirror. Tenacious things, cobwebs. With all those whirring brushes, streams of water and hot air to contend with, they still hung around, seemingly indestructible. Lucky humans weren’t built that way.

     He felt he owed the couple that much. If he was going to accelerate into two people and get blood and twisted limbs all over the paintwork, at least he would show them the courtesy of making sure they were killed by a clean car. It was the decent thing to do.

     The front door of the apartment block opened. These people were creatures of habit. The man checked he had the keys in his pocket, ushered the woman down the steps and closed the door.

     He started the engine, turning the screen heater to maximum as he did so. The car spluttered into life. Traffic was light along this residential street. He knew exactly how long it would take him to reach the crossing. Two days of watching and practice. You know what they say: practice makes perfect. The car rolled forward.

     Some people never did the sensible thing. Ridiculous! The pastelería was on the other side of the road, twenty metres before the marked crossing. The sensible thing to do was walk further along, cross the road safely and stroll back to the café for their morning solos y pasteles. But no , they crossed as soon as they were directly opposite. What would they save? Two minutes? Lazy. Plain lazy.

     Why was he getting uptight? On or off the crossing, he was going to kill them anyway.

     He pushed down on the accelerator, his arm accidentally jerking on the windscreen wipers. He slowed slightly as he looked to cancel them. Shit! The windscreen was all smeary on the outside now. Damn! He fumbled to locate the screen washer control. At the very last moment, they had to be able to see him, to recognise their executioner.

     They were looking around to see if it was safe to cross. Give me another few seconds, he said under his breath.

     The car was doing sixty. That was miles per hour, not kilometres. He didn’t need to look at the speedometer. The tracking wobble began at sixty, the steering wheel trembling under his unyielding grip.

     They had started to cross and he was closing fast.

     They were in the middle of the road, no man’s land. Not far enough across; too far to turn back.

     One thing he hadn’t foreseen. As they saw the car advancing, they halted, unsure of whether to continue. He was fifty metres away.

     A car was approaching in the other direction. Hurry on or turn back? What would they do? He pushed the accelerator to the floor.

     They began to turn back, all the time looking straight at the Astra. Had they seen him? Did they recognise him? It wasn’t just terrorists who drove vehicles at innocent people; not that these evil bastards could be described as innocent.

     The oncoming car began to slow down, giving them the opportunity to turn and walk back.

     It was now or never. He swerved across the road, picturing in his mind the moment of impact. With any luck, once he hit them they would be propelled backwards into the air and crash into the other car. Thankfully, the other car looked fairly clean.

     He aimed and closed his eyes tight. He could not look. ‘Here I come. Die, you treacherous bastards!

     ‘For God’s sake, someone, tell me,’ he screamed. ‘How has it come to this?’