Introducing an inspired villain for whom world domination doesn’t stop at humans: he wants to control the animals too ("Then I go after the plants!") vs Adam, a normal boy with an unusual skill. He is our only hope. A brilliant young biologist Dr Seth Forest travels to South America with his wife and son, determined to solve the greatest mystery of the natural world, the secret of communicating with animals. He cracks the code, but triumph is short-lived when his wife is kidnapped by the evil Professor Scabelax. Ever since, the Doctor and his son Adam (now fluent in many animal languages) have sailed the world searching for her. Then they receive news that a woman matching Adam’s mother’s description left a letter with authorities in a city on the other side of the world. Unknown to Adam and the Doctor, Scabelax has lured them to the city to complete his terrible plan for world domination. As the different elements of the plot converge, a spectacular finale awaits . . Dominic Barker was born in 1966 in Southport only months after England won the World Cup. He studied English at Birmingham University and subsequently was a stand-up comic with the likes of Frank Skinner and Alan Davies, then a secondary school teacher, before writing his first series for young readers and the geniously funny Blart books. Dominic lives in Spain.
A Peeping Tom is frightening the women of Eastvale; two glue-sniffing young thugs are breaking into homes and robbing people; an old woman may or may not have been murdered. Investigating these cases is Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, a perceptive, curious and compassionate policeman recently moved to the Yorkshire Dales from London to escape the stress of city life. In addition to all this, Banks has to deal with the local feminists and his attraction to a young psychologist, Jenny Fuller. As the tension mounts, both Jenny and Banks’s wife, Sandra, are drawn deeper into the events. The cases weave together as the story reaches a tense and surprising climax.
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