I am fascinated by the actions of ordinary people put in extra ordinary situations. The greatest example of this is the second world war when ordinary men -- clerks, engineers, farm workers, schoolteachers -- were given guns and told it was okay to kill - provided they wore the enemy’s uniform.

               The Charity tells the story of an ordinary man put in an extraordinary situation. After two years of tragedy and trauma accountant [not the most exciting profession] David Gilbert,  starts a last-chance job with a highly respected national charity. From the first day he finds himself embroiled in an aura of suspicion and mystery. His new, albeit, temporary boss, Gordon Jackson,  greets him with hostility and aggression. It was instant mutual dislike.

               Jackson has a personal agenda and fears Gilbert’s interference with his secret activities.

               The tension is increased with the appointment of the new CEO,  a product of the old-boy network whom  Jackson  despises  Gilbert cannot respect.

               Gilbert’s opinion that a major gaming machine fundraising scheme set up by Jackson, who is secretly in league with a crooked business man Jake Bodine, is nothing more than a scam does not help his popularity, and increases the tension between them.

               Foul play is suspected when two female employees disappear. The CEO awards a lucrative public relations contract to his sleazy brother-in-law who doctors the report to show favourable results. An attempt is made on Gilbert’s life.

               With lawyer Barbara Galbraith’s help they work together to find evidence of the corruption within the organisation.

               But strong suspicions are not necessarily evidence, and Gilbert has to make a decision. Should carry on and enjoy his high profile job, or risk everything and accuse his employers?             



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26.09 | 20:42

I know how that must have felt Gerry! We recently had no power for 2 weeks; lots of buckets full of water from outside, luckily we have a tap at bottom of tank.

26.09 | 15:23

Good stuff Gerry.
Your No 1 Fan, Pam

12.10 | 19:10

Jerry- I am so glad to see that you are firing on all four cylinders, your impish sense of humour comes through again in this piece. Regards, Brian.

09.09 | 14:44

A fascinating history I don't know of any community libraries let alone one with this continuing story

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