A man buys a dead body and fakes his death.
Enter the enigmatic world of Barry Carter who lives two lives and believes his sinister plan to scam millions and fake his death is foolproof. He’s right, until his bitter lover and distraught wife team up to seek him out. They want retribution, but are frustrated by the police who’ve found him first, and want to question him about a murder, a stolen dead body, and an international cyber crime. A frantic chase ensues, and there can be only one winner.
Much like a flash of lightning, a frisson of fear shot through his body. He felt strangely unsteady. For some time
he stood quite still, mesmerized by the reality of the words in front of him. After all the planning and
preparation his plan could now take place. There was nothing left to stand in his way. Everything was ready.
But he felt a little apprehensive and wasn’t at all sure about it. He turned his head to check that Louise was
asleep and then looked again at the email.
I have what you require – male, 54, with body scars and size as specified. Confirm your interest. If I don’t hear
from you immediately, the normal procedure will take place. Please indicate how you will pay the £500k.
As he read the message several more times the full meaning and implication sunk in and his earlier anxiety
turned to a realisation.
Finally it’s going to happen, he told himself.
They’d been to the Ballet. As soon as it was over they took a taxi to the flat in Horton Street, just to the
north of Kensington High Street. As was usual on the weeks they spent together, they went straight to
bed and made love with intense passion. For some time afterwards neither of them spoke. They just lay
on top of the bed naked and still and held each other tight.
It was close to midnight and he knew he had to act. He went back to the bedroom to check that Louise
was still asleep and returned to the kitchen. He sat at the kitchen table and stared for a moment at his
laptop. He began to type.
I confirm I want it. I will collect it at 7pm this Wednesday. Please leave in one of your standard sealed
black bags on your slab. It must be watertight – no leakage. Nobody is to be present. Leave your premises
unlocked. I will transfer the money to your account one week after I have collected the goods, provided I
receive confirmation that you are in Australia. If the article does not meet my specification in every way, I
will report you to the police. If anything goes wrong you will not be paid. Just remember, if all goes to
plan you will be £500k richer.
The second message went to Phil Stanmore.
Start the manufacture process immediately. Goods must be ready and perfect by Tuesday. Four couriers
will pick up, some time on Tuesday. You will be notified through this route how to pack them and how
much to put in each package, as well as all courier details. Under no circumstances are you to meet any
of them. If the goods are not perfect or there is any delay, the police will be informed. Just remember, if
all goes to plan you will be £1m richer.
The third and last message went to four other people, Tammy Jones, Bruce Thompson, Guy Fisher and
You will need to pick up a parcel from an address in East London on Tuesday some time and then take it
on to meet a contact where you will be given a package in exchange for your parcel. You will then take
the new package and give it to a second contact and return home. All precise details will come through