"Fences Fence You In"
When Maria finds that her brother
Stefan has pilfered two rubbish bags of torn crumpled paper from his rounds as
a garbage man, she sets about gluing the scraps back together and soon
discovers it is an abandoned novel.
Instinctively Maria knows a ghastly
truth is hidden within these fragments.....Why does Ted Barr refer to himself
as a murderer and who is this itinerant hobo who the Barrs have named "Dingoman"
that prowls the Barr's fence-line? And when Stefan is threatened, told to
return the manuscript to its rightful owner or his house will be burnt to the
ground the siblings know they have in their possession something more than
just a manuscript. They are holding evidence.
When socialite Justine Clifford,
daughter of Basil Clifford QC accepts the marriage proposal with Olley Hughes,
the new "darling" of the art world, she soon finds out she has
bitten off more than she can chew. Their acrimonious separation leads Olley
Hughes spiralling off into a world of drugs and debauchery while neglecting
his once prolific painting career.
The boredom of Justine's rebound
relationship with Phillip Lester has her falling for the bohemian seductress
Sienna Lamb, which leads them to crossing paths with the criminal underworld
and Martin (Sticky Beak) Byrd, a violent psychopath. Soon dead bodies begin to
appear in the neighbourhood.
Recently promoted Police Detective
Don Bourke bumbles his way through the investigations. The web of
entanglements makes the obvious impossible for Bourke to pinpoint.
When Orchardist Les Lime is asked by the itinerant
traveler Toby Miller if he ever took the time to ponder the sky for more than
the weather, his trees for more than profit, the grass under his feet for more
than a hindrance that only made work for him each day, the concept turns Les
Lime's world upside down. His troubled marriage and financially strapped farm
hit rock bottom when his self-centred wife takes a bite of the forbidden
Reviewed by Sue Crompton
Les Lime hasn't got that much going for him. Firstly there is his
unfortunate name. Then there is his money-hungry psycho wife Marie. Thanks to
her, Les has cultivated a mistrust of strangers while their two daughters have
been convinced by Marie that their father is off his rocker.
One day, a young traveller named Toby arrives in the orchard. He sets about
broadening Les's approach and perspective in life. It is a struggle. Yet in
the process Les learns to like himself and life itself, and finds a little
happiness. But before Les can completely settle into nurturing this new-found
joy, his marriage is shattered and Les's life hits rock-bottom. He finds
himself isolated and alone and sadly he allows his life to be consumed by the
However, this is not the end for Les Lime; there is a brighter future. One
I refuse to reveal to you as I prefer you to find it out for yourself.
I know you will enjoy the many twists and surprising insights. I must say this
book left me uplifted. This is a must read novel. SC Dec 2011
Available at $20.00 (plus p&p)