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Dai Henley was born in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales in 1942 of English parents, and grew up in the austerity of the post-war years. Getting to grammar school was a major turning point, just one of three from his council estate.
A passionate sportsman, just like his father and elder brother, he excelled at running, soccer and especially rugby. Good, but not good enough to play professionally, he turned his efforts into the business world and became a successful entrepreneur.
Applying sporting principles to business, he believes his success is as a result of nurturing parents, a persistence and dogged attitude and to mentors and relationships he’s encountered throughout his life.
He now spends his time cultivating his garden in Romsey, Hampshire, watching sports, and writing a crime novel.
The story of an 'ordinary' man, from humble beginnings, who achieved impressive business success - including overcoming trade union, high interest rate and bank loan problems - and the toll of this success on his marriage but, at the same time, the importance of a strong family life. And running through this life, the importance of friendships made in sport, especially rugby. All in all, a life well led!
This is a story of obsession, revenge and justice. James Hamilton meets and falls in love with Lynne Burrows, whose ex-husband Nick is a violent, drug-dealing control freak who will not accept that their marriage is over and continually harasses her, and questions their eight-year-old son Georgie constantly about Lynne's relationships. After Lynne falls pregnant again with James' child, Nick abducts Georgie and flees to Florida. James and Lynne trick him into returning voluntarily and Nick is arrested on landing at Gatwick. He's charged and sentenced to seven years. James and Lynne marry and live a life of bliss for two years, until there is an arson attack on James' holiday cottage. Four months later, the police charge a small-time criminal and drug dealer. Despite overwhelming evidence, he's acquitted and never reveals who is behind the arson attack. The obvious candidate is Nick, but he's still incarcerated and the police can find no evidence linking him to the crime. Sickened by the judge's decision, James becomes obsessed with getting justice for his family when he discovers that Lynne has been concealing secrets about her past. Together with a private eye and Lynne's best friend, he plans the perfect retribution against the perpetrators... Blazing Obsession shows how powerful revenge and obsession are, and how they can result in fatal consequences. The novel, which combines police procedural, legal drama and amateur sleuth genres, will appeal primarily to crime fans.