Sandy McCutcheon (born 1947) is a prominent Australian author, playwright, actor, journalist and broadcaster. Sandy McCutcheon was born in Christchurch, New Zealand which, however, he did not discover until he was over fifty years old. He was adopted at a very young age and spent several years looking for traces of his family around Europe, before finding relatives living in New Zealand. Incidentally, his adoption papers, uncovered in 1997, stated that he was born with the name Brian David Parry. He moved to Australia in 1970 and now lives in Brisbane. He spends time each year in the city of Fes in Morocco where he owns a house with his wife the photographer Suzanna Clarke.
In a wintry graveyard, a young man looks death in the eye and does not live to tell the secrets he holds. In Russia, the opening of a dusty archive reveals clues about a deadly game which has not yet reached its conclusion. In an isolated farmhouse, an old man is kept prisoner while his captors try to extract vital information from his rambling mind. Into this sticky web of deceit and intrigue stumbles Martin Teschmaker, a newly redundant insurance investigator who has just been deserted by his wife.
Seeking relief from his mid-life crisis, Teschmaker contacts an old girlfriend, Jane Morris. With that one phone call he is plunged into an underworld where nothing and no one can be taken at face value. As he attempts to remove the masks, Teschmaker realises the truth is more complex and more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. And somehow he has to bring this deadly game to its conclusion, and survive.