Can’t wait for Diagonal Walking to come out? Why not get hold of a copy of Nick’s new novel The Bond or Last Man Standing while you’re waiting?
The Bond or Last Man Standing is a black comic murder mystery brandishing a report card for a generation. It’s for anyone who’s had to grow up (or thinks they have) over the last forty years.
They thought their school year was unique, and it was – just not how they imagined.
On leaving school, the Class of ’77 instigate annual dinners to keep their perceived sense of uniqueness alive. After the shock death of their talisman they take things a step further – they create The Bond.
Regular subs paid into a pot will ensure that eventually, when there’s only one of them left, that person will have the means to keep their flame alive forever. Death may be inevitable, but for now, it can be sidestepped.
Except it can’t. A series of freak accidents starts chipping away at their number. They are all flawed, but one of them fatally so: there’s a murderer in their midst. Suddenly, becoming the last man standing becomes an awful yet realistic possibility; but for now, there’s the business of life to get on with, and a sense of denial is all too easy.
It takes the return of a lost sheep with fresh eyes to spot what’s happening … but has he arrived too late, and is he too feckless to prevent the final reckoning being planned for them all?