Jet Black has left her barmaid duties behind to run some valuable merchandise to the next city.
The merchandise? Drugs? Stolen Goods? Nope, something much much better. She's managed to get hold of the world's only copy of Julius Caesar's long-lost masterpiece, Dr Analogia. All she has to do is deliver it to a black market dealer known as the Polymath and she'll finally have made herself a fortune.
But there's a catch or two along the way.
You see, books are banned and if Jet is caught with it - well, death would be the best way out. Another catch is that there's some unpleasant thugs on her tail. There's the insane head of a huge corporation that spans the world and his trusty deputy, two head-kickers in a red sports car and an all-male singing group. They all want to get their hands on Jet ASAP.
Can Jet make it to the next city in her clapped-out old van with only her laptop computer for company? She's determined to reach the other side where her fortune awaits, but she'll have to enlist the help of an old man who has spent 20 years living in a telephone box, gun-toting Ferals and a pilot who just happens to be blind.
Shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction Division, Best Novel, 1999
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: http://www.delos.fantascienza.com/international/?5512