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At St Jude's he meets [[Helen Matheson]], who is in the process of removing Benjamin. He helps her carry him out, but they come under attack. Matheson shoots their attacker and they escape in a taxi, although she then chloroforms him and dumps him in the middle of the Kent countryside. Following an unexpected encounter with a [[Puff Blossom|Shetland pony]] and [[Annabelle Woolley-Cummings|his owner]], Tom makes his way back to London in time for his afternoon computer slot at the library, where he receives some more cryptic emails from Fairbanks. He goes back home and is so tired, he manages to accidentally free Bertrand, who immediately disappears under the floorboards.  
 
At St Jude's he meets [[Helen Matheson]], who is in the process of removing Benjamin. He helps her carry him out, but they come under attack. Matheson shoots their attacker and they escape in a taxi, although she then chloroforms him and dumps him in the middle of the Kent countryside. Following an unexpected encounter with a [[Puff Blossom|Shetland pony]] and [[Annabelle Woolley-Cummings|his owner]], Tom makes his way back to London in time for his afternoon computer slot at the library, where he receives some more cryptic emails from Fairbanks. He goes back home and is so tired, he manages to accidentally free Bertrand, who immediately disappears under the floorboards.  
  
The next day, Tom goes back to the library and receives another cryptic email and finally realises that whoever is behind the account is sending him a Fibonacci sequence. In the evening, he goes to the Tulpencoin launch at the [[Old Rococo Theatre]], where he hears [[Kevin Wilberts]] and [[Tiger de Montfort]] speak. He goes backstage and sees a mysterious stranger ordering the killing of Matt Blank in the presence of both Wilberts and de Montfort. He escapes after being chased through the backstage area by [[Gunther Scheisskopf|Gunther]] and [[Dirk]]. The Old Rococo Theatre burns to the ground that night.
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The next day, Tom goes back to the library and receives another cryptic email and finally realises that whoever is behind the account is sending him a Fibonacci sequence. In the evening, he goes to the Tulpencoin launch at the [[Old Rococo Theatre]], where he hears [[Kevin Wilberts]] and [[Tiger de Montfort]] speak. He goes backstage and sees a mysterious stranger ordering the killing of Matt Blank in the presence of both Wilberts and de Montfort. He escapes after being chased through the backstage area by [[Gunther Scheisskopf|Gunther]] and [[Dirk Varkensstal|Dirk]]. The Old Rococo Theatre burns to the ground that night.
  
 
Tom and Ali wonder if the Fibonacci stuff is an attempt to lead them towards something on an old hard drive from Tom's laptop, which was sold in part-exchange for a new one. They go to [[Mad Mickey's Hardware Exchange]] to retrieve it, but find [[Mad Mickey]] dead. Eventually they manage to get the drive from Mad Mickey's lock-up garage and take it back to the flat, while Ali negotiates with Patrice on the use of her computer to find out what's on the drive. On the way to Patrice's the next day, Tom is held up by a gunman who is after the drive. He steals the bag, only to find out that Bertrand the python has snuck in there as well. In his panic, he manages to shoot himself, allowing Tom to escape.
 
Tom and Ali wonder if the Fibonacci stuff is an attempt to lead them towards something on an old hard drive from Tom's laptop, which was sold in part-exchange for a new one. They go to [[Mad Mickey's Hardware Exchange]] to retrieve it, but find [[Mad Mickey]] dead. Eventually they manage to get the drive from Mad Mickey's lock-up garage and take it back to the flat, while Ali negotiates with Patrice on the use of her computer to find out what's on the drive. On the way to Patrice's the next day, Tom is held up by a gunman who is after the drive. He steals the bag, only to find out that Bertrand the python has snuck in there as well. In his panic, he manages to shoot himself, allowing Tom to escape.

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A Question of Trust

A Question of Trust is a book by Jonathan Pinnock. It is the second in the Mathematical Mystery series and was published by Farrago Books in April 2019.

Blurb[edit]

A witty, fast-paced thriller with a dash of mathematics and a large dose of danger

Life is not going smoothly for Tom Winscombe. His girlfriend Dorothy has vanished, taking with her all the equipment and money of the company she ran with her friend Ali. Now Tom and Ali are forced to eke out an awkward shared bedsit existence while they try to work out what she is up to.

Meanwhile, Tom has other things on his mind, including how to untangle his father from a cryptocurrency scam, how to break into a hospital in order to interrogate an old acquaintance and what is the significance of the messages he’s been receiving from Rufus Fairbanks’s LinkedIn account.

Tom and Ali’s investigations lead them in a host of unexpected and frankly dangerous directions, involving a pet python, an offshore stag do and an improbable application of the Fibonacci sequence. But at the end of it all, will they find Dorothy – and will she ever be able to explain just exactly what is going on?

Critical Reception[edit]

The reception to the book was generally favourable. Professor Ian Stewart, author of Do Dice Play God? and the Science of Discworld books, summed it up as follows:

A dash of IT, a sprinkle of maths, an engaging and all-too-believable cast of anti-heroes, and a bonkers plot with all the precision and elegance of a Fibonacci spiral. Profane, irreverent, witty well-aimed, and fizzing with imagination.

Summary of Plot[edit]