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Ballad Of A Thin Man By Richard Hernaman Allen
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1984/5. Nick Storey is seconded from Customs & Excise to review DHSS work to tackle benefit fraud. Ministers have received an anonymous letter alleging a large scale fraud involving National... More > Insurance numbers. Nick and Rosemary go undercover in Newcastle as VAT inspectors to follow a trail of evidence linked to a series of companies owned by a Geordie ex-miner, Mick Sutton. As they start to close in, one of the suspects vanishes and appears to have been killed, on Sutton’s orders. To avoid a similar fate, Nick and Rosemary corner the weakest link in the chain at Ponteland golf club and try to dismantle a criminal network based on blackmail. “Ballad of a thin man” is the sixteenth book in a series of detective stores set in HM Customs & Excise, by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
On A Carousel By Richard Hernaman Allen
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1979. Nick Storey is transferred to head up a new internal investigations unit required by Mrs Thatcher’s new government. His unit uncovers several illegalities including thefts of Government... More > property and a false travel expense claim by an official who subsequently kills himself. Nick is alerted to a massive undercover operation which appears to be both leaking large sums of VAT revenue and also involving illegal action by investigators. When he raises this, he finds most of the Board, from the Chairman down, lined up against him. As the operation goes belly-up, his opponents become nastier and it takes some quick thinking by Nick’s team, and Rosemary putting her life in danger, before the case can be resolved. And even then, there are stings in the tail. “On a carousel” is the fifteenth book in a series of detective stores set in HM Customs & Excise, by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
The Magic Clarinet By Richard Hernaman Allen
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Shadowing an Excise officer in a tobacco factory, Nick Storey finds he is using incorrect procedures. When Nick carries out the right ones, he discovers that the company are importing large amounts... More > of tobacco illicitly. But the evidence goes missing and Nick starts to feel the hand of Freemasonry protecting the firm and encouraging him to let matters drop. However, some unofficial surveillance and Rosemary going undercover leads to where the smuggled tobacco is being concealed. Seizing it has tragic consequences for those Customs officers involved and it requires a desperate evening’s work to resolve the situation. “Magic Clarinet” is the fourteenth book in a series of detective stores set in HM Customs & Excise, by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less
Copper Kettle By Richard Hernaman Allen
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1978. On holiday with their children in Oban, Nick and Rosemary Storey stumble across a stone hut filled with barrels of what seems to be illicit whisky. While on their way to walking nearby hills,... More > they smell the unmistakeable smell of barley being fermented in a mash tun before distillation. But having overheard a conversation about the illegal whisky operation, Nick is unable to contact the local police or Excise officer. A chance remark and the arrival of the Customs cutter “Venturous” leads to a cat and mouse chase around Mull and the neighbouring islands. But there may be a price to pay for catching the whisky smugglers. “Copper Kettle” is the thirteenth book in a series of detective stores set in HM Customs & Excise, by Richard Hernaman Allen, a former Commissioner.< Less

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