Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What does our hero do for a living?

Here's an extract from the book:

"Hey," said Boulton. "I came across something interesting in Liberech. A grotty town near Prague.  One of the oddballs is offering a small collection of what he calls baroque pictures.  Says they could benefit from restoration but assured me they would be a good price. I haven't seen them but he gave me a list. Basically a half-dozen smallish paintings, mostly landscapes but two portraits, one of a girl."

"There were many portraits of girls in the Baroque period," said Dobri. 

Boulton raised his eyes to the heavens. "I know that, mate, but one of these portraits is signed with a single initial. He says it's an 'L'. Interesting, eh?"

"You mean it could be a 'Z'?" I said.

"Ah ha! You already know about Edward's famous quest. Anyway, I reckon as you're a Czech, Dobri, you should go. Maybe you'd like to go, Ben? What d'you say?"

"Prague was my next port of call before I got the news about Edward," I said.

"Really? What for?"

"Work."

"If it's not indiscreet, what do you do for a living?" asked Boulton.

"I'm what's known as an issues manager." 

"What's that?"

"I specialise in foreign and export problem solving. If a company has a problem overseas or with its export business, I can get called in to fix it."

"A trouble shooter! Have iPad, will travel!"

I can't count the number of times I've heard someone say that.