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Published by Orenda Books, 15 December
2015. ISBN: 978-1-91063-305-2
Be prepared for an abrupt plunge into a world of corruption, corporate
greed and ruthless indifference to the fate of others, especially if they are
poor, ignorant and powerless.
major company is anxious to exploit the vast oil reserves beneath the Yemen
desert, and doesn't give a damn about those who in the process will lose their
ancestral homelands … without compensation.
Claymore Straker, the flawed but likable protagonist
of this powerful novel, long ago lost his humanity, but
after he and his driver – and friend – Abdulkader, are kidnapped in the desert,
he recovers it. The local leader and activist who has taken them captive
gives him the option of forcing his employer, Petrotex, to investigate the
strange illness affecting the poor villages of the Yemen – or abandoning
Abdulkader to his death.
discovers that the water supplies which keep the villagers, their crops and
their animals, alive, are systematically being poisoned in order to get rid of
them and thus facilitate the removal of oil from the ground
writes with energy, passion and anger about the rape of this beleaguered
area of the world and emphasises the merciless quest for ever-increasing
profits at the expense of people too poor to fight the multinational
corporations which exploit them.
interesting to note that in an interview, Hardisty stated that fiction offers
more freedom than non-fiction to tell a true story. I assume that most of
the non-fiction he has based his novel on is true – and because of that,
his story is more chilling and terrifying than any standard crime horror book.
This is an
exceptional and innovative novel. And an important one. Hardisty
appears to know his territory intimately and describes in mind-grabbing detail
its culture, its beliefs and its hopes. I can't praise it highly enough.
Reviewer: Susan Moody
Paul Hardisty was born in Canada. He is a
writer, chartered environmental engineer, university professor, and triathlete.
He lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife Heidi, and sons Zachary and
Declan. His first novel, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, is his first novel.It is a story of greed, corruption, and the power of
Susan Moodywas born and brought up in Oxford. She has published over 30 crime
and suspense novels, including the Penny Wanawake series and the Cassandra
Swann bridge series. She is a past Chairman of the British Crime Writers'
Association, a member of the Detection Club, a past Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania and a past President of the
International Association of Crime Writers. She divides her time between
south-west France and
Nominated for the CWA short story award. Nominated for the RNA's