Kidnap Fury of the Smoking Lovers

Peter Benson
Publication Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2022
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Fargo Hawkins dropped out of school. Now he is a gardener. He’s twenty years old, and works for Harry Swaine, an abusive butcher with a chain of shops on the south coast of England. After witnessing a fight between Harry and Anne (his wife) Fargo steals a car and together he, Anne and a dog called Radar go on the run. They have £9,653, a bag of apples, a penknife and three bottles of wine. An incandescent Harry, a firm of private detectives and their emotions chase them across the country. In no time they are a newspaper headline – Kidnap Fury of the Smoking Lovers.

After a series of close calls, near misses and other adventures Anne and Fargo pitch up at a caravan site in North Wales, where they find work and lie low. But a man as possessive as Harry is not to be denied. Their westward journey has become one of revelation for all three of them as their relationships move from pure emotion to something more contemplative. Journey’s end for Fargo and Anne is the Llyn peninsula and the cottage of late poet R.S. Thomas. For Harry, it is somewhere darker.


Review by Rhianon Holley, Buzz Magazine

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

As Fargo begins working as a gardener for Harry Swaine, owner of a large house and chain of butcher shops he witnesses a violent altercation between the butcher and his wife Anne. This leads to an impromptu decision, and Fargo and Anne decide to leave the south coast of England for a trip to north Wales, with the dog in tow. The ensuing chase from Harry, a private investigator and the public all leads to some eventful shenanigans.

The premise of this Kidnap Fury Of The Smoking Lovers may not seem unique – scorned husband, younger lover, wantaway wife – however, the plot features a wealth of drama, complex characters and extreme situations. The relaxed pace and humorous output all combine in such a way that lends itself to the author’s nuanced style of writing that works extremely well. Engaging and entertaining, it’s the perfect read to provide a bit of escapism.

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