Source: Austin Macauley Publishers
Covering roughly the first two decades of the author’s life, ‘Places’ is a real-life story of lovelessness, depression, desperation and abuse, both physical and psychological. It shows – at times with stark vividness – how insecurity, envy, distrust and lack of self-esteem can seep into the psyche of an entire family, engendering mental instability over successive generations. And it also shows how a person brought up in such a hostile and toxic environment can be hugely vulnerable when they try to make their own way in the outside world.
Melissa, a shy teenage girl, feels lost in a transnational high society world that drives her to the depths of despair. But her attraction to the very human Kasho, who has snippets of philosophy to impart, eventually enables her to develop her own strengths. But Kasho doesn’t dwell physically on Earth. Melissa’s realistic story traverses class, gender, and power dynamics. She is expected to walk, or is bullied into walking, a certain path required of her class, including marrying a certain man. It’s only when she connects with Kasho, a native man whose values are in line with hers, that she finds a kindred spirit who truly sees her. In an age of bullying and teen suicide, the resonating lesson throughout the story is “There is always a way of making your life better.”
There is tension at the university. The campus police are pressing for greater fire-power. The controversial new university president, a retired military intelligence officer who saw action in Iraq, needs to make a far-reaching decision. Faculty concerns about guns on campus must be weighed against student safety. The intern psychologist at the student health center has a new and potentially violent client she worries might be stalking her. Is he a threat? Could he be the next campus shooter? Lying darkly under the elegant landscaping of the university is an elaborate network of floodwater tunnels and drains. Designed to prevent risks, do they now represent danger? Like the tunnels, the questions in this thriller keep twisting and turning.
D is for… Welcome to an anthology of cautionary yet controversial tales that plunge the reader into the strangest contentions of life. 10 short stories. 10 different lives. 10 shocking endings. All deriving from 1 letter: D.
Michael Turner, a successful young crime writer, living in the Algarve on the southern coast of Portugal, discovers his friend has been brutally murdered and suddenly finds himself being asked to solve a real-life murder. He recruits his best friend, Doctor Samantha Clark, and working with Interpol and both the British and Portuguese police, they go undercover together and set about solving what becomes a complex case, taking them from Portugal to the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, South Africa and the Bahamas. This is the first of the Algarve Crime Thrillers.
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