Sue McCauley Releases TROPIC OF GUILE
Multi-awarded fiction writer and journalist Sue McCauley self-publishes a brand new novel about one family's battle of wits and wills, titled "Tropic of Guile." McCauley's latest fiction sits on the premise that, "There is nothing more precious than one's own children. There is nothing as dangerous as one's own spouse. There is nowhere as deceptive as a tropical island with the appearance of paradise..."
When tourism ceased, property prices fell, and the legal system in Fiji was in chaos, Alex Mason hastily buys property, at bargain-bin rates. He then widely proclaims his intention of building a state-of-the-art tourist aquarium, which the country's self-appointed coup government, beleaguered by international disapproval and a rapidly collapsing economy, felt was a much-needed feather in their cap.
Alex's wife, Vicky Mason, has long been waiting for her marriage to "come right." It took her some time to realise that Alex's increasing contempt and cruelty is designed to drive her away. Under Fijian law, "desertion" would give him grounds for divorce and custody of the children. If she leaves without her beloved son and daughter, she may never see them again. Alex has removed the children's passports. She cannot, will not, leave.
A battle of wits and wills ensues. Vicki soon comes to understand how powerless her position is. Who can she turn to? She cannot turn to her island neighbors, nor to the Fijian police at the nearest mainland town, for Alex is the man with the multi-million dollar project that will provide work for the locals and kudos for the Fijian authorities. Everyone wants to be his friend.