The Island with No-Name, a four-day eastward sail from Chennai, and 170 miles west of the Ten Degree Channel, has been bypassed by the Age of Discovery. Unlike her equally beautiful sisters in the lush and tropical Apsaran archipelago, she lacked the natural resources to be considered worthy of exploitation by British or Indian colonizers, and is surrounded by a sparkling but impassable reef.
As a result, her inhabitants, the legendarily vicious and cannibalistic Lombe tribe, surrounded by their own mythology of disappearance and death, have been permitted to remain in the stone age, infiltrated by only the foolish, the mad, and the soon-to-be slaughtered.
Ultimately threatened by the burgeoning requirements of new tourism possibilities in the Bay of Bengal, Edward Quinn, a shady American philanthropist, would seek to preserve the traditional tribal way of life by constructing an anthropological theme park on the island; an ecologically unique but morally dubious enterprise designed to permit the savages to exist in traditional fashion whilst under invisible scrutiny from wealthy and well-meaning environmental tourists.
Unfortunately for Quinn, the savages will have other ideas.
A rich and considered mix of Joseph Conrad and Michael Crichton, and crammed with the same fiendishly plotted incident that characterized Alex Chance’s debut novel The Final Days, Savage Blood will define postcolonial horror.
PUBLICATION DATE: September 2010
THE FINAL DAYS
It started with a child’s letter. Karen Wiley, recently qualified San Francisco psychologist, thought she understood moral dilemma. A tormented past, an ugly divorce, and a troubled eleven-year-old daughter have given her more life experience than she ever wanted. Now, somewhere out there, an anonymous child has begun to cry to her for help. No-one Karen knows is in trouble. But the letters keep coming. Then something far, far worse. Until the terror in the Trueblood trailer, Ella McCullers, first female police chief of Canaan, Utah, believed she knew crises of faith. Abruptly promoted to senior investigator in the state’s most high-profile kidnapping case, her only leads are a decaying tombstone, a missing cat, and a little mute girl with ghastly, formless nightmares. In truth, it began with The Cult of the Final Days, and the long-buried history of the killings in the canyons. Now Karen Wiley must cross the desert wilderness to hear the incredible story of an astonishing survivor, and to play a deadly game disguised as a righteous quest for the truth. Powerful, hypnotic and terrifying, “The Final Days” is the stunning debut by a chillingly brilliant new voice in thriller writing.
PUBLICATION DATE: April 2008
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