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The Arbutus, by Bill East

Maddie makes contact with a former lover, the owner of a beautiful private estate on the outskirts of Sydney, whom she had abandoned for another man six years earlier. She appears to be welcomed back and the affair starts again. But her lover has changed in her absence, developing macabre ideas about the physical manifestation of human love.

He weaves a complex story concerning his beliefs, disclosing details of several murders he has committed to further his aims. She soon discovers that he harbours a strong resentment towards her earlier ‘disloyalty’, and his desire for revenge becomes frighteningly apparent.

Mental cruelty morphs into physical abuse. She must fight back to free herself. Her efforts result in the self-realisation of some intriguing and rather frightening character traits.

The outcome is the death of her lover and her surprising emotional climax. Her desire to take control of the estate motivates her to dispose of the body and embark on an elaborate cover-up. However, all is far from well for Maddie who plunges from crisis to crisis until the amazing ending of this cliff-hanger story.

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Maddie Trinco, by Bill East

The sequel to ‘The Arbutus’ has been written and the manuscript is in the hands of Michael Cybulski, at New Authors Collective [my literary agent]. NAC will be offering it to various publishers later this month.

The book is called ‘Maddie Trinco’ and like its ‘prequel’ it sits comfortably in the ‘Mystery/Thriller’ genre.

It’s really a melange of four stories….

Maddie’s release from prison and her teaming up with a very rich property developer to whom she has been forced to sell her inherited estate, a group of middle aged men who are convinced that their friend [currently overseas] will return to Australia and kill the man he believes responsible for his daughter’s death, the pressures and threats experienced by one of the group [an ex IRA member turned informer] and the ultimate return of the man whose daughter was killed.

Maddie’s character supplies the theme of ‘justice outside the law’ and the reader, like the protagonists, is finally confronted with doubts about the morality of Maddie’s actions.

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