Australian poet and academic Rick Harding has a good life, until he discovers someone is stealing his poems and publishing them under another name. Who is Jason Schwartze and why has he selected Rick as his victim? Unable to get anyone to take his distress seriously, Rick determines to track down the plagiarist poet himself. Then someone starts stalking him and his wife Mandy, and things get out of control. Suddenly a happy marriage is plunged into suspicion and paranoia - and who can you trust if not the person you love most?

Clever, witty and challenging, this is a story about the bloodshed that can ensue when literary theory and reality collide.


Andrew Masterson

Born in Cornwall in the UK in 1961, Masterson emigrated to Australia in 1968, and has moved between the two countries ever since. He has been a journalist since 1984, writing about music, popular culture, design, arts and television, as well as covering hard news stories. Masterson has also worked as an actor, a second-rate musician and once spent several years as a human statue outside nightclubs in Melbourne and Perth to attract patrons. John the Baptist was his favourite impersonation. His hobbies include drinking and playing pool. After his first novel, The Last Days, won the 2000 Ned Kelly Award for best first novel, Masterson became the first Australian novelist ever invited to address the prestigious Noir In Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Interview in Delos, an Italian sci fi e-magazine:

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Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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