It was largely chance that took Dougal Macneil to the empty racetrack that morning, but when he inadvertently sees - and photographs - something he shouldn't he is soon under threat from a seemingly omnipotent force.
Colonel Weber, head of police of the tiny Central American country of Montoro, is sheltering a former Nazi whose name is high on Israel's most-wanted list. And on the face of it he holds all the cards: control of the police force, the trust of government officials - and Macneil's wife, whom he is holding in 'protective custody'. But Macneil is not an adversary to be underestimated . . .
Donald MacKenzie was born in Ontario, Canada, and educated in England, Canada and Switzerland. For twenty-five years MacKenzie lived by crime in many countries. 'I went to jail,' he wrote, 'if not with depressing regularity, too often for my liking.' His last sentences were five years in the United States and three years in England, running consecutively. He began writing and selling stories when in American jail. 'I try to do exactly as I like as often as possible and I don't think I'm either psychopathic, a wayward boy, a problem of our time, a charming rogue. Or ever was.'
He had a wife, Estrela, and a daughter, and they divided their time between England, Portugal, Spain and Austria.