A Dead Artist Can Make a Good Living: The Adventures of Jonathan Owen

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Trafford Publishing, 2005 - Fiction - 185 pages
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The author is a retired cartographer and graphic artist from the Government of British Columbia. He left Canada in his Jeep, Silver Bullet, to live for a time in the tropics of Mexico. There and on his return he wrote the book Jonathan Owen, Silver Bullet and Bank Robber. The Mexican people, black volcanoes, jungle landscape, torrid climate and a 25 year old woman who robbed banks in North Africa, inspired him to write. On his return from Mexico the author embarked on the book A Dead Artist Can Make a Good Living. The author fictionalizes the stories of his experiences into those of his character Jonathan Owen.

In A Dead Artist Can Make a Good Living Jonathan Owen commits a crime in the Muskwa Kitchika district of Northern British Columbia and flees to Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar and Morocco. In pursuit of him is Constable Jack Garland from the North West Mounted Police Detachment, Fort Nelson, British Columbia,. With the assistance of Interpol and the police forces of the European Union the Officer pursues Jonathan across the south of Europe not realizing he and the rest of the world are part of an elaborate hoax.

Jonathan Owen is 60, full of life and adventure and knew perhaps he will become bored with his retirement when it happens. So through his work as a civil servant in the Government of British Columbia he masterminds, with the help of his daughter, a scheme that will make them both a fortune. On his retirement and his return from Mexico, Jonathan hatches his project.

Jonathan did not realize how demanding, physically and mentally the project would be. Neither did the author who went to the places his character did.


 

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Contents

Prologue
1
1 Crash on The West Toad River 2
9
3 Frank Willard and The Law 4
13
3 The Studio
15
5 Check In
21
5 Father and Daughter
25
6 Lisbon in Haste
27
7 The Nice Gentleman from America Out for The Winter
30
16 The Search Warrant
81
17 Europe and Interpol
84
18 Were do we go from here Henri?
90
19 The Run to Albufeira
101
20 Jonathans Studio in Ferragudo
108
21 Tegwyn Bevans Interview with The RCMP
124
22 Albufeira
131
23 The Road to Gibraltar
142

7 A Dead Artist Can Make a Good Living
32
9 Greeting from The Algarve Portugal
33
8 Spring and All was Revealed
36
11 Life in Ferragudo
41
12 Tegwyn Bevan and Richard
47
9 Journey to The Edge of The World
52
14 Nagging Questions
70
15 Jack and Annabelle Do Lunch
75
24 A Call from Gibraltar
150
25 Mohamed
153
26 Tavira in The Shadow of God
161
27 A Call to Cardiff Wales
172
28 Alert Gibraltar
174
29 Run for Your Life
178
30 The New Gibraltar Hospital
183
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About the author (2005)

Rick Thomas was born in Cardiff, Wales and immigrated with his parents to Canada in the 1950s. He attended the Vancouver School of Art in the 1960s and made his career in commercial art and marketing. He retired from the Government of British Columbia where he was a cartographer and artist working for the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management. With the ministry biologists, botanists, meteorologists and surficial geologist, he mapped the ecological systems of the province.

Rick Thomas is a painter, resident set designer for the Victoria Operatic Society and fitness instructor at the local Y. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia and travels the world writing about his character Jonathan Owen. He is a bachelor with a daughter, Kim. His third book of the adventures of Jonathan Owen will be developed in Cuba in the Spring of 2006.

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