John L. Jewell began his lifelong career in catering as a trainee cook and ascended to the level of contract manager. Currently, he is retired and spends his time writing. "A Strange Boy" is the first book of an intended series.
This is the story of Leslie's journey from a small boy to his midteens; it reveals tragedies, cruelties, and the losses he suffers, but as he grows, he acquires special skills and uses them to fight his many demons. The skills lead him to important discoveries, some dreadful and others joyful. His sister, Mary, aids his journey whilst concealing her own skills from him, until a serious brain operation forces them to trust in each other and open up. He constantly searches for answers, in particular, the truth regarding his father's disappearance in the 1950s, and thanks to their combined skills, he enlists the help of a local newspaper editor and one of his reporters who eventually discover the truth for him.