In the latest crime novel from Gravesend author Keith Howson, an American leads the biggest terrorist attack that London has ever seen

In Day of Reckoning, prolific author Keith Wainman sets his latest thrilling tale against the uncomfortably familiar backgrop of terrorism. 

Keith, whose previous books Why Was She Killed and Public Face Private Vice focused around a Chief Superintendent, is taking a different angle with his new novel. A Marine, who fought in Afghanistan in the late 1990s, and whilst fighting in Iraq in the 2000s, finds himself facing a life-changing decision which becomes the catalyst for a life-changing terrorist attack in London.

Keith’s latest novel opens in Egypt in the 1950s. Kamal, a Muslim brotherhood organiser is forced to flee his own country. Trouble between the government and the Muslim brotherhood has been brewing since an unsuccessful assassination attempt on the Egyptian prime minister. Kamal and his family settle in Canada, one of his sons Mohamed marries an American woman called Kathleen Bush; taking her name, he becomes known to everyone Mo Bush. Mo and Kathleen quickly have two sons, then 10 years later in 1976, another is born: Nathan. As Nathan grows up in the shadow of his two elder brothers, who help their father out on the farm, he is unsure about what he wants to do with his life. In 1992 Mo asks him if he would like to accompany his grandfather, Kamal, on a visit to the Middle East, Nathan accepts, and spends time with his grandfather in Jordan and Egypt, learning of the struggles his grandfather faced, in lands that are now under Israeli occupation, when he returns home his thirst for adventure and travel has not been quenched, and he decides to join the Marines, which changes his whole outlook on life.

Years later he accompanies his grandfather to the Middle East again, and decides he wants to stay and help the Palestinians in the refugee camps. During this time he meets and is befriended by various Arabs and finds himself drawn deeper into the political struggle. He eventually takes part in armed attacks on American forces in Iraq and is approached by one of the top insurgent leaders with a plan to attack Britain. Once they have everything they need, they will launch an attack that will change the world... It will be the day of reckoning.

Keith Wainman was born and brought up in Central London, one of seven children. He has worked in several jobs and has run his own business. He enjoys watching sport and keeping up with current affairs. Keith has previously published Public Face Private Vice (Matador 2015) and Why was She Killed (Matador 2014) to great acclaim. He is available for interview and review copies of Day of Reckoning are available on request.

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