Local author Kemp to hold book signing on Saturday at Stonecrest Book & Toy

Garry Colquhoun Kemp will hold a book signing for his new book titled, “The Windfall Chameleon,” Saturday at Stonecrest Book and Toy at Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach.

Kemp, a native of London, England, brings more than 40 years of professional stage, television and radio experience to the Lake Area. He has served as the chairman of the Victorian Music Hall British Farce performance, ““A Victorian Music Hall: A Selection of Music and British Rubbish” for the last two years and presented by the St. George Episcopal Church in Camdenton.

Kemp, a Camdenton resident, fits the chairman role perfectly with his prior experiences in theatrical antics. Kemp was involved in one of the original “pirate radio” programs, Radio Caroline. Garry served as a pilot in the RAF during his National Service, worked for the Gas Board, taught English to foreign students and had done work for the BBC. Proficient in seven languages, he presented a multi-lingual program on Sunday mornings called Caroline Continental in addition to his normal daily shows. This weekly program attracted a huge mailbag with fans writing from all over Europe. He was one of the Caroline South “Good Guys,” according to the Offshore Radio England Website’s Pirate Radio Hall of Fame listing.

He also had extensive radio work in classical music genres in New York, country in Tulsa Oklahoma and a variety of other stations and genres during his long-term career. Before leaving England, he met his wife Sally, who was a visiting teacher at the time doing a bus tour of Europe. Sure enough, her tour guide, was Kemp. The two have many children, some of which have gone on to become noted members of the theatrical community in England and the United States, as well as a musician, Thalia Kemp, who worked under the name “Radio Caroline.”

According to a book description listed on Amazon.com, “The Windfall Chameleon” is about the murder of an Oklahoma oil tycoon, which draws Tulsa homicide detective Paul Ziplich into a world of deceit, death and the threat of widespread conflict.

“Extremist groups, in attempts to fulfill their differing agendas, band together in a cynical bid to use each other to their own advantage. Warfare is simmering, and these merchants of terror and violence respect no boundaries, either of country or civilized behavior,” the book description stated. “They will stop at nothing to obtain the money they need to finance their plans. Can they be prevented from setting a vulnerable area of the world afire? Ziplich enlists the help of a covert British organization with resources far more diverse than those of his own department. The gripping and unexpected finale of this international intrigue, in the heart of London, will leave the reader tense - and surprised.”

“It’s a thriller, includes references to the Middle East turmoil, the chaos in the petroleum world, international terrorism and … Lake of the Ozarks,” Kemp told The Lake Today.

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