What Happened In Vienna, Jack?


The introduction and opening five chapters of the last full novel I shall ever write!

After this one, there’ll be no reason to continue.




About Danny Kemp

I was at work one sunny November day in 2006, stopped at a red traffic light when a van, driven incompetently, smashed into me. I was taken to St Thomas' Hospital and kept in for a while, but it was not only the physical injuries that I suffered from; it was also mental ones. I had lost confidence in myself let alone those around me. The experts said that I had post-traumatic´╗┐ stress disorder, which I thought only the military or emergency personnel suffered from. On good days, I attempted to go to work, sometimes I even made it through Blackwell Tunnel only to hear, or see, something that made me jump out of my skin and that's when the anxiety attacks would start. I told my wife that I was okay and going regularly, but I wasn't. I could not cope with life and thought about ending it. Somehow or other with the help of my wife and medical professionals, I managed to survive and ever so slowly rebuild my self-esteem. It took almost four years to fully recover, but it was during those dark depressive days that I began to write. My very first story, Look Both Ways, Then Look Behind, found a literary agent but not a publisher. He told me that I had a talent, raw, but nevertheless, it was there. His advice was to write another story and that I'm delighted to say, I did. The success of that debut novel, The Desolate Garden, was down to sheer hard work, luck, and of course, meeting a film producer.
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2 Responses to What Happened In Vienna, Jack?

  1. I must confess that I have not started reading “What Happened In Vienna Jack?” The reason for that is circumstance. For the past few months my husband has been in and out of hospital, twice taken in by paramedics. I tend to my two beautiful granddaughters through out the week and the summer was a handful, no school. I just last night was able to get a few pages in of “The Desolate Garden.” and hope to finish It this weekend. I love the characters in Desolate Garden and the plot is
    intriguing and packed with twists and turns. Even though I have not finished the book yet, I would still highly recommend it to all.
    I also can not wait to see what Jack has to say about Vienna.
    Kudos Danny…..

  2. Danny Kemp says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s troubles, Patricia, but don’t worry about reading my work as it will be out there forever. The What Happened In Vienna, Jack? will be my last contribution and won’t be finished for some time as my eyes won’t stand the strain of writing nowadays, only in short stints.Thank you for your recommendation, very much appreciated.

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