More Humorous Short Stories from the Paddy Pest Chronicles
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I couldn’t believe what I was hearing; somebody had put out a contract on me. Of all the easy-going, affable and approachable people on this Earth, I was right up there for geniality. How could they put out a contract on me?
“Are you sure, Jane? After all, there are a lot of Paddies about: especially on St Patrick’s Day.”
Jane Vanstone was a liaison officer with ASIO. She had a no-nonsense attitude and a personality that was easy to live with. Her husband, who also worked for the agency, often disputed the latter comment, but I expect that he felt inadequate because she was more successful. The lady was no spring chicken, but her field training had given her the incentive to keep in top physical shape. She was a force to be reckoned with.
It was Jane’s responsibility to keep track of all the low level consultants on the payroll. I was one of the latter. Evidently, her information had come from “Big Ear,” the organization’s listening outpost. They use satellite technology to spy on us all and, if you own a cell phone, none of your conversations are sacrosanct.
“It’s you alright, Paddy. They mentioned a slimy turd with a horny-looking girlfriend who worked as a barmaid. They’ve hired a hit-man.”
Paddy Pest is a hero to himself and others. You’d better believe it. The man has been fighting crime all his life and although he does have his shortcomings, he does try hard. Bless his heart, he really tries. And now, someone has put out a contract on him. Is there no justice?
Luckily for Paddy, his wing-person is the exquisite barmaid, Stormy Weathers, his longtime girlfriend and undercover perative. There is no more potent a force in the fight against corruption and wrongdoing, and the supersleuth is the favored go-to man for any number of international agencies. Admittedly, when the chips are down, they are always prepared to disown him.
Paddy’s relationship with Australia’s unmarried prime minister has tongues wagging, but in times of trouble, she wouldn’t have anyone else by her side. And his relationship with Frankie Hogan, the bordello queen? Well, that’s another story.
Paddy’s tales of intrigue are unbelievable and even Maxwell Smart would be impressed. He makes that gentleman look like a genius.
About the Author
Gerry Burke is retired from the advertising industry. This is his fifth book and the third one to feature Paddy Pest. America obviously likes Paddy because they awarded him a gong in both
the 2011 and 2012 USA Best Book Awards. Gerry lives in Melbourne, Australia, and has no wife, no kids, and no household animals. However, he does own a number of racehorses.