Past Imperfect

| October 21, 2017

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Past Imperfect:

Two boys.

One Murder.

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier’s only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy’s psyche… and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 14 languages with total sales of 1.5 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.**Thunderbird Book Review–Past Imperfect

The best way to learn a foreign language is to acquire a mistress and live
with her in that country.” This was the surprising answer to a student
query in the normally very formal weekly seminar taught by the illustrious
Dr. William Lytle Schurz in 1960.

This unusual statement so surprised myself and my fellow students, that a
short period of startled silence was followed by a ripple of cautious
laughter. Dr. Schurz epitomized the scholarly, learned, erudite professor, and
his resume included New York Times top seller books as The Manila Galeon,
and Brazil: The Infinite Country. His lectures were filled with anecdotes
of his personal travel and living experiences in many parts of Latin
America. The tales of his years living along the Amazon were legendary.

This book contains many pages relating memories about Thunderbird, and
some of the memorable professors of that era. I have had the good fortune to
attend ten graduate schools, and state unequivocally that Thunderbird was
the best.

Hopefully the reader will recall other memorable professors as Dr. Frank
Jackle and Paul Wilson. Dr. Jackle was legenday for his machine gun like
verb drills, and almost task master manner. However, I also saw the other
side of this demanding man in his afternoon “review” sessions. Paul Wilson
was one of the most effective, yet self deprecating professors I ever
encountered. (He even umpired a Thunderbird baseball game!!)

The book is the account of my lifes adventures and misadventures: Growing
up in a small Wisconsin town- to a business career in Chicago- to a long
career as a college language professor.

Past Imperfect is a perfect title for a Spanish professor with a far from
perfect life.Past Imperfect:

Two boys.

One Murder.

Sometimes justice takes more than a lifetime.

A car accident in California, a deadly assault in Provence, and two boys 30 years apart are left battling for their lives.

Dominic Fornier is the detective who finds himself at the heart of the investigation. A simple provincial case that becomes one of the largest and most important in French criminal history.

Fornier’s only hope is to prove the link between the two boys thirty years apart. A compulsive journey through forensic, medical and psychiatric evidence between France, the USA and London; a breathless paper chase of clues from a young boy’s psyche… and a desperate race against time with a killer who will stop at nothing.

John Matthews is a leading British thriller writer. His books span genres of crime, action, mystery and legal-thriller and include: Basikasingo, Crescents of the Moon, Past Imperfect, The Last Witness, The Second Amendment, Ascension Day, The Shadow Chaser and The Prophet.

They have been translated into 14 languages with total sales of 1.5 million. In 2007, Past Imperfect was included in a top ten all-time best legal thrillers list in The Times. He was one of only two British authors in the list.

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