About Tom McLean

Tom McLean, the lead character and protagonist in David M Wynn’s mystery novels, is a Manchester business man, who has a strong and perhaps naïve belief in fair play and in seeing justice done.

Tom McLean is in his early forties, six feet tall when he remembers to stand up straight, too much brown curly hair which he struggles to keep looking even vaguely tidy, not much to distinguish him from the rest of humanity. He lives, mainly on his own, in leafy Cheshire, in England.

Between managing his successful manufacturing enterprise with his business partner, Bernard, coping with a difficult ex-wife and an on/off personal relationship with his colleague, Ray, Tom’s values and pursuit of truth repeatedly lead him into confrontations with dangerous and ruthless people with terrifying and life threatening consequences.

A casual encounter with a dancer led Tom into a dangerous encounter with government duplicity and a Russian oligarch in ‘A Small Betrayal’ putting his own life and that of Bernard and Ray in jeopardy. Further dangerous situations presented themselves, as he and his friends faced Neo-Nazi extremists in ‘Restitution’ and corrupt establishment figures in ‘Windfall’.

A Small Betrayal

A Small Betrayal by David M WynnWhen Tom McLean offers a lift to a lovely young dancer, he has no idea of how dangerous the consequences will be. The eccentric uncle of the dancer has developed a unique, environmentally friendly fuel source. Now he has disappeared and someone is after the secret and is willing to do anything to get it.

Within days, his casual contact with the girl brings Tom into a world where ruthless oligarchs and governments battle for control of a process that could free the planet from carbon fuel dependency and so change the economics of the entire world. While Tom fights to keep the dancer and her uncle’s legacy safe, he is forced to ask just who he can trust. As the chase moves from rural Cheshire to the island of Menorca, Tom finds himself forced into actions he never could have contemplated.

Excerpt

Tail lights had appeared ahead and Tom McLean’s drowsiness was instantly dispersed as he realised, with a start, how quickly he was closing with them. He moved the Mondeo into the outside lane and flicked on the main beam headlights long enough to see a Mini. halfway across the nearside lane, pointing in to the hard shoulder. What stupid moron had left a car in the middle of the road like that? The car had looked empty but, as he slowed down to check, he could see someone struggling to move the car in the direction of the hard shoulder. His first inclination was to put his foot on the accelerator and leave them to it, until years of Boy Scout training kicked in to override his natural inclination to keep going.

‘I’ve never been in the Boy Scouts’, he thought as he pulled the car over to the hard shoulder and stopped just ahead of the Mini. Switching the hazard warning lights on, he reversed slowly back until he was just yards ahead. As he got out of the car, he could not help thinking of the newspaper stories about motorists stopping to help others apparently stranded on motorways, only to be mown down by a careering juggernaut. The fact that he had not seen a juggernaut, careering or otherwise for some time, went some way to easing his mind.

As he walked round to the open driver’s door of the Mini, a rounded female bottom presented itself to his view, encased in denim which looked as though it would not stand the strain for much longer.

“Are you alright?” he asked.

“Oh”, the legs twitched, “Yes, I’m looking for my shoe.”

Reviews

This novel is really special. It is so well written and so very gripping too. It has great pace and after reading it I wanted to read it all over again. A must for all thriller fans.
Owlbright

An original story which was hard to put down. Given the time, could be read at one sitting. A good first book. Look forward to the next from this author.
Stuart Jon

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A Small Betrayal

Restitution

Restitution by David M WynnWhen family history turns into life or death…

In 1940, a British tanker was sunk in the Indian Ocean and the crew taken aboard a German surface raider. In the close confines of the ship, a secret mission, undertaken on the instructions of Heinrich Himmler, is revealed. When Tom McLean discovers the journal recording his Grandfather’s time as a merchant seaman, he embarks on a mission to follow the trail left for him, and to find the location of the secret that was so important to the Nazi leader.

As Tom searches for information online, it soon becomes evident that he is not the only one interested in the movements of the ship on which his Grandfather was transported to North Africa as a prisoner of war. What begins as a harmless interest in his Grandfather’s memoirs becomes a dangerous and frightening chase, with Tom having to decide who he can trust and who is out to double-cross and kill him in order to preserve a secret. The action takes Tom from his home in Cheshire to the Greek Islands and eventually to the Egyptian desert where, at last, an old wrong is finally put right.

Excerpt

Tom McLean and Ray Abbott were crouched over the table, which was covered with bits of paper and two laptops. They were going over the information that their first research had provided.

“If we just look at the three main headings  – Himmler, Atlantis and archaeology – there doesn’t seem to be any single factor that could have suggested to these people that we were looking for something significant”, Tom said.

“No, you’re quite right! But I have been looking further into this remote screening business, you know; the way that they look for patterns in behaviour. You know, Tom, everybody’s at it in some form or another; supermarkets, banks, all the internet providers, they can all tell what you are buying, what you are looking at, what your interests are. So every time you log on to a porn site, you just think about that.” Ray giggled.

“Well, I think it’s frightening. I know it’s all supposed to be about improving service and all that, but someone somewhere is going to put all this information together at some stage, and then it will be used against us. The whole history of the world tells you that someone is going to turn it to their advantage, and by then it will be too late to do anything about it. Personal privacy will have gone, disappeared for ever. It’s a frightening prospect, Ray!”

“Well, whatever. What I had started to tell you before you interrupted”, she paused, expecting some come back; when nothing came she resumed, “what I was going to say was that it is usually groups of words or perhaps interests in similar subjects that triggers a response. It’s not just single words or subjects, so what has happened here is probably that their interest, this organisation, has been prompted by the combination of subjects that we have looked at. So it’s something about the ship Atlantis, coupled with Himmler and then with archaeology; there must be something significant about those three things together, that’s my feeling.”

“But what is it, how do we find it?”

Ray pointed at the piles of paper “Well it’s here somewhere, it must be.”

Reviews

A second well written thriller, with the hero Tom McLean willingly seeking out some possible but unlikely situations! However I really enjoyed the island settings and the various plots which had an out of this world ending!
Mrs Margery Sennitt

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written and, fast paced and kept my attention throughout. The plot centres around Tom mcClean and his Grandfathers war time journals. The story leads from the UK to the Greek islands where it has its gripping finale. All the characters are very believable and I have no idea how much of the historical bits are based on reality but it all seemed very true to me.
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Restitution

Windfall

Windfall by David M WynnWhen a young, campaigning journalist is found dead on a railway line, smelling of alcohol, the conclusion of the police is suicide. However, his girlfriend doesn’t believe it!

Tom McLean is asked to investigate and he soon learns that the journalist has been researching the shadowy establishment figures behind a wind farm development, and that corruption and murder lie at the heart of the scheme.

Could what the young reporter had discovered have cost him his life? How is Tom going to find the answers before he, too, becomes a target for the unscrupulous operators behind the project?s a target for the unscrupulous operators behind the project?

Excerpt

He thought he heard something and he held his breath as he strained to listen for anything that might mean that his ordeal was coming to an end. He could hear something, like a rumble, a steady deep physical rumble and he could feel something now, a vibration in his body that seemed to meld with the sound. Could it be an earthquake? But as soon as he thought it, he also thought ‘don’t be fucking stupid, we don’t have earthquakes in this part of the world’. The whole sensation was increasing now, the vibration, the noise, building rapidly. He forced his head to the side and now he could see something, lights coming towards him, lights reflecting off polished steel ribbons drawing the lights towards him. With a rising sense of panic he realised that he was on a railway track and a train was rushing towards him and he couldn’t even lift his arms to fend off the approaching mechanical monster.  His mind desperately fought his body to generate some movement, anything to get him out of the way of this enraged beast that was about to devour him.  The last thing that he heard, that he would ever hear, was the sound of his own voice screaming as it mingled with the squeal of brakes as the driver finally saw him in the train headlights and tried desperately to bring the speeding vehicle to a stop.

Reviews

This was a totally captivating book from start to finish. Having previously read “A Small Betrayal” and “Restitution” by the same author, I had high expectations for the third book in the series about the trials and tribulations of Tom McClean. I was not disappointed. It was a real page turner and I managed to finish the book in double-quick time. It had all the elements I have now come to expect of a David Wynn novel – a thrilling storyline, attention to detail, historical and geographical observations and bags of action. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Paul Lilley

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